JLOSH receives Community Partner of the Year Award

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Family Assistance Resource Center NJ hosted its fourth annual Awards & Recognition Dinner in October, honoring the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills as the Community Partner of the Year.

FARC recognized JLOSH for its outstanding contributions in helping meet the basic needs of children and families who have suffered loss as the result of fire or natural disaster. In the past year, JLOSH partnered with FARC to help provide basic needs essentials from personal care packages and clothing to children’s books and toys for these neighbors in need.

“JLOSH is thrilled to receive the Community Partner of the Year Award from FARC. We recognized how important the work is that FARC does every day, and our members made it a point to dedicate personal time and resources to help support this amazing organization,” JLOSH President Kate Farley said. “FARC is closely aligned with the JLOSH mission of filling basic needs, and we appreciate the collaboration with FARC. It shows the power of nonprofit partnerships and the impact we make together.”

JLOSH recently partnered with FARC for its Shopping Boutique at the Forest Street School in Orange. Thanks to JLOSH members’ generous donations of new and gently-used clothing, books, stuffed animals and much more, together JLOSH and FARC helped more than 78 families in need. The boutique drew more than 165 individuals, including recent victims of residential fires in the Oranges, as well as students and their parents from the Forest Street School.

“These members of our communities have given generously of their time, talents and financial resources, to meet the needs of families and individuals who have suffered loss, as the result of a fire or natural disaster. We applaud them because they are indeed ‘Caring People … Helping People,’” said Roger Hinton, founder and president of FARC.

The evening also recognized JLOSH sustaining member, Jamy Barton, who received the Sandra E. Johnson Community Service Award for her unwavering commitment to serving families and individuals in need. Barton is co-founder of 28 Days Project, a nonprofit organization founded on the premise that women need access to affordable feminine products and that no woman needs to feel financial or emotional burdens by simply being female. Visit www.28daysproject.org for more information.

The evening celebrated firefighter honorees, as well as Orange High School students and other local volunteers who help support and serve Essex County communities.

Photos Courtesy of JLOSH