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This project will save us $750, allowing us to provide 12 weeks of home-based health and wellness coaching for an individual with special health care needs.

What We Need

  • Creation of an E-Newsletter from scratch, or an overhaul of an existing one
  • Training on how to input content into a template

How This Will Help

Providing access to needed programs, services and resources is the central goal of the Family Resource Network. The template of our current Health E-newsletter is not compatible with all devices and has become difficult to navigate for the families we serve. This project will provide user-friendly access to much needed health and wellness information for people with special health care needs, chronic conditions, and their families.

What We Have In Place

We currently have an email distribution list in Constant Contact, which is the program we also use to develop our E-newsletters.

Fun Fact

A medical student interned for us last Summer and sketched a superhero that is now our agency mascot.

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 8-12 hours over 1-2 weeks
    Organizations: 3-4 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

  • Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
    • Volunteer Manager distributes key information to Professional, including purpose of the E-Newsletter, target audience, and existing E-Newsletter distribution practices (if applicable)
    • Volunteer Manager distributes all relevant materials such as logo, images, organizational history, brand messaging, and visual brand identity
  • Milestone 1: Analysis and Recommendations
    • Professional provides initial suggestions, including a suggested e-newsletter format and web-host (e.g., Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor)
    • Volunteer Manager provides feedback and shares content for the newsletter including photos, hyperlinks, and/or articles
    • Professional and Volunteer Manager discuss timeline for creation and align expectations
  • Milestone 2: Draft E-Newsletter
    • Professional delivers first draft
    • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which is incorporated
  • Milestone 3: Wrap-up and Learning
    • Professional delivers final draft
    • Professional trains selected staff member on how to use the template for future newsletters
    • Professional and Volunteer Manager determine frequency of newsletters based on existing best practices, bandwidth and ability to source new content
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience in online marketing
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Dedicated staff member to sustain the regular production and distribution of your E-Newsletter
  • E-mail distribution list
  • Note: If graphic design is needed, you should have your own resource or plan to engage a Catchafire Design Professional.

Our Mission

The Family Resource Network (FRN) is dedicated to offering individuals and their families with continuing needs the greatest opportunities, resources and services to support a full and happy life.

What We Do

We provide community-based services to individuals in NJ with intellectual disabilities and chronic and their caregivers. Our services range from summer camps and after school care to employment services and life skills. Through our four affiliate organizations, we are able to serve families affected by a wide range of disabilities and illnesses. Our four affiliate agencies are: Autism Family Services of NJ, Caregivers of NJ, Epilepsy Foundation of NJ and Family Support Center of NJ. Autism Family Services of New Jersey (AFSNJ) was created in order to better serve individuals and families affected by autism. With after school services such as arts and crafts, physical education, music therapy, respite opportunities and recreational programs, AFSNJ strives to ensure a better quality of life for people with autism and their families. Caregivers of New Jersey’s (CNJ) is proud to offer a centralized location for answers and information on all caregiving concerns. The growing number of caregivers in the state has increased the demand for advocacy, education and information. Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey (EFNJ), an affiliate of the National Epilepsy Foundation, provides necessary programs for families living with epilepsy, such as a residential summer camp, support groups, scholarships, and referral programs. Family Support Center of New Jersey (FSCNJ) is a “one-stop shop” for individuals searching for information about disabilities, services and programs on national, state and local levels.