Family and Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, honored Brookdale Community College with a Community Service Award on Oct. 25 in recognition of the college’s support and partnership with FCS over the past 15 years.
The award, presented during the agency’s 2014 Fall Gala in Middletown, is given annually to individuals or organizations who support FCS’s mission to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling.
FCS Chief Executive Officer Delly Beekman recognized a number of Brookdale initiatives that have aided FCS programs over the years, including donation drives for the agency’s Reading Buddies Backpack project, Prom Boutique and Operation Sleighbells initiative. Brookdale employees and students have also volunteered at the FCS Thrift Boutique and offered professional support and services to FCS nurses, certified home health aids and staff.
The partnership has been mutually beneficial, as FCS professional staff have routinely guest lectured on campus and presented at special events including the annual Women’s Conference.
Accepting the award on behalf of the college, Brookdale Grants Coordinator Dinneen Jackson summed up the importance of such partnerships with a quote from former U.S. President Hubert Humphrey.
“The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life – the children; those who are in the twilight of life – the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life – the needy and the handicapped,” Jackson said.
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