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Community Opportunities :: Healthy Community, Healthy Youth Initiative

Community Opportunities


Ongoing Programs

Livingston Public Schools is often informed of summer learning opportunities for students.  We will provide those opportunities to you through a page on our website.  To access the summer learning opportunities, click here.

Adult School Spring 2010 – Livingston Public Schools announced its Community Extension Adult Education Program for Spring 2010. Courses will begin the first week of April and registration must be completed by mail no later than Friday, March 19, 2010. Courses are open to any adult resident 18 years or older, and nay person employed by the township. The brochure is available at the Senior/Community Center, Board of Education office, Livingston High School, Livingston Public Library, and is available click here.

United Way Offers Assistance to Families. UWNE Family Success Center is designed to help suburban Essex families and individuals in crisis navigate the social services system and guide them in the direction of programs that will help them get through these tough times. The center is located at the United Way Building, 60 Fullerton Avenue in Montclair, NJ., and serves people in many towns including Livingston, Caldwell, Roseland and Verona. The center works with various agencies to provide families with a “one stop” resource for multiple social service programs. A counselor will with work with families to assess their needs and appointments are recommended but not required. You may contact the center at 973-746-4235.

Haiti Earthquake Relief – Some of our schools have organized a supply collection; talk to your children and find out if their school has organized anything. The Livingston Sunrise Rotary has organized a drive and you can find out more information here.  Nationally and internationally, there are many non-profit organizations collecting and sending supplies.  You can find out more by visiting Charity Navigator.

The West Essex YMCA has so much to offer throughout the year – Free membership to 7th graders (includes free guided teen exercise workouts), volunteer opportunities for teens ages 11-18, quality child care programs from infant to after-school and much more!  Please call (973) 992-7500 to sign up or for more information.

Do you have a teen who is interested in doing volunteer work? The Y is currently planning some exciting volunteer opportunities for 2010. If you are age 11-18 and are interested, please contact Cheryl Francione at (973) 992-7500 ext. 106.

Livingston Recreation Dept is looking for High School Girls to “shadow” (help out) a special needs child, at Recreation Girls’ Basketball on Friday nights from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Middle School from January-March. The volunteer would sit on the sidelines with the girls and make sure everyone is included and will follow the coaches instructions. The girls do not have to commit to every Friday night -we can rotate the schedule. For more information, please contact Anne Rispoli – AURispoli@verizon.net or stop by the Livingston Recreation Dept located in the Community Center at 204 Hillside Avenue in Livingston, NJ.

Livingston Patch has a volunteer component. Kelly Feeny, local editor of Livingston’s site, is committed to helping Livingston organizations (for example, once a month for a few hours). She will help any Volunteer Organization in town … do mailings, collect food, answer phones, etc. — Kelly Feeney Editor, Livingston Patch www.livingston.patch.com (973) 757-7122

Attention Senior Families…FirstGiving Project Graduation

Website Launch

Project Graduation is our all night, alcohol free, drug free, tobacco free celebration and is FREE for our graduates, in order for this night to become a reality, we need your help!

Please visit the Project Graduation FirstGiving Website at http://www.firstgiving.comprojectgraduation

This is a fun, safe and secure way to make a donation to Project Graduation 2010. When you make a donation, you can leave a personal message to your senior wishing them luck with their college acceptances or in honor of  graduation. Please feel free to forward this website to friends and family as well! Together we can make Project Graduation a reality for our seniors! Thank you for your continued support! Please click here to visit the Project Graduation webpage where you will find information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and photos from last year. Remember you to not have to be a parent of a senior to attend Project Graduation events! A new weekly club is in the works for children in grades four through twelve who enjoy playing Scrabble. Players of all levels are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at 973.714.0453 or sljbraun@aol.com.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS) has volunteer opportunities. You can make a tremendous difference in lives of needy individuals by sharing your compassion and expertise. All volunteers receive ongoing supervision and training to assist them in their efforts. Roles for volunteers continue to develop as the agency expands its services. Whether it is for time-limited or on-going projects, JFS volunteers assist in many rewarding ways:

Friend Advocate (Essex County) – supervised assistance with bill paying, reading mail and completing application/insurance forms for older adults.

Listen to Children (Livingston) – matches an older adult volunteer with a public school student in need of extra support.

Domestic Violence Volunteer Opportunities – specialized opportunities are available and training is provided. For more information, please contact the Rachel Coalition at 973.765.9050, ext. 262.

To become a JFS volunteer, please call JFS Coordinator of Community Services Mandi Zucker, LSW at 973.765.9050, ext. 275.

Livingston Public Library is Drop-Off Site for Two Local Organizations. The Livingston Police Department collects used cell phones to be programmed so that senior citizens can reach 911 in case of emergency. A collection box for cellular phones is available at the library. Also being collected at the library is yarn for a knitting group which meets at the Hillside Avenue Community Center. The knitters create hats and blankets for such organizations as the Valerie Fund, Daughters of Israel, VA Hospital, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units of Saint Barnabas and Newark Beth Israel Medical Centers. Additional yarn is needed and may be collected in the collection box at the library.

