On April 25, 2015, Norka Torres, Program Director of the CDC, participated in Rutgers Day, a community wide event attended by thousands of people across the three campuses of the University. The day, which provides educational, interactive and fun activities, is free and open to the public. Norka had a table on the College Avenue Campus that she shared with the New Brunswick Police Domestic Violence Respond Team. She serves as a volunteer with that organization and has training in that field so she can best assist clients who are dealing with domestic violence. During her six hour stint, she handed out flyers from the CDC that gave information about our programs and about how to hold a diaper/clothing drive. By her presence there, the AECDC was able to inform students, parents, and the community about our work and about ways to volunteer with us. Someone was so impressed that they even gave us a monetary donation!
On May 5, 2015, the AECDC joined St. Peter’s University Hospital’s Health Fair in Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick, which is located across from the hospital. The theme of the fair, “just for the health of it”, celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The hospital introduced its current and new programs to those who attended. The CDC table was shared with the Police Domestic Violence Response Team as well as the Central Jersey Family Health Care Consortium. We were able to provide information about our services as well as counsel people about resources.
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.
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.
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.