The 2015 Union County Nonprofit Consortium Networking Conference will be held Thursday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at L'Affaire Fine Catering, 1099 U.S. Highway 22 East, Mountainside, NJ.

The conference is an opportunity for leaders and representatives of nonprofits from throughout Union County to learn more about services available to them and collaboration opportunities, listen to speakers and attend roundtable discussions to learn how to strengthen their organizations.

"The common good of the vital services provided to Union County citizens can best be maintained through a strong system of county social service agencies working together," said Sid Blanchard, executive director of Community Access Unlimited. "Together we can build capacity, collaborate and ensure continuity of a vibrant and responsive social services system."

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The conference will feature:

  • Panel discussion entitled "Re-Engineering Your Nonprofit and Creative Financial Stability"

  • Addresses by Ella Teal, president and CEO of the Urban League of Union County, and Richard Rodgers, executive director of UCPC Behavioral Healthcare

  • Roundtable discussion with the topics:

  • The Dream to Successful Structural Reality

  • Changing Landscape in Funding and Financing

  • Nonprofit Advocacy<!-- -->

  • Entrepreneuralizing Your Services

  • Presentation entitled "The Future of Nonprofit: Advocacy for Change" by Linda Czipo, executive director of the Center for Non Profits


The attendee registration fee is $35; the vendor registration fee is $140. The registration deadline is May 21. Register by visiting:

CAU is a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to more than 6,000 adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, in areas including vocational and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation and in-home services. The money raised at the outing helps fund CAU's programs.

About CAU

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 36th year of success in 2015, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community.  CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society.  CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities.  CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights.  CAU serves more than 5,000 individuals each year.  For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.