CONTACT of Burlington County

On July 2, 1972 the first phone call was answered, “Hello, this is CONTACT.  May I help you?”  CONTACT is proud of its years of service to Burlington County.  Since 1972 we have responded to well over one million calls for help.  Last year over 27,000 calls were answered on our helplines, the majority regarding basic life needs and mental health issues. Those numbers continue to climb. CONTACT’s comprehensive database contains resources for social and human services available throughout our County.  Our agency provides non-judgmental emotional support, referrals and crisis intervention to any one in need, confidentially and free of charge.

CONTACT is the designated responder in Burlington County for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network for sexual assault victims.  CONTACT offers our community awareness and education for both suicide and violence prevention and provides life-saving crisis intervention services when needed.  CONTACT also serves as frontline response for After-Hours Emergency Shelter and during declared Code Blue winter weather emergencies in Burlington County.

Several thousand people have completed our volunteer training, serving many thousands of hours on our Crisis Helplines and in other program areas.  The community of Burlington County has supported us all the way.  CONTACT is a 501(c)3 non-profit and nationally accredited.  The volunteer spirit continues to bring new people into our training classes to serve on our Crisis Helplines, as Sexual Assault Advocates for victims and in other program areas.

To volunteer or to make a donation, call 856-234-5484 x101, email info@contactburlco.org or visit our website www.contactburlco.org.  To those who donate their hours, to our funders and contributors who offer financial support and to all who support CONTACT in any way, we are truly grateful.

If you are in need of support or resources, please call our 24/7 Crisis Helplines856-234-8888

Bancroft

Bancroft is a leading regional nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism, other intellectual or developmental disabilities and those in need of neurological rehabilitation. While several Bancroft programs have been established in Burlington County over the past several decades, in 2018 Bancroft expanded its footprint by opening the Raymond & Joanne Welsh Campus for children’s services in Mount Laurel, featuring the flagship Bancroft School and Lindens Center for Autism. Nearly 40 percent of students at The Bancroft School reside in campus or community group homes, many in Burlington County. Children come to Bancroft from every county in New Jersey, as well as from states across the country. The campus, which brought over 500 employees to the county, is the most progressive and expansive facility for children with special needs in the region.

Through its innovative programs supporting people at different stages of life, Bancroft offers a comprehensive range of services aimed at unlocking the full potential in each person and meeting his or her changing needs. Programming includes special education, vocational training and supported employment, structured day programs, residential treatment programs, community living programs, and behavioral supports.

Bancroft NeuroRehab, with locations in Mount Laurel, Cherry Hill, Plainsboro and Brick, NJ, focuses on the therapeutic, day program and residential needs of people in rehabilitation from brain injury or other neurological disorders including stroke, concussion and Alzheimer’s. The clinical team at Bancroft NeuroRehab – comprising some of the region’s most skilled cognitive, physical, speech, occupational therapists and neuropsychologists – specializes in brain injury rehabilitation. Working as an interdisciplinary team, they assess each patient to construct a treatment plan focused on achievement of individual goals and advancing client independence at home and in the community.

Working with many community partners, corporate and individual volunteers spend time and effort to help Bancroft enrich the lives of those in their care. Local businesses also help support Bancroft’s goals of providing rewarding employment and volunteer opportunities for individuals with special needs. These collaborative partnerships help bring awareness and community integration, enriching lives of those served and the workforce.

American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better. Whether we’re working in a community near you or one halfway around the world, our mission remains the same: to save lives.

From our volunteers and supporters to our staff and donors, every individual makes a difference, every day. While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We encourage prevention by helping you take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage. We provide support by being available every second of every day, to help you through every step of your cancer experience. We foster innovation by funding and conducting lifesaving research that helps us better understand, prevent and find cures for cancer. We fight for what’s right by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join our mission. We are working every day to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer, but we can’t continue our progress while millions of underinsured and uninsured Americans don’t have access to lifesaving cancer care, which is why we are working to provide better access to care. We are also supporting multicultural communities in a variety of ways to reduce the risk of cancer.

Learn more about who we are, what we do, and our plans for the future by calling or visiting our website. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-227-2345 and through www.cancer.org.

YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc


So Much More Than Summer Camp!

YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc., located in Medford, has evolved into so much more than a summer camp. In addition to the summer camp programs – Ockanickon, the boys overnight camp, Matollionequay, the girls overnight camp and Lake Stockwell, the co-ed day camp – the non-profit organization also runs School’s Out, a before- and after-school care program provided on-site at several local school, and the Outdoor Center, which provides environmental education, school trips, retreats, teambuilding, hiking, swimming, boating, archery and a host of other year-round activities.

Ockanickon also holds family-focused programs and community events throughout the year, including various family camp weekends, Breakfast with Santa, Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Weekend and memberships for year-round hiking, biking, swimming and boating. The 800-acre property features an observatory for night-sky gazing and a state-of-the-art ropes course and climbing wall, among other amenities.

CEO Mark Dibble is quite proud of the specialty camps run annually, including Camp Bright Feathers (for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS), Camp Little Rock (for children who are blind or visually impaired), Camp Kesem (for children whose parents have or have had cancer) and Camp Firefly (a bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one).

Ockanickon recently unveiled a “Strategic Roadmap” to better serve the community, addressing issues such as youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. “The aim is to strengthen families and improve the health and well-being of children and teens.”

Some of the issues that Ockanickon is committed to addressing are summer learning loss, childhood obesity, drug awareness and prevention and serving diverse populations. “Besides providing a safe place for kids, we’re trying to serve the community in any way we can,” according to Dibble.

Ockanickon is also planning to expand programs aimed at the teenage population, offering relevant activities and events in an effort to give young people worthwhile things to do. Last year, he said, the camp provided over $500,000 in scholarships and financial assistance, benefitting more than 700 children and teens.

“These are exciting times at camp,” Dibble added. “We’re on the tipping point of doing a lot of great things for the community.”

Oaks Integrated Care

Oaks Integrated Care is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable adults, children and families living with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability. The organization offers over 230 health and social service programs throughout New Jersey designed to meet the needs of our community with compassion.

By focusing on integrated care, it becomes possible to treat the whole person to achieve both mental and physical wellness. Through each of life’s challenges, our role remains to help each person make healthy choices, achieve personal goals and eventually reach his or her full potential. Today, with over 2,400 employees serving 34,000 individuals, Oaks is one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive and forward-looking human service providers.

Oaks welcomes all types of support! We truly appreciate our generous network of donors, volunteers, advocates and partners who make our successes possible. There are many ways you and your company can get involved to make an impact on the lives of those who need it the most.

Ways You Can Help:

  1. Volunteer your time in one of our programs or help with a group project.
  2. Hold a donation drive! Opportunities include Operation Fill-A-Backpack, Diaper Derby, Project Dress Up, Thanksgiving Turkey Drive and more. We can provide you with a toolkit to ensure your drive is a success.
  3. Attend or sponsor a special event such as Touch A Truck or the Progressive Dinner.

For more information about services and ways to get involved, please visit www.oaksintcare.org or contact Pamela Collins, Chief Development Officer, 770 Woodlane Road, Suite 63 Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-267-5928 x 99912, pamela.collins@oaksintcare.org