Camden County Celebrates 175th Reorganization

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2019 marks the 175th reorganization of Camden County. In honor of this, Camden County will celebrate 175 premium events throughout the year, and will highlight 175 of the county’s programs and services here in our newsletter and here online. These highlights will showcase all of the great resources Camden County has to offer to our residents. Many of you may be aware of, and some of you may be just learning about. We are always working to find new ways to improve and expand our services and events for all of our residents, and will continue to do so in 2019 with help from new partners and sponsors opportunities. Keep an eye out for all the program and service highlights!

#1 Vaccination and Immunization Services

Adult and child immunizations are offered all year long in Bellmawr and Camden. An appointment is required for all immunizations except for flu shots, which are available seasonally. For a full list of vaccines and immunizations that are available, click here.

To make an appointment in Bellmawr, call (856) 931-2700
To make an appointment in Camden, call (856) 225-5128

#2 Become an In-Home Child Care Provider

The Department of Children’s Services and the Camden County Board of Freeholders offers child care referral services to help residents find high-quality, accessible, affordable options. If you are looking to open your heart and your home, the department is always looking for individuals to become paid in-home child care providers. This is an excellent opportunity to work from home and make your own schedule, either full- or part-time. Read More

#3 Camden County Store

As part of its continued commitment to increasing accessibility to county government, the Camden County Freeholder Board created the Camden County Store. The innovative and nationally acclaimed governmental outreach center offers a wide range of county information and services at one convenient location. From wills and probate matters, trade name registration, passports, college registration, senior citizens programs, health screenings, human services, and numerous special events, the County Store has something for every member of the family. With expanded hours of operation on evenings and weekends, access to public transportation and easy parking, the Camden County Store is there to assist you. Read More.

 

#4 Free Senior & Disabled Legal Workshops

The Camden County Board of Freeholders, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior and Disabled Services, and the Surrogate’s Office are excited to announce FREE legal workshops for senior and disabled residents of Camden County. Those attending workshops will receive, at no cost, a Last Will and Testament, an Advance Directive for Health Care (Living Will) and a Power of Attorney (POA).

Camden County seniors aged 60 and older and disabled Camden County residents aged 18 and older are eligible to attend. Workshops are limited to 35 participants per session, and pre-registration is required. Due to high demand, organizers recommend making an appointment as soon as possible.

All workshops are held at the Camden County Store at the Voorhees Town Center. To register, please call (856) 566-2920. Read More.

#5 Camden County Library System

Established in 1921, the Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational, and educational needs of its customers. With locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township, and Voorhees, the Camden County Library System provides an open environment for the community.

The Library now offers free and unlimited access to more than 500 online courses through its newest database, Universal Class. Interested in continuing your education, expanding your horizons, or just learning something for fun? Choose from a diverse range of subjects including computer training, resume writing, home and garden, health and medicine, hobbies, self-help, and more. For more information about the Camden County Library system, click here. 

#6 Hispanic Affairs

In April 1989, the Camden County Office of Hispanic Affairs and Community Development (O.H.A.C.D.) was the first office created in New Jersey by NJ Statue 40. 10c-1, which allowed for the establishment of a county-level office of Hispanic Affairs.

O.H.A.C.D. is an instrumental office in advocating for and addressing services in areas such as education, employment, cultural, economic, public safety, housing, health and other needs affecting the Hispanic constituents and the community of Camden County. Read More.

#7 Senior & Disabled Snow Removal Program

The Camden County Freeholder Board offers assistance to senior citizens and disabled residents who are unable to remove significant amounts of snow accumulation from their properties.

“The snow removal program is available to help seniors and disabled individuals get out of their homes for necessities such as prescriptions or medical appointments,” said Freeholder Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Emergency Management. “The program uses Camden County Jail inmates who are carefully screened, non-violent offenders who are guarded at all times on the job site by corrections officers.”

The Snow Removal Program will go into effect only after 4 inches of snow has fallen on the ground in our area. Read More.

#8 One-Stop Career Center

The Camden County One-Stop System is comprised of a group of nine partners who coordinate and provide workforce development services throughout the county.

A common frustration among job seekers and employers has been the difficulty of finding quality information on available employment and training programs, and having to go from one place to another to actually receive information and services. The One-Stop Center has transformed this fragmented array of employment and training programs into an integrated system for both job seekers and employers. The One-Stop Center offers seamless access to services under a variety of employment, training, and education programs. Residents and employers alike will see the One-Stop Center as the place to seek solutions for their workforce and employment needs. Read More.

