Union County, NJ – Residents of Union County with special needs are encouraged to unleash their inner artist by participating in “Paint by the Pond”. This interactive art project will be held on Sunday August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Warinanco Park.

“Over the past few years our ‘Paint by the Pond’ program has been a huge success,” said Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded, Union County Commissioner. “The Council of Commissioners is proud to continue this program and to offer our residents with special needs a chance to explore their artistic side while enjoying our parks.

Paint by the Pond is hosted by the Union County Office for People with Disabilities and Special Needs and welcomes residents with special needs of all ages. During the event, participating artists will paint miniature cardboard houses. Completed houses will float on the pond when completed, but participants can take their creations home.

“Paint by the Pond is a great initiative and we are happy to continue to offer this event to our residents with special needs,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison Officer with the Social Services Advisory Council. “We strive to ensure that Union County continues to offer accessible and inclusive activities for the enjoyment of all residents.”

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, residents should visit ucnj.org/opdsn-reg.

For more information on the “Paint by the Pond” program, contact Jasmine Doughty-Whitous, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 908-527-4781.

The OPDSN is a unit of the Individual and Family Support Services Division within the Union County Social Services Department. For more information on all of the Office’s programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/dhs/opdsn.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University, the mobile test unit, information on immunization, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.

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