On Wednesday, March 31, vaccinations were provided by the New Jersey Department of Health Initiative through the "United Way of Greater Union County'' in partnership with the RWJ foundation, County of Union and City of Plainfield. These efforts are focused on serving homeless, Day Laborers and at-risk of homeless persons in Union County. There are many obstacles and challenges for people who live without permanent housing to obtain vaccinations. Not only do they live without housing, but they also have no access to the internet which can lead to not being able to access city resources.
Angels For Action, AFA, is honored to be able to host a pop-up event in the city of Plainfield. Its office is also convenient for residents to walk or bike to, as many do not have a mode of transportation. For over 10 years, Angels For Action has worked in numerous free community events and ESL programs, so it was easy for AFA to notify vulnerable residents to this vaccination event as AFA and United Way wanted to make sure the vaccinations were going to the right people who do not have access to healthcare.
Those who were able to come out also received a mix of free items; like Backpacks full of Antiseptic wipes, batteries and other Emergency equipment. Dunkin' Donuts gift cards were provided by United Way, and Angels For Action donated Staples School Supplies to those families with children.
We would like to thank all the hardworking volunteers from the community, Plainfield police, and partners who helped see this event through. This event was overwhelmingly successful as we are proud to have been able to distribute over 90 Johnson & Johnson vaccines. On top of that, we have about 200 more registered for a future pop-up event. This goes to show that residents are serious about protecting themselves from the COVID-19 virus and keeping our community safe.
Angels For Action, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, dedicated to sponsoring free education and community services. We execute positive solutions that help our community grow and improve in the various areas that affect our daily lives.