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Hometown Heroes

#HipNJ had the pleasure to sit with Michael Schwartz, founder of Hometown Heroes, and talk about his Garden State charity.

HipNJ first had the opportunity to work with Hometown Heroes during their Restore the Shore campaign, which raised over three million dollars for the 10,000 people and 2,700 families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since then, the charity has only expanded, both in size and in mission.

Hometown Heroes is located on Toms River, and recently opened an office in L.A. Schwartz seeks to open more chapters, saying, “we’re just trying to grow this thing nationally.” The charity works by “partner[ing] heroes in the community with people in need.” The heroes are real people who want to use their skills and talent to make their community and the world a better place.

Hometown Heroes provides relief to those struggling with domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and more. According to Schwartz, “we try to fill those gaps that other charities can’t.” The charity empowers not only the people they help, but also those who volunteer. Or, as Schwartz likes to say, those who “wear a cape and be a hero.”

To help Hometown Heroes fill those gaps, visit usahometownheroes.org to donate and volunteer!

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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