Livingston Public Library has many events going on year-round for children, teens and adults. Please click here for a listing of these events or call the library at 973.992-4600.

The Livingston Public Library is seeking teen volunteers. After school volunteer opportunities include shelving books and performing clerical work such as filing and making copies. Volunteers on the Teen Advisory Board help choose books, music and other materials for the teen department and assist in planning events for teens and younger children. All volunteers must: • Have a Livingston library card • Be entering 7th grade or higher • Sign up for a regular schedule and call if unable to work. • Follow directions given by library staff • Be courteous If interested, visit the library’s website to obtain and fill-out a volunteer application. Website: livingston.bccls.org Phone:  973-992-4600

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Volunteer Network Opportunities:

The Volunteer Network works with local agencies looking for teen volunteers: Hannah Peretsman Breene Foundation (Livingston or Summit) – Teen volunteers (16 yrs. or older) are needed at St. Barnabas and Overlook Hospital to do arts & crafts projects and play games with children on weekday evenings and on weekends. Make a difference!

Dreamcatchers –  (South Orange/Maplewood) – Teens needed to serve as production staff or shows, including prop, costume work and running the shows. Hours are weeknights and weekends for the 6-week span of the show. Training is provided.

Achieve  Program (South Orange) – Teens (14-19 yrs. old) needed to serve as tutors after school 3-5 p.m. in all elementary and middle schools in the South Orange/Maplewood school district. One hour  per week commitment. Training is provided.

JCC Metrowest (West Orange) – There is a wonderful creative writing program for seniors at the JCC.  Seniors write out their stories and need a teen to help type them up. This is a small commitment, but a very worthy project.

NCJW in Livingston is also offering a  new volunteer opportunity called “Voluntweens” for “tweens” in grades five through eight. Program participants will assist three to five year old children in an after-school pre-school program located at the Carrina School in East Orange, part of the East Orange Child Development Corporation. Please call the NCJW office at 973.740.0588 to sign up and for more information. Please note that Volunteens will be required to become NCJW members.

Please call Sue Wasserman, Coordinator of Volunteers of the NCJW at 973-740-0588 ext. 22 if you are interested in any of the above opportunities.

April 16 through May 31, 2010

April 16, 2010/7:00-9:00 p.m. – ACAP presents “Face It You Married Them Too!”
Join Mary Massaro, MS, NCPsyA, and bring friends, for an evening of learning to live, love, hate and reconcile with the human and emotional baggage that comes attached to the person you love. Learn and laugh about how our relationships can prove traumatic, tormenting, exasperating, and at times hilarious and wonderful! Mary Massaro  is a psychoanalyst, fellow and teacher at ACAP. She is the executive director of Balanced Health Systems. Mary is consultant to major corporations and school districts on wellness, stress management, productivity and group team effectiveness. She is the director of theStress Management; Wellness; and Parenting Institutes at Long Island University. Call to reserve a seat! 973-251-9312 There is a suggested $20 donation to ACAP: a 501(C)3 organization.

April 16, 17 and 18, 2010 – Children’s Theatre of Livingston (CTL) will present Honk! Jr., a musical retelling of the story of the ugly duckling. Eighty children in grades 2-5 have been rehearsing over the last three months. Nearly 30 middle school children will be working on the crew backstage and will perform in the orchestra. Tickets are on sale now, first come first serve, for $10 and can be purchased by calling (973) 740-1855, or by downloading an order form at www.childrenstheatreoflivingston.org.

April 17, 2010A Community Garage and Bake Sale, organized by Kids Who Care,  will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Salem Place (between Bennington Rd. and Lexington Dr.).  All proceeds will benefit the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center.  This event is open to any family interested in participating. This is a wonderful opportunity for the kids and their families to work together on a community service project.  Families can donate items to sell, spend the day helping out or just come by and shop – or do all three! Salem Place will be closed for the day making it a safe environment for everyone. Rain date is Sunday, April 18th.  Kids Who Care is a volunteer organization started by Hillside students to support the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center. This group is open to all Livingston families.  Last year over 50 families participated in this event and over $2,000 was raised in support of the Community Soup Kitchen. Please contact Laurie Wolfe at lauriewolfe@verizon.net for further information.

April 17, 2010 – Kid’s Health Day at West Essex YMCA, noon to 3:00 p.m.

April 18, 2010 – Regal Bank Hosts Aquafina Pitch Hit & Run – Official Youth Skills Competition of Major League Baseball for Competitors Ages 7 -14, Mt. Pleasant Middle School Fields at 1:00 p.m. Sharp, Contact: Monte Ehrenkranz, 973-716-0600, Registration Deadline: April 9th

Sunday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. – The Steven A. Gelman Memorial Health Forum and St. Barnabas Health Care System will present Breakkthroughs in Cancer: Prevention, Traetment and Survival in 2010 at Temple Beth Shalom. The forum will feature Dr. Max Gomez, WCBS-TV Medical Correspondent and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. All are invited and seating is limited.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – Annual School Election: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The deadline for voter registration was March 30th.

