Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The Morris County Department of Human Services is joining with United Way of Morris County and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris program to support the Morris March for Military Families on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The fund-raising event from 8 a.m. to noon on the campus of the County College of Morris in Randolph will support Project Front Line Morris, a community partnership to raise awareness and improve access to local resources for military families.

John Franklin, CEO at United Way of Morris County, said while military families are strong, the stresses that arise when a family member is called upon to serve can be great.

“Military families are doing their part everyday to manage the home front while their loved ones are on the front lines in places like Iraq and Afghanistan serving our country,” he said. “By marching in the Morris March for Military Families, we can raise much-needed funds to help these families remain strong and withstand the stresses that inevitably affect every family and are only exacerbated by the absence of a family member due to a deployment.”

Marchers are asked to solicit contributions from family, friends and co-workers and choose to “march” on the CCM campus along one of three routes ranging from just over half a mile to a mile and a half of mixed terrain.

All proceeds raised by the event will go to the Front Line Fund to meet the needs of the military families as they arise. To learn more, contact the Morris County Chamber of Commerce at 973-539-3882 or United Way of Morris County at 973-993-1160. Details can also be found at www.LiveUnitedMorris.org.

Community partners involved in Project Front Line Morris also include Family Service of Morris County, United Way 2-1-1 Information Referral Services and the Daily Record.