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American Red Cross
When disaster strikes, Red Cross Volunteers give the gift of hope by offering the essentials of food, clothing and shelter. Join our team of volunteers and be part of the solution for disaster relief. Every day the Red Cross is in the community. Through blood drives, disaster response and education, the city of Elizabeth can count on the Red Cross to be there when disaster strikes, down the street, across the country and around the world. To get involved with the Red Cross, visit or call 908-232-7090.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County - Elizabeth Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, Inc. is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian youth service agency affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County – Elizabeth Club is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We are committed to the long-term development of every child who comes through our doors by providing guidance and a series of caring relationships with adults and peers. For further information on programs and services offered at the Elizabeth Club call 908-351-3344.

Brand New Day
Brand New Day, Inc.’s (BND) mission is to enhance the quality of life for low- to moderate-income individuals, youth and families. BND offers services to the community in the areas of foreclosure prevention, homeownership counseling, rental of affordable housing, development of rental/homeownership units and youth services. BND builds affordable housing in the area, and has homes for sale and rent. BND, a HUD-certified counseling agency, provides free counseling to families who want to restore their credit, purchase a home or families facing foreclosure. BND is proud to offer GED education and construction trade training to at-risk youth through Youthbuild Elizabeth. People can get more information at or 908-282-0781.

Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services— Your Community Partner
Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services helps people with mental health disorders return to productive roles in the labor market, and can also help you—local employers—find well trained and responsible employees. Bridgeway ensures potential employees are job ready, provides on the job support to both employee and employer, and can assist you in obtaining tax credits.

Bridgeway has been providing services to the Elizabeth community for 40 years, and has a successful track record in employee placement. Funded by the State of NJ, there is no charge for you company to use our services. To find out how you can use Bridgeway’s resources to make your business more successful, call 908-686-2956.

Community Access Unlimited (CAU)
Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is a multi-faceted human services agency with a mission to provide community access through effective and comprehensive support services for people with disabilities, at-risk youth and people. We help people with housing, life skills training, employment, health maintenance, money management, socialization, education and civic activities. CAU also provides training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. We provide more all-encompassing residential and support services than any other organization of our kind. We are the only agency in Union County that provides such a comprehensive continuum of care for people with developmental disabilities and youth in New Jersey’s child welfare system. For more information call 908-354-3040.

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless has been the prime service provider to the homeless and near homeless of the greater Union County area for 30 years. Services are delivered through three basic programs: Project Gatekeeper, an Emergency Case Management program for any household having housing difficulties; Hospitality House, a transitional housing service for families ineligible for public assistance; and Bernice’s Place, an after-school program and summer recreation program for homeless youth. For more information call 908-355-2060.

Elizabeth Packers
Established in October 2008, The Elizabeth Packers Inc. is community-based football and cheerleading program, under the National Pop Warner organization. The Elizabeth Packers is recognized 501(c)(3) organization, primarily established to develop and solidify a positive relationship for the youth of the city of Elizabeth. Our program is geared towards elementary, middle school and high school aged children between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. We strive to:

• Improve the life skills of all youth through exceptional coaching practices, competition, daily life lessons and coping skills,

• Instill the values of education,

• Teach sportsmanship, build character and discipline coupled with love of the game,

• Encourage the participants to maintain good grades in school and to emphasize the importance of keeping a proper relationship and balance between scholastic and athletic endeavors,

• Keep our community youth engaged and away from situations that lead to bad behavior; and

• Help kids become more active in an effort to decrease obesity in children.

Our program’s regular season commences on August 1st through the end of October; however, we strive to implement activities during the off-season to keep the city’s youth engaged in positive activities.

Visit us at: Contact Kenneth Vaughn at: (973) 392-2680 e-mail:

Family & Children’s Services
Family & Children’s Services (FACS) is an independent, non-profit, behavioral health and social service agency based in Elizabeth and serving Union County and the surrounding area. Since 1893, our mission has been to strengthen families and individuals by providing comprehensive personalized services with a priority to serve those most vulnerable, at-risk and underserved.

Services offered to the community include; evidence-based trauma therapy for children and youth, individual, family, and couples counseling, homeless prevention case management and counseling for at-risk youth. For more information please visit our website at or call 908-352-7474.

Father Hudson House
Center for Hope; Assisted Living and Respite Care:

As part of the Center for Hope’s unique residential service, Fr. Hudson House in Elizabeth and Peggy’s House, in Scotch Plains, NJ provide a homelike environment customized to individual needs. With a focus on those who need compassionate, skilled care through the later stages of life, our professional staff of nurses, doctors, aides, social workers, chaplains, cooks, volunteers and others work to guarantee that our residents’ needs, comfort and concerns are our top priorities.

All personal and medical care is provided in each resident’s private room, complete with an en suite bathroom. Our generously staffed facilities, and limited number of residents, allow for a level of attention unequalled by more costly alternatives.

Families can relax knowing that the ever evolving challenges of caring for an ill fragile loved one are being professionally managed, allowing them to spend time visiting – not worrying.

Please call 908-889-7780 with questions, or to inquire about our rates and room availability.

