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Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center hosts its first Fall Harvest Fundraiser

my version.....jpgLONG BRANCH, NJ, September 13, 2016—

Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center will host its first Fall Harvest on Sunday, October 16th from 10 am—2 pm at St. James' Church, 300 Broadway, Long Branch.

The "Fall Harvest" fundraiser celebrates the bountiful fall harvest of the 7th Avenue Community Garden which is managed by the Long Branch Concordance in partnership with the City of Long Branch to provide free, nutritious, fruits, vegetables and herbs to the Coastal Monmouth community. Master Gardener, Mark Davis, and local families who farm their own plots, as well as the community plots, will be in attendance.

The day's events include the opportunity to pre-order handmade, seasonal Thanksgiving pies from Wemrock Orchards of Freehold during the event through November 6th. Pre-ordered pies will be available for pick-up on November 23rd at St. James' Church between 3—6 p.m.

The event will include a "Farmers' Market" selling fresh, organic produce grown by the families of the 7th Avenue Community Garden. Children will have an opportunity to learn yoga with a free class by Amy Zambrano of Amy's Yogabilities. Popcorn, cotton candy and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for sale. A generous percentage of the events' proceeds will benefit the Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center in its mission to build strong, resilient, self-reliant families in the Coastal Monmouth County area by providing free, educational programs, workshops, parent—child activities, and referral services, as well the 7th Avenue Community Garden.

Lisa Wilson, Executive Director of LBC says, "The Fall Harvest fundraiser is a fun way to spend a fall day while supporting and contributing to the local community. Take care of ordering your handmade Thanksgiving pies and buy some fresh, organic vegetables for the week as the kids enjoy yoga and some treats!"

St. James' Church will be join the LBC and host a bake sale during this time. Proceeds from the bake sale benefit the church.

For more information on the "Fall Harvest" event, contact Lisa Wilson by phone at (732) 571-1670 or email at


8th Annual Back to School Health Fair Hosted by Long Branch Concordance will Provide Families with Free Health Screenings and Hundreds of Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

LONG BRANCH, N.J.— Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center announces its Back to School Health Fair to be held on August 11, 2016 from 10 am – 1 pm.  This event will offer free health screenings for families, provided by Monmouth County service providers and community partners, as well as the distribution of backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies.

"We are thrilled that our wonderful community partners have come together to sponsor this event with us," stated Lisa Wilson, Executive Director of the Long Branch Concordance. "Parents need a variety of support and resources as their children head back to school, ranging from health information and free screenings to pencils, notebooks, and backpacks.  By partnering with these fabulous community health partners, we are able to offer them one-stop resources to help the transition to school go a little more smoothly."

Long Branch Concordance is gratefully accepting donations of new school supplies for distribution to Monmouth County families. Individuals, civic groups, and local organizations are asked to donate new school supplies for all grades. The Agency is also collecting cases of bottled water and packaged snacks.  This event will be the 8th Annual Back to School Health Fair which is made possible by generous community support. In the past, the fair has been attended by more than 300 people.

Donations may be dropped off at the Long Branch Concordance at the rear entrance of St. James' Church, 300 Broadway in Long Branch. Please call the office prior to delivering donations at 732.571.1670.

All are welcome!  If you are a service provider interested in participating in this event or a community member or group who would like to volunteer, please register with Elena Delaney, Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator at 732.571.1670 ext. 313, or email

Click here for a printable flyerBack to School Health Fair.docx


The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center Celebrates its Own Success Story, May 18, 2016

1.jpgLONG BRANCH, N.J.— The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center celebrates its own "Success Story" as it concludes the 1st annual "Running With a Purpose" fundraiser with team runners as part of the novo nordisk NJ Marathon.

If the definition of success is achieving a desired outcome then the LBC has been extraordinarily successful this 2016! A new, talented Board of Trustees, enthusiastic staff, continued collaboration with community service providers at the Strengthening Families Garden Kick off & Health Fair, and valuable partnerships with marathon runners and corporate sponsors produce much needed funds and priceless relationships.

The great achievements of the Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center this year leads to Monmouth County family success in that funding and community partnerships help continue to provide engaging, educational programs and essential life skills workshops that build strong, self-reliant families in an effort to prevent child maltreatment and promote community well-being.

3.jpgThe 1st annual "Running with a Purpose" fundraiser exceeded expectations thanks to the selfless efforts of Andrew Richter, Dan McDevitt, Amy Bailey and Anna Kurtz, the LBC Team runners and their "Cheer Squad". Through "Team LBC's" willingness to volunteer, tireless training and enthusiastic encouragement to families, friends and colleagues to sponsor their run with donations on Crowdrise, the LBC received a substantial funding boost. Gratefully, the "Running With a Purpose" campaign also garnered the continued support of Sacco's Landscape, Inc., Long Branch Covenant Church, and Monmouth University as they became "Community Partners" through generous corporate sponsorship which shows their dedication to building resilient families. Corporate Partners recognize that an investment in a stronger community ultimately fosters thriving business, vibrant real estate and overall neighborhood well-being.

