MARLBORO, NJ — POAC, an organization for parents of children with autism, thanked the Marlborough Township Police Department for their “No-Shave November” fundraiser.
In a Facebook post, the agency said it was able to donate $6,000 to the POAC. Members of the department donated without shaving their beards to raise awareness and funding for the POAC.
“A big thank you to Marlboro Township Police Department PBA 196 and FOP Lodge 15 for generously donating over $6,000 to the POAC. Thank you to everyone at Marlboro PD for your dedication and support for people living with autism.” Organization posted.
According to the POAC website, POAC offers hundreds of events for the autism community.
The program includes training for parents and educators. Recreational and support services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Training for police and first responders who are saving the lives of children/adults with autism statewide.
POAC funded the first statewide program for early detection and intervention for children with autism. The needs of the autistic population are growing, the organization says.
New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation, with 1 in 35 children born today with autism, the organization said.