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Celebrating a Community of Caring Citizens

Few are looking forward to spring more than we are. Not only will warmer weather be a welcome change, but come May, we're honoring some of South Jersey's most dedicated and generous community leaders. Planning is underway for the 18th Annual Walter & Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner, so it you haven't reserved your seat for Thursday, May 2 at The Merion in Cinnaminson, please do, it's an event that you won't want to miss.

This month, we also joined Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and Freeholder Director Joe Derella in recognizing more than 100 supporters of our local Police Athletic Leagues. WRI has played a key role in helping to expand these vital youth programs as part of Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), the state's first county-wide juvenile delinquency prevention planning and implementation effort funded by the Office of the Attorney General and the Cumberland County Freeholders.

Across the region, we're honing in on South Jersey's pressing issues including homelessness, human trafficking, and opioid misuse, and galvanizing our researchers and strategic initiatives team to press for and implement solutions. 
Darren Spielman
Executive Director
Sarah Allred
Faculty Director
Faculty Fellows Explore Human Trafficking in South Jersey Three faculty fellows from the Schools of Nursing and Mathematical Sciences join WRI to tackle the issue of human trafficking in South Jersey. Combining extensive experience in the field with diverse skills and expertise, their research will focus on public awareness and general understanding of trafficking, as well as take a closer look at its intersection with health care and policy. Meet the fellows.
CARA Act Funds Opioid Misuse Jail Diversion Program A historic piece of legislation targeting the opioid epidemic is funding three New Jersey-based programs, including Camden County. The Camden County Opioid Abuse Diversion Program (CCOAD) aims to reduce opioid misuse and overdose fatalities for those involved in the justice system in Camden County. The program will focus on a comprehensive system assessment to better understand this population and implement wrap-around services. WRI will serve as the project's evaluator.
PAL Volunteers and Donors Celebrated in Cumberland County A vibrant Police Athletic League (PAL) is a vital component of a thriving community. Recently, WRI joined the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, County Freeholders and the Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland Police to celebrate more than 100 volunteers and donors for their commitment to local youth through PAL. Read more.
"But tonight, I see hope," Cumberland County Prosecutor Webb-McRae said. "This is a caring community. We know how to come together."

Read the article
Renna Joins Advisory Board Christina Renna, Senior Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, has joined WRI’s Advisory Board. Meet Christina Renna.
Save the Date! Join us for the 18th Annual Walter and Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at The Merion in Cinnaminson.

2019 South Jerseyans of the Year 
DiNatale family
Ravitz family
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez

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