Project Dress Up 2015

Posted on February 17, 2015

 

Project Dress Up organizers Lisa Lipka and Anne Greenwood pose with collected dresses.

Many teenagers in Twin Oaks programs worry about how they will afford the rising costs of prom. For that reason, Twin Oaks is hosting our second annual Project Dress Up. We’re seeking donations of gently used formal dresses (in an array of  sizes and colors), dress shoes, formal purses, clutches, shawls and jewelry.

We’re accepting donations until 3/31/2014 between 9am‐5pm, Monday through Friday at the following Twin Oaks locations:

79 Chestnut Street, Lumberton, NJ
770 Woodlane Road, Suite 23 Mount Holly, NJ
128 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, NJ

Last year, we were able to give out nearly 350 dresses so girls could attend their prom in style!

Please help us Make Prom Possible!

– Rachael

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Become a 2015 Sponsor

Posted on February 9, 2015

Twin Oaks Community Services needs your support as a corporate sponsor! Because of the generosity of our community partners, we can provide critical programs for the area’s most vulnerable children, adults and families.

We offer several monetary levels for a sponsorship package that encompasses all 3 of our major fundraising events:

Haddonfield Progressive Dinner- April 24, 2015
Moorestown Progressive Dinner- October 16, 2015
Touch A Truck- September 26, 2015

Proceeds from the events will benefit the Twin Oaks Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin. Your sponsorship will strengthen our capacity to provide behavioral health services while demonstrating your commitment to those in need. To learn more, visit our sponsorship page!

– Rachael

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Save the Date: 2015 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner

Posted on February 4, 2015

Mark your calendars for an evening of food, friends and fun all in the name of charity. Our 6th annual Haddonfield Progressive Dinner will be April 24, 2015!

Attendees will begin the evening with a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception at the beautiful Haddonfield home of Sam and Colette Gabriel . From there, attendees will enjoy an intimate dinner with friends prepared by a talented area chef in a Haddonfield home.

For more information on tickets, sponsorships and more, visit our Haddonfield Progressive Dinner page.

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2014 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner Hosts

 

Please take a moment to enjoy all the photos from this year’s Haddonfield Progressive Dinner.

– Rachael

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Notecards for Sale Featuring Twin Oaks Consumer Artwork

Posted on January 29, 2015

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Crayons, construction paper, newspaper, water color paints, chalk… believe it or not, such simple tools can help children heal emotionally, psychologically and behaviorally!

Twin Oaks utilizes Creative Art Therapy to promote healing in our Children’s Residential Programs. Sadly, poor relationships and low self-esteem is often learned through difficult childhood experiences. The therapy model uses art as the ‘vehicle’ that allows us to transport children to emotional safety.

Through the Twin Oaks art therapy program, children in our residential programs created beautiful artwork that we transformed into notecards. Now, these notecards can be purchased for just $10.00 a pack!

All proceeds will benefit the children’s residential art therapy program.

Purchase your notecards today!

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New Year, New Ways to Get Involved

Posted on January 7, 2015

Make a difference in YOUR community this year! Check out all these YOU can get involved with Twin Oaks:

1. Make a donation online or mail to:
Twin Oaks Community Services
770 Woodlane Road
Attn: Development
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

2. Hold a food drive for our Food Pantries in Mt. Holly and Berlin.

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3. Become a volunteer at Twin Oaks.

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4. Attend a special event like the upcoming Haddonfield Progressive Dinner.

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5. Drop off gently used clothing and household items to the Twin Oaks Thrift Shop.

6. Donate to the upcoming Diaper Derby or Project Dress Up.

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7. Stay Connected Online – find us on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Questions? Contact our Development Department at 609-267-5928.

-Rachael

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2014 Year In Review

Posted on December 31, 2014

In 2014, you helped us collect over 18,500 diapers, 650 backpacks, 340 prom dresses, 900 Thanksgiving meals, 9,000 holiday gifts, and MUCH more for vulnerable children, adults and families in Twin Oaks programs.

Thank you – our generous donors, volunteers, partners and advocates – for your continued support along the way. We truly look forward to working with you again in 2015!

