AECDC Receives $20,000 Grant from the Andersen Foundation
The Andersen Corporate Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the AECDC and they have now given the AECDC a grant for $20,000 for the 2015 year. The Andersen Corporate Foundation was established in 1941 with the mission “to better people’s lives and strengthen communities focusing primarily where Andersen employees live and work.” Since then, the foundation has donated more than $54 million to worthy causes. Silverline Windows and Doors in North Brunswick is the local Andersen Company division that supports our grant applications to the Andersen Foundation.
Chris Lawrence presents $20,000 check from the Andersen Corporate Foundation to Deborah Cherniss, AECDC Volunteer Grantwriter, to help support free community
services in Middlesex County, NJ.
State Farm funds AECDC Child Safety Class for 3rd Year
For 2015, State Farm Insurance has provided $20,000 to fund our C-CARS program: Children's Car And Road Safety, which is part of our BeBe B.E.S.T program.
Last year, with an $18,000 grant, over 100 new parents attended safety education classes, available in both Spanish and English. At the end of the sessions each parent received a free, new car seat to bring their babies home safely from the hospital.
New Brunswick Rotary Club Shares Gifts with Babies: $700 donated for diapers
Each year at their holiday party, members of the Rotary Club of New Brunswick have a gift exchange with each other. This year instead they collected dollars for diapers. The diapers go to low-income families who cannot provide their young children with basic needs.
The Rotary Club donated $700 plus one box of diapers to B-FED, Baby Formula and Emergency Diapers, program run by the AECDC.
The donation was suggested and arranged by Roz Shaw, a long-time Rotary Club member and former board member of the AECDC. In 2012 the Rotary Club also honored the AECDC co-founder and then-president, Deborah Cherniss, with the annual Paul Harris Award for Service Before Self. Current president, Bruce Trattler, thanked the Rotary Club for their generosity of both funds and thoughtfulness in donating them.
Two Inspiring Women Help the AECDC
Hannah and Libby, two 13-year-olds raised more than $1,000 for the AECDC. They undertook this project in preparation for their Bat Mitzvahs, which they celebrated this fall. In the Jewish tradition, the Bar (for boys) or Bat (for girls) Mitzvah marks the transition to Jewish adulthood. As part of this transition, the new adults take on the responsibility of doing good deeds for others.
After discussions with family, teachers and Norka Torres, Director of the AECDC, Hannah and Libby were convinced that the mission of the CDC to help the elderly, disabled, working poor and other low income individuals provided the perfect opportunity for fulfilling their community service responsibilities. Hannah and Libby composed a letter explaining the reasons for their choice to concentrate on the B-Fed (Baby Formula and Emergency Diapers) Program. They solicited donations for baby products (disposable diapers, wipes, baby formula, clothes, etc.) from local stores. They also created a website featuring the letter and a place to make a donation.
We are all very proud of Libby and Hannah. Their dedication and involvement in community work is an inspiration to us all.