Montclair Momentum

Effort To Boost ‘Project Oasis’ In Montclair Raises $10,000

More than 100 donors in the Montclair community have joined an effort to revitalize and restore the Project Oasis summer program for youth, and raised thousands of dollars in the process.

In late April, the Rev. Craig Dunn, head of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC) and Councilman Peter Yacobellis announced an online fundraising effort to raise revenue to revitalize and restore the Project Oasis summer program for youth.

See the fundraiser or make a donation here.

According to Dunn and Yacobellis, the fundraiser seeks to bring in at least $9,000 to help expand program curriculum and allow more young people to participate. Those funds would pay for two additional program coordinators and three student counselors, and support curriculum development.

As of Monday, total donations stood at more than $10,000.

On Tuesday, May 3, the council voted on the resolution, but will still require the business to file an application for a local approval after it receives its licensing from the state. 

The council also introduced an ordinance that would amend its existing marijuana license law to allow three dispensaries, instead of the two specified when the council first passed the law last August

Councilman David Cummings was the sole member of the governing body to vote against both ordinance and resolution. He’d also voted against the original ordinance, along with Deputy Mayor Bill Hurlock, saying it was rushed and he wanted more direction from the state at the time.