Some Good News, for Morristown, NJ


Tired of the bad news deluge? Start off the New Year with some good news about NJ and our home of Morristown.

Some good news for New Jersey Veterans.

The NJ Assembly pass a new resolution (Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22) which identifies a need for an additional Veteran’s Center in northern Jersey.

The resolution notes as of September 2020, there were approximately 40,000 veterans residing in Morris, Sussex, Warren, and Hunterdon counties. Those veterans often have to travel long distances or go out of state to receive mental health care.

First established in 1979, Vet Centers offer community-based counseling and a wide range of social and psychological services. There are currently five Vet Centers in the State of New Jersey, none of which are located in the northwestern part of the State.

Our hospitals are some of the best in the nation!

Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center is the best hospital in Northern Jersey, according to US News and World Report.

Morristown Medical Center ranks #46 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery (out of 4,515 nationally ranked hospitals).

Our local hospital is also #28 in the nation for gynecology and #23 in the nation for orthopedics. Additionally, the hospital is high performing in four adult specialties and seventeen procedures and conditions.

Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation for treatment and cares in the areas of urology, pulmonology and lung surgery, nephrology, geriatrics, gastroenterology, and GI surgery.

Morristown has some excellent schools.

Morristown High School ranks as #143 in NJ for best high schools out of 406 total NJ high schools. The school is also #3,597 in the nation out of 17,843. That’s pretty good.

Our district's only ranked public high school has a graduation rate of 85% and has higher average scores in math and reading than the rest of our state. The student-to-teacher ratio is 1 to 13.

Morris County Vocational District has two ranked schools. The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering ranks #1,406 in the U.S. out of 17,843 schools and is #60 in NJ out of 406 schools.

Morris County School of Technology is #106 in NJ and #2,619 in the nation for best high schools.

We’re also surrounded by some excellent elementary schools. Alexander Hamilton, Normandy Park School, Sussex Avenue School, Thomas Jefferson School, and Union Charter School all rank among the best elementary schools in the state.

Normandy Park school, for kids grades K-5, is #248 in NJ for elementary schools and #1 in our district.

Morris County has a higher average life expectancy than the state and the nation.

US life expectancy map, as of 2019. CDC

The average life expectancy in Morris County is 81.8 years. The average life expectancy for our state is 79.5 years and the average life expectancy for the country is 78.5 years.

Additionally, Morris County’s life expectancy has remained steady since 2016, despite a recent decline due to the pandemic, while the average life expectancy in the nation has dropped.

Morris County has the highest life expectancy in the entire state of New Jersey.

Morris County and Morristown rank as some of the best places to live in the entire country. Excellent schools, great medical care, and we’re looking out for our veterans. Aren't we lucky?

Not done with good news? Give your time and energy this holiday season to one of these great causes below!

Tired of hearing bad news every time you turn on the TV, look at your phone, or open up your laptop? As the holiday season comes and goes, renew your faith in humanity by donating to or volunteering for one of Morristown's charitable organizations.

Toys for Tots

In 2020 Toys for Tots distributed 71,146 toys and supported 45,728 children in our Northern Jersey area.

It’s too late to donate to the non-profit for this Christmas (obviously), but the Toys for Tots campaign is always looking for donations and volunteers.

Get Involved with Toys for Tots in the Morris County area!

Operation Holiday

Operation Holiday helps low-income and underserved individuals celebrate Christmas by providing gifts for the holiday season. Operation Holiday is controlled by POWER, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that focuses on health, education, food insecurity, housing, and homelessness, aiding the elderly, and social justice reform.

“Adopt” individuals, families, and at-risk seniors, and help the homeless through Operation Power this 2021 holiday season.

Donate to Operation Holiday to help those less fortunate celebrate this holiday season.

Community Hope

Community Hope helps individuals, families, and veterans overcome mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and poverty by providing housing and support services.

The organization has a number of community programs including the Transitional Housing Program, Community Support Services Program, Affordable Special Needs Housing Program, and The Family Partnership.

Community Hope also has Veteran programs that address the underlying cause of veterans’ homelessness such as high rates of mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse.

Donate to Community Hope or sign up to Volunteer.

959 Route 46 East, Suite 402, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Phone (973) 463-9600

Literacy Volunteer of Morris County

A great way to spend your time volunteering. Literacy Volunteers of Morris County provides free instruction to adults who are unable or struggle to read, write or speak English.

The group's mission is to ensure no one in Morris County is limited due to their inability to read, write, or speak English fluently.

You can become a tutor here.

Donate to Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.

Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter (JBWS)

JBWS is a nonprofit that provides safety, support, and solutions for abuse for anyone who lives or works in Morris County and faces abuse by their partner.

Their mission is to prevent domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of victims, rehabilitation of family members, advocacy for social reform to prevent domestic abuse, and the education of the public about domestic violence.

You can sign up to Volunteer with JBWS here.

For a complete list of non-profits aiding the Morris County community:

Morristown Minute has been approved for the 2022 Local News Fund!*

Improve mental health accessibility in our town! Donate to Morristown, NJs local mental health accessibility fund today!

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*The 2022 Local News Fund is a program administered by the Local Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Local Media Association. The program’s purpose is to allow independent and family-owned news organizations to solicit tax-deductible donations from their communities for journalism projects focusing on critical local issues. Contributions to this program are tax-deductible to the full extent of U.S. law; please consult a tax advisor for details.

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