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NORWESCAP 50 Years Anniversary
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On July 20, 1965, the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP) was incorporated by a group of concerned citizens from Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren County. NORWESCAP is one of 23 Community Action Agencies in New Jersey State, and one of over 1,000 nationwide founded on a common purpose: to support low-income households as they develop their abilities to be self-supporting and develop family and community relationships that will sustain self-reliance. Since that time we have expanded into Morris, Somerset and Passaic Counties and grown to assist more than 35,000 individuals each year with a portfolio of emergency, preventative and self sufficiency services.

Half a century later, we are preparing to celebrate our long term commitment and success in the community. Each month we will feature a program that will have media coverage and special events. The agency will receive proclamations from elected officials, bury a time capsule and culminate the year with a gala celebration. It is our belief that every person should have access to a future that includes sufficient resources, good relationships and a meaningful life.

Of course, we haven’t been able to do accomplish our vision without our community partners and friends like you. Will you join us in this celebration through sponsorships and participation in our events? We look forward to serving the community for another 50 years and hope that you will help us make northwest New Jersey a stronger place for everyone to live.

As NORWESCAP, Inc. celebrates its 50th Anniversary, the NORWESCAP Food Bank is proud to reflect upon the 30 years it has been part of such a vibrant agency and to highlight the role the Food Bank has played in helping our neighbors in need.

In 1985, the first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed approximately
50,000 pounds of food to 10 charities.  Today, thirty years later, we distribute more than 2.2 million pounds of food to 120 charitable agencies annually. 

Additionally, we have instituted several childhood hunger initiatives such as the Backpack Program, School Pantry Program and Summer Feeding Program. These numbers are both astounding and impressive. What is astounding is the fact that the need for food continues to grow at a staggering pace.  The downturn in the economy and an increase in the price of food and medical care continue to force many hard working families to make difficult choices.   What is impressive is the ongoing generosity and compassion of our supporters, as well as the commitment of our staff to continue to develop and maintain innovative programs that address hunger related issues that so many of our residents face.

Our task is great but our resolve is strong.  With the help of our loyal contributors, our selfless volunteers, our dedicated staff and the giving spirit of our communities, we will continue to do all we can to aid in hunger relief and to offer help and hope to those who would otherwise experience despair.


NORWESCAP Announces 50th Sponsors

We are pleased to announce that we have 25 sponsors for our 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, September 17th at Fiddlers' Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Without the generous investment of our sponsors, we simply couldn't have the gala. They turn the "friend raiser" into a fundraiser. Please help us salute and patronize their businesses.

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NORWESCAP’s mission is to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey primarily by offering, referring or collaborating with others to provide programs and education which help foster self-sufficiency in the following domains:

  • Economic and Employment Building
  • Nutrition and Healthy Living
  • Child and Family Development
  • Housing

We will also provide community services in:

  • Information and Outreach
  • Volunteer Services
  • Emergency Services

NORWESCAP will strive to measure our progress through self-sufficiency scales driven by defined outcomes.

NORWESCAP will ultimately try to see that families have self-sufficiency across domains, seeking to strengthen the family as a whole by looking across all of a family’s needs.

As an organization, we will invest our funding and management time in the highest value projects or agency improvements that can best help families and individuals reach self-sufficiency and strengthen our communities.

News and Upcoming Events

On-Going Monthly Activities - 2015-12-31

Tools for Success - 2015-11-02

Culinary Celebration & Red Bow Basket Gala - 2015-11-02

The Transitions 5K Run & 2.5K Walk - 2015-11-01

2015 Holistic & Psychic Fair - 2015-10-24

Phillipsburg Fall Festival - 2015-10-24

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Open Letter from Terry Newhard, Executive Director NORWESCAP

They say that every organization has a set of values, whether or not they are written down. The values guide the perspective of the organization as well as its actions. To me, values are what guide the organization when they are tested in difficult situations and show up in the agency’s culture. Recently, our board and staff reflected on our core priorities and created a new values statement based on what we believe is true.

VALUE-We will be dedicated to providing value to our clients, community and our co-workers;
ADVENTUROUS-We will be adventurous, creative and innovative in bringing new resources to impacting poverty and improving our communities;
LOYAL-We will be loyal stewards holding the organization in the highest esteem and in trust for the public and the community;
UNIFIED-We will be one unified agency representing the promise and hope of every person.
EMPATHETIC-We will be empathetic, understanding, nonjudgmental with our clients and passionate in our approaches to impacting poverty. In your interactions with NORWESCAP, we anticipate that you will experience these values in our actions and behaviors. While nothing in this world is perfect, if we consistently stray from these values, you should “call us out on it” and let me know.

Our goal is to live our mission, vision and values so we can be the leader in community service and the catalyst for our clients to experience changed lives.