2019 is a significant anniversary for Family & Children’s Service (FCS); it marks 110 years since the agency’s founding in 1909 when a group of Long Branch community leaders came together to purchase gifts for impoverished children at Christmastime. Initially incorporated as “The Long Branch Society for the Improvement of the Poor,” the group quickly expanded it mission to meet other critical needs, offering clothing, housing, medical and legal assistance to those who could not afford it. The agency continued to expand and evolve its programs through two World Wars, the Great Depression and multiple name changes. Today, FCS serves nearly 8,000 people annually, addressing issues of homelessness; neglect, abuse or exploitation; health and respite care; childhood literacy and obesity; long-term care planning and Medicare counseling.
“FCS’s remarkable history is a testament to the dedication of the agency’s staff and volunteers and the loyalty of our greater community,” explains Deborah Zilai, FCS Board Chair. “Our ability to fulfill our mission has always been a group effort and we are endlessly grateful for the trust and support the community has demonstrated during the past 110 years. Over the course of 2019, we look forward to celebrating FCS’s rich past and also look forward to our work together for the benefit of all the vulnerable people we serve.”
Volunteers and staff are eager to celebrate the agency’s 110th anniversary with a momentous year of entertaining programs and events. Plans are already underway for many of the agency’s annual events, including the Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show hosted by the Navarumsunk Auxiliary, Day at the Races held at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Sleighbells in the Sand at Monmouth Beach Bath & Tennis Club, the FCS Golf Classic, the Bridge Benefit and the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year, the FCS Leading Lights Gala. For a complete list of 2019 FCS events, visit our events page. To receive an invitation, or to learn more about the various ways you can support our 2019 events, contact Diane Gribbin, FCS Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-222-9111 extension 134.