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Race to Wellness
Family Success Center
Feb Family Fun Night
Valentines for Veterans
YOUth Coaltion
Veteran's Dinner
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EmPoWER Somerset is pleased to announce that we will be partnering once again with the Somerset County Wellness Committee on the 2nd annual 5K Race to Wellness on March 28, 2015 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.  


Please come and join us at Duke Farms for a run or walk with your family and friends, where you will experience breathtaking views, diverse landscapes and wildlife while you are on your journey to wellness. Four-Time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs will be there to lead participants in a race day warm-up and Somerset Patriots Mascot Sparkee will be there to cheer everyone on. EmPoWER will again run a Healthy Schools contest for middle and high schools in the county to encourage school spirit for this community event. The Healthy Schools contest will be announced in early February. There is no same day registration for this event so please sign up early!


Register HERE!


The race will begin promptly at 8:30 am and race day registration will open at 7:30 am. This year's 5K Race to Wellness will benefit EmPoWER Somerset, Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, Somerset County 4-H, Middle Earth and Somerset County Tourism.


Family Success Center
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County... 


January Family Pajama Night   


Over 60 EmPoWER friends & family members joined us at the Manville Public Library for January 15th's Family Pajama Night. Families & friends enjoyed movie theater-style popcorn and pizza while watching The Lego Movie from their cozy sleeping bags & blankets.  Many families in attendance marked this as their first EmPoWER Family Success Center event and cannot wait to visit the next!





We look forward to upcoming 2015 Family Fun Nights and encourage you to check our website often for details




    Check out the links below for more 

Family Success Center happenings:

View our  January calendar Event descriptions 


Valentines for Veterans 


   You can help bring a smile to a veteran by participating in EmPoWER Somerset's annual Valentines for Veterans project! We are collecting hand made Valentine's cards which will be delivered to the veterans at Community Hope with a support from GS Junior Troop 60038.  


For more information on how you can participate, contact Cheryl Torres at (908) 722-4900 or



Join the Safe Communities YOUth Coalition 


Through its hard work and dedication, the Safe Communities YOUth coalition helps to build a better community by encouraging youth to make safe and healthy decisions and preventing substance abuse. The group meets bi-monthly and focuses on substance abuse prevention strategies and developing leadership, citizenship, and teambuilding skills. Currently, the youth coalition is recruiting new members for the upcoming year.  

The next meeting will take place on:

January 22, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 pm

27 Warren Street in Somerville.  


If you are in middle school and interested in being the voice that reduces drug abuse in Somerset County, this is the organization for you!  


If you'd like to join or have any questions, please contact: Abena Dakwahene at 908-722-4900 or


Veteran's Appreciation Dinner



EmPoWER Somerset was overwhelmed with support and holiday cheer at the 3rd Annual Veteran's Appreciation Dinner at Community Hope. The dinner included a catered meal, home baked desserts, and festive songs performed by GS Junior Troop 60038. In addition to the dinner itself, each veteran also received a bag of groceries provided through generous donations made to the Family Success Center and a partnership with the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Special thanks to the many EmPoWER Families who contributed and generous support from Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman, Assemblywoman Donna Simon, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Joan Biondi whose contributions made this annual event possible!




Our Mission:  EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.