MILLBURN, NJ – Millburn Township Committeeman Sam Levy announced that June is Down The Block Month on Tuesday at Town Hall. The proclamation offered by the Township Committee was presented to Down The Block President Tyler Foster and board member (past president) Dr. Lisa Jacobs. The proclamation recognizes the nonprofit organization’s years of service helping Township residents who are facing financial setbacks with short-term financial assistance.
Down The Block is a Millburn-based nonprofit organization that began in 2009, founded by Short Hills resident Wendi Weill. In the first year of operations, Weill raised $50,000 in donations to support Township residents in need. Since then, Down The Block has provided over $390,000 in financial assistance to needy residents. In 2010, Weill was awarded Millburn’s Community Service Award for her many years of service to the community.
“On behalf of the all-volunteer board members of Down the Block – both current and former - we thank you, Mayor Burstein and members of the Township Committee, for your support and recognition of this evening’s proclamation,” said Foster. “As a nonprofit, we would not have been able to do this without the generous support of the town and our fellow residents. We again thank you for your support over the years and ask for your continued support in helping us help our neighbors in need."
Down the Block is the only organization that can step in to pay a bill for a Millburn Township resident experiencing unforeseen financial need. To assure that donations go to those Township residents in need each application is carefully reviewed. Once an applicant's claim is verified and deemed eligible, Down The Block provides payment directly to the provider of the goods or services to assure the donation helps meet the most pressing need. Applicants can be assured that privacy and confidentiality is maintained.