Local nonprofits to host virtual presentation for families about legal guardianships

Ocean Partnership for Children, Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc.& the Community Health Law Project will host a free legal clinic on Dec. 1st to explain how parents & caregivers of children with disabilities can obtain a guardianship.

Local nonprofits to host guardianship presentation

Local nonprofits to host guardianship presentation

TOMS RIVER, N.J.Nov. 15, 2022PRLog — What is a guardianship and how do you obtain one? What are the legal rights of parents and caregivers of children with disabilities? Three local nonprofits have come together to address these questions and more. Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) in collaboration with Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc. and the Community Health Law Project, will be offering a free virtual presentation on Thursday, December 1st at 7pm for families regarding legal guardianships. The virtual presentation will be a legal clinic that explains what a guardianship entails, and the process required to obtain one.

“When parents and caregivers have a child with disabilities, the issue of guardianship is such a big challenge with so many complexities,” said Mary Jo Buchanan, Executive Director of OPC. “We are hoping to address these issues and provide our families with the information necessary to make educated decisions about guardianship.”

Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc. is OPC’s sister organization. “We focus on the youth/child and Ocean County Family Support Organization provides support to the parents and caregivers of children who have mental health,

substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges,” said Buchanan. “Ocean County Family Support Organization provides critical peer support when it’s needed the most.”

Community Health Law Project provides critical legal services to low-income individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions. “OPC, Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc. and Community Health Law Project have come together to help families navigate the journey toward guardianship,” Buchanan added.

Those interested in attending the virtual presentation must RSVP by Tuesday, November 29th by calling 732-380-1012 or sending an email to Neptune@chlp.org.

About Community Health Law Project (CHLP)

The mission of Community Health Law Project (CHLP) is a statewide not-for-profit advocacy and legal service organization which provides legal representation and advocacy services to low-income individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and, in certain issues, to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy. To learn more about Community Health Law Project, visit www.chlp.org.

About Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc.

Ocean County Family Support Organization, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of parents and community members whose mission is to ensure that every Ocean County family who have children with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use and developmental challenges, is given community-based resources and support in a family-friendly, child-centered, culturally competent manner. To learn more about Ocean County Family Support Organization, visit www.oceanfso.org.

About Ocean Partnership for Children Inc.

Founded in 2005, Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is Ocean County’s Care

Management Organization (CMO). Its mission is to enhance the well-being of youth and

their families through natural and community supports. OPC provides care management

services for Ocean County youth up to the age of 21 years who have mental health,

substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.  OPC strives to keep children and adolescents at home, in school, and in the community by connecting

them to resources that meet their unique needs and help them achieve their goals.

Ocean Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization available at no cost

to all youth and families in Ocean County who meet the eligibility criteria

of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. To learn more, visit www.oceanpartnership.org or https://www.oceanresourcenet.org.

Local Nonprofits Join Forces to Provide Internship Opportunities in the Career Field of Digital & Social Media Marketing

 Digital Saturdays is a collaboration between Milagro Center and GBDCEI Center for Workforce Development, Entrepreneurship, and STEAM. The program provides professional development for Palm Beach County students interested in digital marketing. Beginning on Saturday, April 23, and the following four consecutive Saturdays, the interns recruited and paid by the Milagro Center, will report to GBDCEI to learn and execute digital marketing campaigns for local businesses and nonprofits. The interns will use GBDCEI’s mobile entrepreneurship, leadership, and training computer bus as a staging area to create and post social media content. “The program is designed to meet young people where they are and guide them on using social media and digital marketing positively,” said Gray, Founder of GBDCEI. “We focus on leadership, professional, and entrepreneurial in addition to global citizenship,” she continued.

Local nonprofits and small businesses interested in increasing organic content for their social media campaigns are welcome to come out and interact with the interns. Interaction includes taking photos and videos together, ink, sharing, tagging, and following each other. Interested parties should contact GBDCEI by sending an email to info@gbdcei.com.

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Nonprofits unite at 3rd Annual Summer in Winter Carnival

The event was hosted by Causeway Family of Dealerships and Causeway CARes.

Nonprofits unite at Summer in Winter Carnival.

Nonprofits unite at Summer in Winter Carnival.

