Highlighting outstanding donor and volunteer impact
throughout Center For Family Services. 

PowerCorps Camden

PowerCorps Civic Story

Because of partner investment in a path to employment, PowerCorps Camden is changing lives. Check out this link to a Civic Story highlighting PowerCorps Camden. The short video highlights the ways lives are changed thanks to PowerCorps. Thank you to the City of Camden Mayor's Office, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Subaru of America, Cooper University Hospital, Corporation for National and Community Service, PSE&G, US Department of Environmental Protection and Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and all of our workforce development partners.
A Legacy of Giving
Thank you to the Matthew P. Pellegrino Foundation for selecting Center For Family Services as your charity of choice this year. 

Because of you, and the supporters of your annual event, $25,000 was raised to support young mothers and their children who find themselves without a safe place in which to live. 

On May 20, Center For Family Services had the pleasure of meeting Matty's family and friends at the foundation's golf tournament and reception. Their contributions to the local community over the past 23 years is truly inspiring and continues the legacy of Matty and his passion for helping children and families.
Subaru Share the Love
Your neighborhood auto dealer continues to share the love! Thank you to the entire team at Prestige Family of Dealerships, a family owned and operated dealership in Turnersville, NJ. Because of your commitment to your local community, Subaru's 2018 "Share the Love" campaign raised over $27,000 for Center For Family Services. 

Your gift makes housing and important services available for mothers and children in need of a safe place to live. Thank you for caring about people in need and for taking action to make a difference!
A Pathway to Success, Because of You!
Michael Evans is determined. Life has thrown a series of curveballs his way and each time he's bounced back stronger and smarter than before. Now, thanks to you, he's on a successful career path.

Michael first entered Center For Family Services through our Safe & Supportive Housing programs when he found himself in need of a safe place to live. He thrived in the program as he healed and grew from the complex life circumstances he'd experienced. He also gained the courage to pursue education when he enrolled at Lincoln Tech, graduating after 2 years with a certificate in Automotive Technology.

After graduating, Michael wanted to continue to explore career paths. In November 2018, he was accepted into Center For Family Services' PowerCorps Camden program where for six months he and other members worked to tackle pressing environmental challenges in Camden City. He also learned valuable skills in leadership, teamwork, and professional development.
After completing PowerCorps Camden in May 2019, Michael utilized the skills he worked so hard to gain to land a full-time job in construction with the Michaels Organization.
Thanks to your support, opportunities such as Lincoln Tech and PowerCorps Camden were available to Michael. Thank you for being part of Michaels journey to independence and success! 
Healing Kits
Through the support of Campbell's Soup Company employee volunteers as well as the United Way of Gloucester County's Day of Action volunteers, we have been able to distribute over 75 Healing Kits. Because of you, families have the resources to heal beyond their regular counseling sessions. These kits provide families with the supplies to continue their trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy techniques at home on their own.
Volunteers Receive State Recognition
We are proud of our volunteers who were honored at the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards Ceremony in the following categories:
  • Sheila Roberts, Promise Neighborhood Volunteer- Volunteer Leadership Award
  • Barry O'Hagan, Annual Events Volunteer - Volunteer Leadership Award
  • Paul Banko, SERV Volunteer - Emergency Services Award
  • PowerCorps Camden - PSEG Environmental Stewardship Award
Because of you, we are able to meet crucial needs for residents in South Jersey. Whether it's expanding access to healthy food, increasing community support for donation drives, supporting victims of assault in times of dire need, or improving environmental conditions in Camden, you make our world a better place. Your service is inspiring!
Partnerships in Bloom
Thank you volunteers from TransUnion for showing some love to Mother Child again this year! We appreciate your hard work making the home a welcoming place for moms and their babies. Thank you for donating supplies to paint, mulch, plant flowers, and clear the yard for summer fun. Because of your support, the families we serve can enjoy a beautiful garden and freshly painted home on their way toward independence.

