RAINE Foundation Hosts Diaper Drive to Support Moms and Children in Need During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hiral Patel and Alicia Maresco of Bayshore Family Success Center in Middletown accept donations of diapers and wipes for Monmouth County mothers in need from Lisa Auletta of the RAINE Foundation. FREEHOLD, NJ – The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been varied and far-reaching – and distress is not always related to health concerns. Monmouth County Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley recently learned of an unforeseen need amongst the County’s expectant and parenting mothers. On a call for Monmouth ACTS’ Early Childhood Success Hub, Kiley was surprised to learn from leaders of various service organizations that mothers…
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Behavioral Health Hub Extends Reach of Grant to Combat Opioid Crisis

FREEHOLD, NJ – As the opioid crisis rages across the country, services are strained more than ever due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But thanks to the connections of Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services), one grant led to three new programs – and room to grow even further. When the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health was offered the chance to submit an innovative grant proposal to the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services addressing the opioid epidemic, Division Director Desiree Whyte knew the opportunity would be the perfect project to bring to Monmouth ACTS’ Behavioral…
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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 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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Monmouth ACTS Responds to County’s COVID-19 Needs

FREEHOLD, NJ – As human service needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis expand daily, Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) is working aggressively to identify the most pressing issues throughout Monmouth County and the most effective ways to communicate critical services and support systems to residents. Monmouth ACTS, a public-private initiative to promote and enhance access to human services, is organizing supports available to residents struggling under the restrictions posed by the statewide stay-at-home order. The County employees and their counterparts in the private sector, who comprise Monmouth ACTS, are identifying issues that can be resolved by the initiative’s working…
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County Organizations Provide Disaster Ready-Go Bags for Vulnerable Populations in Time for Winter Storms

Colleen Smith, Caregiver Specialist; Sue Moleon, Director, Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services; Inhyoung Chae, Aging & Disability Resource Connection Coordinator; Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone; Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden; Sam Pandure, Senior Accountant; Pat Scinto-Krosinski, Director, Long Branch Senior Center; and Freeholder Susan M. Kiley at a recent Ready-Go Bags distribution event in Long Branch. FREEHOLD, NJ – Partners of the Monmouth ACTS initiative are working hard to ensure that some of the most vulnerable members of the population – seniors and people with disabilities – are prepared before winter storms hit. A joint partnership…
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Monmouth ACTS in Action: County Organizations Work Together to Help Spanish-Speaking Residents Flourish at Freehold Community Garden

Freehold resident Karen works with her daughter to tend the pole beans she grows at the Freehold Community Garden. Karen and her friend Sara grow vegetables in their shared garden plot to supplement their groceries. FREEHOLD, NJ – When administrators at the Freehold Community Garden noticed a decline in the number of applications for a garden bed, they took action. Gardener Jeanne Patterson tapped into her network with Neighborhood Connections To Health (NCTH), a coalition comprised of individuals who have a vested interest in improving the health and well-being of Freehold residents, to learn more. “Neighborhood Connections shared with me…
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Monmouth County Kicks Off Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council to Support Human Services for Residents

Teri O’Connor, Monmouth County Administrator; Mary Pat Angelini, Chair, Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) and CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health Group; Ginger Mulligan, Co-Chair, MAAC Executive Committee; Freeholder Susan M. Kiley; and Jeffrey Schwartz, Director, Monmouth County Department of Human Services and Co-Chair, MAAC Executive Committee, celebrate the kickoff of the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council, which will set goals and objectives for Monmouth ACTS. FREEHOLD, NJ – Representatives from Monmouth County announced the kick off of the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) to better serve the needs of residents and to support Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services). This Advisory Council…
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Monmouth County Partners with Brookdale Community College to Provide Social Services to Students

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS) has partnered with Brookdale Community College to offer social services to students by having a MCDSS social worker on campus two days each week. The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, MCDSS and Brookdale leadership met to discuss the need on Brookdale’s campus for increased access to social services since many students did not know where to turn when they needed housing, food and more. “This partnership is a very good fit for everyone,” said Christine Aumack, administrative supervisor of Social Work, Monmouth County Division of Social Services. “There…
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