LAFAYETTE (NJ) - Pass It Along is set to hold the 4th Annual Stand Down for Veterans Event on June 8, 2019 at the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, located at 429 Lafayette Road, in Sparta, New Jersey. The event is being held from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., and is open to all military members, as well as their families. Military members may be active, reserved or retired. This event is made possible with the sponsorship of First Hope Bank, as well as the attendance of various non-profit vendors.

“The Stand Down is always an incredible day for us here at Pass It Along,” said Kathy Rathbone, Director of Programs for Pass It Along, “These veterans have incredible stories, and through this event, we not only get to hear them but we get to provide essential services these local heroes need.”

During the event, all attendees are welcome to join teenage volunteers for breakfast at the start of the day, provided by the Sparta Evangelical Free Church. Throughout the day, participants will have access to a variety of services, such as legal, medical and personal care offered by various organizations, including:

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A Cut Above Barbershop Atlantic Health System Division of Senior Services Family Promise of Sussex County Legal Services of Northwest Jersey Inc.

NAMI Sussex Real House Ink Sussex County Community College The American Legion: Department of New Jersey Vietnam Veterans of America Zufall Health Center

“This year we have decided to open up our annual Stand Down Event to not only homeless and low income Veterans but all Military members and their families; we believe that all who have served and risk their lives for our country should be recognized, appreciated, and honored not just today but every day,” says Jennifer Poquette, Manager of Leadership and School-Based Programs for Pass It Along, “That is what this event stands for, it is a day where agencies and organizations come together to offer their time and resources to those who have selflessly given their lives for our freedom.”

To volunteer at the event, or participate as a local agency, please contact Jennifer Poquette at or (973) 726-9777 ext. 227, or visit the website at

About Pass It Along Pass It Along is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Lafayette, N.J.. Pass It Along's mission is to build confident, resilient, compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteer and leadership opportunities. By participating in the Pass It Along program, teenagers gain a strong sense of self, learn about the positive effects of helping others and are equipped to avoid risky behaviors. For more information and to view all of our programs we have to offer, please visit