I want to thank all of the non-profits and charities that attended our first Community Outreach Think Tank (COTT) meeting held at EIRC on Thursday July 16th. Hopefully you were able to leave with useful information and develop new relationships that could prove to be valuable to your organization. Our goal is to be able to provide information, resources, training and networking for the small non-profit community in South Jersey. From the feedback we received from the attendees so far, we feel we were able to accomplish many of our goals with the first meeting.

The topics and speakers at the first meeting included Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric Regional President discussing the changes coming to Atlantic City Electric as well as the recovery efforts from the past wind storm. Also presenting were Patricia Green from Experience Works discussing her program of placing staff into non-profits paid for by the government, Helen Antonucci from Senior Corp and Michele Epifani from the Volunteer Center of South Jersey discussing how to get volunteers to work with non-profits and Jeannie LaBuz from Center for People in Transition discussing her services and upcoming classes and life skills workshops. Rich Nicholls from People for People ended the program by providing resources and links for grants and other funding sources.

The topics offered at the first meeting were a result of the answers we received from our COTT survey sent out to many of you a few months ago. We are working on the topics for our next meeting as well as for future newsletters, BLOG and other communication efforts.

This is the second of a continuing series of monthly newsletters that we will be publishing going forward. If you would like to review our first newsletter you can access it at our the People for People web site at or the Heart of Gloucester County web site at

Again, thanks to all of you that attended our first meeting. For those of you that did not attend but would like to receive future invitations and be put on our master email list to receive ALL future communications and information, just email me at and I will make sure you are included.

Paul Blackstock
Chairman of the Board
People for People Foundation of GC