Disaster Preparedness July 21, 2016



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact:          Kimberly Colchamiro

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest


(973) 765-9050, ext. 1707     

The RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties Is Seeking Volunteers ages 55+ To Assemble Disaster Preparedness Kits For Seniors in Newark

(Newark City, NJ—May 24, 2016)  The RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties, in partnership with the PSEG Foundation and Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO), is planning a disaster kit packing and distribution event where volunteers ages 55 and over will assemble disaster kits to assist seniors in the Vailsburg section of Newark in case of an emergency.  RSVP is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the event.

The event will take place on Thursday, July 21 from 10 am – 2 pm at the UVSO Teen Center located at 40 Richelieu Terrace in Newark.  Disaster kits will contain first aid items, can openers, toiletries, flashlights, water bottles, FEMA educational packets and other essentials that would be useful in the event of an emergency.  In addition, PSEG will provide its “Let’s Get Ready, Planning Together for Emergencies” family guide and bookmarks. The kits will be distributed to home-bound seniors in the Vailsburg section of Newark. 

Please visit www.jfsmetrowest.org/rsvp for more information.  If you have questions or are interested in volunteering for this disaster kit event, please contact Stephanie Grove at 973-637-1766 or sgrove@jfsmetrowest.org.  

RSVP mobilizes members of the community who are 55 years and older to give back to their own neighborhoods by matching individuals with local causes and projects.   The RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties is sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest.  Individuals choose where to serve, how much time to give, and whether they will share skills they already have or develop new ones.  Volunteer activities include reading to children, visiting homebound adults, providing critical disaster preparedness, providing nonprofit clerical support, and working in local soup kitchens and food pantries.  

RSVP is a nationwide program of the Corporation of National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund programs and President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve. 

The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG). The Foundation invests in programs that align with our giving focus areas: Sustainable Neighborhoods, STEM Education, Safety and Preparedness and PSEG Employee Engagement/Volunteerism. The PSEG family of companies also provides funding to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Through our corporate giving, we support dinners and other events across our service and operating territories, as well as sponsorships for sports, arts and entertainment. PSEG (NYSE: PEG) is a diversified energy company based in Newark NJ. PSEG has three main subsidiaries: PSE&G, NJ’s largest and oldest combined gas and electric delivery company, PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company and PSEG Long Island, operator of the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system.

The mission of Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) is to create a stable and compassionate community in the Vailsburg section of the City of Newark. This mission is realized every day through our programs for 900 children and youth enrolled in the UVSO infant-toddler, preschool, after-school and teen programs. UVSO also provides services for over 100 senior citizens, develops residential and commercial real estate in Vailsburg, and stays connected to the neighborhood through its community outreach program. For additional information, about UVSO program services call 973.374.2000 or visit www.uvso.org.

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a comprehensive social service agency providing mental health counseling and support services on a non-discriminatory basis.  With a presence in the community since 1861, JFS today delivers an expanding number of programs to increasing numbers of people. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue based social work services, family life education and other assistance needed to support healthy families. Rachel Coalition, a division of JFS, provides domestic violence services for all members of the family affected by domestic violence. JFS also offers a wide range of services for older adults and their families including case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors.  For more information about Jewish Family Service, please call (973) 765-9050 or visit www.jfsmetrowest.org.   





Contact: Pamela B. Daniels

973-374-2000 x1402



UVSO Announces Prime Sponsors, Memorial and Community

Award Winners for 22nd Annual Vailsburg Day


NEWARK – March 22, 2016 – UVSO is proud to announce key partners of its 22nd annual Vailsburg Day awards program. These include Gibraltar Bank, Newark Celebration 350, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. The 2016 Vailsburg Day Memorial Award Honorees are:

• TD Bank, Vice President Roxanne Vivanco accepting, Eidenbaum Award for Corporate


• Junius Williams, Esq., Brennan Award for Lifelong Service

• Ms. Debi Hall Dean, Booker Award for Faith-Based Service

• Mr. Tariq Raheem, Turk Award for Community Service

• Ms. Stephanie Greenwood, Watson Award for Corporate Sustainability

Vailsburg Day Community Service Awards will be presented to thirteen members of the Vailsburg Community recognized by neighbors, civic leaders, local educators, and service volunteers for outstanding work to improve local quality of life in Vailsburg. The 2016 Community Service Award honorees are:

Mr. Ricky Faison

Lt. Tracy Childress

Mr. John Cavaness

Ms. Tomecca Keys

Ms. Amina Hylton

Ms. Marietta Josephson

Ms. Patricia Porterfield

Mr. Orest Pyndus

Ms. Jeanne Bell

Ms. Lydia Nimene

Ms. Denise Cook

Mr. Wali Muhammad

Ms. Shirl Bonilla

Seventy Vailsburg students have been nominated by their schools for awards, and will receive Youth Achievement Award recognition on Vailsburg Day. Other Awards yet to be announced include the Williams Employee of the Year, The Aeriel Scholarship, and special Newark Celebration 350 Anniversary Scholarships. In addition to the awards program and dinner, Vailsburg Day will feature eighty door prizes that include a big screen TV, tickets to concerts, sports events and movies, vacations, and more. Every ticket holder can win a door prize!