Fly with Summer Literacy
Camden children are enjoying a summer of fun and learning thanks to the Eagles Social Justice program and the United Way of Greater Philadelp hia and Southern New Jersey. Thank you for the investment of $40,000 to expand summer literacy and learning programs for children in the Camden Promise Neighborhood. 
Summer Service Stars!
For the first time, Center For Family Services and our partners received the help of AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates. Thank you to our fantastic group of members who served full time with Head Start, the Food Bank of South Jersey, the YMCA, and KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy to advance services for children in our community.
In 10 weeks you:
  • Expanded Summer Meals programs for children facing food insecurity.
  • Improved summer enrichment programs and reduced summer learning loss for students.
  • Enhanced Head Start program operations and support systems for families in crisis.
Thank you for spending your summer in service to South Jersey!
So Many Backpacks!
Our Project Backpack drive is off to a great start, thanks to our friends in the community. Special shout out to:
  • Kipling USA- for the donation of eight boxes of incredible backpacks so that over 60 kids will have the supplies they need to succeed in the new school year. Thank you, Kipling!
  • Subaru of America - for sponsoring all kindergarten - 5th grade students at Wiggins School in the Camden Promise Neighborhood.

  • Holman/ARI - for your corporate sponsorship plus individual employee contributions to provide backpacks for 6th-8th grade students at Wiggins School in the Camden Promise Neighborhood.
  • All our Annual Corporate Sponsors - Brown & Brown Insurance, Westmont Associates, Campbells Soup Foundation, GLK Services, Conner Strong & Buckelew, Jess Crate Furniture, Proforma Direct, Pennygreen, Beckers School Supplies, Rowan University - for your support of Project Backpack.
  • Alloy Silverstein employees, Parker McCay employees, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, AtlanticCare, and UWGC.
  • And, all our individual donors. Thank you for all you do to help children start the school year with a new backpack filled with supplies.
There are still many other kids and families in need of support for back to school. Make your gift online or donate new backpacks filled with school supplies to The Promenade at Sagemore (concierge desk) or Cherry Hill Mall (guest services) by August 18th.
A Way To Give Back
A huge thank you to Troy Majnerick and your network for raising over $1,000 through your Facebook fundraiser to benefit our Project Backpack campaign. Because of you, we will be able to provide over 40 kids with the supplies they need for success in school and beyond. 

Thank you!
Showing LGBT Youth That They Matter
Thank you, Joe Sangillo, for organizing a $1,000 donation for our Kaleidoscope program through your Facebook fundraiser. Your network of family and friends have made it possible for LGBTQ teens in our Southern New Jersey community to thave a place to gather and feel safe. You have changed so many lives. 

Thank you!
A Day of Healing and Fun in Nature
Early this month, a group of around 50 teens in our programs got to enjoy a beautiful day swimming and canoeing on Lake Atsion, thanks to Impact Charity Services and Barb Solem. Your generosity has made a difference in the lives of the teens with us, who were able to have fun and heal from the trauma in their pasts. Thank you for making this day possible!
United Way Changes Lives
Thank you to our partners at United Way of Gloucester County for your grant of $15,000 for our Mother Child program.

Because of you, we will be able to provide a welcome package to each resident, which includes hygiene products and bedding, as well as baby items and fun surprises that they can bring with them to their future homes!

Your generous gift will change the lives of new and expectant mothers and their children. Thank you!
Your Support Changes Lives
The need in our South Jersey community continues to exceed the current level of services. Children and families are in need of your help. Your online gift will change lives. With your gift, you can select the "monthly gift" option and enter your information one time to continue to make impact throughout the year.
As a monthly sustainer you can:
  • Set it and forget it - After you set up your gift, you can continue to change lives all year long.
  • Give at a level that's right for you - You get to choose just how much you want to support every month.
  • Grow your impact - Your monthly gift makes emergency funding immediately available to help change lives.
For more information and to donate online, visit our website and choose "monthly donation". It starts with one, it starts with you. Your gift changes everything.

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