Montclair Township has launched an online directory of nonprofit organizations.

The directory is the product of a months-long project of Mayor Sean Spiller’s COVID-19 Task Force Nonprofit Committee, headed by former mayor Ed Remsen, and the Kiwanis Club of Montclair, according to an announcement from the township.

The directory lists local nonprofits by category and provides contact information and summaries of the type of work they do in the community.

"It is the result of many hours of painstaking work on the part of Mr. Remsen and Kiwanis Club Secretary Peter Ebling," the announcement said.

A separate contact list of more than 170 local nonprofits and faith groups was compiled by Nonprofit Committee members and is posted online as well.

The directory has 10 categories: faith groups, arts and cultural organizations, advocacy groups, funding providers, children and parent organizations, school and learning groups, organizations for older citizens, business and housing, health and human services, and a miscellaneous category.

The project began earlier this year when the task force nonprofit committee sent a survey to many of the local faith-based and nonprofit organizations, according to the township announcement.

“We wanted to see how they were faring during the pandemic and if there were things the municipality could help them with,” Remsen said in the announcement.

In the course of doing the survey, the committee decided to update and expand the list. It invited each group to submit a 125-word description for the nonprofit directory, the announcement said. More than 80% of the organizations contacted submitted texts, it said.

“The directory is something we thought would be valuable to the community, since so many people have been in Montclair for such a short time,” Remsen said in the announcement. “This latter, expanded project, was made possible by the generous offer from Montclair's Kiwanis Club to help us contact all the groups and collect their summaries."

Spiller called it a "tremendous effort" by the task force and Kiwanis Club.

“I want to thank them for their hard work which will not only help bring deserved attention to our hard-working nonprofit organizations but will also help those in need by providing invaluable information on where they may turn for much-needed assistance," he said in the announcement.

Spiller formed the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force in November of 2020. Its members work with community stakeholders and liaisons from government to identify and put in place solutions to help Montclair residents, small businesses and nonprofits get back on their feet.

— Information provided by Montclair Township