We thank our community volunteers as well as our participant family volunteers who do so much as we serve and help one another in our community at Bentley! We all are certainly blessed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 908.227.0684.
Many struggling, working families have pets and we certainly cannot forget about taking good care of our beloved family pets. We are certainly grateful to welcome PetSmart into the Bentley universe of our generous providers. When finances are tight, the entire household is compromised. PetSmart will be helping us help our participant families provide for their furry members of the family! That is the real Bentley in the photos!
The dedicated, hard working employee volunteer teams from our corporate partner, Bloomberg and several of our participant families came out in cool, cloudy and windy conditions to help cover newly planted tomatoes at our generous provider farm, Norz Hill on Thursday. The physical hard work of laying down plastic and digging soil to secure it down certainly was challenging in the weather conditions. Over 12,000 feet! was accomplished thanks to the many helping hands that will ensure these young tomato plants will be protected and thrive. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and of your giving to make a difference for the greater good!
We are so thankful to our generous providers for providing us with such healthy, nourishing and well-balanced food provisions to distribute each week, providing sustenance for our participant families. Our generous providers absolutely amaze us and we certainly are blessed and thankful. Every box, bag, container or pallet is truly a gift.
We have organized a focus group as part of the community health needs assessment that the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset and the Healthier Somerset coalition are working on! The goal of this community needs assessment is to gain a greater understanding of the health issues of Somerset County residents, how those needs are currently being addressed, and where there are gaps and opportunities to address these needs in the future.
Our focus group, taking place this week at our new facility, will be facilitated by a staff member of Health Resources in Action, a third party hired by RWJUH to support this assessment. We are honored and proud to take part in the community health needs assessment for Somerset County.
We are extremely saddened by the tremendous loss of Barry Birch this week. Barry is the Co-Founder of Birch Community Services, our mentor organization in Portland, Oregon.
Barry, such a special and unique individual, treasure, mentor and inspiration will be truly missed. Please keep Suzanne Birch in your thoughts and prayers. Barry went home to heaven. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Trader Joe’s and Stop & Shop, two of our generous providers, continue to generously fill our freezers with incredible provisions of meats, chicken, seafood, smoked meats, pizzas, entrees, sides, ice creams, gelato and more! Thank you for providing the participant families with these amazing, nourishing provisions and sweet treats! The families are certainly enjoying, preparing and feeding their families with the wonderful provisions you provide and we certainly are grateful.
We thank the community of shoppers that came out on Saturday after the Friday snow to shop at McCaffrey’s in Princeton. We collected a little over 1,200 lbs. of much needed non-perishable food provisions to be able to stock our shelves of these crucial staples. Thank you for your help and support. We also thank our generous provider, McCaffrey’s, for being the host location for our food drive.