Norma Bowe

Highland Park

2023 Honoree

Focus Area:

Homeless Support

Organizational Affiliation:


Norma started Be The Change, a 100% volunteer effort, over 13 years ago to address social justice issues in NJ. She’s led teams of volunteers to deliver food and support to homeless individuals in Newark every week for 12 years. During the pandemic, she created an Emergency Pandemic Food Pantry that delivered 46,800 food boxes to vulnerable people in seven counties. She established a Mobile Vaccine Clinic to reach marginalized, vaccine- hesitant communities. She began outreach to elderly individuals living in homeless tent encampments in Ocean County.