ACI and REV UP NJ Kickoff National Disability Voter Registration Week 2018

On Monday, July 16th, REV UP NJ hosted the 3rd annual National Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff at the State House Annex in Trenton. This event, attended by disability and voting rights organizations, disabled self-advocates, Midterm candidates, NJ legislators, and members of the community, celebrated the power of the disability vote while encouraging increased voter turnout.

Represented at this event were many disability and voting organizations including AAPD, NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, the League of Women Voters, National Disability Institute, Division of Disability Services, NJ Citizen Action, Disability Rights New Jersey, and TCNJ Center for Complex and Sensory Disabilities.

Posted on July 19, 2018 and filed under Voting.

ACI Summer Food Drive

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During the summer months, the need for emergency food often increases. Currently our food pantry is running low on many items. We are having great difficulty meeting the increasing needs of those we serve.

Please help replenish the supply of food at the county distribution site and guarantee that area residents with disabilities and their families have access to nutritious foods and necessities.

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Tuna fish, cereal, macaroni & cheese, condensed milk, canned meat, pastas, peanut butter, jelly, vegetables, stew, brown rice, fruits, paper products, toiletries & baby supplies (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, diapers and wipes). (Canned and packaged goods only, NO glass or perishable items).

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Your anticipated contribution to help ensure that we have a constant supply of these much needed food items to see us through the summer months.

Alliance Center for Independence (1st floor), 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ 08837

Posted on July 17, 2018 and filed under Donate.

Plays in the Park: Mamma Mia!

On the evening of July 12th, ACI attended a Plays in the Park production of Mamma Mia! It was a fantastic night of great acting and singing the hit songs of ABBA. This musical, as with all the Plays in the Park productions, had fantastic stage design, costumes, and music. Thank you to the Plays in the Park staff for making it a great night. Lastly, thank you Jackie Neill for your years of service and all the help you have given ACI over the years!

Posted on July 13, 2018 and filed under Social Rec.

ACI and REV UP NJ Will Be Kicking Off Disability Voter Registration Week 2018 In Trenton

On July 16th, dozens of disability advocates and voting rights experts will mark the annual National Disability Voter Registration Week with a kickoff event at the NJ State House Annex on 131 West State Street in Trenton. Time is set for 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. This event is open to the public.

This purpose of the day is to underscore the importance of the disability vote in this year’s gubernatorial election. “With nearly 10% of the state’s population identifying themselves as having a disability, we need to show the candidates that our issues need to be addressed,” says Carole Tonks, Executive Director of Alliance Center for Independence.

The National Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff event will feature noteworthy speakers on the voter rights of people with disabilities, including advocates with disabilities. Scheduled speakers include: Zach Baldwin, advocate at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and National REV UP Organizer, Mercedes Witowsky, Executive Director of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities, Scott Elliott, Executive Director of the Progressive Center for Independent Living, Norman Smith, Associate Executive Director, Project Freedom, Inc. Christopher Miller, representing Disability Rights NJ and Eulanda Brooks, civil rights and voting rights advocate.

Posted on July 11, 2018 and filed under Press Release.

Rutgers Master Gardeners and Volunteers Prep ACI Garden for the Summer!

ACI welcomed Rutgers Master Gardener, Jerri Barclay, on the afternoon of June 22nd. ACI volunteers worked with Jerri to plant this years ACI tomato and vegetable garden. Thank you Jerri, for your gardening tips and help putting our garden in order. We look forward to working with her again and her fellow Master Gardner, Ann Ryder, at our next gardening event August 21st from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. If you would like to attend, please register on our website.

Posted on June 27, 2018 and filed under Workshop.