#9 Smart 911

The Freeholder Board is proud to announce the state’s first county-wide Smart911 system. The program will save critical time in emergency situations. Smart911 is a free nationwide service that allows users to create a Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides vital information to emergency dispatchers and first responders during an emergency. Camden County residents are encouraged to create their safety profile with Smart911 to have their information available to dispatchers and to receive emergency notifications. Smart911 is private and secure, used only for emergency responses, and is only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call. Sign up today!

#10 Online Restaurant Inspections

Finding health inspection reports for your favorite restaurants has never been easier. The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services has an online database where you can search for health inspection reports at your convenience. Simply type any combination of a restaurant’s name, address, or municipality in which it is located and click on the search button.

Not only can citizens search the online database for a restaurant, but also anyone can sign up for email alerts when new reports are posted. If the facility you are looking for is not yet in the system, registering with the site will allow us to notify you when it is. The alerts function also provides the option to receive alerts about food-borne illness outbreaks and other food-related news. Read More.

#11 Social Services

The Camden County Board of Social Services is proud of its tradition of providing caring service and assistance to individuals and families in need in Camden County. The agency is committed to assisting its clients in breaking the cycle of welfare dependency to become self-sufficient members of the community. We strive to achieve this goal through mutual trust and respect without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, or political beliefs. Read More.

#12 Services for Veterans

The Office of Veterans Affairs serves all veterans and their family members within Camden County. Some of the services provided are:

  • Information regarding applying for VA education programs
  • VA home loan guarantee, certificates and booklets
  • Referral agent for social service agencies
  • Fire for discharge upgrades, when warranted
  • Gold Star family support and referral and so much more

The office is available Monday through Friday to give assistance to all veterans and dependents. If you have any questions regarding our services, please call (856) 374-5801. Click here to view all veteran services.

 

#13 Surrogate Court

The functions of the Surrogate Court include probate of wills, administration, guardianships, trusts, adoptions, management/investment of minors’ funds, records, and wedding services. For more information about these services, click here.

Gloucester Township
508 Lakeland Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 225-7282
*appointment only

Voorhees Town Center
2120 Voorhees Town Center
Voorhees, NJ 08043
(856) 225-7282

#14 Office of Emergency Management

The Camden County Office of Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining and enforcing the New Jersey state disaster laws. The state law requires every municipality to have a state approved Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and emergency coordinator. The State Emergency Management Office assists the 37 county municipalities in developing their EOPs and keeping them current. Local emergency management coordinators, along with members of public safety organizations, volunteer, and private entities, such as the Red Cross, know their responsibilities and how they are expected to conduct their jobs.

The Office of Emergency Management is charged with coordinating the efforts of these agencies and organizations during a disaster or natural emergency. Read More.

#15 Camden County Resource Compass

Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, the Camden County Covenant for Children, and the Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) have launched a new tool to connect social service providers with families throughout the county. The new website, camdencountyresourcecompass.org, is the first of its kind in the state, and provides residents with up-to-date access to social service providers throughout the county.

Compass, a one-stop-shop website designed by Hopeworks and built in conjunction with the state Attorney General’s Office, will provide greater access to unutilized and underutilized services from the Camden County Covenant for Children partner agencies. The website will create an easy and convenient way for residents to access a wide spectrum of critical services. Read More.

#16 Youth One-Stop Career Center

Are you out of school and between the ages of 16 and 24? If so, get started on a pathway to an exciting career today!

Youth One-Stop provides access to high quality education, job training, and support services utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk, out-of-school youth in Camden County. The program is open to young people who face obstacles keeping them from completing high school. It offers the life and work skill development necessary to gain employment. Participants will explore career options in their community, and will gain practical experience through work experience supported by tutoring, mentorship, and degree/certification programs in in-demand industries and occupations. Read More.

#17 Community Emergency Response Team

The purpose of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is to train people living in the community to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster.

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in preparedness projects in their community. Read More.

#18 Carol Norcross Senior Social Wellness Center

In 2015, the Camden County Board of Freeholders held a dedication and ribbon cutting of the new Carol C. Norcross Senior Social Wellness Center in Blackwood, New Jersey. The center is dedicated to Carol Norcross, the inspirational director of the senior day center. Under her leadership, the program and center expanded to further her vision of keeping senior citizens active and socially engaged. Carol, the mother of Congressman Donald Norcross, served Camden County residents for two decades.

