Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Morris County freeholders passed a resolution last night honoring the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership, or NORWESCAP, for 50 years of serving needy residents of Morris County and Northwest New Jersey.

NORWESCAP was born out of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964, initiated by President John F. Kennedy and fostered by President Lyndon B. Johnson, as part of the nation’s war on poverty. 

Morris County Freeholders Honor NORWESCAP on its 50th Anniversary

Half a century later, NORWESCAP operates 15 major programs and other initiatives that help bring self-reliance to some 35,000 residents in Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset and Passaic counties.

The resolution, read by Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, at the board’s June 10 work session, stated: “The Morris County Freeholders recognize that the quality of life across Morris County and all of Northwest Jersey is reflective of dedicated efforts of organizations and individuals who are devoted to the welfare of its many communities and residents. 

“Since 1965, the NORWESCAP has been providing invaluable and outstanding services to residents in need, especially to support low-income households as they develop an ability to become self-sustaining and self-reliant through strong family commitments and relationships.

Accepting the award for NORWESCAP was Marty Miller, a longtime NORWESCAP board member, who lives in Morris County.

Photo Caption: From left to right, Marty Miller of NORWESCAP, Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, Freeholder Hank Lyon and Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo.