EDISON, NJ - On Saturday, June 8, Neighborhood House was awarded the Community Service Organization honor by the National Association of University Women Plainfield-Brunswick Branch (NAUW) in recognition of their 81 years of serving and educating the children of Plainfield. Neighborhood House Executive Director Carol Presley accepted the award, which was presented to her by former Neighborhood House Executive Director and NAUW member Evelyn Motley. The ceremony took place at Pines Manor in Edison.
"It is truly an honor to receive this Community Service Award from the National Association of University Women on behalf of Neighborhood House. A non-profit organization is only as good as those who are dedicated to its mission and this agency's path of success is lined with parents, employees, community members, and board members that continually go above and beyond on behalf of our most prized possessions, the children," remarked Carol Presley.
“In these 81 years, Neighborhood House has served generations of families. When you walk through Plainfield and you say, ‘Where’s Neighborhood House?’ anyone can tell you it’s on Fourth Street, and that’s because 4 to 5 generations of children have gone through their programs,” stated Evelyn Motley.
Neighborhood House is in the midst of a large scale renovation and expansion project in order to provide better childcare to more children and families in Plainfield. The project includes the construction of 20 additional classrooms for children from infancy through preschool. With these classrooms, Neighborhood House will have the capacity to accommodate approximately 385 children once complete. In addition, Neighborhood house is renovating their facility to include classroom observation rooms for training and mentoring new teachers, a Parent Welcome Center, and a new library that features a full-service state-of-the-art technology center.
About Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has provided children, and in particular those from economically disadvantaged families with a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment for the past 8 decades. The center is fully accredited and all of the programs – infant/toddler early learning, preschool, after school, and school-age summer camp – place an emphasis on math, science, and problem solving while continuing to foster creativity. The organization serves approximately 320 children and also offers focused educational and support programs designed to assist and empower parents and guardians.