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How South Jersey chamber made traditional Day of Service into regionwide effort

This great day was a long time coming. In 2020, when the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey saw its first leadership change in 25 years, one of the organization’s new priorities was assuring it was giving back to the community. That came with a shift in its mission, vision, strategic priorities and a renewed focus on recruiting nonprofits and other community-based organizations to its membership base. Another aspect of this new direction was adding programming to the chamber’s already packed slate of more than 120 events per year that encouraged its more than 1,200 member companies to give back and support…

Chris Smith on human trafficking and the Frederick Douglas Act

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) delivered the following remarks at a Human Trafficking Symposium today in Freehold: “Forced labour in the private economy generates $236 billion in illegal profits per year, a new report (published on March 19, 2024)  from the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found… “Forced commercial sexual exploitation accounts for more than two-thirds (73 per cent) of the total illegal profits, despite accounting for only 27 per cent of the total number of victims in privately imposed labour… “These numbers are explained by the huge difference in per victim profits between forced commercial sexual exploitation and other forms…

Evesham Police Department Boasts Newly Expanded Role in Providing Community Services, Probing Crimes Using High-Tech-Equipment Gifts

A substantially expanded scope of responsibility now being assumed by the Evesham Township Police Department, both as a provider or facilitator of social services through a new three-way partnership and in its having been gifted some cutting-edge crime-fighting capabilities, was outlined at the April 10 meeting of the township council. The department’s recently acquired human and high-tech proficiencies have not only broadened the dimensions of the services it offers but are now making many aspects of its job much easier and more efficient, according to Police Chief Walt Miller, who told the council members that some of these developments are…

‘We have to continue the conversation’

Living in seedy motel rooms along the Black Horse Pike and walking the streets of Atlantic City after nightfall are young victims of human trafficking forced by captors to prostitute themselves. Essentially they’re slaves, experts say. – Advertisement – But help has come since 2020 from the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV). The organization partnered in October of that year with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create and implement the Atlantic City Human Trafficking Pilot, according to VOADV Senior Vice President Amanda Leese. “As a provider of social services in New Jersey, we cannot ignore human trafficking,”…

Volunteers Of America Delaware Valley Opens New Location Of Tri-County Navigational Resource Center In Vineland

 Volunteers of America Delaware Valley ( VOADV) has launched their new Tri-County Navigational Resource Center located in Vineland to continue serving the residents of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. The office will provide both Safe Return and Navigator program services to community members in need. Both programs are designed to ensure an immediate, direct approach to service delivery and one-stop linkage to critical social services. As such,  VOADV is able to aid individuals and families in navigating reentry services, housing assistance, employment and job-readiness services, substance use and mental health referrals, legal assistance, and more.  “The new Tri-County Navigational Resource Center location creates a centralized one-stop for service delivery to the residents of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem,” said  VOADV President and CEO Daniel L. Lombardo. “The direct, immediate…

Here’s how people experiencing homelessness can earn $75, free lunch to pick up trash in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY, Nj – People experiencing homelessness have an opportunity to work and earn some cash and a free lunch in Camden County. The Work Now program is a partnership between Camden County and Volunteers of America (VOA) Delaware Valley. Five days a week ten people experiencing homelessness can sign up to pick up trash for the day and earn $75 and a free lunch. David Williams, 36, started working for the program over a month ago and, with the VOA’s support, now has a full-time job. “They don’t downplay us because some of us are homeless, don’t have jobs or whatever….

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