WEforum and community partners are helping to educate families about the importance of drinking more water and of protecting our environment from disposable plastic water bottles.
Cancer Support Community at MMC
In partnership with Monmouth Medical Center, the Monmouth County-based Cancer Support Community (“CSC”) is part of an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Individuals affected by cancer are given an opportunity to enhance their health and well being through participation in professionally led programs of emotional support, relaxation, exercise and education. Anyone who is affected by cancer — the patient, family, friends and caregivers — can access their free program of support. To ensure that no one faces cancer alone, there is no charge for these programs and they’re available to all cancer patients in Monmouth and Ocean counties, regardless of where they are being treated. CSC’s collaboration with Monmouth Medical Center fully incorporates CSC programs and services into the hospital at both its main campus in Long Branch and its southern campus in Lakewood.
Horizons is a national organization operating in sixteen States and the District of Columbia, whose mission is changing the life trajectory of low-income students by instilling in them the joy of learning, the skills for success, and the inspiration to realize their dreams. Students attend a 6-week summer program on the campus of an independent school, college, or university, and receive additional support throughout the year. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Children join Horizons the summer before Kindergarten and return to the program each year through 12th grade, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and developing life skills essential for success.
Launched in 1996, Horizons at Rumson Country Day School offers a six-week academic, cultural, and recreational enrichment program to nearly 150 low-income students, kindergarten through eighth grade, in the Red Bank, New Jersey area. Horizons transforms the way students see themselves and their future. Their reading and math skills improve significantly. They return to school excited to learn. They graduate from high school and go on to attend college or other post-secondary training. With a network of support behind them, Horizons students embrace a more expansive view of what’s possible.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Their local organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties started as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County in 1976. Recognizing the need for youth mentoring in Middlesex County, they gained approval from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to serve the children there on January 1, 2011. Partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community, they are accountable for helping every child in their program achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.