Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the 1st Born Learning Trail in Gloucester County, held on March 31st at the Autumn Pasquale Memorial Park in Clayton. This fun, interactive trail is designed to boost school readiness in preschool children through a series of engaging activities resulting in increased language, reading, and problem-solving skills, all important components of lifelong learning. It is also a visible sign of a community's commitment to young children and their positive development.
Thank you to Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Mayor Tom Bianco, NJ Advance Media, and the wonderful members of our Women's Leadership Council for joining us!
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We have many superheroes in disguise right here in Gloucester County! They are making a difference in the lives of others, fighting villains such as hunger, illiteracy and unemployment. OUR HEROES CAN ONLY SUCCEED WITH YOUR HELP!
Join us on June 11th as we race together to make Gloucester County a better place. Racers are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero gear, and ok, if you want to be a villain we'll allow it! We'll be running the TRAILS of Rowan College at Gloucester County - not your average 5K, but one fit for a superhero!
You may register using this downloadable Registration Form. If you have any questions please contact Leah at email@example.com or 856-845-4303 ext. 12.
Teams are encouraged, so get your sports team, running group, friends and family together and
LIVE HEROIC, LIVE UNITED!
Clarifi – Financial Smarts – Financial Literacy Workshops
The Financial Smarts initiative includes educational workshops targeted to adults who are seeking a stronger understanding of the basics of personal finance. The program covers a wide range of topics, including budgeting and money management; credit and credit report; banking basics; debt and consumer protections; and keys to homeownership.
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation – Pediatric Cancer Family Services Program
The Family Services Program is offered free-of-charge to children with cancer and their families. The program includes some or all of the following services: in-home counseling by a professional caseworker; advocacy with outside agencies; when needed, provisions of material goods such as food, clothing, household items, and toys; emergency financial aid. The children and families are helped with their day-to-day needs at home where they might be isolated and missing support.
Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity – Veteran Build Home
Habitat for Humanity partners with a family, volunteers and others to build homes for low-to-moderate income families. This home is being built for a Veteran and his family in Clayton. There are financial responsibilities to become a partner family, such as they pay for the down payment, closing costs and require 6 months proof of steady employment. The family contributes 350 “sweat equity” hours in the building of their home.
Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries – Summer Lunch Box Program
The GWCM recognizes that the summer months place an extra burden on families when school-aged children, who normally receive free/reduced breakfasts and lunches at school, are at home during the summer break. For the past ten years, the organization has conducted a Summer Lunchbox Program for qualifying children. Each week, the family is provided with five nutritionally complete “boxes” of food per child. Each box contains shelf-stable milk, low-sugar breakfast cereal, a box of 100% juice, a microwavable lunch item, a snack and a piece of fresh fruit. Also provided is a new or gently used donated book for each child once per week and donated age-appropriate school supplies for when they return to school.
Kings Things – Laptop and software for clients’ use
The agency assists local families to a path to financial stability, fostering life skills that will promote personal responsibility and increase financial stability, which leads to greater independence from formal support services and utilize personal assets. The use of the computer, and purchased software, will help in resume writing, job searches, budget development, services and in other areas. Utilizing the computer at the agency, with the assistance of staff and volunteers, will give the client privacy, confidentiality, assistance, build confidence and with more time than is available at local libraries.
SHADOW Equestrian – Special saddles and equipment for children with disabilities
The agency provides recreational therapeutic riding instruction to disabled children and their instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. The children have physical disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy and other muscular diagnoses, focusing on balance, stability, core strength and stamina. Also served are children on the Autism spectrum, focusing on accepting new environments and situations, and those with Down Syndrome, where the focus is on core strength, weight control and behavior issues. The agency has eight different horses and ponies, based on personality, body type, gait movement and ability to work in unusual situations with disabled children. The saddles and tack need to be modified to fit a variety of needs of the riders. The funding will be used for a special saddle and equipment which would stay more balanced, making it easier for the rider to stay centered, especially when turning the horse around poles and cones.
For the breakdown of funding for each of the above programs, please click here.
Don't forget!...The Pureland East-West Community Shuttle began on June 1st, 2015, and originates at the Avandale Park & Ride. It will have stops in Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro, and end in the Pureland Industrial Complex in Logan Township. The shuttle will be used to travel to places of employment, as well as social service and County agencies, health facilities, shopping and more. The service hours are Monday through Friday, 5:00 am to 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The fare is only $1.00 each way.
The shuttle is a collaboration of seven partners: the Pascale Sykes Foundation, United Way of Gloucester County (lead agency), the County of Gloucester, Cross County Connection, South Jersey Transit Authority, Heart of Gloucester County, and NJ Transit.
Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony held in May 2015 are Frances Sykes, President of the Pascale Sykes Foundation; Robert Damminger, Freeholder Director on the Board of Chosen Freeholders; and Michael Gower, emcee of the event and Executive Director of United Way of Gloucester County. Also pictured in the ribbon cutting ceremony are Heather Simmons (Freeholder), Ronda Urkowitz (Cross County Connection), Bernadette Blackstock (Heart of Gloucester County), Steven Fittante (NJ Transit), Mayor Lou Manzo (Harrison Township), and Logan Township Councilman Stephen Dougherty.