Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Caldwell Rotary Supports United Way’s North Essex Camp Fund


Photo by Janet Markman
      From L to R: Caldwell Rotary President Jon Wohlgemuth, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Resource Development Associate and Thomas Daley, Relationship Manager of the United Way of Northern New Jersey.    

Thomas Daley, Relationship Manager and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Resource Development Associate of the United Way of Northern New Jersey, spoke at the Rotary Club of the Caldwells’ weekly meeting at the Cloverleaf Tavern on Tuesday, June 19.

Their presentation focused on the North Essex Camp Fund as well as other programs and services that the United Way of Northern New Jersey offers that address the specific needs of individuals and families. One of the more interesting services mentioned was the “2-1-1” help-line. Unlike the more familiar “9-1-1” number that people dial when there is an immediate emergency such as a fire or accident, the “2-1-1” number is a referral service that provides callers, from all walks of life, with a variety of options that address matters relating to social services and community resources (such as food, health issues, addictions, housing and rent, financial issues, transportation for the disabled or elderly).  In addition, callers can also report “suspicious activity” after being rediredted to Homeland Security’s TIPS hot-line. You can access the “2-1-1” resource by phone or online

Now in its 71th year, United Way’s North Essex Camp Fund has provided camp scholarships to thousands of needy children since 1941. Through the fund, children can benefit from a summer camp experience, participating in activities, such as swimming, hiking, nature exploration and arts-and-crafts.

These scholarships offer children with disabilities or from low-income families the opportunity to enjoy a week at a camp run by half-a-dozen United Way partner agencies. In addition, United Way is offering the Camp Counselors’ Club, which provides donors with the opportunity to sponsor a specific child for $250. Club donors will receive a personal thank you note from the child.

All donations go to fund scholarships; none are used to support United Way administrative costs.

To this end, the Rotary Club of The Caldwells presented Mr. Daley and Ms. Rodriguez with a check for $1,000 in support of the North Essex Camp Fund’s scholarships. 

Tax-deductible contribution can be sent to United Way North Essex Camp Fund, 60 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, N.J., 07042. For more information, or call (973) 746-4040 x201.

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