Randolph Township is first and foremost a service-based organization.  Most residents are familiar with the many services provided by the township: snow removal; leaf and branch collections; garbage and recycling pick up; large household bulk items collections; animal control; health screenings and low-cost immunizations; Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad services; a Dial-A-Ride program for our seniors and the disabled, and the maintenance of a food pantry just to name a few. One area of service with which residents might not be as familiar is social services.  Our community is blessed with an extremely competent, dedicated, and compassionate team of Public Health Nurses, and an equally skilled and caring Community Services Coordinator, who provide assistance on a wide variety of social service needs locally.  However, the majority of social services are administered by agencies outside of the Randolph municipal organization and navigating the myriad of options available for our use can be a daunting task, particularly for the individual in crisis.

This is why the Council and I have initiated a campaign to raise awareness of a one stop service that helps connect those in need with an appropriate local service provider.  NJ 2-1-1 is a nationally accredited subsidiary of the United Way of New Jersey in partnership with the State of New Jersey.  Whether you or someone you know seeks help with mental health issues, homelessness prevention, utility assistance, transportation, domestic violence, drug and alcohol recovery, grief counseling, or just about anything else, assistance is just a call, text, or online chat away.  NJ 2-1-1 maintains a database of over 3,000 organizations and more than 10,000 services.   Last year alone they provided over 560,000 referrals.  By dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting www.nj211.org, you can connect confidentially for free with a live, certified staff member who will point you in the right direction.  The NJ 2-1-1 help button has been located on the township website.  Click the button, browse the service options, or start an anonymous chat to help yourself, a family member, or your neighbor. 

NJ 2-1-1 is there to assist: families, parents, teens, grandparents, concerned friends and neighbors; agency and healthcare professionals; those who have aged out of certain programs; clergy and school counselors; seniors; and veterans.  In a nutshell, NJ 2-1-1 is there to help everyone.  If you are affiliated with a not-for-profit organization or agency and its offered services are not currently part of the NJ 2-1-1 database, it is easy to be listed by visiting the above website.  If your organization is already in the database, be sure to update its listing annually.  NJ 2-1-1 is a resource everyone in our community should be aware of and I hope you will join me in spreading the word to both those in need as well as to those looking to offer assistance.

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As always, reach out to me or any other council member with questions or concerns.  My cell phone number is 201-400-6747 and email address is jloveys@randolphnj.org.  Enjoy the fall season, be safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


Jim Loveys