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Local People with Developmental Disabilities Advocate for Change During Month of Awareness

March 6, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ - People with developmental disabilities are on a mission. In the fall of 2010, the federal government officially eliminated the words “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded individual” from the federal registry, replacing them with “intellectual disability” and “individual with an intellectual disability.” People with ...

Adult Troop Leaders Needed as Girl Scouts Membership Skyrockets in Newark

NEWARK, NJ -- There’s a myth about all those Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-si-dos the CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) wants to dispel.

“It’s not a cookie program. It’s not a cookie sale,” Natasha Hemmings said while sitting in Whole Foods in Downtown Newark, catching a quick bite before she headed out to another meeting.

“It’s an ...

HOPE starts here: Susan G. Komen Set to Host 2019 Pink Tie Party

March 1, 2019 – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that Dun & Bradstreet, Steven Bitterman, Principal, Gensler and Summit Medical Group will be recognized at its 2019 Pink Tie Party on Friday, March 22, 2019 at The Grove in Cedar Grove.

This year’s signature event, chaired by Michael Karlis of Bridgewater will also feature special guest Amy Robach, Co-Anchor for ABC ...

Local At-risk Youth Mark One Year of Stability

ELIZABETH, NJ - Finding stability is both a goal and a challenge for youth living in the child welfare system. For 33 local youth at risk, that objective became reality this week as they celebrated a year of progress within Community Access Unlimited’s youth services program.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with disabilities and at-risk ...

Union County Prosecutors Office Present Local Animal Rescuer with Two Certificates of Appreciation

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A local animal rescuer was awarded at a luncheon this week with two Certificates of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutors Office.

Darcy Del Castillo received two Certificate’s of Appreciation from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, one for her work as Elizabeth Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator and Animal Evaluator, and also for her non-profit ...

Couples Connected by Human Services Agency Look Forward to Valentine’s Day

ELIZABETH, NJ - Cupid’s arrow knows no bounds, striking connections between people of all races, religions, abilities and sexual orientations. Locally, a husband and wife with disabilities and a young LGBTQ couple who met through the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Amanda and Wesley Strond of Plainfield are people with ...

Supporters’ Full Court Press Ensure Success for Charity Games Annual Event Raises Funds to Combat Homelessness

ELIZABETH, NJ - A fearsome, major winter storm couldn’t lessen the support for the 25th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Basketball Tournament to benefit the programs of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

The games were originally set for January 19 until a major winter storm was predicted, and the tournament had to be canceled. The two games between high school teams were ...

Bernadette Griswold Assumes Leadership of Renowned Nonprofit Community Access Unlimited

ELIZABETH, NJ - Bernadette Griswold has assumed leadership of renowned nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) as executive director. Griswold succeeds Sidney Blanchard, who after 40 years has stepped down as executive director but remains with the organization as associate executive director of community relations.

CAU is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate ...


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