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Boosting Senior Mental Health: The Shop & Drop Program By JFS MetroWest

Volunteers of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ impact senior mental health by delivering essential goods to homebound seniors.

May is a time to highlight the significance of mental health awareness, reminding us of the invisible battles many—regardless of age or background—face daily. It’s a month dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues and emphasizing the power of community support.

In these times, when mental health support is more crucial than ever, the focus is on ensuring that individuals struggling with mental health challenges receive the compassion and assistance they deserve. Keep reading to discover one powerful way Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS) has been lending help to those who are most vulnerable. 

The Role of Shop & Drop Trips Impacting Senior Mental Health

With 224 Shop & Drop Trips to homebound seniors completed by 55 incredible volunteers, JFS has made significant strides in supporting our community here in New Jersey. 

Each Shop & Drop Trip involves volunteers carefully shopping for groceries and other requested items on behalf of a senior, then delivering these necessities directly to their doorstep. This not only ensures that homebound seniors have access to fresh and nutritious food but also provides them with a sense of connection and support from the community, reminding them that they are not forgotten. 

By stepping up to fill this vital need, JFS and its volunteers have not only made strides in supporting the physical well-being of homebound seniors but have also contributed to their emotional and psychological health, fostering a stronger, more caring community here in New Jersey.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund’s Support

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund plays a crucial role in supporting the work of organizations like JFS. By partnering with JFS, the Holiday Fund ensures that the vital services provided to those facing mental health challenges continue. 

Your donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund not only supports this important work but also makes you part of a larger movement aimed at uplifting and empowering individuals in need.

Read more: Elder Support: Ensuring Dignity and Independence for Our Seniors

Join the Movement: Make a Difference

In partnership with the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, we invite you to contribute to the ongoing efforts to support mental health awareness. By donating, you become a key player in a collective effort to make a real difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health issues.

Let’s come together to support this cause. Your support can transform lives and bring light to those in dark places. 

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s reaffirm our commitment to kindness, support, and community.  Donate now and be part of the change we wish to see in the world. 

Stress Awareness Month: Supporting Survivors In The Community

Highlighting Family Service League which is supporting survivors of sexual violence in innovative and creative ways. 

In the spirit of Stress Awareness Month, it’s crucial for our community to focus on supporting individuals facing stress and trauma. This month, we highlight the need to come together and uplift those who may be struggling with various life events, including survivors of sexual violence. This month especially, let’s raise awareness, show compassion, and take action to support those in need.

The Role of Family Service League (FSL)

As a Holiday Fund partner, Family Service League (FSL) plays a pivotal role in addressing the challenges faced by individuals highlighted in this month’s theme of Stress Awareness. 

In fact, in 2021, FSL initiated a program with Uber to provide rides for survivors of sexual violence to counseling sessions and accompaniments. Even after the pilot program ended, FSL maintained its commitment to providing rides to survivors and their significant others. In 2023, FSL provided an incredible 575 rides to survivors and their significant others for counseling and accompaniments.

FSL’s overarching mission is to strengthen and support those seeking counseling for any life event, provide sexual violence advocacy services, and offer educational programs to combat sexual violence. The organization strives to help families identify and access their own strengths and resources that will nurture healthy, lasting relationships. All of FSL’s services are open to individuals, their significant others, and family members, reflecting its client-centered approach and commitment to making services available to all in the community.

More on FSL: Family Service League Supporting Survivors At The 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast

The Holiday Fund: Supporting Survivors by Supporting FSL

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund stands as a key supporter of Family Service League, contributing to the vital work of providing support to survivors. Through this collaboration, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund and FSL are making a tangible difference in the lives of those who rely on these essential services.

Take Action: Support FSL

As we shine a light on the critical work being done by Family Service League and other Holiday Fund partners, we encourage you to join us in making a difference. Your contribution can make a profound impact on the lives of those in need. Show your support by donating to the Holiday Fund today and help create a community where individuals facing stress and trauma can find the support and care they deserve.

Let’s come together to uplift and empower those in our community during this Stress Awareness Month by donating today at holidayfund.org/give.

Virtual Healing: Family Service League’s Innovative Support Groups for Sexual Violence Survivors

FSL’s SAVE has established a series of online support groups for sexual violence survivors to provide a safe space to pursue trauma healing.

In an era where virtual connection is more crucial than ever, the Family Service League (FSL) has been making significant strides in providing critical support for survivors of sexual violence. 

Through their Sexual Violence Assistance, Education, and Empowerment (SAVE) program, they have established a series of online support groups designed to offer a safe space for survivors to process and heal from their traumas.

