NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Family Service Bureau held a Delightful Garden – Delicious Food fundraiser in early September 2017 at the Mountsier-Hardie Garden in Nutley. The over 200 attendees is just a stepping stone for the organization.
NFSB board member Ruth Bedford, of Nutley, said the event and NFSB are very well organized. “They have helped the people of Nutley for many, many years. They do a great job and have a great staff,” she said. Bedford was board president and is a lifetime trustee.
Eileen Painter, director of NFSB delivered a speech thanking all the supporters who came to the event. “We are more than just individuals; we are family in a community. Thanks to the village that made this possible,” she said. Felicia Gardner, director of Clinical Services and Programming at NFSB added, “Our vision is where mental well-being is an intricate part of life.”
Board President Vicki Ray said in an interview, “It was truly a beautiful reflection of Nutley and everything about Nutley.”
Nutleyite Dianne Wilson commented on the venue, “Silas Mountsier has always tried to help Nutley and all who need it. He opens his garden for fundraiser,” she said.
NFSB plans to hold more fundraisers in the future to make up for the loss of funds from the township. In July the township announced a $40,000 cut to their funds.
According to trustee Emma Cortese part of their plan is to get the residents involved to make it special. “Learn about NFSB, invest in the community and grow with it. This particular event is so diverse in ages that people who came were adults and families along with toddlers and older children. It embraced the entire family and had a warm family feel,” she added.
Painter would like to redefine the word donation. Although money is always accepted and needed she also requests that people donate other items such as gently used clothing, food or volunteering. The food pantry and Thrift Shop are accepting donations. “It’s not always financial, it’s not just money, its time and effort that can be a valuable contribution,” she said.
According to Painter the organization began a “Coupon Club.” NFSB is accepting unexpired coupons which people could use for shopping.
The organization has, over the course of the last year, well over 100 volunteers, some are seasonal. About 25 percent are youth volunteers. They also have corporate supporters including Nutley Park ShopRite, Spencer Savings, and Investors Bank..