Giving Back

April 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Since the start of the pandemic, the Borough of Roselle Park, in partnership with the American Red Cross, has collected 114 pints of blood, resulting in 342 lives saved.  For the last year, the United States has faced a blood shortage, warning that blood supplies across the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - From pop to blues and rap to jazz, there’s something for everyone at a virtual concert fundraiser for Community Access Unlimited this week, March 22-27. Banding Together features musical performances at 7 p.m. nightly on the CAU Facebook page. All proceeds will support programs ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - On Thursday, the Walter Wimbush Scholarship program awarded its 7th annual scholarship to Senior Luisa F. Chaquea of Abraham Clark High School in Roselle.   Chaquea will be attending Eastern University and will major in Biology. Walter Wimbush said, "The Walter Wimbush Scholarship ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Howard Wingard recalls that when he was in college, he was given a list of white American authors and their books to choose from for a term paper. That didn’t sit right with him, so he asked his professor if he could instead write about Richard Wright or James Baldwin. Why ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Rene H. Rasheed of Roselle has received Union County’s 9th annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian award honoring those who exemplify the spirit of community service.  Rasheed, owner of Rene's Fashion Designs Boutique, has lived in Roselle for 38 years and has run her boutique for more ...

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ROSELLE, NJ — Each year, AAngelsNJ, a cancer nonprofit in Essex County, releases a calendar featuring one breast cancer survivor for each month. This year, the 2021 features Roselle resident Kim Waked. Her story of survival is included in the calendar. Kim is one of eleven other women from all ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - This week, Harold Harris chose an engagement ring and picked up a red dress shirt for a celebration on Valentine’s Day. He said he can’t wait to officially propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer Brown.  Both Harris and Brown are members at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park 24/7 recently announced that Ava is the first baby born in Roselle Park for 2021.  Ava, born on January 12, is the daughter of proud parents Brianah Bryant and Paul Joseph.  Roselle Park’s newest resident for 2021 will be presented a welcome basket of donated ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited is working with Amazon to help people with disabilities in New Jersey begin new careers working for the retailer. Amazon has made a commitment to “building and supporting an inclusive workforce,” which may include supported employment such as job ...

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The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is spearheading a $2.8 million initiative to fund  small- and medium-sized food pantries and soup kitchens that face an increased surge in demand for food during the coronavirus pandemic. NJPRF, which was founded in March to marshal resources to meet critical ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Service providers for people with disabilities continue to raise the bar for remote learning and virtual programs to meet the needs of the people they serve. Staff at Community Access Unlimited have been working hard since the start of the pandemic to make sure members don’t miss ...

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ROSELLE - Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Mayor Donald Shaw and other borough officials joined with a homegrown rapper on Wednesday to celebrate the achievement of 23 students at Polk Elementary School. Each student received a pair of Vans sneakers, based on the recommendation of Andreea Harry, school ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Students from Leonard V. Moore Middle School’s Generation on Kids Care Club embodied the spirit of giving this year, hosting The Great Toy Giveaway on December 1, better known as GivingTuesday. The Great Toy Giveaway, a part of Kids for Peace, is a unique peer-to-peer giving ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Earlier this week, Prevention Links announced that it received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to support the launch of a recovery community center in Union County. The Rise Up Recovery Center ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - LV Moore Generation on Kids Club and the Roselle Police Department hosted the “The Great Toy Giveaway” for Giving Tuesday in Roselle.  On a first-come, first-served basis, the giveaway attracted families from Harrison, Polk, Washington, and the KSA schools to the LV Moore school ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - The emergency drive-up and walk-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 originally scheduled for Saturday, December 5, has been rescheduled due to weather concerns. The distribution will now be held Sunday, December 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Having reached a dead end in his career, Thomas Corea decided to become a stay-home dad when his son, TJ, was 18 months old. Not long after that, he and his wife, Carol, discovered TJ was on the autistic spectrum. Thomas Corea has been the family caregiver for his son, now 26, ever ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - When Barshay Stinson became part of the Transitional Opportunities Program at Community Access Unlimited five years ago, he was an 18-year-old looking to leave the foster care system who had rarely been able to leave Jersey City.  Today he has a job he enjoys and is thrilled to ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - After six months of physical separation during COVID-19 lockdown, Megan and Maurice Stephens could not wait to be together and say their vows.  “COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop our wedding,” Megan said. It was meant to be, according to Maurice. From the time they met at a ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - “In January it will be the one-year anniversary of when our Police Department changed forever,” said Roselle Park Police Chief Daniel J. McCaffery.  “We lost a friend and coworker. Having to tell the people that work for me that we lost one of our own was one of the hardest ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Union County will be now offering free lunches to senior citizens (age 60 and over) twice a week. Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. seniors can pick up a meal from the Casano Community Center. The grab-and-go lunch program was started by the Union County ...

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ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has added five new child advocates to its roster, including Roselle’s Kevin Charles and Roselle Park’s Kathy Davis. The newly trained volunteers were sworn in by Judge Marc R. Brown via Zoom and Judge James Hely ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Atkins and the Roselle Borough Council are collecting donations for the “Giving Thanks by Giving” campaign. To participate in the campaign, the Mayor’s office is asking for donations of $25 food gift cards to be distributed to families to shop for holiday meals. The Borough ...

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The American Red Cross has organized a blood drive at the Casano Community Center for the Roselle Park Community. The drive is being held to address the recent blood shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can stop by the Casano Center from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Reginald and First Lady Cynthia Atkins organized a weekend of giveaways for Roselle families, with the help of Freeholder Andrea Staten and other state and local officials. Thursday began with two free mobile COVID-19 testing sites that served over 300 Roselle ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Community Access Unlimited kept up an annual walkathon tradition on Saturday, albeit in a virtual format, to support services for people with special needs. Donations are still being accepted for the Community Access Unlimited Ira Geller Walkathon and will support services as well ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - United Way and Union County have introduced a program to help students and their families that are struggling with the economic and emotional impact of the pandemic. The Family Support and Prevention program is open to all families that are Union County residents with a child under ...

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ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Atkins and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Atkins, have announced that they will be providing rental and utility assistance to members of the community. “There's no denying the financial toll the Coronavirus is taking on our community,” said Mayor Atkins. “We want to help ease the ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County tradition is going virtual this year to raise crucial funds for services that support people with disabilities and youth-at-risk in a safe and social distance-friendly event. Community Access Unlimited (CAU) invites members of the community to walk, jog or roll in ...

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