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Your Gifts at Work

All gifts matter to FAMILYConnections, large or small. Your dollars help us:

  • stabilize families in crisis
  • heal trauma
  • reduce poverty and crime
  • strengthen local communities
  • help families get food, clothing, insurance, housing and jobs


Giving Spotlight


Leaving a legacy - we all want to do that.  One of the ways it can be done is by remembering a charitable organization in your will.  Louis J. Mihalovic did just that, and his generous gift to FAMILYConnections is helping to transform people's lives.

Mr. Mihalovic died at the age of 84.  He served in the US Navy and was stationed in the Central West Pacific during World War II.  In 1947, he moved to Maplewood and worked for the New York Central Railroad which later became the Penn Central Railroad.  Mr. Mihalovic loved sports, and in the 1930's he was a bat boy for the Newark Bears.

Though he never married, Louis Mihalovic cared for his ailing brother and sister for many years.  He left his estate to a number of local charities that he had come to know including FAMILYConnections - a gift by bequest, a legacy gift.

Can one person make a difference?  Yes.  Legacy gifts help ensure the future of organizations like FAMILYConnections.  A special thanks to Louis Mihalovic for remembering FAMILYConnections in his planning.

If you are considering a bequest to FAMILYConnections, please let us know by contacting Nancy Wellbrock at 973-323-3412.  

The Investors Bank Foundation recently awarded a grant to FAMILYConnections to fund "Bridge to Success", an intensive summer program of academic and social skills-building activities for incoming 9th graders at Columbia High School (CHS).  Bridge to Success is a collaboration between The Loft our program at CHS, and the South Orange-Maplewood School District.  The Loft is one of four FAMILYConnections on-site School Based Youth Services Programs helping students deal with the challenges of growing up throughout the school year and summer. 


Don't forget to ask your company whether they'll support your charitable giving by matching your gift to FAMILYConnections.


Volunteer Hero

"In every community there is work to be done. In every heart there is the power to do it." -Marianne Williamson

Volunteering at FAMILYConnections is a unique opportunity to become a part of the solution. Whether it's providing your professional expertise pro bono, or reading to a group of children, the gift of your time truly furthers our mission.

Matt Berns, a senior at Millburn High, has been a champion of FAMILYConnections since 8th grade. He has read to and played games with children exposed to domestic violence in our DREAMS program.  He has organized a teen volunteer group at Millburn High which has raised funds through the sale of candy and baked goods.  He has also volunteered at our International Tastings Gala.   And with an interest in film and media, Matt created a moving video which profiles the heroic successes of children and families who have come to FAMILYConnections for help.

Asked why he volunteers, Matt says, "Volunteering makes me feel good - but it isn't just that.  I want to understand people - the troubles they face and how they deal with them.  You get a great understanding of that and the community when you're involved with FAMILYConnections."

To make a special gift to FAMILYConnections or to learn more about volunteering your time/talent, contact Nancy at

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