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2015 Annual Report   
We are pleased to release EmPoWER Somerset's 2015 annual report detailing our diverse programs and services including EmPoWER Family Success Center, Somerset County Council for Young Children, Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) and a spectrum of evidence-based prevention  education programs.

A special thank you to Rutgers School of Social Work MSW intern Emily Christ for compiling and designing this report!


EmPoWER Somerset is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Somerset County Wellness Committee on the 3rd annual 5K Race to Wellness on Wednesday June 8th at Skillman Park, a USATF Certified Course!  
Race packet pickup will be from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. The 5K race will begin at 7:00 pm and a 1 Mile Fun Walk will begin at 7:05 pm. The awards ceremony will be at  approximately 8:00pm

Students (age 19 and under) $20
Seniors (age 60 and over) $20
All others $30
An on-line registration fee of $2.50 per person applies.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers including gift cards of $100, $75 and $50 for the top three overall finishers respectively and medals to the top three male and female finishers in each age category.   Prizes will also be awarded to the Somerset County middle or high school that assembles the largest team - see the article below for more details!

In addition to EmPoWER Somerset, proceeds will benefit  nonprofit organizations Middle Earth, Somerset County 4-H and Somerset County Tourism. 


2016 School Fun Run Team Contest
All Somerset County middle and high schools are invited to create a fun run team to participate in the 5K Race to Wellness on June 8th. To register your team e-mail by May 25th.
The school that has the most team members registered will receive prizes including:
  • A luxury suite at a Somerset Patriots game, with tickets for up to 30 people 
  • A plaque that they can take back to display in their school 
  • Award presentation by 4-Time Olympian, Joetta Clark Diggs at the race
  • A running tank in school colors for every member on the team 
  • Award announcement in EmPoWER Somerset April newsletter 
*School team members do not have to be students.  They can be friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, etc.

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...     

Somerset County Ladies- It's that time again! 
  Free up space in your closets and help us offset the high cost of prom for local teens.  This year's collection will culminate in a giveaway event on Saturday, April 9th at Raritan Valley Community College, open to all Somerset County high school ladies attending prom!
Please donate your new & gently used dresses & accessories at one of the drop-off locations listed by
April 16th. . Click below to enlarge the image of drop-off locations.

  Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or
        Check out the links below for more 
Family Success Center happenings:

County Council For Young Children
The Somerset County Council for Young Children is comprised of providers and parents from the community working together to address the needs of families with children from birth to age 8. Members recently gathered at a breakfast meeting to celebrate and reflect on their accomplishments over the past year. 
  • The Early Childhood Education Workgroup focused on the lack of affordable childcare in Somerset County by advocating for a subsidy increase for childcare centers. 
  • The Community Resources Workgroup researched and compiled the  Guide to Transportation in Somerset County.  
  • The Resources for Children with Special Needs Workgroup created the Camp Directory for Children with Special Needs.
  • The Healthcare Workgroup is in the process of researching and compiling a directory of free and affordable healthcare services for parents and children. 

 These resources are being distributed to service providers for their clients and are also available at


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.