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Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Kicks off ‘Wish List’ Program to Help Non-Profits

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Mario Cesario of Cesar-Kai Academy presents Cara Pavia of Community Access Unlimited with a laptop computer. Credits: DeHanesPhotography
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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mario Cesario of Cesar-Kai Academy in Cranford recently donated a laptop computer to Community Access Unlimited, a non-profit based in Elizabeth, kicking off the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wish List Program. The program matches businesses with non-profit organizations that need help.

“We developed this program so that chamber members who are for-profits can help the non-profits,” Stephanie Branna, chair of the GWACC Nonprofit Committee, said. “And it will provide awareness of our members to get them known, what they do and what we do in the community.”

Cesario was excited to be the first donor.

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“I think it’s great idea and a great initiative from the chamber and something I want to be part of,” he said.

Community Access Unlimited provides comprehensive support services to about  8,000 New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities, youth aging out of foster care and people with affordable housing needs. Their mission is to give the people they work with the opportunity to live independently and to lead normal and productive lives as citizens integrated into the community.

“A computer can help us properly report on services through our electronic health record system that, being mobile, can allow us to travel into our member’s homes to complete and record services,” Cara Pavia, director of marketing for CAU, said. “We also use computers to work with our members on daily living tasks such as budgeting, accessing public information, signing up for recreation events and even socially, as many of our members are active on social media and communicate with family and peers.”

For more information about the Wish List program, contact Branna at stephanie@brannaagency.com.

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