New Jersey Special Olympics Virtual Fun Run; Bloomfield Mental Health Assistance

Sources: Classy.org; RLS Media

It is in these unprecedented times that Special Olympics New Jersey is needed most. Where there is fear and uncertainty, Special Olympics provides joy and hope.

We’re keeping our athletes healthy and strong by providing online exercise opportunities, nutrition plans, virtual health screenings and other important resources to keep them informed, connected and active. Never before has it been more important to protect and take care of our population and provide services that help them through this pandemic. That’s why we continue to count on your support and commitment to our athletes — and why we’re teaming with New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals (NJYIP) the annual SONJ Fun Run virtual!

What does VIRTUAL mean? It means that you can complete the 5K ANYWHERE! Whether it’s a treadmill, your neighborhood streets, or your favorite trail – walk or run – it’s your choice! This year provides a great opportunity to get more participants involved! Register as an individual, join a team or create your own team! You can even register your family – what a great activity to do together!

Just register, and run your 5K (3.1 mile) race between June 6-14, 2020.

The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department can help residents navigate the Covid crisis with all of the following: Food stamp applications; Food pantry information; Food shopping for senior/disabled residents; Health insurance applications; Unemployment applications; Utility assistance programs; Rental assistance; Mental health services; Wellness services; and Senior services.

“From the beginning of this crisis, our Health and Human Services Department has done an admirable job helping our residents get through this,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I implore all of our residents that need assistance to reach out to the department because they are here to help them in any way that they can.”

Bloomfield residents are also able to take advantage of the emergency food pantry, which is open every Friday from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Carteret Elementary School parking lot located at 158 Grove Street. Supplies are limited and the food pantry will be open regardless of weather.

Residents requiring assistance may call the department at 973-680-4017 and leave a voicemail, including their name and telephone number, so that a social worker can call them back.

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