Services and activities at the Senior Social Wellness Center include door-to-door transportation, lunch and nutrition programs, ceramics, woodworking, needlecraft, sewing, painting, board and parlor games, movement programs, educational and community service programs, health screening information and referral services, social services assistance, daily grocery and personal shopping trips. Read More.

#19 Sustainable Camden County

Camden County is the first and only county in the state to have an Office and Director of Sustainability. The county’s Office of Sustainability manages a number of greenhouses on the Lakeland Campus in Gloucester Township. We grow approximately 15,000 plants for the Camden County parks, saving the county $10,000 annually. The Camden County branch of the Rutgers Master Gardeners program supplies the expertise and volunteer labor to care for the plants while they’re growing in the greenhouses.

Having a sound sustainability program provides a roadmap to conserving resources, promoting innovation and saving money. In addition, as the possibility of having to deal with events like Superstorm Sandy on a more regular basis seems likely, it’s critical to include resiliency and sustainability into all our projects and planning. Practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, vehicle fleet management, green purchasing, green building design and investments in innovative technologies, such as renewable energy generation, are all part of a sustainability plan and need to be measured to track our progress against our goals. Read More.

#20 Camden County Technical Schools

The two high schools that comprise Camden County Technical Schools (CCTS) provide career training program, academic course, and extracurricular activities to students in grades 9 through 12. Graduates of CCTS may go directly into the work forces with employable skills or continue their education for advanced studies. As a public school, there is no charge for high school students who live in Camden County to attend CCTS, and transportation is provided by local school districts.

Combined, the Pennsauken and Gloucester Township campuses offer 30 career programs. Not all career programs are offered in both schools. Students will be placed into a career program based on their interest and ability, and after review of their 7th and 8th grade report cards and standardized test scores. CCTS has maintained a tradition of excellence, and was recognized by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education as one of five exemplary vocational education programs in the United States. In addition, the Pennsauken Campus of CCTS was twice named one of the nation’s best high schools by US News and World Report and is a National and State School of Character. Read More.

#21 Adult Health Screenings

Free health screenings are performed by a Department of Health and Human Services nurse once a month at four different locations. Come out to have your blood pressure, total cholesterol and fasting blood sugar checked. Speak with the nurse about any health-related questions you have. Click here for more information.

Adult health screenings include:

Blood pressure screenings
Cancer risk assessment
Nutrition counseling
Cholesterol screenings
Diabetes screening

#22 Camden County Parks

The Camden County Park System’s 21 parks and conservation areas offer over 2,000 acres of natural settings for picnics, family gatherings, sporting events, beautiful waterways for fishing and boating, a wealth of playgrounds and a variety of ball fields that are close to home. Highlights of the Camden County Park System include the New Brooklyn Park Disc Golf Course, the Watchable Wildlife Trail at Maria Barnaby Greenwald Memorial Park, and the Timber Creek Dog Park. The Park System also includes the award-winning and fully accessible Challenge Grove Park, which is designed to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of physical ability. Click here and take a moment to visit all the parks online and see great photos of the amenities at each park, or even download a park map. Read More.

#23 Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal

Camden County’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal is presented to county residents who have selflessly contributed their time and efforts to better their community in conjunction with the goals of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since the Freedom Medal was introduced in 2001, this prestigious award has been given to almost 1,200 of Camden County’s most deserving residents. For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal, call (856) 216-8217. Read More.

#24 Pot Holes

Help us make Camden County a better place to live by reporting potholes, trash, faded striping or other concerns on county roadways by filling out a report form or calling the Department of Public works at (856) 566-2980. Read More.

#25 Sports Hall of Fame

Formed in 2004, the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame honors local sports legends for the contributions to athletics. The annual event shines a spotlight on some of the best athletes in the county, some of which have gone on to play their respective games at the highest levels of competition. Since the Hall of Fame began, more than 150 residents have been inducted. For more information about the Sports Hall of Fame, call (856) 401-2451 or email halloffame@camdencounty.com. Read More.

#26 Camden County Boathouse

Planning an event? Look no further than the Camden County Boathouse! In a setting like no other, surrounded by natural beauty, the newly renovated Banquet Room at the Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River offers that touch of affordable elegance. Let the staff at the Boathouse help you create your special event. The Boathouse provides superior personalized service, guiding you through every stage of the process. Choose from among an exclusive list of caterers who offer the best, from casual food to high-end fare. No matter what the occasion, the expert staff will help you have an unforgettable experience. For more information visit: venue.camdencountyboathouse.com.