Virtual Support Group for Female Survivors of Sexual Violence

One of the notable initiatives under the SAVE program is the Virtual Support Group for Female Survivors of Sexual Violence. This group, available via Zoom, offers female-identifying survivors a confidential platform to share their experiences and seek solace amongst peers who understand their pain. The group meets twice weekly, with different attendees and group leaders for each session to ensure a diverse range of perspectives and experiences.

Virtual Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Identifying Survivors of Sexual Violence

In addition to this, FSL also acknowledges the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual violence. They have set up a separate support group specifically for individuals within this community, providing them with a judgment-free zone to talk about their experiences and find shared understanding. This group meets once weekly and is also free and confidential.

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Addressing Needs of Diverse Communities

The Family Service League’s commitment to addressing the needs of diverse communities is truly commendable. Their work is a testament to the power of empathy, understanding, and solidarity in the face of adversity.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is strength in numbers, and there are people ready to listen and provide the support you need. Whether you identify as a female or are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, the FSL’s virtual support groups are here for you.

Learn more about FSL’s Virtual Support Groups. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. You are not alone.

Unveiling Impact: How Charitable Contributions Are Making Change In New Jersey

Explore the transformative impact of charitable contributions in New Jersey alongside the partners of the Holiday Fund. 

In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in the landscape of charitable giving in the United States. While approximately half of households are currently engaged in giving, there has been a declining trend of giving among Americans over the past two decades. This begs the question: What factors are contributing to this decline?

Insights from the Lilly School’s Philanthropy Panel Study reveal that in 2000, roughly two-thirds of American households contributed to charitable organizations. However, by 2018, this number had dwindled to just under half, signifying a significant decrease in charitable participation amounting to approximately 20 million Americans.

Despite this decline, it’s important to note that the total amount of charitable donations in the US has continued to grow, exceeding an impressive $480 billion last year. However, a prevalent concern raised by critics revolves around the doubt regarding the actual impact of these donations in positively influencing the lives of those in need.

In this article, we shed light on the impact that is being made by several New Jersey organizations—namely, the partners of the Holiday Fund. We aim to showcase the meaningful and positive influence these organizations have on the residents of New Jersey, assuring donors about the tangible difference their contributions are making.

Dive in as we showcase the positive impact areas that are shaping the lives of individuals and families in need in New Jersey, alongside the organizations driving this impactful work.

11 Ways That Charitable Contributions Are Making Change in NJ

1. Immigrant Legal Services

The work of Catholic Charities in providing legal services to 2,202 immigrants is crucial for ensuring access to justice and support in navigating complex immigration processes. For these individuals and families, this support can mean the difference between securing legal status, reuniting with loved ones, and finding stability in a new country. 

Without legal service assistance for immigrants, many individuals and families would face insurmountable legal barriers, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation, separation from their families, and the inability to establish a secure and stable life in their new home.

Free Download: 5 Questions To Ask Before Your Next Donation

2. Juvenile Justice Diversion

The Children’s Aid and Family Services‘ remarkable 98% success rate in diverting children from the juvenile justice system not only impacts the lives of more than 52 families directly but also contributes to breaking the cycle of incarceration and fostering family well-being in the community. 

3. Domestic Violence Survivor Support

Family Connections‘ DREAM program’s success in improving family bonding and communication for 100% of participating families has ripple effects, creating healthier family dynamics and nurturing a more supportive environment for children’s growth and development within the community.

Read more: Raise the Change: How to Cultivate Generosity at Home

4. Mental Health Counseling

The provision of 4,976 mental health individual sessions by the Family Service Bureau signifies a commitment to enhancing mental well-being for those in need, addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress that can significantly impact individuals and their ability to participate fully in their communities. 

Without this kind of support, many individuals struggling with mental health challenges would face heightened isolation, untreated conditions, and barriers to fully engaging in their personal and professional lives. This lack of support could lead to exacerbated mental health issues, reduced quality of life, and a greater strain on community resources.

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5. Sexual Violence Counseling

The 1,399 counseling sessions provided to 131 survivors of sexual violence by the Family Service League demonstrate the organization’s dedication to supporting survivors through trauma-informed care, aiding in their journey toward healing and recovery. This vital support provides a lifeline, offering survivors the opportunity to break free from the cycle of trauma, reclaim their power, and access the resources needed to rebuild their lives with dignity and resilience.

