Fellow business owners who are members of the GWACC or who are interested in the organization are invited to join a special networking event on Tuesday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Darby Road Pub in Scotch Plains.  The event's title tells attendees they will “Fall in Love with a Great Cause”!  The event is a great opportunity to come and meet some of the dedicated and passionate nonprofit members and learn about the amazing programs they are implementing in local communities. 

in order to continue these programs, our nonprofits need our support for the work they are doing and each will be ready to present their programs/needs to you.  For example…

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts’ Music Connection program provides children with special needs the opportunity to study music in a nurturing environment at a very low cost.  A $500 donation would provide one child a full course of music therapy and personalized music lessons.

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The “Bravest First” program offered by Youth & Family Counseling provides free counseling for anyone in active service or is a veteran of the military.  A $500 donation would cover the expense of 10 sessions.

This is an open networking event with a focus on bringing awareness on the  amazing programs of our nonprofit membership and help them raise funds to continue to do their great work. To register, please go to www.gwaccnj.com. Registration is $25 for GWACC members and $35 for non-members.

We can't wait for you to join us and "Fall in Love with a Great Cause"!

Nonprofit Program Overview

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts' Music Connection program provides children with special needs the opportunity to study music in a nurturing environment at a low cost, thanks to generous donations and grants. A $500 donation would provide one child a full course of music therapy and personalized music lessons.

During the ordeal of cancer diagnosis, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation steps in with tailored assistance for each family.  $500 would allow us to ease the burden of families with terminally ill children.  We are passionate about our kids with cancer and are unique in the way we help.  Our services are free and statewide.

We are Habitat for Humanity GPMC and our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live.  We provide affordable home ownership. We are in need of $500 to provide a new computer for our volunteer workstation.

For many families, summer day camp is out of reach financially, yet the school age years are critical for a child’s social and emotional development.  The Westfield Area YMCA sponsors a Golf Classic each year which sends kids in need to camp this summer. We request your support through sponsorship or donation of a high quality auction item.

Mobile Meals of Westfield is a voluntary, non-profit community service providing meal delivery to those who are unable to shop and prepare their own meals.  Our purpose is to serve our neighbors in need and ensure they have nutritious meals and vital daily contact. $250 would buy 40 people a hot meal per day or $250 would buy a hot and cold meal for 29 people per day.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County serves 2,000 youth ages 5-18 in 5 communities each year. Teen Leadership is an important program as it works with teens to develop social and leadership skills, become future civic leaders and engage in community service. In an effort to attract and retain more teens, we are refurbishing the Union Club Teen Center with an Audio Production Room, where teens can create, mix and produce music.  Our need is for equipment.

Youth & Family Counseling Service provides affordable mental health treatment to help people in need regardless of the ability to pay. Our mission is to continue to help “anyone,” as we believe that no one should go without help who asks for it. The Bravest First program provides free counseling for anyone who actively serves or is a veteran of the military. $500 would cover the expense for 10 sessions.

Caring Contact is a volunteer-staffed crisis hotline that provides evidence-based training in suicide awareness and intervention to schools, first responders, clergy, and various community organizations.  $400 covers the cost of our 2-hour suicide awareness and intervention training to a community group.  The training teaches risk factors for suicide, protective factors again suicide, warning signs that someone may be at risk for suicidal thoughts, and intervention skills when someone is in crisis.

The Westfield Community Center provides recreational and educational programs to all age groups.  We are currently focusing on our Senior Citizen Program for older Adults. These seniors range from ages 65 to 95. The program provides recreational activities, health educational information, healthy bones exercises, birthday celebrations, speakers & special events, day trips, daily meals and door to door transportation. We are seeking $500 to go toward the purchase of a 15-passenger shuttle bus.

The Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care provides quality hospice care to thousands of residents in the greater Union County area. Our hospice services are offered in a patient’s home or in one of our two state of the art facilities, the goal of a peaceful, dignified and pain free death is the heart of our mission. Our Charitable Care Program offered close to $3M in free or reduced cost care last year alone.  No hospice patient is ever denied service by the Center due to an inability to pay or access to health insurance. We welcome your supporting of a contribution of $500.

Union County Educational Services Commission (UCESC) is requesting $400 to help offset the cost of offering a weekly yoga class that is held on-site in the classroom. The class introduces the student interns to basic yoga stretches and breathing exercises that can be used to   manage stressors at work. Since the student interns in the WRA are all students with special needs and attending a special placement program, they are unable to participate in traditional, state-mandated physical education classes in their home school districts. The yoga program will offer them an opportunity to learn new tools for keeping their bodies and minds healthy both at work and at home.