#27 Camden County Improvement Authority

The Camden County Improvement Authority (CCIA) is an independent, public agency created by the Camden County Board of Freeholders to provide low-cost financing, economic development, and project development services for local units, community organizations, and not-for-profit entities to foster economic, employment, redevelopment, and affordable housing development projects that improve the quality of life for the residents of Camden County and other eligible areas in the state. Click here to watch the CCIA economic development video. Read More.

#28 Best of Class

The annual Best of the Class celebrated and recognizes graduating seniors from every high school in Camden County. Every year, students and their parents attend a beautiful event where they are are honored in 7 different categories: Community Service, Leadership, Best Overall, Most Improved, Most Courageous, Performing Arts and School Spirit. For more information about the Best of the Class, call (856) 216-8217. Read More.

#29 Animal Alliance of Camden County

The Animal Alliance of Camden County was formed in 2011 by five local animal welfare organizations and the Camden County Board of Freeholders, who decided to coordinate their efforts to better serve the pets and residents of the county. Current members include the Animal Adoption Center, Animal Welfare Association, Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, Voorhees Animal Orphanage, and Independent Animal Control. Member organizations work together to improve the well-being of companion animals and their owners in the community, including joint efforts such as adoption events, spay/neuter partnerships, and transporting animals in need to reduce populations. Read More.

#30 Cultural Heritage Commission

The Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College was founded in 1972 and recognizes the role of the arts and local history in making our community dynamic places to live and work. The Commission is proud to participate in a variety of yearly cultural and arts events such as the Local Arts Program, National Arts Program, and numerous other art centered programs both throughout the county and on Camden County College campuses. Read More

#31 Cooper River Regattas

The Cooper River’s Olympic-distance, 2,000-meter straightway is widely known as one of the best rowing venues in the nation, home to numerous world-class regattas and the Cooper River Boathouse. Spanning more than 346-acres through Collingswood, Haddon Township, Pennsauken, and Cherry Hill, Cooper River Park has been Camden County’s gathering spot since it was created by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. Camden County is proud that the Cooper River has emerged as a premier destination for competitive rowing, adding to the diverse family-friendly attractions is our region. Cooper River Park was named a Great Place in New Jersey by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter and continues to be one of the best green spaces of the Delaware Valley.

#32 Board of Elections

The Board of Elections is responsible for redistricting, conducting election recounts, certification of elections, challengers, and Board training. Voted mail-in ballots are also returned and counted by the Board of Elections. For more information about any of these topics, call 856-401-8683. Read More

#33 Camden County Fire Watch

The Juvenile Fire Watch Program is provided through grant funding from the Juvenile Justice Commission Grant in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders, Camden County Fire Marshal, and administered by the Cherry Hill Fire Department.

The program offers educational materials and presentations to schools, parent groups, and community organizations that go a long way in helping children understand the dangers of fire. Constructive exercises introduce children to both the safe and dangerous uses of fire and other forms of combustible energy. Fire Watch stresses the fact that fire safety education should start as early as possible in the home, making sure that children learn what to do, for instance, if they find a pack of matches or a cigarette lighter. For more information about the Camden County Fire Marshal’s programs, visit their websiteRead More.

#34 Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River

The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River (formerly the Camden County Golf Academy) is a state-of-the-art golf center that features an aquatic, lighted, 60-station double-decker driving range with real grass tees, and a top-quality short game area with a putting green and sand trap. The Camden Driving Range at Cooper River is brought to you by the Camden County Board of Freeholders as an open-to-the-public driving range where you never need a tee time. Space is available for large groups and parties upon request. In addition, the driving range offers fun and affordable group golf lessons including ladies night, learn as a family, free senior classes in the spring and fall, junior golf classes and more! Read More.

#35 Tool Library

The Lakeland Ecocomplex launched a tool lending library, modeling the one currently in Philadelphia. Members of the tool library will be able to rent a tool for a period of time rather than purchasing one from the store. Donations of tools can be made at the Regan Building on the Lakeland site or an arrangement can be made to pick them up. Any interested volunteers, please contact Chris Waldron, Director of Sustainability and Shared Services. Click here for inventory availability. Read More.

