Get Involved, Donate
For 108 years, FCS has been serving the needs of vulnerable people throughout Monmouth County. For many of our over 8,500 clients, just getting basic necessities can be a challenge. And when a major crisis occurs, that challenge can become overwhelming.
FCS is often the last hope for people in crisis. But we do not do it alone. We depend on the generous support of people like you who care about their neighbors in need. Your gift to FCS can make a big difference in someone’s life.
Donate by Mail
Download a Contribution Form
Contribution can be mailed to:
Family & Children’s Service
191 Bath Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
Support for Family & Children’s Service is provided by the United Way, individual contributions, bequests, program fees, and foundation, corporate and government grants. Family & Children’s Service is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC).
As we celebrate the holiday season, please consider those in our community who struggle daily with physical, mental or developmental challenges and often lack the financial and educational resources to get the help they desperately need. Some have no reliable family to count on for help. Many have been caregivers who are now unable to care for themselves. And most live lives that make them extremely vulnerable and put their health and safety at risk. These are the people for whom FCS cares and their numbers increase each year. For over a century FCS has been a reliable and effective resource for those in most need throughout Monmouth County. Your generous support will help sustain FCS in its continued mission to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to people like these during challenging times in their live
Mrs. M. is a lively, upbeat and resilient 80-year-old who suffers from many significant health issues, including COPD and severe arthritis, which has left her with minimal movement in her hand and arm. Before the FCS Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving (JACC) program stepped in, Mrs. M. received no services to assist her with daily living. JACC provides a range of in-home services as an alternative to nursing home placement, enabling eligible individuals to remain at home. Through JACC, Mrs. M. now has a Certified Home Health Aide for six hours each week who assists her with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry and personal care. Because she is a fall risk and lives alone, JACC also got Mrs. M. a life alert unit allowing her to remain safe in her own home for as long as possible.
Seventy-seven-year-old Mr. S. is often confused and frantic because he cannot find his wife who passed away years earlier. He repeatedly called the police trying to find his deceased wife and often left home without supervision looking for her. FCS Adult Protective Services (APS), a program that investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults, was called in to help. APS social workers found that Mr. S. wasn’t eating well or changing his clothes. His bills were unpaid and his home was in disrepair. Instructions left for him by his daughter when she was at work were insufficient to keep him safe while he was home alone. Due to APS intervention, Mr. S. now has a Certified Home Health Aide who visits him regularly, ensuring that his basic needs are met. A guardian was also appointed for Mr. S. to take responsibility for his care because he is unable to care for himself.
Mrs. W. is a 76-year-old who receives help through the FCS Statewide Respite Care Program. Statewide Respite Care provides eligible Monmouth County residents with assistance to support those caring for an elderly or disabled relative or friend. Respite Care made it possible for Mrs. W. to attend medical adult day care while her daughter, who is her caregiver, is at work. Adult day care allows Mrs. W. to socialize with others and as a result it has had a positive impact on her quality of life. Her daughter says that she has seen an increase in her mother’s happiness since starting the program and it has lowered her own stress level because she knows that her mother is safe and enjoying interacting with others.
During this season of giving, please consider making a generous gift to FCS to help vulnerable people like these in our community during the coming year. Your gift is important, no matter the amount. Please know we are very grateful for your kindness.
We wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season.
Chair, Board of Directors
What is a Charitable Bequest?
A bequest is a distribution from your estate. Things to know:
- Tax laws grant an unlimited estate tax deduction, so you may be able to significantly reduce your taxable estate when you make a charitable bequest.
- A bequest made through your will is a creative way to make a thoughtful gift.
- Bequests may be made through a gift of cash, marketable securities, closely held stock, or real estate.
How to Make a Charitable Bequest:
- Include Family & Children’s Service in your will or testamentary trust, or add a codicil to an existing will or trust.
- Indicate whether the gift is for an existing dollar amount, a percentage of the estate or a residue of the estate after all the other beneficiaries have been taken care of.
- Specify where you’d like your gift to go: Either to the General Operating budget, where there is the most need, or to a specific program you really believe in.
- Consult with your attorney or financial advisor before making provisions in your will or adding a codicil to your will for a charitable gift.
For further information, please contact Family & Children's Service, at (732) 222-9111 or email@example.com.
Stocks and Securities
By making a gift of appreciated stock, you are able to give a valuable gift to Family & Children’s Service and without incurring capital gains taxes. Things to know when making a gift of appreciated assets:
- You must have owned them for at least one year and a day.
- These gifts are deductible up to 30% of adjusted gross income in the year of the gift.
- Any unused deduction amounts may be deducted over as many as five subsequent tax years.
Please note that it is usually to your advantage to donate appreciated stock, rather than sell it and give the charity the proceeds. Please check with your financial advisor for more information.
Family & Children’s Service is committed to share all financial information about our organization quickly and openly with our donors, grantors and the public.
Donate Your Vehicle
FCS accepts donations of used cars, trucks, boats, jet skis and even airplanes, through our vehicle donation program, “1-877-Cars-4-US.” Administered through Donation Line, LLC, FCS Car Donation Program provides a hassle-free way for vehicle owners to dispose of their old car or truck, even if it’s not working, and make a tax deductible contribution to FCS at the same time. To donate, vehicle owners can call the toll-free number, 1-877-Cars-4-US, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and ask for extension 2684. A representative will arrange to pick up the donated vehicle anywhere in the country for free. Arrangements can also be made online at www.donationline.com.
Vehicle owners should have their title ready when they call and should reference Family & Children’s Service
special client number, 2684, to ensure their donation goes directly to the agency. For more information, contact
FCS Development Director Diane Gribbin at 732-222-9111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org