Union County Freeholders Declare May as National Community Action Month

UNION COUNTY – By resolution, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has declared May as National Community Action Month in recognition of the County’s community-based agencies that work to help low income residents overcome poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. In celebration, agencies throughout Union County, as well as agencies throughout the nation, will be hosting events on May 17.

“The purpose of Community Action Month is to highlight community action agencies’ role in helping low-income families move out of poverty and achieve independence and economic security,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter.

According to the 2010 US Census, approximately 53,310 (9.8%) of Union County’s 539,494 children and adults are living in poverty. Last year, the Union County Department of Human Services, in partnership with other community based social services agencies, assisted thousands of residents with food, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance.

Agencies also aided victims of domestic violence, provided emergency, short term assistance to help people avoid foreclosure on their homes, provided emergency/disaster relief; financial literacy training, home buyers education, and workforce development training.

The following agencies will be hosting events on May 17th in celebration of National Community Action Month:

  • Jewish Family Services of Central New Jersey
  • The Salvation Army in Elizabeth
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • The Urban League of Union County

For more information about National Community Action Month events, and services for low income individuals and families contact Leslie Gutierrez, Union County Department of Human Services, Division of Planning, (908) 527-4861. For information about other Union County services and programs, visit www.ucnj.org.

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