Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers

Top Quote CAUís Joanne Oppelt discusses programs and services provided by CAU. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 20, 2017 - Elizabeth, NJ -- Community Access Unlimited (CAU) provides support programs and services to adults with disabilities as well as youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Joanne Oppelt, Assistant Executive Director of Business Development, Community Access Unlimited, was recently interviewed by Jill Horner, Host, Comcast Newsmakers.

    When asked to explain a CAU service which directly impacts the community, Oppelt stated, ďWe help people with any type of disability find a job in the community. Most people would rather work than be on government aid, and they really appreciate having employment. We offer resume building, interviewing tips, job sampling. We are really a broker between the person with the disabilities and the employer in terms of what each side wants.Ē

    To watch the interview, please visit website.

    Joanne Oppelt is the Assistant Executive Director of Business Development at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a statewide nonprofit in New Jersey supporting people with disabilities and youth served under the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. This is Joanne's second stop at CAU, having served as Development Director from 2002 to 2011. While with CAU Joanne has been responsible for raising more than $9 million in funding, increasing the agency's funding base by more than 50 percent and increasing annual operating revenue by $1.75 million.

    Prior to her return to CAU Joanne served as the Executive Director of Caring Contact, a crisis listening hotline and community trainer. While at Caring Contact Joanne significantly increased the number of calls taken each year, expanded training and introduced innovative programs such as Save Our Youth, which focused on preventing teenage suicide. Other stops in her career have included Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey Chapter, March of Dimes, Maternal Family Health Services and consultancy.

    Joanne also is an accomplished author, sharing tips of her success as a fundraiser and nonprofit executive through four books, "Confessions of a Successful Fundraiser," "Succeed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships," "Power Your Organization's Fundraising" and "Moving Up to Executive Director."

    Joanne sits on several community-focused organizations, including the North Jersey Health Collaborative and the Union County Continuum of Care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA, and a Master of Health Administration degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    About Community Access Unlimited
    Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

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