April 21, 2010 – ACAP Open House  ~ Open Clinical Supervision/7:30 ~ 8:45 p.m. Time to make a change in your life? New career? Build a private practice? Exert more influence at work? Form satisfying relationships? Increase clinical skills? RSVP: 973-251-9312 Call to reserve a seat! There is a suggested $20 donation to ACAP: a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization. ACAP Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis – 301 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039 973-629-1001

April 21st – LMAC Meeting at Community Center. Open to all. 7:30 p.m.

Spring Health Fair – Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. Livingston Community Center Sponsored by the Township Department of Health

April 22nd – Youth Appreciation Week Planning Meeting at Community Center. 7:30 p.m. Open to all.

April 23, 2010 – Spa Services Career Session for Students -LHS College and Career Center from 12:25 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. Students must obtain a pass prior to attending if session is during an academic class. For more information, please contact Dennis Vasquez, College & Career Specialist, at (973) 535-8000 ext. 7367.

April 24, 2010 – As a follow-up to the highly sucessful Montclair Mirror Project last year, LYCS will be sponsoring the Livingston Mirror Project form 2-4 p.m. at the Monmouth Court Community Center. This is a free program and open to students in 6th grade and older and parents/guardians. To participate, call Susan Ridley at 973-535-2646 by April 21st.  Mirrors and art materials will beprovided as well as refreshments. Mirrors will be then exhibited at various locations around town during Youth Appreciation Week.

Tuesday, April 27th – LHS Annual College and Career Fair from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. In various classrooms and meeting areas.

Livingston High School will host the Annual College and Career School Night.  This evening is co-sponsored by Livingston and Millburn High Schools.  The College and Career School Night is primarily geared towards juniors and is an opportunity for many students to take the first step in making connections with a number of colleges and career schools which they may be considering for post-secondary options.  There will be over 150 colleges, universities and career schools represented at the event.

isitation begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.  Information tables will be set up in the cafeteria in alphabetical order as well as in classrooms throughout the school.  A map, as well as a complete listing of college attendees can be accessed through the Livingston and Millburn High School websites.  Pamphlets with a map and the college listings will also be available that evening. Please go to the Livingston and Millburn Guidance websites for tips that will better prepare students and families for this evening.  For more information, you may contact Mrs. Phyllis Shandler in the Livingston High School Guidance Department at 973-535-8000 ext. 6931.

April 29, 2010 – Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun and The Cooperman Family Distinguished Speakers Series presents An Exclusive Conversation with Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler on Thursday, April 29th 7:30 p.m. at B’Nai Jeshurun.    Together for the first time on stage, Winkler and Matlin delight audiences with an intimate dialogue revealing their profound connection and individual journeys. Through humorous anecdotes, inspirational life lessons and moving stories, Winkler and Matlin explore themes of overcoming adversity and believing in oneself.  There is no cost associated with this lecture, but RSVPs are required.  Please RSVP to (973) 379-1555.

May 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. – Town Council Meeting – Skate Park planning. All are invited to participate.


Spring is just around the corner and so is the Big L Club’s 7th Annual Fashion Show and Tricky Tray on May 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Livingston High School so mark your calendars!

The Big L Club is an organization that works exclusively to support all athletes and athletic programs at Livingston High School. Each year we use the proceeds from the Fashion Show to award $10,000 in college scholarships to ten deserving senior athletes who have demonstrated leadership, good character, integrity, sportsmanship, and team loyalty each year. Over 30 of our finest local restaurants will provide their signature dishes and specialties for a small fee…$10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 & under! The Fashion Show and Raffle event will follow, featuring LHS athletes, coaches, and administrators, who will model the latest designer clothing. There are also wonderful baskets to win filled with fabulous prizes so please come join in the fun! Please contact our Chairwoman, Marilyn DiTringo @ mclair239@aol.com or Rhonda Drapeau @ Rhonda3k@aol.com if you would like to make a donation or have any questions.

Attention Senior Athletes!

The Big L Club needs your help! We are looking for senior athletes to model in the Lancers on Parade 7th Annual Fashion Show on May 4th. Please pick up the form from Mr. Genova and sign up by April 2nd. If you have any questions, email Kim Grande at kimgrande@comcast.net or Trish Duffy at Trish.Duffy@coldwellbankermoves.com.

May 5th College and Career Talk for LHS Students in Grade 11. 1:30-2:30 p.m. – LHS Auditorium and 7:30-9:00 p.m. – LHS Media Center

May 6th – Livingston PPEC presents … Life after High School…

A Workshop to be given on Thursday, May 6, 2010.

Please click here for more information.

May 19th – LMAC Meeting at Community Center. 7:30 p.m. Open to all.

May 21st – “Teaching”  Career Session for Students -LHS College and Career Center from 12:25 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. Students must obtain a pass prior to attending if session is during an academic class. For more information, please contact Dennis Vasquez, College & Career Specialist, at (973) 535-8000 ext. 7367.

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