NEWTON, NJ— The Northwest NJ Community Action Partnership, Inc. (NORWESCAP) was presented with a proclamation celebrating 50 years of service, at the Town Council meeting on Monday, August 24 at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.

“Since 1965, NORWESCAP has been providing invaluable and outstanding service to our citizens,” Mayor Flynn read from the proclamation he presented on behalf of the Town Council.  

NORWESCAP is just one of the 23 Community Action Agencies in New Jersey. However, it is one of over 1,000 nationwide that were founded on a common purpose- “to support low-income households as they develop their abilities to be self-supporting and develop family and community relationships that will sustain self- reliance”.

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While the efforts that birthed Community Action began in 1964 with the Equal Opportunity Act, half a century later, NORWESCAP operates 15 major programs, has grown to 270 full and part-time employees and has more than 30,000 individuals that it serves each year with the help of antipoverty services.

“NORWESCAP is a community leader; its positive action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes New Jersey a better place to live,” states the proclamation.  

Mayor Flynn presented NORWESCAP representative Mary Lou Schnurr with this proclamation as he read aloud from it. “We the Town Council of the Town of Newton pause in our deliberations to proclaim our appreciation and congratulations to Northwest NJ Community Action Partnership, Inc. (NORWESCAP), upon the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Community Action”.