6. Food Assistance

Jewish Family Services‘ distribution of over $50,000 in financial assistance underscores the tangible impact of donations, providing crucial support to those facing financial hardships, and allowing individuals and families to cover essential expenses like rent, utilities, and medical bills, thereby preventing further financial instability. 

7. Mental Health Programs

The Mental Health Association of New Jersey’s assistance to 21,722 participants highlights the vast reach of their programs in addressing mental health challenges, positively impacting the community by promoting mental wellness and resilience.

8. Volunteer Involvement

Nutley Family Service‘s incredible 12,000 volunteer hours contributed by 110 volunteers exemplify the power of community engagement and generosity. These volunteers play a crucial role in providing direct support and resources to community members, showcasing the strength of communal support systems. Donations enable the organization to provide necessary training, resources, and support for volunteers, empowering them to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those they serve. 

9. Job Training

The Urban League of Essex County’s role as a training site for PSE&G’s Clean Energy Program demonstrates how donations can directly support job training programs, preparing up to 2,000 urban residents for employment opportunities, and ultimately contributing to economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods within the community.

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10. Youth & Family Assistance

Youth Consultation Services‘ support to 2,675 children and families emphasizes the transformative impact of charitable contributions on the lives of those served, helping to provide stability, guidance, and essential resources to vulnerable youth and families, ultimately shaping the future of the community in meaningful ways. 

11. Community Awareness

By providing comprehensive infant, toddler, and preschool education, Newark Day Center’s Early Childhood Education program not only nurtures young minds but also supports working families by offering a safe and enriching environment for their children. This early investment in children’s development sets the stage for future academic success, social-emotional well-being, and lifelong learning. 

Cultivate Positive Change With Your Charitable Contributions

The deep link between donor contributions and the tangible, life-changing impact of these organizations’ missions is undeniable. Every agency plays a crucial role in cultivating positive change within the community, and they rely on our support to continue their invaluable work.

Gain insights about donating with confidence when you access the free ebook: https://holidayfund.org/5q/.

Empowering Residents With Substance Abuse Workshop

The New Community Corporation and Family Service Bureau aid residents with mental health and addiction issues through a beneficial substance abuse workshop.

As trusted partners of The Holiday Fund, the New Community Corporation (NCC) and its affiliate, Family Service Bureau (FSB) of Newark, have been making a positive impact in our community for many years. 

In this article, we’ll celebrate one way their efforts have played a vital role in empowering residents and providing the resources they need to overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Get this family resource: 10 Creative Ways to Raise Kids Who Give That Shapes Their Character 

Substance Abuse Workshop: A Beacon of Hope

The Family Service Bureau conducted a Substance Abuse Workshop for New Community Corporation residents during the 2023 calendar year. This workshop was designed not only to raise awareness about the comprehensive services provided by FSB but also to create a safe space for residents to discuss their experiences with substance abuse.

The workshop offered participants the opportunity to learn about various treatment options available at FSB. These include short-term mental health psychotherapy, substance abuse OP/IOP, anger management groups, parenting groups, youth counseling, and domestic violence interventions. The knowledgeable staff from FSB shared valuable information, answered questions, and helped residents better understand how they could seek help for themselves or their loved ones.

By bringing together individuals from different backgrounds, the workshop emphasized that no one is alone in their journey toward recovery.

The Role of FSB and NCC in Building Resilient Communities

At the Holiday Fund, we recognize the vital role that organizations like FSB and NCC play in supporting our community. We remain committed to partnering with these crucial New Jersey agencies to ensure that our residents have access to the resources they need to overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Taking the First Step Towards Recovery

If you or someone you know is seeking assistance, we encourage you to reach out to FSB through their website or contact their offices directly. Together, we can create a healthier and more resilient community.

Your Support Matters

When you donate to the Holiday Fund, your contribution can help organizations like the Family Service Bureau and New Community Corporation continue their vital work. Donate now and join us in creating a stronger, healthier community. Every dollar counts!

Raise the Change: How to Cultivate Generosity at Home

Promote generosity at home by encouraging giving, using media examples, and discussing altruism.

Raising children offers an incredible opportunity to shape their perspective, character, and habits, ultimately influencing the kind of adults they become. Among the many values we can instill in our children, generosity stands out as a trait that can have a profound impact on their lives and the world around them. 

Whether your children are just starting to grasp the concept of sharing or they’re older and beginning to understand the broader implications of giving, it’s never too early or too late to start the conversation about generosity. 

In this article, we explore ways you can cultivate a spirit of generosity in your children, setting them on a path toward a lifetime of giving. In addition, we’ll provide a few conversation starters to help you get the ball rolling. 

