As a community-based program, we highly value our partnerships and appreciate the open-armed welcome that's fully embraced us. These partnerships help perpetuate our mission to promote socially-equitable opportunities & accepting environments for all.
Thank you, community partners! We are so grateful for you.
ABC is a community-run bookstore that "promotes literacy, culture, cooperative economics, racial and social justice, supports local artists, and provides ways for people to connect to each other through events, clubs, and activities."
ABC is a volunteer & community run bookstore, as well as the welcoming home-base for Blue Dot. We have our home office located here and host unique social groups open to the general public including, but not limited to topic areas such as: brain health, podcasting, volunteer group, social health, and more.
The Monmouth University OTD program has supported the Blue Dot mission from the start! Their fieldwork students will be providing meaningful & functional programming & naturally expanding our peer network to increase opportunity for positive social interactions.
"Porta is a stand for going after what you want in life with velocity, gratitude, and lightness." They absolutely live up to their word as they've embraced the blue dot community with open arms. On a weekly basis, Porta offers access to space for us to use for group activities, really helping us to achieve our goals of community inclusion.
They also chose us as the recipients for their "Cocktail for a Cause" initiative in July 2023, helping to support our program and spread awareness to the greater community. We are so appreciative of their generosity and look forward to a prosperous friendship with the Porta community. Not to mention, both their food and atmosphere make it so we never want to leave!
Pat's 30 Acres is a beautiful, outdoor venue located in Wall, NJ. "Hard work and dedication from its members is what keeps Pats 30 Acres still operating." Pat's 30 Acres shares their space with our community on a weekly basis, allowing us the opportunity to host social gatherings in a unique and special setting. We hope to help contribute to the sanctity of this property with our dedication to community service.
The Ocean Avenue Stompers are local brass band filled with spirit and soul, providing their audiences with "a truly unique experience at every performance." They've shown the blue dot community unconditional support from the start and are gracious in coming up with creative ways to welcome and include us in the Asbury Park community.
The Virginia A. Cory Community Garden is run by "group of citizens who work together to create a successful garden and improve their community. The garden provides the opportunity for participants to grow their own produce, following organic practices, and donate produce to local organizations for individuals in need." We are so grateful to be part of the "group of citizens" who help with this mission. This connection allows our community to both connect with nature and one another.
The Center in Asbury Park, Inc., is not-for-profit service organization, located in Asbury Park, NJ, providing support services for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as their caregivers. This organizations offers a safe haven, instilling community and stability as well as permanent, supportive housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The Blue Dot community helps deliver fresh produce, that we harvest at the Monmouth University Community Garden, to The Center and we look forward to supporting this organization and their mission in other ways as well.
Mary's Place by the Sea is an organization in Ocean Grove, NJ dedicated to "supporting women with cancer through integrative services which complement their medical treatment and empower, educate and support their healing: mind, body and soul."
Spreading joy is one of our priorities, so we have connected with local brides, grooms, and florists to sustainably repurpose floral arrangements and deliver them to organizations such as Mary's Place by the Sea. We hope that delivering a little bit of color + a lot of love, joy, and kindness can help brighten a moment or day.
Destination Asbury Boutique is a mother-daughter owned local shop that feels like a warm hug when you walk in. Greeted by the charming mother-daughter duo and their lovely team, you immediately feel welcome. Not to mention, their clothing and accessories are the best mix of high quality, funky, and on-trend.
They are situated right on Cookman Ave, directly next door to us at the Asbury Book Cooperative. We've held our first annual collaborative and inclusive fashion show, where our community members got to wear the newest styles, strut down the runway with confidence, and be celebrated by the community that gathered in support. We are so happy to have such supportive neighbors and are excited to be on this journey of small, women-owned business with our friends at Destination Asbury! Read more about our collaboration here!
If you haven't tried Cookman Creamery in Asbury Park yet, you need to get over there! The lines out the door are not only worth the short wait, but also a testament to their delicious ice cream offerings and the staple they are in the community.
In our first summer as Asbury locals, Cookman Creamery developed an ice cream flavor for us: "Blue Butterfly for Blue Dot" in order to help spread awareness about our services and offerings. Delicious ice cream, and an even sweeter team.