Toms River, NJ (March 4, 2017) Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) was awarded a $10,000 grant from Investors Bank Foundation in support of their programs to assist the elderly and help them remain independent.
“We are very proud of our dedication and commitment to the communities that we serve,” said Lisa Carta, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Fischer Blvd. Toms River Office and member of the CVCJ Board of Directors . “It is amazing to have the opportunity to support community partners who are changing lives and helping to make Ocean County a better place to live and work.”
According to the 2016-2018 Area Plan of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services (OCOSS), most older adults wish to remain in their own homes and maintain control over their own lives. The major obstacles to remaining independent are transportation, companionship, home health aides and chore services. Ocean County’s senior, veteran, and disabled population continues to grow annually, which places a heavy demand on existing services.
CVCJ addresses the needs identified by the OCOSS by providing vital assistance to 2,400 elderly residents, including 840 Disabled and 400 Veterans. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls and visits from people and therapy dogs; as well as relief for families caring for loved ones with chronic illness or dementia. Residents of Ocean and Monmouth County who are 60 years old and no longer drive are eligible for free services.
“We are so grateful for the resources provided by the Investors Foundation which will help us further expand our volunteer network,” said Lynette Whiteman, CVCJ Executive Director. “This will allow us to reach more people and continue to positively impact the lives of our care receivers in maintaining their independence and decreasing feelings of loneliness and isolation.”
For more information about Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org or call 732-505-2273.
ABOUT CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to assist the elderly, homebound, and veterans with everyday tasks to remain independent in their own homes. All services are free of charge and delivered by 1,200 volunteers to over 2,000 Ocean and Monmouth County, New Jersey individuals over the age of 60 who are no longer driving. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, reassuring phone calls, visits from both humans and canines, and respite care. For more information about Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, visit www.caregivervolunteers.org, or www.facebook.com/caregivervolunteers/, or call 732-505-2273.
ABOUT INVESTORS FOUNDATION
The Investors Foundation is dedicated to helping organizations that support the arts, education, health & human services, youth initiatives, and more. Funding is available to organizations located in the areas served by Investors Bank, which includes most of New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. Since the foundation’s beginnings in 2005, more than $16 million has been pledged to hundreds of worthy organizations and causes.