One of the many strengths that sets Metuchen apart is its community spirit and devotion to volunteerism and supporting those in need. This rich tradition of progressive charity, evidenced by the many community groups in existence, not only enhances the lives of its residents and neighbors, but also is a source of strength for both borough government and the area’s businesses through strong partnerships.
It’s quite common to see businesses and nonprofits partnering up to help a neighbor in need, or even another state or country hit by a natural disaster or tragedy. Our municipal boards and commissions are filled with residents who lend their sought-after professional expertise, and who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in the borough.
Organizations such as the Friends of the Metuchen Library, an all-volunteer group dedicated to expanding the programming schedule and the acquisitions of the public library, brings invaluable experiences, programs and speakers to our area. An international nonprofit founded through the public high school several years ago works to build schools and end child slavery in Ghana.
The public music programs in the schools are bolstered by an extremely active parents group. A local church operates an extensive secular food pantry and raises funds for Habitat for Humanity. The local civic league, founded more than century ago, maintains the area’s historic one-room schoolhouse while hosting cultural events and offering scholarships, while the garden club maintains stunning planters in the business districts and parks, and provides guidance on plantings as well as informative programs. Fraternal organizations such as the Masons and Elks also find a home in Metuchen, as do the many cultural arts groups described in the Arts & Entertainment section.
Dozens more, just as noteworthy, operate in this area, and there is no greater showcase for these groups than the Chamber’s annual Country Fair, held each October, where businesses, school groups, and nonprofits demonstrate all that the Metuchen area has to offer.
This bond between residents, the business community, and the local government is a priceless resource, and one that is built by a foundation of lasting relationships and collaboration. It all combines to build and sustain a tenaciously loyal resident and customer base.