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Penn-Jersey Chapter 132 Murray Hill Pioneer Club Sponsors – Music in the Park

MUSIC IN THE PARK @ MILT CAMBELL FIELD

For 19 years, 50+ concerts have been a part of Music in the Park. The event features local, national and internationally known artists. It has been produced by Pat Fields and hosted by the Pioneers and New Outlook Pioneers during its entire existence. The concerts are free and open to the public. During the past two years the attendees have been given an opportunity to donate new school supplies when they enter the concert. The school supplies are distributed to students who annually receive complimentary backpacks from NOP-Penn Jersey Chapter 132.

Funds to cover concert expenses have been raised by New Outlook Pioneers through grant writing, sponsorship and general donation requests.

The concerts bring a diverse group of artists to the stage, and a variety of music genres are presented. Another very popular part of the concerts has been the Plainfield Idol Competition which highlights the talents of young people in the community between the ages of eight and 18. Winners receive cash awards and trophies and some are offered the opportunity to appear on the stage of the Apollo Theater. Several of our Idol contestants have won at the Apollo. Other concert features include numerous vendors that offer food treats and products to the audience for purchase.

More than 2,500 guests come from all over Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland to take part in the concert. It is a huge success!

Submitted by Patricia Anne Fields President of Murry Hill Pioneer Club



Penn-Jersey Chapter 132 Murray Hill Pioneer Club – PLAINFIELD TEEN PARENTING PROGRAM, INC.

The School Based Youth Services:  Plainfield Teen Parenting Program, Inc.

Patricia Anne Fields has been the Pioneer/New Outlook Pioneer volunteer coordinator and liaison to AT&T since the program’s inception 32 years ago. This post is focused on the annual holiday dinner and gift giving event for student parents, children and staff.

SCHOOL BASED YOUTH SERVICES: PLAINFIELD TEEN PARENTING PROGRAM, INC.

Established in 1989 and operating in the Plainfield (NJ) High School, School Based Youth Services: Plainfield Teen Parenting Program, Inc. (SBYS: PTPP) has achieved extraordinary success as a dropout prevention program. The initiative was developed in response to the growing incidences of teenage pregnancies in Plainfield. With an initial grant of $350,000 each (to 10 similar projects throughout the US) from the AT&T Foundation, the program’s earliest mission was to enable teen parents attending school to successfully carry out parenting, educational/vocational and health care responsibilities by facilitating access to needed support services. Additional program goals included helping young parents to break the cycle of child abuse and repeat pregnancies, as well as provide the guiding resources to self-motivate the parents in the program to continue their post high school education. The program also included a quality operated early care and education program for the infants and toddlers of the young parents in its on-site “Infant & Toddler Center” located in the high school. The positive results of this program have made it the national and international model for similar programs and it has been replicated in 14 cities in NJ. Of the 10 initial projects the Plainfield program remains a stellar support program in the community-mostly because of the Volunteer Component. Since its inception, Pioneers have served as mentors, role models and fund raisers for the program and New Outlook Pioneers continue to have an impact in its success.

Some of SBYS: PTPP’s program activities include weekly well-baby and well-mother care, life skills training, family and academic counseling, parenting classes, parent support groups, peer parenting support and information sharing groups, job skills training, tutoring, “for dads only” program, and extended family support efforts. Notable is the fact that the program’s extensive pregnancy prevention component has now been incorporated in the junior high school grades. And, teen pregnancy in Plainfield (and NJ) has been declining the past few years.

Since its inception, nearly 700 students have been enrolled in the program which accommodates up to 28 parents and their children per school year. A significant achievement for the program is that SBYS: PTPP has achieved a 98% graduation rate among its senior student participants with many going on to a continued education or vocation program and become productive citizens in the communities where they live and work. Also, noteworthy – their children, the infants and toddlers, who received the early care and education in the childcare center, continue to make excellent education strides. They appear to be more focused, socially confident, intent on learning and desirous of receiving a good education. Most of the babies that have grown up in this program are college graduates.

Annually program parents and children are blessed with a holiday dinner and gift giving party sponsored and hosted by New Outlook Pioneers. The event is truly wonderful. The dinner is provided by Shiloh Baptist Church members (who are also NOP volunteers). All of the children received PJ’s, outfits and a stuffed animal. The parents receive grocery store gift cards that are donated by John C. Campbell Realty Company (John is a board member). Staff members also receive a poinsettia as a thank you for the outstanding work that they do for the families in the program.

Established in 1989 and operating in the Plainfield (NJ) High School, School Based Youth Services: Plainfield Teen Parenting Program, Inc. (SBYS: PTPP) has achieved extraordinary success as a dropout prevention program. The initiative was developed in response to the growing incidences of teenage pregnancies in Plainfield. With an initial grant of $350,000 each (to 10 similar projects throughout the US) from the AT&T Foundation, the program’s earliest mission was to enable teen parents attending school to successfully carry out parenting, educational/vocational and health care responsibilities by facilitating access to needed support services. Additional program goals included helping young parents to break the cycle of child abuse and repeat pregnancies, as well as provide the guiding resources to self-motivate the parents in the program to continue their post high school education. The program also included a quality operated early care and education program for the infants and toddlers of the young parents in its on-site “Infant & Toddler Center” located in the high school. The positive results of this program have made it the national and international model for similar programs and it has been replicated in 14 cities in NJ. Of the 10 initial projects the Plainfield program remains a stellar support program in the community-mostly because of the Volunteer Component. Since its inception, Pioneers have served as mentors, role models and fund raisers for the program and New Outlook Pioneers continue to have an impact in its success.

