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National Council Of Jewish Women Donate $20,000 To Hackensack Nonprofit

Board members of the National Council of Jewish Women present Mitch Schonfeld, Bergen Family Center CEO, with a $20,000 check to pay for the National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center.
Board members of the National Council of Jewish Women present Mitch Schonfeld, Bergen Family Center CEO, with a $20,000 check to pay for the National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Halverstram

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – The National Council of Jewish Women recently selected Bergen Family Center in Hackensack to receive a $20,000 bequest by longtime member Renee Guller.

The bequest will provide the money to create the National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center at the agency’s Armory Street location, which will increase the capacity to serve additional infants.

“We are so appreciative of this opportunity because the need is so great,” said the center's CEO, Mitch Schonfeld. “This will allow us to serve more children and enhance the program for the children we already help.”

The National Council of Jewish Women/Renee Guller Infant Toddler Center will fulfill part of the agency’s recent extensive and comprehensive strategic planning. Goals of the plan include improving and expanding early childhood services so more children receive quality care.

“We have always worked closely with Bergen Family Center in fulfilling our mission to help women, children and families," said Marcia Levy, the member responsible for community service for the National Council of Jewish Women. “This is a fitting way to recognize the generosity and memory of one of our members.”

The construction will occur in late August when the early childhood program is closed for annual staff training. Although the cost of the work will be greatly reduced by some discounting by the contractor and the donation of some materials, the grant does not cover all costs of the expansion and added curriculum and staff training.

Anyone interested in helping with this project should call Mary Connolly at 201-568- 0817 Ext. 122 or Marcia Levy at 201-894- 8739.

The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, it strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Founded in 1898, Bergen Family Center is the county’s oldest continuously operating family service agency. It strengthens communities by providing services to individuals, families and children that enhance their ability to live independently, manage life’s challenges and improve the quality of their lives.

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