What's Happening at FCS
FCS is proud to announce we will honor two outstanding volunteers, former FCS board member Kathy Goullet and former FCS Golf Classic co-chair, Ron Gillaspie, and our long-time community partner, Monmouth Park Race Track at the 2018 Leading Lights Gala, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Navesink Country Club (NCC). The honorees were announced at a kick-off reception for the gala Thursday, August 2nd at Navesink hosted by gala committee co-chairs Madonna Goss Robinson and Tiffany Senft. Check out our photo gallery for more photos from the event!
Delly Beekman, CEO of Family & Children’s Service (FCS), has announced that she will be retiring after what will be six years at the helm of Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency. In a message to the FCS board of directors and her staff, Ms. Beekman cited confidence in the agency’s current position and the board’s ability to find a qualified successor.
“The decision to retire from FCS did not come easily,” Ms. Beekman said. “I have spent the better part of my life involved with FCS and will sincerely miss the individuals I have had the privilege to work with, including the board, my amazing staff and our dedicated volunteers. I am confident, however, that the board will choose a new CEO who will maintain our long-held values while taking the agency to new heights.”
The Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (PAPJC) will host a special art exhibition and sale on Saturday evening, August 25th at the historic Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club to benefit FCS. The show, entitled Coastal Living, will run from 5 – 8 pm and feature more than 150 original works of art from more than 20 local artists, many of whom are nationally recognized. (more…)
End-of-year school celebrations don’t have to include sugary snacks! Students enrolled in our Healthy Buddies program know that healthy treats are not only good to eat, they are good for you!
This year, thanks to a generous donation from Foodtown, Healthy Buddies students were treated to healthy “snack packs” at their end-of-year party. The packs contained two pieces of fruit, a nut-free granola bar and a bottle of water — all “Go” foods, that is, foods children are encouraged to eat almost anytime. Foods heavier in sugar and fat content are called “Slow” and “Whoa” foods under the evidence-based curriculum shared through Healthy Buddies.
FCS developed RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Healthy Buddies in response to the startling increase in childhood obesity nationwide and the growing numbers of young children and adolescents who are at-risk for obesity here in New Jersey. Mimicking the format of our RSVP Reading Buddies childhood literacy program, Healthy Buddies partners adult volunteers in the classroom with third and fourth grade students to help them develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to maintain and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Specially trained volunteers guide students in making healthy choices. This unique partnership helps promote healthy lifestyle experiences that can be shared across generations, bringing empathy and compassion to a topic sometimes fraught with anxiety and frustration.
We hope you will join us on Monday, July 23rd at Rumson Country Club for the 2018 FCS Golf Classic and help support vulnerable families in our community. Registration fees for this year’s event are the same as last year — $420 for individual golfers and $1,650 for a foursome. That includes golf carts and green fees for 18-holes of play, a barbeque luncheon, cocktail reception, dinner and awards. Golfers may compete for team prizes for low-gross and low-net scores and try their individual luck at the Hole-in-One, Hit-the-Green and other course challenges.
This year’s FCS Golf Classic will also include a raffle drawing for a dream trip to Pebble Beach Golf Resort in California valued at over $12,000. Tickets are $100 each and are being sold in advance of the event. Only 250 chances will be sold. The winner does not need to be present to win. Learn more.
The FCS Golf Classic raises funds for agency programs and services that address critical needs in the community, including homelessness; neglect, abuse and exploitation; home and respite care and childhood literacy. To register for the Golf Classic, purchase a Pebble Beach Resort raffle ticket or to inquire about sponsorships, contact Diane Gribbin email@example.com or call 732-222-9111.
If you’ve always wanted to play Pebble Beach, California’s premier golf resort, synonymous with incomparable scenery, luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities, here is your opportunity! Enter FCS’ exclusive Pebble Beach Raffle for your chance to win a five day/four night stay for four at the The Lodge at Pebble Beach. (more…)
Members of the Navarumsunk Auxiliary of Family & Children’s Service (FCS) cordially invite you to attend the auxiliary’s 2018 Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, at 11:00am, Wednesday, May 9, at Branches in West Long Branch. (more…)
Do you love to read? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for reading with young children? Then we have the opportunity for you!
We are seeking volunteers for our school-based read aloud program, Reading Buddies, currently operating in 17 Monmouth County public elementary schools. (more…)