FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Borough of Fanwood, Township of Scotch Plains, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium have partnered to help all local federal workers affected by the government shutdownThe Ministerium consists of representatives of houses of worship and community leaders who meet monthly to address various issues in the community and to build stronger bonds in the community by working together.

"As the shutdown heads into its fourth week, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and the SPF Ministerium  recognize that it is becoming a hardship for some of our community families," Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr said at the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. "We want our families to know that we are here to help."

"We recognize that it is becoming a hardship for some of our community families," said Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith during an interview with TAPintoSPF. "If you are a government employee in the need of assistance, we are ready and willing to help with a variety of resources."

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If you are a government employee in need of assistance, a variety of resources is now available. Simply fill out an application and bring it to the Mayor’s Office in Fanwood or the Clerk’s Office in Scotch Plains to register. Information will be handled with discretion; recognizing that this is a difficult and stressful time for families. 

Click here for the community assistance application.

To Donate

Community members who would like to help are asked to donate gift cards to grocery stores, Target, and Walmart. You can forward to Elaine Coupe at St. Bartholomew Church, 2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains. Local business that would like to offers services, should also contact Elaine at  (908) 322-5192 ext. 141.

All donations that remain after the shutdown will go to the DeNizio Ministerium Fund which is used to help those in need in our community. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.