Recently PAR held a contest and asked its Customers to describe, in 300 words or less, their involvement in their favorite local charities. The winners are listed below and will receive cash donations in their names to the charities they submitted and support - $500 for the first place winner, $350 for second place winner, and $250 for the third place winner. The winner of the PAR Community PARtners contest is Robert Mintz from Short Hills, NJ. Robert nominated a charity called Down The Block ( http://www.downtheblock.org ) that provides assistance to local residents who find themselves in financial distress. Robert described the charity as a “hyper-local” non-profit organization located in Millburn Township, NJ that focuses on assisting those who are not eligible for traditional support. The second place winner is Shaun Keel who nominated Foster A Life ( http://www.fosteralife.com ). The organization’s mission is to provide services and opportunities to foster children to promote a more positive self-image and an increase in their self-esteem. They are a 100% volunteer organization, so all funding goes directly to the children. The third place winner is Judith Mathewson who submitted an organization named Welcome Home Vets ( http://www.whvets.org ). This organization focuses on providing psychological, financial, or spiritual help to veterans returning home from combat as well as to their families. Our congratulations and thanks to each of you for all the good work you do in your communities! Download the entries from the winning contestants. For more information about PAR's involvement in the community, please visit Community PARtners .