For Immediate Release – October 18, 2018
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Township Committee is moving forward with their commitment to directly connect residents in need with organizations that can assist them. At the October 15th Township Committee meeting, they passed an ordinance on first reading to establish a Community Assistance Network Volunteer Advisory Committee.
The Middletown Township Community Assistance Network Committee (MTCAN Committee) would work in partnership with faith based organizations, civic and community groups, Township residents, and Township officials to build a clearinghouse of local public assistance and social services programs.
“We want our residents to receive help as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Kevin Settembrino. “This network of organizations is already equipped with the necessary tools to assist people during hardship and emergency situations.”
The MTCAN Committee would consist of 11 individuals who either live or work in our town to represent the Township, first responders, and area churches and religious groups.
“We are fortunate to have an abundance of qualified and compassionate individuals who would be willing to commit their time and expertise to this committee,” said Committeeman Tony Perry.
The MTCAN Committee would be tasked with identifying goods and services to help those requiring assistance, inventorying those available services, and linking public/private resources and services to reach as many people as possible. They would also look for existing public/private services to add to the resource list and solicit others willing to provide goods and services.
“In addition to executing these objectives, one of the main goals for this committee is to create a centralized listing of resources that will be easily accessible to residents,” explained Committeeman Perry. “The directory would enable community members to have the contact information they need at their fingertips so they can get help faster.”
The Township Committee is looking forward to launching this initiative and collaborating with local organizations to better serve our community.
The public hearing regarding this ordinance will be held on November 19, 2018.