Bridgewater Township and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater will be hosting the Second Annual Bridgewater Community Day Featuring Touch-a-Truck & Dog Day on Sunday, September 15 from 11 AM- 2 PM. Bridgewater Community Day is free and open to the entire community. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds of Somerset County Vo-Tech High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater next to the Bridgewater Library and Farmers Market, and will be held rain or shine. The event benefits JCC Special Needs Programs and Services for children and adults. Hunterdon Healthcare is the Title Sponsor.
The event will be a fun-filled day for families and dogs; dogs on leashes and with current vaccinations are welcome to attend. A variety of trucks and vehicles will be available to children to explore including emergency vehicles, a medical rescue helicopter and construction trucks. Local animal shelters and rescue agencies will have dogs available for adoption. Kids’ activities include inflatables, a game truck, face painting and kids’ tattoos. Food will be available for purchase from Food Trucks. Information is posted at ssbjcc.org/communityday2019.
According to Bridgewater Township Mayor Daniel J. Hayes, Jr., “Last year’s inaugural Community Day was a tremendous success and was enjoyed by so many of our residents. We are pleased to partner with the JCC to bring back this wonderful family event to our community.”
Laura Friedman, JCC Executive Director stated, “More than 1,500 people attended Community Day 2018, and we look forward to expanding this year’s event and putting smiles on even more faces! We are thrilled to be partnering with Bridgewater Township again on this event which exemplifies the true meaning of ‘community’ all while helping others.”
Community Day Sponsor and Vendor opportunities are available. The Vendor fee is $100 and vendors are expected to provide their own table. There is no Vendor display fee for an animal 501C3 agency. For additional event and vendor/sponsorship information, please contact Ellen McCloskey at 908-443-9016 or e-mail EMccloskey@ssbjcc.org.
Each year, the JCC awards more than $300,000 in scholarship assistance to underprivileged individuals and families so that they can participate in programs, including those for children and adults with Special Needs. Scholarship Funds are also allocated so that children can attend the Blaustein Early Childhood Center and JCC Camp Ruach, and participate in the JCC Bridgewater Tide Swim Team. Funds also support services to seniors including a nutritional lunch, exercise, entertainment and socialization.
The JCC offers a variety of special needs programs including The J-Zone Respite Program for elementary age children ages 5-16, J-Cares Adult Internship Program, J-Connect Social Programs for Adults, Adaptive Aquatics Skills Program and the Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team. The JCC Blaustein Early Childhood Center, JCC Camp Ruach and J-Crew After School Program work with families with children with special needs. The JCC offers adjusted schedules and one-on-one assistance.