Understanding Generosity: Explaining the Concept to Kids

Children often learn best when ideas are clearly explained and modeled for them. Discussing the concept of generosity in simple, relatable terms can help children understand its importance. In a White Paper prepared by the Great Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, researchers found that parenting:

“…plays a role in cultivating generosity. Some studies have found that various parenting practices—particularly role-modeling and discussing generosity—may help children grow up to be more generous adults.”

It’s clear: parents can significantly influence their children’s understanding and practice of generosity. This is a concept most people would agree with; the question is how can it be done in lasting and meaningful ways?

Promoting a Culture of Generosity at Home 

Creating a home environment that celebrates sharing can significantly nurture a spirit of generosity. This can be achieved through various activities that involve the whole family, such as volunteering, shopping for those in need, serving the community together, or opening your home to others. Each of these practices contributes to establishing a family culture centered on giving.

Volunteering allows children to experience the joy and fulfillment of helping others firsthand. Collecting items to donate to an individual or organization can create memorable moments and strengthen family bonds. Serving together as a family fosters a sense of unity and compassion, which can have a profound impact that lasts a lifetime. Lastly, inviting others into your home provides a tangible example of treating everyone with respect and equality, particularly those in need. All these experiences work together to instill a deep, lasting understanding of generosity in young minds.

Teaching Generosity Through Media

In the same White Paper by UC Berkeley, it was reported that: 

“Other studies have found that engaging with media—including television, music, and video games—that have prosocial messages may lead people to behave more generously.”

Children will be thrilled with this news! Contrary to the usual advice of limiting screen time, here’s an instance where parents will be encouraging it.

By conducting straightforward searches online, you can find a wealth of media content that carries a positive message. This could range from books and TV shows to YouTube channels, all capable of making a beneficial impact. Let’s explore some of our top picks:

Mr. Beast on YouTube

Also known as Jimmy Donaldson, Mr. Beast is a popular YouTuber who is well-known for his large-scale donations on his channel. He often gives away substantial amounts of money or valuable items to random individuals, friends, or charities, demonstrating his commitment to generosity. Check out his Beast Philanthropy channel for more information. 

‘The Tomorrow Children’ Video Game

The Tomorrow Children is a video game that promotes generosity through its unique gameplay mechanics. It emphasizes collective progress, where the actions of each player contribute to the group’s advancement, fostering a sense of community and selflessness. The game’s shared resources and cooperative building aspects require fair distribution and teamwork, teaching players the importance of sharing and the impact of their decisions on the whole group. While playing, users of all ages can learn about the importance of cooperation, sharing, and selflessness, key aspects of generosity.

‘The Incredibles’ Movie

While children might not possess superpowers like the Parr family in The Incredibles, they can still learn valuable lessons about contributing to their community using their unique skills and possessions. Just as the Parrs used their special abilities to protect their city, children can use their treasures and talents in various ways. This could be as simple as creating a lemonade stand fundraiser, performing songs at a local nursing home, or any other activity or act of generosity that benefits others. The key takeaway is that everyone has something special to offer, and even the smallest actions and amounts can make a significant impact on our communities.

Regardless of the type of media your child gravitates toward, it’s possible to find models of kindness and generosity. By doing so, you can integrate these positive examples into their regular media consumption, seamlessly weaving lessons of charity and giving into their daily routine.

Discuss Generosity

Finally, let’s explore some conversation starters that will help to easily incorporate discussions of giving and generosity into your daily routine. Whether you’re seated around the dinner table, in the car on the way to school, or hanging out by the pool, pick a question and see where the conversation leads. 

5 Discussion Starters for Elementary Kids

  1. Story Time Reflection: “Remember the character in the story we read last night? How do you think their act of sharing helped their friend? Can you think of a time when you did something similar?”
  2. Daily Observations: “Did you notice anyone doing something kind at school today? How did that make you feel? How do you think it made the other person feel?”
  3. Future Actions: “If you found a bag full of toys that someone lost, what would you do? Why?”
  4. Role Play Scenarios: “Imagine if you had superpowers like our favorite superhero. How could you use them to help others around you?”
  5. Gratitude Practice: “Can you name three things you’re thankful for today? Is there a way we could share something we have with someone who might need it?”