#36 Camden County College

Camden County College is one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in New Jersey and the surrounding region. The Camden County Board of Freeholders works in close cooperation with the college to ensure it is is a vital resource for transfer education, workforce training, and cultural events. Its three distinct campuses in Blackwood, Camden, and Cherry Hill, along with its satellite locations in Lakeland and Sicklerville, share the common mission of providing accessible, affordable higher education and occupational studies to all who can benefit.

Recent studies of federal Department of Education data have shown that, in addition to ranking among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for overall associate’s degree completion, and among the nation’s top 10 for associate’s degrees completed in education, the College also ranks among the top 50 for associate’s degrees completed in registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research, and clinical nursing; health professions and related programs; and science technologies/technicians. CCC also ranks among the top 100 in associate’s degrees completed by African-American students, Asian-American students and non-minority students. Read More.

#37 Master Gardeners

Are you wondering how to get rid of that annoying weed in your lawn? Not sure when you should lime? Are you wondering whether you can plant outside now? Do you need help with selecting plant material for your home? Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, the Master Gardeners of Camden County are here to help.

Rutgers-trained Master Gardeners volunteers handle questions from the public through the Rutgers Master Gardeners Helpline. When necessary, Rutgers faculty and professional staff can answer questions, diagnose plant pest and disease problems, and identify plants and insects. Please call (856) 216-7130, press #1 when prompted, or email njgarden@camdencounty.com. To learn more about the Master Gardeners or how to become one, click here.

#38 Wiggins Park Marina

A scenic, deep ,water marina with twelve-foot controlling depth at mean low tide, Wiggins Park Marina is strategically located on the Delaware River across from Philadelphia’s historic Penn’s Landing, just south of the Camden Adventure Aquarium and north of the exciting BB&T Pavilion. The marina is open from April 15th through October 31st. Read More.

 

#39 Park Permits for Events

If you’re interested in hosting a public or private event at one of Camden County’s beautiful parks, you will need a park permit. Click here for specific details and permits. If you have any questions about park site use permits, please call (856) 216-2173.

#40 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

To help Camden County residents protect the environment, the Freeholder Board is proud to host Household Hazardous Waste Collections. The next collection is May 18th at the Atco Parking Arena. Residents can bring items to the convenient drive-through collection sites.

Each year, Camden County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program keeps over 400,000 pounds of hazardous material from the county waste stream. Camden County residents are asked to keep the environment healthy by bringing oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, kerosene, polishes, photographic chemicals, automotive batteries, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, other car products, pool chemicals and cleaning fluids. Read More.

#41 County Clerk

The Camden County Clerk’s Office, under the leadership of Clerk Joe Ripa, offers a vast array of services including passports, trade name registration, notary public, and property records. For more information about the Camden County Clerk’s Office, call (856) 225-5300 or email countyclerk@camdencounty.com. Read More.

#42 Environmental Educator

Marissa Wolfe, Camden County’s environmental educator is available to Camden County schools and organizations. She is available to lead educational-based environmental programs for residents of all ages and abilities. She also coordinates with schools and organizations of various environmental lessons and projects with a particular focus on recycling and looks forward to continuing many of the other popular Department of Parks’ programs such as our nature walks and Young Explorers. Marissa is eager to expand upon the programs already offered to get more residents in touch with the environment.

If you are a school or organization looking for environmental programs, please contact Marissa at (856) 216-8216. Residents are encouraged to visit www.camdencounty.com to find out more information on environmental programs offered by the county in our parks or at the county’s Environmental Center in Cherry Hill.

#43 Vote by Mail

Voting in New Jersey is easier than ever with the new Vote by Mail law. A recent change to the New Jersey law now allows you to request ballots for all future elections. Apply once and receive a ballot for every election without having to re-apply. If you would like to Vote by Mail, click here and fill out the application form.

#44 Shop Camden County

Shop Camden County is the Camden County Board of Freeholders’ shop local initiative. If each household in Camden County transitions just $10 per month of its out-of-county retail spending to in-county spending, the economic benefit to the county would be approximately #35 million per year. From small-town shopping to large-scale retailers, Camden County businesses offer everything you’re looking for. Read More.

#45 Veterans War History Project

The Camden County Board of Freeholders has begun to honor and document the experience and memories of Camden County’s veterans. These video interviews insure that the stories of residents who have served in the military are preserved in perpetuity. Read More.