Easter Seals New Jersey, Inc.

Rating: 4.58 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Human Services

Location: 25 Kennedy Blvd, Suite 600 East Brunswick NJ 08816 USA

Mission: Easter Seals New Jersey enables people with disabilities and special needs and their families to live, learn, work and play in their communities with equality, dignity and independence.
Geographic areas served: Statewide
Programs: Easter Seals New Jersey provides outreach, residential, camping and recreation, adult day, community support, employment, fiscal intermediary services, information and referral, personal assistant and family and children services to individuals and families with disabilities and special needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern for the marketing department at Easter Seals for two months this summer. I really loved the whole experience. Everyone was friendly and receptive from the start. The work that I was assigned was meaningful both to the department/the organization and to my personal development. The people here appear relaxed (everyone smiles and greets you, even if they don't know you), but they are hard workers who are always coming up with fresh new ideas. I miss this place, but lucky for me, they're close by so I can visit. Absolutely recommend helping them out!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I interned with Easter Seals New Jersey (ESNJ) at the administrative headquarters in East Brunswick from January through May of this year and it was a life-changing experience. The one thing that stands out to me the most about ESNJ is that all of the staff members who I encountered, at every level of the organization, are SO passionate about what they do. Everyone is truly dedicated to the organization's mission to help individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families, and they go above and beyond to do so. My role as an intern was assisting with fundraising and development. The organization is both transparent and accountable, and the fundraising efforts of ESNJ are bringing about meaningful, sustainable, and measurable positive change to those they serve.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was an intern at Easter Seals last summer from May - August. It was a great learning experience. I was exposed to many different areas of a nonprofit. I was placed in the Marketing Department and saw all the hard work this non-profit puts into their events to help raise awareness.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Easter Seals New Jersey is a great place to volunteer. They look at your skills and utilize those skills in all areas; they don't confine you to only one area. The people you work with are supportive and helpful, teaching you and giving you great feedback to help you build your skills. And not only that, but it's a good cause, helping enable individuals with disabilities or special needs, and their families to live, learn, work, and play in their communities with equality, dignity, and independence. The staff at Easter Seals New Jersey makes volunteering there enjoyable, not just because it is a good cause but because they give you work to do that you know is helping to make a difference in peoples' lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Easter Seals NJ is a first class non-profit organization. I can see the highest level of integrity in the ways they manage the finances of the organization. There is a real concern for detail, accuracy and excellence in all the work done in the accounting and IT departments at the administration office. Every effort is made to maximize the value of every resource and every dollar. Staff are efficient and productive in their work. Nothing is wasted and many employees volunteer and contribute to the organization. And Easter Seals NJ strives to improve and stay current and productive in their business processes. I am proud to be associated with this exemplary organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Easter Seals of NJ Inc has gained the reputation in the New Jersy Social Service community as the true example of what a nonprofit should be. Many of their programs are sought after by individuals with behavioral/developmental disabilities because ESNJ provides a variety of services with little to no cost to the individuals served. What sets ESNJ apart, however, are the intangibles. The dedicated staff with this agency go above and beyond for the people they serve. For example, many of the individuals within their housing programs are on a fixed income from social security. Their fees are income based but the cost of living is so high in New Jersey that the money saved living in an Easter Seals home is negated by the cost of groceries and other necessities. The staff (from the CMs to the Administrators) arranged to have the Division of Welfare come to their homes to sign them up for benefits. This gives the people being served a supplemental income and helps those who cannot wait hours in the welfare offices. As a Behavioral Health professional, Easter Seals has showed continous dedication to the individuals they serve and I have had nothing but positive experiences with them.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

i have a wife who works at easter seals and they are understanding as to client needs but there is a lack of control with the clients and this should be done more closely

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my wife's care

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it mandatory that clients are screened for proper behavior and medications and if there are behavioral issues, I would include a behavior modification worker to the program

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

my wife and NJDVR and step daughter

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

i was working at Camp Merry Heart in 1988, the year my Dutch Soccer Team won the European Cup. However, what stays in my memory is not that victory, but the victory of Camp Merry Heart. Supported by the Easter Seals New Jersey. This victory compromises the joy of handicaped people that i saw on their faces. Campers who for one week felt special and rose above themselves. All this due to the work of the Easter Seal society. The warm hearts of the people of ESNJ is something that i will never forget and carry with me till today and in the future!! Easter Seal made it possible for the blind man to drive a bike. A wish he had for years, they made it possible for somebody who dare not swim to get over the fear and have a swim every day, probably till the day of today. They gave the participating people the opportunity to be equal, because in Camp Merry Heart everybody is equal, a thing that is not always like that in the outside camp world. We went hiking with them, a special thing for people who barely saw woods in their lives. we went kanoeing with the dissabled, a form of recreation that demands manpower that many organisations cannot supply. Easter Seals Did supply that manpower, by organising this camp. fundraising for it and on some days even participating in it with their members. CHEERIO in capitals for this organisation! an example to the world, and surely a lifetime example for me!! kind regards, Joost van der Loo Volunteer CMH 1998 The Netherlands.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Camp Merry Heart

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

come and join them. However the Physical distance does not allow me to do that.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

many effects, skills, knowledge, and many more

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

it made me feel great, but above all it did make the participants feel great, and that is what charity is all about.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My grandchild has been involved w/the Easter Seals day care program and has grown mentally as well as emotionally since beginning. They have have functions where family may attend and it is always handled professionally and is always run professionally yet made enjoyable for all that attend. Those involved i.e. staff, board members, etc, are always eager to help you and provide answers to all of your questions. Over this program has been a blessing for my grandson as well as our family! (review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact it has had on those they reach out to.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The prompt answers, the courtesy, the many functions they provide, and overall caring provided by staff, volunteers, and all other professionals involved!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Polite, friendly, and genuinely caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring so much more to our community via programs, functions, education and love by having a larger staff & buildings they can utilize.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This facility has provide our son an opportunity to become more independent. Also the activities offer by this facility provides my son with great experiences in the community like voluntering in the Elijah's Promise Kitchen, bowling trip, getting to visit different Museums as well as different important sights in the community. I thank Easter Seal of Edison for giving the opportunity to our son rene to grow emotionally as well as socially.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experience the results of this organization when our son comes home every day he attends this facility with a smile on his face from ear to ear. We know he is happy therefore we are happy and please with all they do for our son Rene.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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