CONCERNED CITIZENS OF WHITESBORO, INC., was founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1989 by several members of two organizations in the Whitesboro community. The Whitesboro Athletic Association who had been active several years prior to the incorporation of CCWI were dedicated to addressing the needs of the youth particularly the young men of the community. Realizing they had common goals, concerns, and objectives, the two groups formed a new alliance in 1989.
The individuals who initially met were: Chief Raymond Saunders-Middle Township Chief of Police, Stedman Graham, life-time community member, Elder Edgar Robinson-Pastor of Christ Gospel Church, Dr. Theodore Johnson-Superintendent of Middle Township Schools, Reverend George Thompson-Pastor of First Baptist Church of Whitesboro, and Mr. Theodore Bryan-teacher at Middle Township High School. Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro was formed to address concerns regarding the healthy development of the youth, and the socio-economic growth of the community.
The first reunion homecomings held in the mid-seventies took place at the home of Middle Township Chief of Police Saunders and his wife. After the formation of Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, a revival of the Whitesboro Reunion was planned. Community leaders, churches, and most families participated in the planning and the activities for this annual event.
Since the formation and incorporation, Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro operates as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit known formally as Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc. Also known as CCWI, the organization is dedicated to the social, educational, and economic development of the citizens of Whitesboro, New Jersey, and its surrounding communities. Via the following programs, services, and events, the community of Whitesboro thrives.
Educational development is promoted through the CCWI Rainbow Homework Club, an after-school academic assistance program designed to assist school-age children in achieving greater success at school. The homework club provides a supportive environment to complete homework and sharpen skills. CCWI is a proud member of the National Afterschool Association and the Afterschool Alliance. Each October since 2013, the homework club has participated in the National Lights On After School Program sponsored by The Afterschool Alliance. This program helps to shine a light on a great many things happening in after-school programs around the country. Funding and donations to the homework club have also come from the McDonald’s Foundation/BurMac Management of Cape May Court House, the Robert J. Stillwell Foundation, and O.C.E.A.N., Inc.
The CCWI Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Middle Township High School students attending college, and other post-secondary institutions. Funding for the Scholarship Program comes from dedicated members of the community, and from specific scholarship fund-raising events. One such fundraiser is the Annual John Roberson Golf Tournament which has been held on Mother’s Day Weekend for the past 16 years. This tournament honors John Roberson, a local educator, and supporter of CCWI.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon, the Historic Whitesboro Grammar School is home to the CCWI Vera Smith Community Food Pantry. The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc. also has offices at the once one-room schoolhouse that educated many of Whitesboro’s Community leaders including Stedman Graham and Bernie Blanks.
CCWI Rainbow Summer Camp is a licensed state non-profit 8-week summer camp program with the mission to provide affordable, safe, secure, recreational, educational, and fun activities for children and their parents seeking a memorable camp experience.
Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc. promotes civic awareness by hosting voter registration drives, community clean-ups and hosting informational community forums.
Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc. celebrates its community yearly with the Annual Whitesboro Reunion Festival which takes place over the Labor Day Weekend. This is the 32nd year of bringing the residents of the community, as well as the surrounding communities, together to celebrate the history, recognize our leaders, and envision the future of Whitesboro. The festival provides a rare opportunity to share in Whitesboro’s more than 100-year history and progress while providing a fun festival environment for all citizens to enjoy.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Executive Director, Stedman Graham
President, Bernie Blanks
Vice President, Burgess “Butch” Hamer
Secretary, Sandra Hamer-Jensen
Treasurer, Ruth Harper
James ‘Skip’ Davis
The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc., meets every third Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the
Historic Whitesboro Grammar School
100 E Main Street
For more information on membership and meetings, visit our website at
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND OUR GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS!