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9th Annual Back To School Health Fair Sees Huge Attendance

The Link News — September 6, 2017

Long Branch -- Coastal Communities Family Success Center, formerly Long Branch Concordance, hosted its 9th Annual Back to School Health Fair on August 10. The event offered free health screenings and community connections to over 30 local service providers and county-wide community partners.

"The event was a major success," stated Lisa Wilson, Executive Director of Coastal Communities. "The collaborations with providers, partners, volunteers and families made an insurmountable impact on the wellness and strength of the community."

The Center thanked Monmouth Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health and Monmouth University for generously donating new backpacks for the last three years. Additional thanks extended to CCFSC trustees Don Campbell, Jessica Bragen, and Nick DiFranco.

Additional donations were made by Mark and Lisa Wilson, 180, Turning Lives Around, VNA HG, and Eatontown Dental Care. Yoga for families was donated by Amy Zambrano, Amy's Yogabilities. Successful and smooth logistics of the fair were made possibly with the help of of Levester Burnley and Troy Todman, CCFSC trustee.

The doors opened at 10 am with a line stretched around the corner to Slocum Avenue. Families registered with volunteers, received valuable resources and health screenings, and backpacks full of school supplies.

Over 380 people attended the event, and 215 backpacks were donated directly to families residing in the surrounding communities spanning from Long Branch to Howell. The remaining backpacks and school supplies were donated to community partners, such as 180 Turning Lives Around and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, for the families within their organizations.

"This was my first time ever volunteering at a community event with this capacity," stated Michael Terrell, Coastal Communities volunteer, "It was really amazing to see the community come together in support of one another. This organization is doing really great, beneficial work; such an inspiration to the neighborhood."

Community members and staff and kids from New Hope Foundation volunteered at the event. The Center also thanked St. James Church, its Vestry, and Dominic Perez for their dedication to the event.

Partners in the Back to School Health Fair included VNAHG, Amy's Yogabilities, Long Branch High School, Mental Health Monmouth, Housing Alliance, The Arc of NJ, Transition Monmouth, Monmouth Medical Center, Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, NJ Citizen Action, Long Branch Free Public Library, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, Prevention First, Horizon NJ Health, Affordable Housing Alliance, The Community YMCA, Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, MonmouthCares, Inc., Disability Rights NJ, Rutgers NJ SNAP-Ed, Beacon of Life, 180 Turning Lives Around, Monmouth Healthy Families/TIP, MHAMC, and Rx Saves You.

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