Groundwork Elizabeth
Groundwork Elizabeth is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which partners with the public and the private sector, as well as other nonprofits and the community at large, to improve the physical environment and the quality of life within the community. Groundwork works to instill environmental ownership within the community through education, community gardening (The Come Grow With Us! Community Gardening Program) and volunteerism as it plants trees, hosts cleanups, makes park and accessibility improvements and hosts an extremely popular annual cycling event, the “Tour de Elizabeth” with many other stakeholders. Groundwork helps to coordinate the City, County, public, private sector and the community at large as the groups work together to continue to vision and build the Elizabeth River Trail. For more information, log onto Groundwork’s website at, email or call Executive Director Jonathan Phillips at 908-289-0262.

Institute of Music for Children
The Institute of Music for Children, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization located in Elizabeth, offers year-round instruction in instrumental music, (violin, piano, guitar, drums) voice, dance, drama, filmmaking and more to children ages three to 18. Working together in small groups with professional artist/educators the children learn valuable skills and experience the joy of creating and self-expression. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (Teen Night) and Saturdays during the school year. During the summer, the Institute offers a five-week Summer Camp program.

Reduced tuition and scholarship awards insure that every child has access to quality arts education. At the heart of the Institute is creating H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. - Helping Achieve Responsible Motivated Optimistic Neighborhood Youth and it believes that the most effective way of doing this is to provide in-depth arts experiences that aid in the personal and academic development of its youth. Find out more about The Institute at,, 908-469-1211 x6.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey is a family oriented, nonsectarian health and social service agency that provides family counseling and Older Adult Services to people in Union County.

Clients served through the Family and Children Services Department resolve issues with marital relationships, parenting skills and individual problems such as depression or anxiety. In addition, we provide adoption home studies, food pantry and the Economic Response Team – our most current initiative to help those who are unemployed. As for Older Adult Services, the organization offers homemakers and home health aides, Kosher Meals on Wheels, personal care transportation, case management, counseling, caregiver support, community health nursing, safety in the home, medication management and Grandparents as Parents. For additional information call 908-352-8375.

Josephine’s Place
Josephine’s Place is reflective of the needs of the women who come there and unique in the scope of services and commitment of its volunteers and participants. Women come to Josephine’s Place to learn to meet together, to help one another and to find out about resources in the community for themselves and their families. Each year, the number of women coming to Josephine’s Place increases. As their mothers participate in activities, children play in a dedicated space containing books, toys and videos, all donated by people throughout the area. In recognition of its contribution to Elizabeth, Josephine’s Place received a Unity Achievement Award from the Union County Human Resources Commission and was recognized as a “Good Samaritan” by the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center. For more information call 908-436-0099.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Inspired by Jewish values, Federation cares for people in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. It stands at the center of a network of 27 local and 4 overseas partner agencies to help meet the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of the Greater MetroWest Jewish community of Essex, Morris, Sussex, Union, and parts of Somerset County.

Federation raises and allocates the funds needed to respond to the diversity of Jewish needs on an ongoing basis and in emergent situations through its annual United Jewish Appeal Campaign. Among the many programs Federation supports are: job training and placement services for the unemployed; crisis counseling for families; supportive services for seniors; Jewish identity building initiatives; programs/services for people with special needs and their families; making Jewish education affordable; Jewish camping; Israel education and advocacy; leadership development; and Birthright Israel. Contact us at: 973-929-3000, 908 889-5335 or visit

NJ Sharing Network
Through organ and tissue donation and transplantation, NJ Sharing Network saves lives, gives hope, and restores physical function. NJ Sharing Network is also dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of donation and transplantation and supporting both donor families and transplant recipients.

As a non-profit, federally-certified, state-approved organ procurement organization, NJ Sharing Network is responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation, and is part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the over 115,000 people on waiting lists.

Thousands of participants come together each year to join us for our Annual 5K Walk & USATF Certified Race that supports the NJ Sharing Network’s mission and honos those whose lives have been touched by our work.

Visit for more information and to get involved with the 5K Walk/Race or call us at 908-516-5400.

Old First Historic Trust (OFHT)
In 1664, 20 families began the colony of New Jersey. They named their settlement Elizabethtown in honor of Elizabeth, wife of the proprietor George Carteret. They built a meetinghouse which evolved into the First Presbyterian Church, 42 Broad St. with its adjacent burial grounds. The church was the first home of what is now Princeton University. It was also a hotbed of Revolutionary War activity as its pastor Rev. James Caldwell united the people against King George.

Today, the historic grounds and buildings are undergoing a renaissance. A nearly completed $10-million restoration project will provide an historical, cultural, and social services center to the City and region. The 20,000-square-foot Academy will house a museum, theater, commercial kitchen, and art studio. OFHT is the agency that manages the site on behalf of the church. We look forward to helping bring New Energy to Midtown Elizabeth.