10 Discussion Starters for Middle School and High School Students

  1. Personal Experiences: “Can you recall a time when someone’s act of kindness made a significant impact on your day? How did it make you feel?”
  2. Current Events: “Have you read any news stories recently about people making a difference in their communities? What can we learn from them?”
  3. Volunteering Opportunities: “Are there any volunteering opportunities at school or in the community that you’re interested in? Why do they appeal to you?”
  4. Career Goals: “How do you think you can incorporate generosity into your future career path?”
  5. Philanthropy Discussion: “If you were given a large sum of money to donate, which cause would you support and why?”
  1. Role Models: “Who is someone you admire for their generosity? What specific actions have they taken that inspire you?”
  2. Empathy Practice: “Can you think of a situation where showing empathy led to an act of kindness? How did that make you feel?”
  3. Gratitude Reflection: “What are some things you’re grateful for? How might you give back in appreciation?”
  4. Ethical Dilemmas: “If you saw a friend being unkind to someone else, what would you do? How could you promote kindness in that situation?”
  5. Social Justice: “How can acts of generosity contribute to social justice? Can you think of any real-world examples?”

Engaging kids in conversations about generosity and giving can have a profound impact on their development. These discussions not only foster empathy and kindness but also cultivate an understanding of social responsibility. They learn that even small acts of giving can make a significant difference, instilling in them the values of compassion and community service. 

This kind of dialogue also allows children to reflect on their actions and understand the feelings of others better, encouraging them to think critically about how they can contribute positively to their communities. Ultimately, these conversations about giving can shape children into more empathetic and generous individuals, preparing them to become responsible and caring adults.

Generosity at Home Can Start Today

Fostering an environment of generosity at home can be a game-changer in your child’s growth and development. By integrating discussions about giving into everyday conversations, showcasing examples of kindness through media, and providing opportunities for them to practice these values, you’re setting the groundwork for a lifelong commitment to compassion and service. 

Remember, every act of giving, no matter how small, can make a significant difference. 

So, let’s raise the change and inspire our children to become the generous, caring individuals we know they can be. Get more ideas when you download the ebook 10 Ways to Raise Generous Kids.

Let’s cultivate generosity at home and watch as they transform not just their lives, but also the world around them.

Celebrating 110 Years of Community Service: A Nutley Family Service Bureau Milestone

Congrats to NFSB on 110 years of service! They’ve raised their fundraising goal to $110,000 and need our support. 

Being there for their neighbors is not just a task for Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB); it’s a tradition that has been upheld for more than a century. The organization has consistently been a source of hope, strengthening the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families through affordable mental health counseling and social service programs. Their dedication to service goes beyond words; it’s a testament to their unwavering commitment to bettering lives and fostering community resilience.

A Nutley Family Service Bureau Milestone Worth Recognizing

We are extending our heartfelt congratulations to NFSB for marking its 110 years of tireless service in the community. This remarkable milestone not only represents over a century of dedication and commitment, but it also highlights the significant contributions made by NFSB to uplift the lives of many in northern New Jersey.

A Raised Fundraising Goal: A Call to Action

To commemorate their milestone anniversary and to address the increasing needs of the community, NFSB has significantly increased their fundraising goal to $110,000. This ambitious aim reflects the growing needs of those served by NFSB and the commitment of NFSB to meet them head-on. However, they can’t do it alone.

People in need are counting on NFSB, which means NFSB is counting on you – the donors. Your support will ensure that the organization continues its critical work for another century and beyond.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: Supporting NFSB’s Mission

Did you know that a donation to the Holiday Fund is a gift to 11 organizations in New Jersey, including Nutley Family Service Bureau? The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has long been a supporter of NFSB, recognizing the importance of its mission and the impact it has on the community.

Your donation to the Holiday Fund will go a long way in supporting NFSB’s initiatives, helping them reach their fundraising goal, and ensuring they continue their vital work in the community.

How You Can Help

Join us in supporting NFSB in their mission. Learn more about how you can contribute at holidayfund.org. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Let’s come together to uphold the 110-year tradition of NFSB, and help them continue their invaluable service to our community. 

Every contribution counts. Together, we can make a difference. Donate today at holidayfund.org.

Family Connections: Advancing Help with a Mobile Healthcare Unit

Celebrating Family Connections and their achievements, including a new mobile healthcare unit.

One of our agency partners, Family Connections, has just achieved the status of a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). 

This means that they won’t just continue to offer you top-tier mental health substance use services, but they will also collaborate with other community organizations and healthcare facilities to provide you with coordinated comprehensive support.⁠

Mobile Healthcare Units

One of the exciting new services now available to Family Connections’ CCBHC clients is a mobile healthcare unit, courtesy of their partnership with Newark Community Health Centers (NCHC). This mobile unit will be onsite twice a month, offering services such as COVID vaccines, flu shots, internal medicine, and dentistry.⁠

This mobile unit represents a significant advancement in ensuring your overall healthcare needs are met.⁠

Family Connections is overjoyed about this partnership and the opportunity it brings for access to primary health care services right on their premises.

