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Grantee Blog 2020

Member Perspectives – Aryana Manik

The Freehold Intergenerational Community Council (FICC) Members continue sharing their personal experiences working in the Freehold Community and insights on the value they have gained from their FICC Membership.

“FICC has been an integral part of my life ever since it started. I get excited every time a meeting is scheduled, as I know that I am making a difference in my community. FICC has helped me tremendously in terms of getting involved in my community as well as just meeting new people.

Ever since I joined FICC, I have learned so much about what is happening in the community and different ways to get involved. I learned about mobile food pantries, Casa Freehold, and so many more community opportunities in general. There is no way you can say that there is nothing in the community to do that interests you as you are always being sent different types of opportunities that cater to a plethora of interests. No matter what, FICC makes sure that you always have a place in not only the group itself, but also the community as a whole. Inclusion is one of the biggest factors that FICC prides itself on.

FICC as a group is amazing as well! There is so much diversity found in such a small group of people. The fact that FICC is intergenerational is a huge reason why we are able to solve problems and come up with solutions that take into account all different types of people. Because each person in the group is unique and has their own experiences, various perspectives on community topics are brought up and taken into consideration. FICC being as diverse as it is, is what makes the group collaborative, fun, and efficient all at the same time.

As FICC continues to tackle community issues, I look forward to working with my peers to make a difference and leave a lasting impact on the community for future generations to enjoy.”

-Aryana Manik (17)

Freehold Resident

About the Grantee

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Neighborhood Connections to Health (NCTH) is a community non-profit organization, which began as a portion of the work of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA). NCTH was formed in 2016 and currently works under 4 priority areas: Intergenerational Physical Activity, Bikeability/Walkability, Lead Prevention and Access to Healthy Foods.