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Grantee Blog 2020

Member Perspectives – Mia Minhas

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

“FICC is a close-knit group that works to make Freehold a better place. For me, it was a way to get more involved and make a change in my community. My peers and I found making change a hard thing to accomplish since we were in middle school. We didn’t know where to begin or how to be heard. Now, I am starting my sophomore year of high school with confidence in myself and all that I learned as a member of FICC. 

I was very excited to sign up for FICC when I found it to be intergenerational. When the meetings first began, it was a bit awkward since everything was virtual. Soon enough, everyone was able to connect and have fun learning together. Since joining FICC, age doesn’t feel like much of a barrier anymore. Everyone was encouraged to share their opinions, and they were all heard, no matter the age. It added a unique perspective to every situation. FICC took part in learning leadership skills, communication skills, and problem-solving together, all while supporting and encouraging each other along the way. When everyone finally met in person on a bus tour of Freehold, it was like meeting up with old friends. On this tour, we were able to further our knowledge of our community. 

FICC will accomplish great things together! Already FICC has connected me to resources like COVID vaccinations, food pantries, and other volunteer opportunities and events aimed to improve health. Volunteering and sharing access to these resources is one of the reasons I joined FICC in the first place. Throughout our meetings and especially highlighted on the bus tour, walkability and bike-ability, as well as reducing social isolation by enhancing civic participation are some of FICC’s top priorities. I am looking forward to working alongside my new friends in this group to address these issues and more.”

-Mia Minhas (15)

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.