MANAHAWKIN, N.J.April 1, 2022PRLog — Smiling faces, boardwalk treats and games for all. This was the inspiring result of the local community coming together to support 31 nonprofit organizations at the 3rd Annual Summer in Winter Carnival, hosted by The Causeway Family of Dealerships and Causeway CARes last week.

The public event was held at The Mainland Kitchen & Pub in Manahawkin and featured local nonprofit and community organizations that share in the mission of Causeway CARes, which is to make a direct and profound impact in and around Ocean County in the areas of education, food security and quality of life.

The nonprofits in attendance included:

  • 21 Plus, Inc.
  • America’s Keswick
  • Brick Children’s Community Theatre
  • Bright Harbor Healthcare (Ocean Mental Health)
  • Coastal Volunteers in Medicine
  • CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties
  • Dine On Us
  • Family Planning Center of Ocean County
  • Family Promise of Southern Ocean County
  • Fulfill – Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
  • Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
  • HOPE Sheds Light
  • Interfaith Health & Support Services of Southern Ocean County, Inc.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County, Inc.
  • Meals on Wheels of Ocean County
  • Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity
  • Ocean Community Church
  • Ocean County Library
  • Ocean County YMCA
  • Ocean Inc.
  • Ocean Partnership for Children
  • Ocean County Vocational Technical School
  • Preferred Behavioral Health Group
  • Project Lakeview
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center
  • The Arc, Ocean County Chapter Inc.
  • The Hope Center – House of Hope of Ocean County
  • The Maximilian Foundation
  • Your Grandmother’s Cupboard
  • St. Francis Community Center
  • Starve Poverty International

“It was a privilege to participate in the Summer in Winter Carnival,” said Amy VanBezooijen of The HOPE Center. The event is a wonderful opportunity to connect and collaborate with all the amazing organizations who care so deeply for those in our community. After all the challenges of the past two years, it was so heartwarming to see the sheer joy and delight the children and families were experiencing.”

21 Plus, Inc. was also thrilled to be part of the Causeway CARes Summer in Winter Carnival. “In addition to seeing the lovely families that stopped by the carnival, it was terrific connecting with the other attending non-profit organizations,” said Diane Hutton-Rose, Executive Director of 21 Plus, Inc. “We caught up with some old friends and met a few new friends that we hope to partner with in the future. 21 Plus was also excited to share information about 21 Plus Main Street Greens, a sustainable hydroponics farm, maintained, harvested and sold by individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities we support at our Main Street Adult Training Center. Our first crops of basil, thyme, rosemary, lettuce and kale will be available for sale this spring.”

Heather Price, Director of Recovery Centers at HOPE Sheds Light, had the opportunity to attend the carnival with her family. “The vibe that day between families, non-profit organizations and community partners was extraordinary,” she said. “It was so great to see all the smiling faces, play games, watch some magic and hear the stories that intertwined with the beautiful art painted on children’s faces.”

The Ocean County YMCA, another nonprofit in attendance, was honored to take part in the festivities. “It was a great day with fun, food and great community partners,” said Gretchen Insole, Interim CEO at the Ocean County YMCA. “At the Ocean County YMCA, we believe our communities are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our vision is to connect and engage people, to enhance lives and build a better community for all. We appreciate Causeway CARes’ support and commitment to our mission.”

The day included carnival games, boardwalk type food, a magic show and various children’s activities like face painting and arts and crafts. Special guests include NFL Star Mike Gesicki, Caricatures by Akbar, Magic Al, Freckles the Clown, TapSnap Photos and DJ Meatball.

The afternoon topped off with Gesicki signing autographs for a suggested donation of $10 each, raising $3,450. Dave Wintrode, President of Causeway Family of Dealerships/Causeway CARes, matched those funds for a total of $6,900, which will be split three ways between Your Grandmother’s Cupboard, Brick Childrens Community Theater and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity.

About Causeway CARes

Causeway CARes’ mission is to make a direct and profound impact in and around Ocean County in the areas of education, food security and quality of life. Founded in 2004 and funded by the Wintrode Family Foundation, Inc., Causeway CARes strives to make the community a better place to live grow and thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.CausewayCARes.com.