Paterson , NJ - United Way of Passaic County is proud to announce that Yvonne Zuidema has been honored as a 2011 NewBridge Services’ “Helping People Move Forward” award winner. Zuidema will receive the award during NewBridge Service’s Celebrate The Magic of NewBridge, on March 29, 2012 at The Villa at Mountain Lakes .
Since her appointment as CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County in 2001, Ms. Zuidema has developed UWPC programs that meet community needs, responded quickly and effectively to community crisises, and has achieved successful, measurable outcomes for each program. Most recently, she has presented a groundbreaking report on hunger and food access in Passaic County; and established the Financial Empowerment Zone, which provides free financial literacy and tax services to Passaic County residents.
“Yvonne is committed to strengthening communities by providing leadership to build a strong community response to those most in need,’’ said Robert L. Parker, chief executive officer of NewBridge, a nonprofit community provider of behavioral health and educational programs and services. “She exemplifies the spirit of New Bridge in helping people find balance in their lives.’’
Other award winners include Laurie Becker of the Morris County Department of Human Services, and TD Bank.
The NewBridge annual fundraiser includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a dessert buffet, and silent auction. Admission is $135 per person. For support opportunities or reservations, contact Nina McCormack, NewBridge’s chief development and marketing officer, at 973-839-2521 , ext. 2246, or visit www.newbridge.org.