Since 1994, Vailsburg Day has drawn thousands of friends and neighbors to celebrate the collective achievements of residents. Sponsors and donors who recognize the power of positive reinforcement are a key element of the success of Vailsburg Day. Opportunities for sponsorships and tickets are still available. Contact Venetta Ellerbe at 973-374-2000 x 1105, or Sharon Flowers at 973-374-2000 x 1100 for event information.



"Nineteenth Annual Vailsburg Community Awards Celebrates Leadership and Service"


Pamela B. Daniels

(Newark, NJ) April 19, 2013 The 19th Annual Vailsburg Day Awards Banquet is set to take place at 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the North Star Academy, Vailsburg Campus, 24 Hazelwood Avenue. Sponsored by Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO), this special event joins over 300 friends and neighbors in celebrating the achievements of local students, community leaders and advocates, and friends of the neighborhood. Major sponsors include Investors Bank, The United Way, and  Prudential Financial.

“Vailsburg Day is an exciting moment in the year, where we say loudly and clearly as a community, that it is ‘OK’ to strive for excellence, help a neighbor and ensure our communities future through acts of kindness and compassion,” said Pamela B. Daniels, Community Outreach Coordinator at UVSO and 2013 Vailsburg Day host. “It is a privilege to come from a community and work for an agency whose mission is to fill our schools, parks, and communities with service-minded neighbors and future leaders.”

Seven memorial awards are named in honor of UVSO pioneers whose service has helped advance the Vailsburg neighborhood. The 2013 Vailsburg Day Awards Banquet Program includes the Eidenbaum Memorial Award for Corporate Service, presented to PNC Bank, the Brennan Memorial Award for Life Time Public Service, presented to Dr. Roseanne Mirabella, the Turk Memorial Award for Community Service, presented to John & Marjorie Roulhac, the inaugural Watson Memorial Award for Corporate Sustainability, presented to the Greater Newark Conservancy, the Booker Memorial Award for Faith Based Service, presented to New Hope Baptist Church, and the Terrence Aeriel Memorial Scholarship, presented to Giordano Provilon, West Side High School Senior.

The Youth Achievement Awards will be presented to 75 students nominated by their schools, and include  representatives from Alexander Street Elementary, Ivy Hill Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary, North Star Academy, Speedway Elementary, St. Joseph School, and West Side High School.

Fifteen community awards will be presented to block club leaders, civic activists and school volunteers work all year to make a difference in the Vailsburg neighborhood.

Tickets for Vailsburg Day 19 are still available at UVSO, 42 Richelieu Terrace, 973.374.2000.  Media interested in covering the 19th Annual Vailsburg Day may contact Pamela B. Daniels at 973.373.3013 or pdaniels@uvso.org.

About Unified Vailsburg Services Organization

UVSO is a human services and community development organization founded by leaders of the Vailsburg community in 1972.   The organization serves over 1,000 Vailsburg residents every day, providing a wide range of programs and services. For more information on UVSO programs contact Sharon Flowers at 973.374.2000 ext. 10 or sflowers@uvso.org

HOV Block Club Coalition To Host 2013 Councilmember At-Large Candidate Forum at UVSO Teen Center, Vailsburg Neighborhood



Live Tweeting #AskAtLargeNwk

Newark – October 18th, 2013 - The Heart of Vailsburg (HOV) Block Club Coalition Municipal Services Committee will host a Councilmember At-Large candidate forum on Wednesday, October 23rd at the UVSO Teen Center located at 40 Richelieu Terrace in the Vailsburg, Newark neighborhood.

Lynda Lloyd, John Sharpe James, and Yvonne Garrett Moore will present their platforms and answer questions from West Ward residents in a town-hall assembly.  The At-Large hopefuls are vying to fill the council seat vacated by Congressman Elect Donald Payne Jr.

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to pose questions directly to candidates as well as through live tweeting and Facebook status updates using the hashtag #AskAtLargeNwk. Limited lot parking is available in close proximity at 25 Hazelwood Avenue (North Star Academy) from 5:30PM until program’s end.

Date:             Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time:             6:00PM; Doors open at 5:30PM
Location:      UVSO Teen Center – 40 Richelieu Terrace