Some of SBYS: PTPP’s program activities include weekly well-baby and well-mother care, life skills training, family and academic counseling, parenting classes, parent support groups, peer parenting support and information sharing groups, job skills training, tutoring, “for dads only” program, and extended family support efforts. Notable is the fact that the program’s extensive pregnancy prevention component has now been incorporated in the junior high school grades. And, teen pregnancy in Plainfield (and NJ) has been declining the past few years.

Since its inception, nearly 700 students have been enrolled in the program which accommodates up to 28 parents and their children per school year. A significant achievement for the program is that SBYS: PTPP has achieved a 98% graduation rate among its senior student participants with many going on to a continued education or vocation program and become productive citizens in the communities where they live and work. Also, noteworthy – their children, the infants and toddlers, who received the early care and education in the childcare center, continue to make excellent education strides. They appear to be more focused, socially confident, intent on learning and desirous of receiving a good education. Most of the babies that have grown up in this program are college graduates.

Annually program parents and children are blessed with a holiday dinner and gift giving party sponsored and hosted by New Outlook Pioneers. The event is truly wonderful. The dinner is provided by Shiloh Baptist Church members (who are also NOP volunteers). All of the children received PJ’s, outfits and a stuffed animal. The parents receive grocery store gift cards that are donated by John C. Campbell Realty Company (John is a board member). Staff members also receive a poinsettia as a thank you for the outstanding work that they do for the families in the program.

Submitted by Patricia Anne Fields President of Murry Hill Pioneer Club

PIONEERS CALENDAR 2021

Hi Pioneers,

I am so excited to present the winning 2021 Pioneers Calendar cover! This one-of-a-kind calendar features historical photos of Pioneers and the telecommunications industry.

We are also kicking off our 2021 Calendar Campaign today to support the life-changing work of Pioneers. Make a gift of $15 or more to this campaign by August 31st, and you’ll receive your own copy of the calendar in the mail!

Last year alone, you and Pioneers everywhere logged millions of volunteer hours. Now, with your continued commitment, you’ll help support exciting, inspiring projects that will truly make a life-changing difference.

Please make a generous gift today to keep Pioneers going strong. >>

I am so grateful for your involvement and your generosity all year long.

Yours in Pioneering,

Laura Whitlock
Marketing Director

New Outlook Pioneers Region Contacts For Each Chapter


Many of the Region Officer pictured above attended the Pioneer Association Conference held in March 2019

During the executive board conference call on Thursday, May 7, 2020 a action item came up. It was decided it would be nice to have a list of chapter officers posted to the website to make it easy for others to find chapter contacts. A spreadsheet with a list of officers is now posted to the web. You may access the file by clicking on this link.

Another action item was discussed to make all the PAC forms available on the www.newoutlookpioneers.net .  I have double checked and to be able to find and open all the forms you need to be signed in with the association website with a login and password to be able to open the link on the association website Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC).

If you need to be signed on the association website to open the link to (PAC) to get to the forms from them.  I don’t think we should put up a page with links to open the forms as you have to log in on the association web to open the link to the forms.  The general public shouldn’t be able to open and or copy the forms.  You need the authorization to be able access the forms at http://www.pioneersvolunteer.org/  and that should be the same anywhere else. 

If you need the Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC) forms you begin with http://www.pioneersvolunteer.org/ then in the menu select Members, on the drop down menu click on the Pioneer Accounting Center (PAC) and login and enter your password and select the forms you need and download.  All officers should have a Pioneer Association login and password if you don’t you need to contact the Pioneers and get them.

Submitted by Region Webmaster

New Outlook Pioneers 2020 Scholarship Awards


Congratulations to all the winners. You should have received an email or US mail regarding that you will need to send the Pioneer representative a copy of your tuition bill that includes your student ID number as well as the address where the Pioneers should send the tuition check. This tuition information can be either a paper copy or a screenshot image that has been saved as either a .jpeg, .gif, or a . pdf file. This information should be sent by September 1. If you will not have this information by September 1, then send the representative a note saying when you expect to have this. If you have not been contacted by a Pioneer representative, then please contact Fred Salomon at fred_salomon@hotmail.com or call @ 331-444-3161.

Submitted by Fred Salomon Director

Corporate Donation To New Outlook Penn-Jersey Morris Club PC Project

Elisabeth Davidson with Norwescap is a private, non-profit corporation originally established in 1965 under the Economic Opportunity Act to serve the low-income population throughout Northwest New Jersey. Some of the donated computers are located behind Elisabeth in the closet.
Dave Sullivan handing out the first group of refurbished laptops

The Morris club of the pioneers computer refurbishing project last year got a large corporate donation of 200 or so of desktops and laptops from the Bobst company in Roseland NJ. They were wiped onsite and then were taken to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Randolph, NJ where we have a pc lab to do our work under normal circumstances. Local volunteers cleaned and loaded Windows 10 on most of them.

We were given about 100 or more for our work to support local nonprofits in the area. Elisabeth Davidson of NORWESCAP has been coordinating delivery of some of our equipment to needy families in the Dover NJ area.

Since everything nonessential has been shutdown I have been working at home refurbishing what inventory I had and have been able to deliver them to a front porch in Dover for redistributing with the help of Elisabeth Davidson.

See photos of project submitted by David Sullivan click here

Submitted by David Sullivan co-project leader

New Frontier Ch. 137 Heartland Council (8255) Council Officers

Bob Wolkins president of Heartland Council of New Frontier Ch. 137 submitted a council roster for 2020. This is information for the region and for others that would look to contact different members in the council. The roster is to make it easier to contact the officers in our council or one of our project leaders. Bob is also chair of the Davao City project and founder and past president of Jacob’s House International, Inc.

Submitted by President Bob Wolkins

You can view the council roster by clicking on this link.