Partnerships to reach Monmouth kids take new approach in pandemic

NJ 101.5 Community programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters typically rely on schools to clue them in as to which children need particular assistance, what kind and when. But COVID-19 sent those kids home and closed schools in the spring, so BBBS of Coastal & Northern New Jersey had to turn to county offices to find out where they could help. The Monmouth ACTS coalition, short for Assisting Community Through Services, was one such agency BBBSCNNJ could turn to, and did. Monmouth ACTS operates a dedicated Positive Youth Development Hub, which helped mentors connect so effectively to area children…
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County Organizations Join Forces to Foster Connection Among Youth in Need Amidst Pandemic

Mentors and mentees connected though Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern NJ (BBBSCNNJ). FREEHOLD, NJ – When the COVID-19 pandemic struck New Jersey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern NJ (BBBSCNNJ)  suddenly had to plan for ways to provide services to families and kids in an increasingly virtual world. BBBSCNNJ Program Manager Brendan Ward acted by tapping into the Monmouth ACTS network. BBBSCNNJ provides a community-based program that features 1:1 mentoring for youth ages 6-15, as well as workplace, college and school-based mentoring programs for students up to age 18. Kids are matched with members of…
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Freeholders provide COVID-19 updates, announce Financial Recovery Initiative

FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley provided updates on COVID-19 and announced the launch of the Monmouth ACTS Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) at a press conference held today. “To date, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Monmouth County since March is 11,915,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “Monmouth County COVID cases have recently increased in young adults who are experiencing mild symptoms.” Freeholder Director Arnone also gave an update about the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.  “We have…
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Monmouth wants to be ‘stigma-free’ about mental health, addiction

NJ 101.5 In the first seven months of 2020, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Monmouth County claimed 111 of New Jersey's 1,834 overdose deaths, a number that local lawmakers believe can be driven down if those in danger are made to feel more comfortable talking about their personal demons. That is the idea behind the new Stigma-Free Monmouth website, launched by the county freeholder board along with the Division of Behavioral Health, which was forged by the combination of the county's mental health and addiction services departments. Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley said she and her colleagues kept hearing from constituents that…
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Monmouth County Dishes Out $1.7 Million to Businesses in First Round of CARES Funding

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Following last week’s launch of its CARES Economic Assistance Grant program, Monmouth County has approved $1.7 million in funding — with the first round of money already hitting bank accounts of businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic... For individuals in need of emotional support, Monmouth County offers a hotline staffed by licensed behavioral health professionals from Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County. Call 732-542-6422 to speak with a professional from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email mha@mentalhealthmonmouth.org. In recent weeks, there have been an increase of calls to the…
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Coronavirus in Monmouth: County, Grunin Foundation roll out free COVID-19 testing

Asbury Park Press Free coronavirus testing will be offered at six sites across the county where community leaders say residents have had a hard time accessing COVID-19 tests, under a new partnership between Monmouth County and The Grunin Foundation... Freeholder Sue Kiley also urged county residents to continue simple steps to keep COVID-19 at bay: Stay 6 feet apart and wear masks. She also reminded residents to tap into resources available through Monmouth ACTS that can help them navigate issues associated with the pandemic, such as  unemployment benefits, food, child care and job training.  Read more here.
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Monmouth ACTS Launches Financial Recovery Initiative, Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley to Lead

TAPinto Middletown Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) officially launched the Financial Recovery Initiative to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic... The financial impact of the pandemic has been devastating to businesses and residents throughout Monmouth County.  Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and the Division of Economic Development initiated efforts to help support businesses of all sizes affected by COVID-19. To ensure the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the virus are also being met, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley will head-up the County’s financial recovery effort for residents. “Residents have been hit hard…
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Starting Today: Monmouth County Offices Open to Public by Appointment Only

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como During [a] press conference, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan Kiley announced the launch of the Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Established through Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) and its Financial Empowerment Hub, the initiative includes a clearinghouse that will provide residents with access to information about public-private programs and benefits that are available through its anchor organizations. “Residents have been hit hard by COVID-19 - from loss of employment and income to food insecurity and more,” said Kiley, liaison to the county’s health…
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Monmouth ACTS Launches Financial Recovery Initiative

Task Force Members Announced Today, Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) officially launched the Financial Recovery Initiative to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that the financial impact of the pandemic was going to be devastating to businesses and residents throughout the County, Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and the Division of Economic Development initiated efforts to help support businesses of all sizes affected by COVID-19. To ensure the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the virus are also being met, Freeholder Director Arnone tasked Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M.…
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