You can celebrate this achievement for Family Connections⁠ by following them on social media and keeping up with their agency news. 

Join us in making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Your generous donation to the Holiday Fund can bring about transformative change. 

Give today, and be a part of this incredible journey of compassion and support.

Championing Financial Empowerment: The Urban League of Essex County

The Urban League of Essex County enables community empowerment and life changes through its Savings Programs, fostering financial independence and security.

The Urban League of Essex County is dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives. One way it achieves this is through its Savings Programs. These initiatives are designed to instill financial discipline and independence among participants.

Financial Empowerment Through Savings

This year, an impressive 66 individuals enrolled in ULEC’s Savings Programs have collectively saved a total of $30,765. This achievement is both about the monetary value saved as well as the potential for a more secure financial future that it represents for these individuals and their families.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund’s Role

The GNHF serves as a pillar of support for agencies like ULEC. Its mission centers around raising funds to aid social service agencies across northern New Jersey. By doing so, it enables 11 organizations to continue providing essential services to those in need throughout the year.

The GNHF recognizes the importance of financial education and independence, and ULEC’s Savings Programs align perfectly with this vision. By supporting the GNHF, you’re indirectly contributing to the success of initiatives like ULEC’s Savings Programs.

Will you join the movement and give today? Join the Greater Newark Holiday Fund in bringing hope to New Jersey residents in need. 

Spreading Thanksgiving Spirit: Nutley Family Service Bureau

Explore Nutley Family Service Bureau‘s embodiment of the Thanksgiving spirit, and learn how you can contribute to this noble cause.

Nutley Family Service Bureau, a place of hope and support in the community, once again showed its extraordinary commitment last Thanksgiving. In an impressive display of dedication, the organization managed to distribute as many as 177 dinners—a testament to their tireless efforts in making a difference!

Distributing so many dinners is no small feat, especially considering the challenging times we are living through. It’s organizations like these that remind us of the power of community and the impact of goodwill.

Thank you, NFSB for not only warming our hearts but also filling our bellies, providing much-needed sustenance and comfort during the holiday season. This effort truly embodies the Thanksgiving spirit, reminding us all to be thankful for our community and those who dedicate themselves to serve it. 

Need help sourcing food this holiday season? Contact NFSB for a confidential appointment. 

Addressing Food Insecurity

This certainly isn’t the first time that NFSB has consistently demonstrated its commitment to addressing food insecurity within the community. The organization operates a Food Pantry, providing essential goods to residents and families in need. This initiative requires substantial collaboration, from food drive collections to stocking shelves and distributing goods. 

Even during the statewide shutdown in 2020, NFSB partnered with the Nutley Public School District to distribute an impressive 16,000 meals to children in the community. Their sustained efforts attest to their mission of strengthening the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families.

Emphasizing Personal & Education Advancement

But NFSB’s achievement goes beyond the distribution of meals. In 2023, they celebrated the awarding of the Bedford Scholarship for 2023 to long-time volunteer and intern, Siri Bhat. This scholarship underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering personal development and educational advancement within the community.

Moreover, 2023 marks the 110th year of NFSB’s operation, an extraordinary milestone that attests to their enduring presence and vital role in the community. Throughout the years, NFSB has expanded its services to meet the evolving needs of the community, as evidenced by their diverse range of essential services offered during the challenging year of 2020.

At its core, NFSB’s work is about empowering individuals and families to overcome obstacles and create a future filled with hope and possibility. Each person they serve represents a story of resilience and transformation.

Congratulations to the Nutley Family Service Bureau for their outstanding work and continuous devotion to changing lives and shaping futures. Here’s to many more years of making a difference in our community!

Supporting NFSB By Donating To The Holiday Fund

The Nutley Family Service Bureau’s endeavors are bolstered by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. This fund plays a crucial role in supporting the organization, enabling them to carry out their vital work in the community. Their contribution is invaluable, providing much-needed resources and support to make initiatives like the Thanksgiving dinner distribution possible.

We encourage everyone to contribute to the Nutley Family Service Bureau, and ten other vital agencies in New Jersey, by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. Your donation, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. 

Together, we can make a difference. Visit Greater Newark Holiday Fund to make your contribution now

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