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Causes: Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Rehabilitative Care, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Easterseals 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: Easterseals 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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 5

My marketing internship with Easter Seals was more than beneficial. I learned so many valuable marketing and event planning skills, and helping plan their annual "Walk With Me 5K" taught me so much. I came in as a senior in college, not knowing much about the professional world, and walked away with the confidence that I had learned a lot. I made great connections and found my career with Easter Seals because the relationships I made were so strong. Anysa and Ken were important mentors for me, and they were always so eager to help me with anything. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to anyone who wants to expand their marketing and event planning knowledge.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I interned for Easter Seals New Jersey as their Marketing Intern this past summer and fall. It was a great experience and I would do it again! I learned the ins and outs of marketing and event planning! I worked with a great team of genuine people, and gained network connections for my future endeavors. One of the biggest things I am taking with me from Easter Seals is giving back – the whole time I learned about how, every day, our team works together to give back to the 8,000 individuals we help to create the best lives for! I would definitely recommend this opportunity to anyone who is interested in working in the field of Non-Profits, Marketing, and Event Planning, and most importantly, truly realizing what it means to give back to your community. It was a very proactive and positive journey!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with Easter Seals this past summer in their marketing department and had a fantastic experience. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. Any time I had a problem they were always willing to help. During my time at Easter Seals I learned a lot about what goes on in the marketing and events department for a nonprofit and that experience was invaluable. I will always remember my time at Easter Seals and am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such a great nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Jess6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 David23456

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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

Joost v.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter a Downs Syndrome young adult, started Easter Seals over 10 years ago & all of us have never regretted this decision to go there & to stay there. Our daughter has grown so much since attending Easter Seals. She has taught herself with the help of staff memebers, to learn how to sign. She now signs with the clents that are deaf at Esater Seals. She looks forward everyday to go to Easter Seals, to go out into the community, nursing homes, library, etc. She also enjoys all the fun activities that they do. Without this program our daughter would become stagnated & go backwards. She is with her peers everyday & keeps going forward & thats what we want for her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank god for Easter Seals day program. My 44yr old daughter attends the day program. If not for this program she would be sitting home doing nothing. She is with her peers and out in the community. She volunteers at different sites. She needs understand and patience because of her OCD. The staff is very caring and knows just how to handle her without her getting upset. She has attended Easter Seals for many many years and it has helped so much. She was in other programs before this but couldn't keep up with it. So thank you Easter Seals.