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The Somerset County Wellness Committee is partnering with EmPoWER Somerset to sponsor the second annual 5K Race to Wellness for county residents.  The 5K will be held (rain or shine) at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Duke Farms in Hillsborough.  There is a limit of 600 participants.


Those who register by Sunday, March 1, will receive a race packet with a long-sleeve 'Race to Wellness' t-shirt.  The final day to register for the 5K is March 26. No same day registration will be accepted. The total registration fee is $27.50, which is comprised of a $25 race fee and a $2.50 signup fee. Parking will be designated offsite with shuttle buses providing transport to Duke Farms.


 Prizes will be awarded to top finishers.  Proceeds will benefit Somerset County non-profit organizations, including EmPoWER Somerset, Middle Earth, Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, Somerset County Tourism and Somerset County 4-H.


"Improving the quality of life of the people we serve is a priority for Somerset County. This race is just one example of the variety of programs that we offer residents," said Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire. "Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I participated in our inaugural race and was amazed at the number of people who turned out for it.  I encourage residents to join us again this year. It's a beautiful venue and a great course."


 "Somerset County was ranked the second healthiest county in New Jersey in 2014. Because our goal is to be ranked Number One, we continue to support and promote programs that promote health and wellness," said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, Wellness Committee liaison.  

"We are pleased that the Employee Wellness Committee was able to partner with EmPoWER Somerset again this year to offer the 5K race for the benefit of our residents and nonprofits."


For more information about the 5K Race to Wellness, contact Sheriff's Officer Lt. Steve San Antonio at (908) 625-5925 or visit


Register HERE!


5K School Contest

2014 Winning School:  North Plainfield High School

All Somerset County middle and high schools are invited to create a fun run team to participate in the 5K Race to Wellness on Saturday, March 28th starting at 8:30 am at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. To register your team, please email by March 13th.


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 
  • Highlighted 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... 


Prom Dress Give Away    

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 event will provide prom dresses for over 100 Franklin High School Students at The FHS Extraordinary Prom Dress Giveaway with the Sisters in Training for Life Program.  Please donate your new or gently used dresses and accessories at one of the drop-off locations listed by 4/13/15.

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:

View our  February calendar Event descriptions 


Valentines for Veterans 


This February, veterans at Community Hope were treated to a special Valentines for Veterans party organized by EmPoWER Somerset. GS Junior Troop 60038 was once again a great help in running the party, handing out their homemade treats and handmade Valentines cards to the veterans. We also want to provide a special thank you to a local business that generously donated hoagies to the veterans and to the Somerset County 4-H Cloverbud Kids prep club for making handmade Valentines cards for the veterans.




Saving Lives: Somerset County's Multi-Agency Response to

Those Fighting Heroin Addiction


Educational and Creative composition with the message Stop Addiction on the blackboard



Friday February 27, 2015

9:00am -11:30am

27 Warren Street, Somerville NJ 08876

First Floor Conference room



Join us for an informative panel discussion on Narcan and Heroin featuring panelists:


Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano

Chief of Detectives Timothy Fitzgerald

Detective Sergeant David Whipple

Assistant Prosecutor John Ascione

Somerset Treatment Services' Executive Director, Barbara Schlichting LCSW, LCADC, CPS


This workshop is sponsored in Partnership by Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Somerset County Youth Services Commission, Somerset Treatment Services, EmPoWER Somerset and Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset County.


Cost is $20 payable to 

Friends of Somerset County Youth

To register contact Andrea Clegg at 

Includes light breakfast and 3 professional development credits 


B-FUN (Black Family Unity Night)  


Black Family Unity Night

March 3, 2015 - April 14, 2015

Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Franklin Middle School

415 Francis Street, Somerset, NJ 08873


Click here to Download the Flyer


Join EmPoWER Somerset, Middle Earth, and the Student Assistance Program at Franklin Township Public Schools as they provide the state's first Black Family Unity Night (B-FUN) program! B-FUN, also known as Strong African-American Families, is a 7-week, evidence-based program, designed to strengthen parent/youth communication skills and increase academic success in youth. The program helps to strengthen parents'/caregivers' ability to find a balance between firm parenting and showing love and helps youth to develop healthy goals for the future. This program is exclusively for youth aged 10-14 and their parents and/or caregivers. B-FUN is open to all Somerset County families.

 Register for this fun, free, and enriching family program to get the tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger African-American families! To register, contact Abena Dakwahene at 908-722-4900 or

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.