Did you know that nearly 11,000 children will be homeless in New Jersey this year? Families with children comprise one of the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population today and 42% of these children are under the age of six.
To help combat this growing problem, The Verona Juniors are collecting items for Family Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and low income families achieve sustainable independence.
Family Promise understands that poverty is a complicated problem and requires a variety of responses. The organization makes a difference through educational outreach, promoting effective policies, and organizing thousands of volunteers. Family Promise provides shelter, food, and other support services for homeless families.
The Verona Juniors are collecting items through March 13. If you’re interested in donating, please email the Juniors for more details. Items being collected are: pillows (new), small blankets (purchased or handmade), towels (new), socks (new), slippers (new), and small stuffed animals (new). We are accepting items for both adults and children. Taking action doesn’t require a huge financial commitment. Even donating one pair of socks can make a difference. Often it’s the small comforts that can help to ease the strain on these families. The Verona Juniors and Family Promise appreciate your support and generosity.
The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is a versatile organization that has been involved in social and charitable work since its inception in 1926. The Juniors address Verona’s diverse needs by promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, working on behalf of the elderly and people with disabilities, supporting participation in the arts and advocating for
issues of concern to women, children and families.
Anyone interested in learning more about this very active organization of women is welcome to contact the Juniors by email. Prospective members also are welcome at business meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month (except April, July, August and December) at 8 p.m. in the Verona Community Center. For more information, visit the Junior’s Web site.