Here are just a few of our favorite photos from 2014:

Project Dress Up organizers Lisa Lipka and Anne Greenwood pose with collected dresses.

Project Dress Up organizers Lisa Lipka and Anne Greenwood pose with collected dresses.

 

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Twin Oaks Food Pantries receive donation from Bottom Dollar.

 

April 25, 2014 / Twin Oaks Progressive Dinner / Haddonfield, NJ

2014 Haddonfield Progressive Dinner Hosts

 

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Staff from Hoeganaes Corporation pose with their Diaper Derby donation.

 

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Collage from our Third Annual Touch A Truck.

 

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2014 Moorestown Progressive Dinner Hosts.

 

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Princeton House staff pose with a small portion of their Turkey Drive Donation.

 

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Our littlest donor poses with Turkey Drive donations at the Goddard School of Delran.

 

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Liberty Bell Bank shows all the items they collected for our Holiday Giving Drive.

 

– Rachael

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Twin Oaks Receives Over 9,000 Holiday Gifts

Posted on December 24, 2014

THANK YOU to all of our generous community partners who donated over 9,000 gifts to brighten the holiday season! All of our donors, volunteers and staff made this drive a success and contributed to another record breaking year!

Check out some of the photos we captured from this year’s Holiday Giving Drive:

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GM Vehicle Helps Our Holiday Giving Drive

Posted on December 23, 2014

THANK YOU GM for loaning us a beautiful Chevy Traverse to help with multiple pick-ups and drop-offs for the Holiday Giving Drive.
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We received over 9,000 gifts this year and many of them were transported in the loaner from GM!

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The sunroof was great for the sunny and unseasonable warm weather we had.IMG_4034

With the warmer weather, it certainly did feel like the holidays, the holiday music we were playing through the Bose Sound System helped put us in the spirit!IMG_4040

The back up camera was a big help!

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And we loved the heated seats!

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Thanks GM for making our holiday season a little brighter!

- Rachael

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Spread the Warmth

Posted on December 10, 2014

The Medford Lakes Women’s Club recently hosted an event to collect new coats, hats, gloves and scarves to help kids in Twin Oaks programs stay warm this winter. All together, they collected 30 coats, 60 hats, 85 gloves and 15 scarves!
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Thank you to everyone who supported this drive! These items are desperately needed during the cold winter months and will help children in our communities this season.

– Rachael

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Spread Holiday Cheer This Year: Jessica, Charles & Ben

Posted on December 8, 2014

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We invite YOU to spread holiday cheer this year. You can make an impact by giving a monetary contribution, providing holiday gifts or sponsoring a family in need. Just imagine the joy and holiday memories your donation will bring to those who need it the most…

Jessica and Charles didn’t know where to turn. They struggled for many years to find the best treatment for their thirteen-year-old son Benjamin who has autism, cerebral palsy and is blind. Just as they were losing all hope, they decided to try our Bridging Family Support program, which provides intensive in-home support for children with developmental disabilities.

When we first met Ben, he was non-verbal and had no communication skills. He refused to get on the bus and experienced social difficulties at school. By developing his love of music, our therapeutic team worked with Ben to expand his vocabulary and he now uses thirty words! The family now focuses on positive behaviors and forming coping skills to deal with frustrations. Jessica and Charles are ecstatic that Ben now gets excited every morning to ride the bus to school with new friends.

Although Ben’s quality of life is improving, the family continues to struggle financially because of skyrocketing medical bills. To make matters worse, Charles was laid off from his job in the construction field earlier this year. When Jessica isn’t dedicating time to Ben, she works part time while he is in school. The family visits the Twin Oaks Food Pantry monthly so they have enough food to put on the table.

Looking forward to 2015, the family hopes to stay in their home and get their finances back on track. Jessica shares, “There is absolutely nothing worse than the feelings of complete hopelessness I felt at this point last year. I cannot believe the progress we have made as a family. Tomorrow no longer seems so overwhelming.”

Visit our Holiday Giving Drive page to learn how you can make a difference this holiday season!

– Rachael

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