Happy National Volunteer Month! What a great time to reach out and say THANK YOU to everyone who takes the time to volunteer, especially to the nearly 200 dedicated individuals who serve with our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). As the Director of Volunteer Services here at Family & Children’s Service (FCS), I am privileged to partner with our RSVP volunteers to deliver programs and services that have a lasting impact in our community. Read more “Honoring our Volunteers”
More than 100 caregivers and their family members turned out for the eighth annual Caregiver Retreat on Saturday, October 28, at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown. Hosted by Monmouth County’s Office on Aging, the event featured nearly two dozen local care providers who offered information and advice about the various social services to help seniors and individuals regain their independence in the community. Read more “Services to Keep you Safe at Home”
Get Ready for the 20017 FCS Leading Lights Gala!
The 2017 FCS Leading Lights Gala is just two weeks away! We’ve planned an enjoyable, exciting evening for our Honorees, former FCS Board President Dolores Klein, former FCS Board member Donald Bush and the talented and philanthropic Docs of Rock, their friends, family and all of our guests featuring outstanding gourmet fare, premium entertainment and two awesome auctions!
Plan to attend? Then you’ll have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items during our silent auction including: Custom-made shirts from Michael Duru Clothiers; Tiffany Sunglasses from DelNegro and Senft Eye Associates; David Yruman designer jewelry from Leonardo Jewelers; gift certificates to popular restaurants in Red Bank, Sea Bright, Freehold and Asbury Park, voted the Shore’s hottest new dining destination; theater tickets to the Two River Theater, Count Basie Theater and the Broadway Theater in New York City; a cruise on the Navesink for you and your friends aboard the Atrium’s pontoon boat; a personalized charcoal pet portrait by artist Eileen Fetten; dinner for 8 at the Navesink Country Club; a catered Pink Champagne Luncheon for ten and Much, Much more!
For an even more amazing experience, stick around for our Live Auction featuring two incredible offerings: a Backyard Bash for 50 of your closest friends with a raw bar from Lusty Lobster, a slider bar, case of wine, keg of Micro brew beer and your own private DJ, and 2.) Two box-seat tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Derby with accommodations for three nights at Caesar’s Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino, plus private transportation, two ladies Derby hats and two bottles of Kentucky Bourbon. You don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Don’t forget the 50-50! Last year’s winner took home more than $3,500. (And you don’t have to be present to win.)
Can you tell we’re excited?! But let’s not forget what the evening is all about. The Leading Lights Gala is one of the most vital fundraising opportunities of the year for FCS. The funds raised constitute a significant portion of their annual budget and help them fulfill their Mission and Vision to strengthen, protect and preserve the dignity and independence of people in need here in our community. We appreciate your support of this important event. See you at the Gala!
The 2017 Gala Committee
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.” Read more “Restoring Human Dignity with a simple Donation”
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. Read more “Saying Goodbye to a Dedicated Volunteer”
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.
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.
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. Read more “Arlene Lospinoso, a Woman making a Difference”