Like most nonprofits, the AECDC relies on volunteers to assist with the support and functioning of the agency. We would like to express our appreciation to our many and varied volunteers. Deborah Cherniss is our founder, past president and grant writer extraordinaire. Without her efforts, we would not have existed or be able to continue to exist. She spends numerous hours compiling data for our public and private funders.
Members of our board contribute a good deal of their time in the planning and execution of our services. When staff calls them for help, they respond within minutes of the request. The board assists with office work, and picks up donations from individuals, consignment stores and outlets. They also get the word out about our services and ways to help through creating written and electronic documents as well attending social service meetings in the community. They support the CDC through their financial donations. The board organizes and administers our holiday gift program for children with generous donations of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple members and others from the community.
Some of our clients have desired to “give back” by providing office or housekeeping assistance as well as offering donations of goods and transportation for the agency when they are able. Some of the members of the NJ Youth Corps have chosen to volunteer with us after their term of training is completed.
Other institutions have contributed to our success by their efforts. We coordinate with a number of community partners in a Community Advisory Committee meeting. The Central Jersey Maternal and Child Healthcare Consortium has delivered some of our goods to our clients when they are visiting them. The First Reformed Church, Robert Wood Johnson Community Health program, Catholic Charities and the New Brunswick Police Department Domestic Violence Response Team all have supported us through drives for food, formula, clothing and back to school supplies for needy youth.
New Brunswick High School Honor Society Students who aspire to become social workers have visited us and made phone calls to update our collateral service information while learning what we do.
To all of these above, we say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”