Executive Director, Lisa Wilson says, "Our "Success Story" is due to exciting new partnerships and mutual relationships. Partnerships between the LBC and our extraordinary volunteer team of runners and donors, dedicated Board of Trustees, and generous corporate sponsors are lasting and fruitful because each one involved is motivated to take their part in the community because they are inspired by what the Family Success Center does for Monmouth County families."2.jpg

Becoming a part of the Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center is an investment in community. Investments come in many forms such as contributions of time and effort by volunteering in the office or at the Community Garden, contributions of expertise and experience as a Trustee, and monetary contributions.                                        

Be on the lookout for details of our exciting upcoming Annual Appeal this fall. At any time, individuals, corporations and organizations can make a tax deductible contribution, payable to Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center, by sending a check to 300 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740.


2016 Strengthening Families Community Garden Kick-off and Health Fair, Saturday, April 23, 2016

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center announces its annual Community Garden Kick-off and Health Fair to be held on April 23rd, 2016. This event will offer families an opportunity to cultivate their own garden plot and grow healthy fruits and vegetables at no cost to them. This free event will offer activities for families as well as a shared breakfast. Local service providers from around Monmouth County will be on hand to perform free health screenings, distribute updated program information, and let families know about resources available to them. The Kick-off will take place at the Community Garden located on 7th Avenue between Broadway and Joline, Long Branch, NJ from 9:30 am—1:30 pm and is part of National Child Abuse Prevention month. "Every year we celebrate the start of spring with our Community Garden Kick-off and Health Fair," stated Lisa Wilson, LBC Executive Director. "We provide a healthy breakfast and the seeds and starter plants, so the families can begin cultivating the land to grow organic, healthy fruits and vegetables. It's a wonderful day for children and parents alike. We also recognize National Child Abuse Prevention month at this event by handing out pinwheels and by giving parents and children a way to make a meaningful connection."

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Monmouth County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities. Research shows that when parents have the necessary supports in place the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. "April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children," stated Lisa Wilson. "Everyone's participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote wraparound supports, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development."

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County will also be in attendance to interview Long Branch residents and collect surveys on future neighborhood growth and improvements. "We are pleased to announce the kickoff of our Neighborhood Revitalization project in Long Branch. HFHMC will survey residents on ways to improve the quality of life in Long Branch," stated Ray Gabler, Executive Director, HFHMC. "Representatives of HFHMC will be present at the upcoming Community Garden Kick-off and Health Fair hosted by LBC. So, please stop by our table to complete a survey and tell us about the changes you'd like to see in the community that would make it an even better place to live."

All are welcome!  If you are a service provider interested in participating in this event or a community member or group who would like to volunteer, please contact Elena Delaney, Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator at 732.571.1670 ext. 313 or email at


2016 novo nordisk NJ Marathon Runners Raise Funds to Support Long Branch Families, March 2, 2016

NJ marathon.jpgLONG BRANCH, N.J.— The Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center is excited to announce the 2016 fundraising campaign “Running With a Purpose.” New Jersey Marathon runners have the opportunity to raise funds through online pledges and corporate donors.


Andrew Richter (pictured center), founder and writer of, a health and nutrition blog with hundreds of followers, is proudly running the full marathon – but with a purpose – to raise funds for the Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center.

Andrew is a New York-based radio news director and lives in Cliffwood Beach. He ran in the New Jersey Marathon in 2014 and is actively training for the 2016 full marathon in Long Branch and blogging his experiences, tips and motivational thoughts for “the regular guy.” A native of nearby Ocean Township, he calls Long Branch his second hometown. Andrew says, “Long Branch is my not-exactly hometown. I went to Seashore Day Camp every summer for years as a kid. My dad lived in Long Branch during my high school years and he owned a mechanic’s garage uptown. My grandfather was a longtime volunteer at the Elberon Fire Department and Richter’s Garage was across the tracks in Elberon. My great-grandmother spent the last decade and a half of her life in Oceanpoint Towers overlooking the boardwalk. And my wife, Jackie, and I get season beach badges at Long Branch every summer. I know that it’s a much different story a few blocks in from the ocean. So, helping out folks in Long Branch is a natural cause for me.”

There are a few other NJ runners on Team Long Branch Concordance who will run along the Jersey Shore to the finish line on the boardwalk at Pier Village. One of our runners even will join us all the way from sunny Palm Harbor, Florida and will make the trip to the Jersey Shore just for the race. Anyone can “Run With A Purpose” and make their race count by giving back to the Jersey Shore town of Long Branch and making it’s families strong and resilient by supporting Team LBC.

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. Local Long Branch businesses and Monmouth County corporations seeking to build a stronger community which fosters thriving business and vibrant real estate should consider a tax deductible contribution to Long Branch Concordance Family Success Center. Individuals or businesses can also help by visiting and sponsoring a team runner with a contribution in any denomination.

For questions or more information on running on the LBC Team, sponsoring a runner or corporate or individual sponsorship call Elena Delaney, Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator at (732) 571-1670 or email at​

ALEX and ANI Charmed by Charity Event, February 12, 2016

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