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January 25, 2022

Nominate an "Unsung Hero" - 2022 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award

Do you know, work for, or volunteer with someone who is making their community a better place? We encourage you to take a few minutes and nominate a special person you’ve encountered and give him or her the chance to be recognized for their service.

Ten outstanding individuals will be honored at our 26th Anniversary Award Ceremony in May 2022.

January 21, 2022

Environmental Scan for Flavored Vape Pods in Bergen County (BCPC)

The Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC) is working towards educating merchants who continue to sell flavored Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) pods despite being illegal. The BCPC will be working with local municipalities providing technical assistance that promotes compliance with NJ State law.

January 18, 2022  

Free at-home COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

January 13, 2022

FCC Launches Affordable Connectivity Program for Low Income Households

On December 31, the FCC launched the ACP. This program, created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, is a longer-term replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care, and more.

January 11, 2022

Autism Ambassador Program

Our ambassador program is free and open to anyone who wants to make a difference in their neighborhood, workplace, school, or community!

January 6, 2022

Hackensack Renters Assistance Program (HABC)

You may be eligible for a one-time stimulus payment to assist with rent arrears, future rent, utilities, or necessary household necessities during these tough times.

Greater Bergen is facilitating the new Hackensack Renter’s Assistance Program, brought to you by the Mayor & City Council of Hackensack, to provide relief to eligible residents.

December 22, 2021  

COVID-19 Test (At-Home Collection Kit)

We'll send you an at-home collection kit to collect your nasal swab sample and ship it back to our lab.  Our lab will perform a PCR test on your sample for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19).

This test is available for ages 2 and up.

December 21, 2021  

Surgeon General Youth Mental Health Advisory Guide

This Advisory offers recommendations for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. While many of these recommendations apply to individuals, the reality is that people have widely varying degrees of control over their circumstances.

December 21, 2021  

Vaping Resource Guide - for Parents

Due to the stress caused by the COVID pandemic, parents more than ever need to talk and listen to their children - this resource guide can help. It contains important information to help parents understand the issue of NJ's addiction crisis, and provides information, tips and resources to help prevent substance misuse in their homes.

December 8, 2021

State Anti-Hunger Legislation Advances

Three bills aimed at reducing hunger in the Garden State recently cleared key Assembly and Senate Committees. All of these measures embrace recommendations HFNJ made through its recent SNAP project, which engaged dozens of stakeholders across the state to identify barriers to SNAP (food stamps) participation.

December 2, 2021

Addictions Counseling Fellowships Available (NAADAC)

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC are currently accepting applications for the 2022 National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP-AC). 40 Master’s-level counseling fellowships are available, for $15,000.

November 29, 2021

2022 Social Isolation Survey

The New Jersey Legislature passed a law that requires NJ Human Services to study social isolation among four groups: seniors age 65 and older, individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental illness, and those who have served or currently serve in the military.

November 5, 2021

Audition Notice for a Feature Film!

Avy Kaufman Casting is seeking a young (between the ages of 9 to 12), musically-inclined, neurodiverse actress and/or actress with a disability for a feature film that will shoot in Vancouver, Canada in late January 2022.

November 4, 2021

Academic Activity - Stressed Out? (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Uncontrolled stress can cause serious health problems and increase the risk that students may use drugs to attempt to deal with stressors, including mental health issues and trauma. Use these materials to help students understand how stress affects their body, and learn healthy ways to cope with pressure.

October 21, 2021

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators (PBS)

Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators offers a series of digital media resources to help teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. 

October 19, 2021

2022 State Of Mental Health In America Report (Mental Health America)

Mental Health America (MHA) is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need them, and recovery as the goal.

October 13, 2021

Peer Support in Higher Education Survey (Mental Health America)

Through this survey, we will:

  • Document the availability of peer support in higher education
  • Identify the needs and experiences of students leading and accessing peer support programs
  • Develop a national database of college peer support programs
October 1, 2021  

2021 Medicaid Fact Sheet

Types of Medicaid Eligibility in New Jersey. This fact sheet was developed in collaboration with The Arc of New Jersey's Mainstreaming Medical Care Program, and will help families better understand the type of Medicaid their loved one is eligible for. The factsheet also explains what is covered under Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) Medicaid & FamilyCare.

September 8, 2021

Please Help Our Local Hurricane Survivors - Donations (The Community Chest)

The Community Chest has been asked to assist with collecting funds from donors who wish to help neighbors in need. The community task force has determined that the best way to help is to make donations through us and we will provide the funding for the purchase of critically needed items.

September 1, 2021

FAFSA Help for Parents: De-Mystifying the FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes that filling out the necessary Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a taxing and confusing process. As a result, the FSA offers parents free resources to de-mystify the FAFSA and financial aid in general.

Unsure about where to start? Check out these resources.

September 1, 2021  

Seeing AI App for iPhones

This app uses the camera on your device to identify people, objects and scenery, then audibly describes what the camera is viewing. It is currently available in 16 languages, and has also recently been updated to recognize currency, documents, and handwritten text.

September 1, 2021  

Postsecondary (College) Go Bag (The Arc of New Jersey)

Our Postsecondary Go Bag gives students and their families valuable tools, tips, and information about transitioning from high school to college. It includes our transition checklist, strategies for success in education, and a list of available college programs for students with IDD.

August 16, 2021  

The Stigma Free Zone News of NJ - Volume LXI - Our 61st Issue - August 2021

We report on an initiative of volunteers, nonprofits, schools, libraries, hospitals, First Responders, and houses of worship working independently or with local government to make NJ free from the stigma of mental illness. Anyone can form a local SFZ Task Force, no permission required. Just pledge to "do something about mental illness."

August 16, 2021

Culturally Responsive Lessons for the New School Year

With the new school year quickly approaching, you’re probably already thinking about all the things you need to prepare. Luckily, we have all kinds of resources to help, with a focus on culturally responsive lessons to support anti-racist learning and growth. 

August 12, 2021

COVID-19 Community Education Initiative (PMCHNNJ)

We are excited to announce that the Partnership was awarded $1,000,000 to provide COVID-19 education and outreach in Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties. The Partnership was one of only two organizations in New Jersey to receive the award to build vaccine confidence, share factual information about vaccines, and answer people's questions.

August 12, 2021

NJ New Bill to Reduce Maternal Mortality: Free Nurse Visits After Birth

A new bill establishing a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns was designed to help address and reduce the maternal mortality rate in New Jersey. Recently, Gov. Philip D. Murphy signed into law a plan to change the paradigm, which according to experts the rate in our state is the fourth highest in the country.

August 9, 2021

Get the Shot! COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to young adults 16+. It is one of the most important tools to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to who (and what) you love.

  • It's FREE
  • No appointment needed
  • Prevents extreme illness
  • Helps protect others who have health issues
August 2, 2021

Information on Housing Assistance Programs - COVID-19 (NJ Department of Community Affairs)

Updated information on:

  • HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM - Purpose: to provide temporary assistance to households who are being evicted due to a short- term loss of income.
  • HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING - Purpose: To provide temporary financial assistance to help pay for housing and case management and services to maintain housing
August 1, 2021

Helping Youth Access Food During COVID-19

As many as 30 million adults and 12 million children may not always have access to nutritious food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to ensure that children and low-income Americans maintain access to food, including new solutions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 1, 2021

Johns Hopkins Research study: It's weWomen Plus

Its weWomen Plus Project is examining the impact of using a technology-based intervention for immigrant women who may be at risk for future violence, severe violence, or homicide. The intervention is designed to empower women to make informed decisions about their relationships, health, and safety.