2018 Pay it Forward Event to Benefit C.A.R.E.


ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (March 15, 2018) - In conjunction with the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, The Way Foundation and Recovery Advocates of America, Robbinsville Township will pay it forward to the Community Addiction Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.) program.
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C.A.R.E. is an ongoing effort offering treatment options for those suffering from opiate/opioid addiction, and has been standard operating procedure used by the Robbinsville Township Police Department since January, 2016. On-duty officers coordinate an action plan to aid those arrested in the Township struggling with addiction at the time of arrest. Conditions of that access include no current detainers (i.e. arrest warrants) in their name. C.A.R.E. allows officers to offer a pathway to recovery by providing resources, access to treatment, and guidance from trained addiction professionals.

“Robbinsville Township and the C.A.R.E. program recognize addiction as a disease, and we are committed to providing every possible resource during the short window of opportunity when the arrested addict is at his/her most receptive moment,” Mayor Fried said. “This is a nation-wide epidemic and Robbinsville is not immune. But we are determined to do our part by providing a pathway for recovery. We can’t save everyone. But we can save one. That alone will make it all worthwhile.”

State of the Township/Pay it Forward events have raised nearly $150,000 since 2015. Sponsorship levels for 2018 are:

  • C.A.R.E. Guardian: $25,000
  • C.A.R.E. Warrior: $10,000
  • C.A.R.E. Hero: $5,000
  • C.A.R.E. Advocate: $2,500

Reservations are $110 per-person. Tables of 10 are available for $1,000. Beverage/cigar sponsorships opportunities are available for $500. Keep it Local sponsorships are $250. Anyone who cannot attend, but would like to donate $25 anonymously, or in the name of someone struggling with addition, can do so prior to the event (details to follow).

Donations and sponsorships to the C.A.R.E. program, which has been implemented by a majority of the municipalities in Mercer County, will be used for partial scholarships, travel expenses to get into recovery, lodging expenses and other essentials items necessary for treatment and recovery. Treatment options and essentials are based on eligibility and availability. Admission to the C.A.R.E. program does not absolve the arrestee from his/her legal obligations, including fines and/or possible imprisonment.

If you or someone you love is in need of an immediate intervention, call Recovery Advocates of America at 888-360-7788.

To become a sponsor at varying levels or to attend, please contact Jodi Stephens at jstephens@robbinsville.net.


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