UNION, NJ – Union resident Bertha Little Mathews accepted the 36th Richard J. Galante, Sr. Humanitarian Award on Saturday night at the annual UNICO dinner.

UNICO, founded in 1922, is an organization that stands for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity. 

Little Mathews is President of BLM Consultants, LLC Administrative Consultants in Union and Director of Community Development for the Township.  She serves as the Township’s Housing Relocation Officer, providing referral services to the residents of Union.  She works with public officials and non-profit agencies to promote community development, health and safety. 

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“I thank Union UNICO for selecting me as the Humanitarian & Advocate for 2016,” said Little Mathews. 

“An advocate is a person who publically supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.  An Advocate is a supporter or one who recommends, not a person holding a position to dictate or to force those s/he represents,” said Little Mathews.  “An advocate is a person who pleads on someone else’s behalf, sometimes publicly, but more often one person at a time."

"As I looked around the room, I saw a room full of Humanitarians & Advocates, but felt so honored and blessed that UNICO Union selected me as this year’s honoree.”

Little Mathews’ civic services include involvement with the Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee, the Bethel AME Church Board of Stewards, chairperson of the Oliver E. Young Scholarship Committee, a founding member of the Jeanette Shell Scholarship Committee, Mayor’s Aide, Americans with Disabilities Act Committee, Human Relations Committee and Economic Development Commission.

Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright and Township Committee members Joseph Florio, Clifton People Jr., Michele Delisfort and Deputy Mayor Suzette Cavadas were on hand to celebrate the 2016 UNICO honoree.