Dr. Robert D. Higgs Executive Director Old First Historic Trust (908) 353-1518 •

was established in 1970 as a 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt social service corporation to improve the socioeconomic needs affecting the community in the city of Elizabeth and Union County. Services range from preschool, parenting and child abuse/neglect prevention services to senior citizen home repair and substance abuse/alcohol abuse treatment, counseling and education programs. For more information, call 908-351-7727 or visit our website at

StreetLight Mission
StreetLight Mission is a faith-based community outreach center located in the inner city of Elizabeth serving those struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, disabilities and hopelessness. StreetLight provides numerous services to our guests including basic life needs such as food, daily clothing and recovery supports from substance abuse. We also provide recovery mentoring services for men, women and children including a 12-step recovery program called Celebrate Recovery. There are no fees for any of our services. For more information, contact StreetLight Mission at 1181 East Broad Street, Elizabeth; call 908-820-8324; email Info@StreetLightMission.Org; or visit online at

The Leaguers Inc.
Head Start/Early Head Start Program(s):

• Head Start: Children from 3 to 5 years of age

• Early Head Start: Infants and toddlers

• Home-based Option: Infants and toddlers

• Male Involvement Initiative: Fathers and father figures

• Mothers Assisting Mothers: A forum for women

• Summer Camp: For school-aged children, includes field trips, arts & crafts and academic support over a full nine-hour day

All services are inclusive of children with disabilities.

Contact the organization at 405-425 University Avenue, Newark; call 973-643-0300, Ext. # 204.

The Rotary Club of Elizabeth
Established in 1917, the Rotary Club of Elizabeth is a vibrant civic organization dedicated to serving both the local and worldwide communities. Its 45 members volunteer to raise funds in support of a wide range of charities. Through such activities as the annual Taste of Elizabeth food tasting event, the Club funds many worthy causes including its scholarship arm, the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund. Established in 1986, the Fund has given over $420,000, making a difference in the lives of 277 Elizabeth High School graduates.

The Rotary Club of Elizabeth is part of a worldwide organization of 1.2 million members who encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and promote peace and goodwill throughout the world. A key initiative is the worldwide elimination of polio. Through its vast community and national networks, Rotarians are on the verge of wiping out this crippling disease.

The Club invites all to consider membership. For more information visit or call (908) 352-7300

United Way of Greater Union County
United Way of Greater Union County mission is to ensure the health & human services needs of the community are identified and addressed in ways that create a better quality of life for the residents of Union County, North and South Plainfield. Our focus is on family strengthening, ensuring that every resident in our community has the necessary opportunities, relationships and networks to support the success of their families. United Way of Greater Union County continually looks for the most effective ways to help people gain access to educational, economic and health-related opportunities. To further this goal, United Way has helped create the Union County Family Strengthening Network, an integral part of the county’s human services infrastructure, because when our families are doing well, our communities thrive. For details call 908-353-7171.

United Youth of New Jersey
Over 18 years the United Youth of New Jersey (UYNJ) has been servicing at-risk youth in Elizabeth and throughout Union County. United Youth of New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) youth/community based corporation. Dedicated to the community, the United Youth of New Jersey has spearheaded programs that have focused upon improving self-esteem, motivating teamwork, and enhancing talent through filmmaking and electronic sound in music classes. UYNJ prides themselves on the consistent working relationship with senior citizens throughout Union County. What makes this program so unique is that there is no charge for the many programs offered by the United Youth of New Jersey.

Our mission is to continue to educate at-risk youth after school hours, providing them with the motivation and tools needed to succeed in school and in life through mentoring, fine-arts weekend and summer small group educational programs. Contact Info. - (908) 220-5279 / website: / email:

Urban League of Union County
The Urban League of Union County is a non-profit community service organization founded in 1944 and incorporated in 1952 and one of 98 affiliates of the National Urban League located in NYC. Mission: to enable African Americans and other disadvantaged people to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. We employ a five-point strategy to implement our mission:

• Education and Youth Empowerment

• Economic Empowerment

• Health and Quality of Life Empowerment

• Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment and

• Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment

Programs include Housing Counseling (pre/post home purchase, budget/credit counseling, foreclosure, default/delinquency counseling), counseling for job search and computers, Employment, Teen Pregnancy Prevention counseling, Alternative To Incarceration (Basic Skills/Vocational Training), Reconnections services for ex-offenders and Emergency Assistance for rent/mortgage, utilities and food and Youth Work Experience placement.

For more information call 908-351-7200 or visit our website:

YMCA of Eastern Union County
The YMCA of Eastern Union County is a community-based organization rooted in Christian principles and committed to building healthy lives, through programs that strengthen spirits, minds and bodies for people of all ages, religions and cultures. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Our Y, which services the Eastern Union and Northern Middlesex County communities, has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For information call 908-355-9622.

YWCA Eastern Union County
The YWCA Eastern Union County (YWCA EUC) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA EUC, often known as Project Protect, provides a continuum of care and services for survivors of domestic violence, including: a 24-Hour Hotline; Emergency Shelter; Supportive and Transitional Housing; A Child’s View PALS Program; Court Advocacy and Court Representation; Individual and Group Counseling; Community Education; Domestic Violence Response Teams and DV/DYFS Liaisons. For more details, please call us at 908-355-1995.

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