Giving Back

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Youth members from the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited (CAU) hit the streets of Union County at 3 a.m. this past Wednesday morning to participate in the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, a national effort to gather information on the homeless at one moment throughout the United ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced on Wednesday that free meals are being offered at IKEA in Elizabeth to Federal workers who are working without pay in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history with no end in sight.  “As the longest government shutdown in ...

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Sidney Blanchard, one of NJ’s most influential nonprofit change-makers, returns to his community activist roots. ELIZABETH, NJ - In the 40 years since Sid Blanchard put down his state social work career to launch Community Access Unlimited (CAU), he has secured his place as a founding father of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents of the Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs chose gifts from under the Christmas tree at Trinitas Regional Medical Center during the ninth Annual Three Kings Day Celebration organized by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) earlier this month at Trinitas. The ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - The stage at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University was ablaze last week with the energy and Day-Glo tee-shirts of musicians with disabilities from Community Access Unlimited and university music majors at the group's fourth annual collaborative concert. CAU is a Union ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Roselle Park 24/7's annual Toys4 Kids program celebrated the “Season of Giving” by delivering toys that were collected at various locations in Roselle Park. The program now in its 4th year was the largest donation to date.  Six large sacks of toys were dropped off at Trinitas ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union Knights of Columbus, JFK Assembly #666, cosponsored a Wreaths Across America event on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Elizabeth with the Elizabeth Garden Club, members of Troop #25 Boy Scouts from Staten Island, Girl Scouts from Union’s Troop #40024, ...

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Union County, NJ – Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli joined Undersheriffs Dennis Burke and Amilcar Colon in congratulating the Sheriff’s officers who participated in No Shave November.  The officers raised $5,070 for the New Jersey Veterans Network and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. No Shave ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has, once again, come to the rescue of Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Services Program, this time, just in time for the holidays. The most recent grant from Phillips 66 in the amount of $81,300 has enabled the purchase of an urgently needed, ...

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ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ - Residents and their dogs were on hand as the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially cut the ribbon and opened the Warinanco Dog Park in Roselle this past Saturday. The new dog park is located behind the Warinanco Sports Center located at 1 Park Drive in ...

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SOMERSET , NJ – Over the past few years, non-profit organizations have used “creative and unique” campaigns to bring local and national attention to their cause.  The ALS Foundation took the country and world by storm during the summer of 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Susan G. Komen has ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - As families gather for Thanksgiving this week and celebrate all they have, one 20-year-old in Elizabeth is grateful for something most people take for granted – her car. Nicole Jenkins has not had an easy life, she was living within the state child welfare system and looking for ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Dr. Robert Marbut Jr., a pioneer in the field of homelessness and homeless transformation, has joined the Family Promise National Board of Trustees. Marbut is the embodiment of Family Promises' assertion that family homelessness is a bipartisan issue, having both served as a White ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – On Thursday, November 1, Cub Scouts from Pack 118 chartered to Bernice’s Place at the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless to learn basic fire building skills while demonstrating various character traits exemplified in the Boy Scout Law. Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Twelve pairs of shoes lined the stage at the Union County Youth Services Networking Conference, several once belonging to teenagers who took their own lives. Tricia Baker, whose son, Kenny, died by suicide in 2010, told the youth services professionals in the room that the young ...

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GARWOOD, NJ - Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) was honored Thursday with the Humanitarian of the Year award at the Annual Gala Dinner Dance of the nonprofit Community Access Unlimited, held at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. Also honored were Senate Majority Leader ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Dozens of survivors and community members gathered together to “Walk for a Cause” on Saturday, Oct 20, in the town’s 6th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.   The event sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Trinitas Hospital, and Union County Public Health, ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth Rotary Club’s annual fan-favorite fundraiser flooded the Renaissance Hotel’s ballroom with novice and seasoned foodies alike Monday evening, raising more than $13,000 to put toward community initiatives. Entering its 12th year, Taste of Elizabeth offered 40 food and ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - For Stephen Soares, two things have remained constant throughout his 30 years: a love of cars, and a dream to drive a truck.  “All my life, I wanted to be a truck driver,” he said. “I wanted to do something that was going to make a good living and earn enough money to make things ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ – Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, began her address to the business executives in front of her with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, “‘First start by doing what is necessary, then do the possible, and suddenly you are doing ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  NJ  Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy will serve as honorary chairs for the Bloomfield College Sesquicentennial Gala. The gala will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Valley Regency at 6:30 p.m. The black-tie Sesquicentennial Gala is being hailed as "the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - 'Garden State Quilters' (GSQ) has been in existence for nearly 40 years, meeting monthly to make quilts. At the beginning of the year, members receive a starter kit that contains one square of fabric from which to begin a quilt of their own design which, according to the head of ...

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