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Restoring Human Dignity with a simple Donation

Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference.

When members of the FCS Navarumsunk Auxiliary donated more than $700 last year to purchase adult diapers and pads for our Home Care clients in need, they had no idea the impact their donation would have on our client’s lives.

“When I first heard of the gift, I was overjoyed,” says FCS Director of Nursing Kathleen Vourlos. “That may seem like a strong reaction to receiving diapers, but when you think about the inability to toilet independently, you can understand why having enough diapers is so vital to those in need.” (more…)

Saying Goodbye to a Dedicated Volunteer

Teachers and students at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School said a bittersweet goodbye last month to one of their (and our) favorite people, 90-year-old Doris Irwin. For 19 years, Doris has been visiting the school to read aloud to kindergarten students as a volunteer with FCS Reading Buddies, a program designed to foster a love of reading and increase the literacy skills of children in undeserved communities. Doris has been with the program since its inception in 1998 as part of the original Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) team. (more…)

Saluting our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

FCS Volunteer Harry Scher

When Harry Scher turned 95 last year, he celebrated by doing something he does every week; volunteering! For nearly 30 years, the Manalapan senior has volunteered with our SHIP program (the State Health Insurance Assistance Program), helping his peers find answers to their Medicare questions. He is one of more than 200 senior volunteers who come to FCS through our Retired and Senior Volunteer Service (RSVP) program, a federally-funded program of The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). RSVP leverages the lifetime of skills and experience of older volunteers to improve the lives of others in our community. Unfortunately, it and all other CNCS programs are designated for elimination under the Federal 2018 budget.

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Stand Up for Social Work

APS Director Lisa Barnes speaks with LSW Michelle Russell

March is National Social Workers Month, a time to raise awareness of the contributions of professional social workers throughout the nation. The theme, “Social Workers Stand Up” reflects what most social workers do on a day-to-day basis, stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Arlene Lospinoso, a Woman making a Difference

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Arlene Lospinoso

We are so pleased to announce that former FCS Board Chair and our current FCS Navarumsunk Auxiliary President Arlene Lospinoso was recently awarded the Junior League of Monmouth County’s 2016 Women Making a Difference Community Volunteer Award!  The JLMC initiated the award three years ago “ …to recognize the many valuable contributions being made by women volunteers in our local community.” Arlene was one of 15 women nominated for the award by representatives of area nonprofit organizations. (more…)

Gaining Strength through Adversity

FCS CEO Delly Beekman

Happy Fall everyone! We at FCS are looking forward to the change of season, especially in light of a very challenging summer.  Last month over the Labor Day holiday weekend, a plumbing failure caused more than 33,000 gallons of water to flow continuously throughout our office building, flooding hallways, the kitchen, Board room, server room, several offices and our reception area.  (more…)

Wrapping Up another Healthy School Year

Healthy BuddiesThe battle against childhood obesity is making headway in five Monmouth County public elementary schools thanks to a special program led by volunteers from FCS, (Family & Children’s Service), Monmouth County’s oldest private, nonprofit social service agency. Now in its fourth year, Healthy Buddies partners adult volunteers with students in the classroom, guiding them in making healthy choices by leading nutrition lessons, promoting physical activity and providing healthy snacks. (more…)

Older Americans: Blazing A Trail

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FCS Reading Buddies

May is Older Americans Month, an opportunity for us to recognize the perennial contributions of older Americans to our communities.  Today older Americans are living longer and more healthfully than ever before. Many are blazing trails, pursuing fulfilling second careers or finding inspiration through meaningful volunteer work. At FCS, (Family & Children’s Service,) we are enormously grateful for the contributions of our more than 300 Retired and Senior Volunteers who are the mainstay of our Reading Buddies, Healthy Buddies and SHIP programs. We are also appreciative of the hard work provided by many of the older volunteers who help guide our agency and raise funds for our programs and services. But as a nonprofit social service agency, we recognize that many older Americans face significant challenges as they age, challenges that they may not be able to meet on their own.

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