O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Celebrates Community Action Agency Month

Atlantic County Freeholders

Photo l-r: Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest D. Coursey, Sonya G. Harris, Clerk of the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders presented a proclamation to Channell Wilkins, President/CEO designating May as Community Action Month.

During the Month of May, O.C.E.A.N., Inc. continues to celebrate Community Action Month as part of a National Community Action Campaign. The national office of the Community Action Partnership designates May as National Community Action Month to recognize Community Action Agencies’ work fighting poverty on the local level.

This year the Atlantic County Freeholders including Freeholder Ernest D. Coursey, and Sonya G. Harris, Clerk of the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders presented Channell Wilkins, President/CEO of O.C.E.A.N., Inc. with a Proclamation in recognition of Community Action Month.

O.C.E.A.N., Inc., is the designated Community Action Agency for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May County residents and also provides services in Monmouth County. More than 22,002 unduplicated individuals were served by O.C.E.A.N., Inc. last year through these services.

Each year, Community Action Agencies help 20 million Americans achieve and maintain financial stability through programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, job training and placement, financial education, housing, energy assistance and transportation.

The services provided by Community Action Agencies are even more critical as deficit reduction and spending cuts to key human services programs take place, while tens of millions of Americans across the country are struggling financially.


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Ocean Inc. First Time Homebuyer Workshop Held in Toms River on May 14, 2018


All participants in attendance received their certificates of eligibility.


Harriett Westbrook, the O.C.E.A.N., Inc. Housing Counselor  (upper left photo) and Robin Florio, Ocean County Planning (upper right photo) facilitated the Ocean County First Time Homebuyer Workshop.  Ms. Florio also discussed Fair Housing. Also in attendance were Maryellen Patichio, Gloria Nilson Realty, Robert Wondolowski, Loan Officer (bottom photo) from Ocean First Bank who discussed financial assistance available for eligible participants and Vic Melillo, (lower right photo) the Credit Master from Universal Credit Services covered credit and budget information focusing on the importance of the credit report/score. Wes Goble (lower left) discussed the importance of a home inspection. (Bottom right photo) Fred Williams of Western Pest Services raffled off a free Termite and Pest Inspection for one lucky resident.




 L-R, Housing Lenders – Jackelyn Maldonado Cross Country Mortgage, Kevin Kennedy, Advisor Mortgage Group, LLC, Eric Bornebusch and Christine Laufer of Oak Mortgage.