Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in Linden donated $15,000 to the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey to buy a car to be used to bring seniors to medical appointments and other essential destinations.
The JFSCNJ Bill Berg Transportation Program, funded by the Union County Division on Aging and other sources, provides an average of 2,600 assisted door-to-door rides a year to Union County residents who are at least 60 year old and cannot drive or use public transportation. The program uses a fleet of four vehicles, including a handicapped accessible van. Drivers are trained to assist seniors in and out of vehicles; covid guidelines are followed.
Phillips 66 has been a supporter of JFSCNJ for many years. Chris Gallo, the refinery manager, said, “We recognize the incredible strain the past two years that the pandemic challenges have had on our surrounding communities. We are very proud to make possible a vehicle that will assist this strong community organization in their expanding efforts to help so many families in need.”
On behalf of the board, staff, and constituents served in Union County, JFSCNJ’s board president, Fred Kessler, thanked the refinery. “A reliable vehicle will help provide necessary transportation to seniors who are no longer able to drive and/or use public transportation for many years to come,” he said.