Community Access Unlimited (CAU) raised more than $56,000 for programs serving people with disabilities and at-risk youth this week at its 2017 CAU Golf Classic, held at Suburban Country Club. More than 150 attendees supported the agency and its members.

Community Access Unlimited is a statewide nonprofit providing support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing supports in areas including housing, vocational skills and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation.

"We're here to support CAU and raise money for a great cause," said Harold Poltrock, Esq. and president of the CAU board of trustees. "At CAU we cannot fulfill our mission of enabling our members to live independently within the community without the support of our community partners. Their turnout for this event speaks as positively about them as it does about us."

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The event sponsor was Valley National Bank.

“As a community-focused bank, it is our responsibility to help nonprofit organizations that make our communities a better place to live,” said Mwaura Muroki, Valley National Bank commercial loan officer. “That is why we are proud to support Community Access Unlimited in their mission to provide support services for youth and adults with disabilities.”

Also in attendance were Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) and former U.S. Senator Jeffrey Chiessa. Bramnick has been supporting CAU since he was a city council member in Plainfield in the 1980s and helped the agency open a youth home in the city despite some local opposition.

"Sid has set the model for helping people with challenges and I'm proud to support him in any way I can," Bramnick said about Sid Blanchard, CAU executive director. "The most important thing in life is to help people."

Added Chiessa, "I'm here to support a great organization. I think Community Access is an exceptionally well-run organization creating outstanding opportunities for people."

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.