Monday, November 20, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - Bill!

Bill Nugent was Director of Military Sales/Marketing, world -wide Military commissaries, exchanges and ships afloat before retiring and joining Chore in 2010, as part of the Friday, Chore Van #2 crew.  He also volunteers at his swim club and has been a mentor of veterans at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Yellow Ribbon Program.  He enjoys golf, spends time at his local health club and working on his yard. 

“Chore provides an opportunity to troubleshoot problems, learn some new things, enjoy camaraderie of fellow volunteers and clients and give back to society.”

Learn more about the Chore Program online here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - George Ann!

George Ann Muller works for NBC as a lighting director part time.  She has been volunteering with Chore for the past 7 years, with the Tuesday, Chore Van #1 crew.  She is also involved with the Chance At Life Cat Rescue organization.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening and carpentry.

“Chore means that people can stay in their homes longer, and that is important.  Also, it is very difficult to get anyone to come out to do minor fixes—that’s where Chore comes in.  People need our help and I am happy to offer it.  As the only woman on the crews, I am often met with surprise, and also I am asked if I am married to one of the guys!"

Learn more about the Chore Program online here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - Pete!

Pete Tilgner volunteers with Chore on Mondays and Wednesdays, on the Chore Van #2.  He has been with us for 8 years.  He was an art teacher for 37 years at Ben Franklin Middle School before retiring.  Hiking and trail maintenance and development are two of his other interests.  He was a New York/New Jersey Trail Supervisor for Sterling Forest State Park for 14 years, and currently helps maintain seven miles of trails at the Tenafly Nature Center.  

Since retirement, for the past 17 years he has been creating his own art work in the form of digital/manipulated photo images, samples of which can be found at petertilgner@photoart.com .  “Chore means being with like-minded friends doing work that helps people live safer, better lives.  I volunteer for Chore because it allows me to use the skills I have developed over the years—the work gives me satisfaction in knowing that I was instrumental in keeping our clients safe at home.  The added benefit is not only meeting the people of Bergen County, but also working with my fellow volunteers.  Every day is an adventure.  A trailer park on Route 46 or a high rise in Fort Lee—we see it all.  The most recent memorable moment was a client in Teaneck who had a majestic cat that required a pet ladder to climb into the easy chair it was regally occupying.  I enjoy the pets in peoples’ homes.”


Support Chore and the many other programs at the Bergen Volunteer Center at our Annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Thursday, November 9 at the Stony Hill Inn. Visit bergenvolunteers.org to learn more.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - Lowell!

Lowell Patton has been volunteering for Chore for the past 6 years, and is a member of the Friday, Van #2 crew.  He is a graphic artist and set designer, and worked in video animation.  In his spare time, he still creates computer animation for friends, constructs cabinets and works on maintaining his vacation home in the mountains. “I feel a great sense of satisfaction in helping others in need.  I always try to inject a bit of humor where possible, when interacting with the clients—they all seem to enjoy that.”


Support Chore and the many other programs at the Bergen Volunteer Center at our Annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Thursday, November 9 at the Stony Hill Inn. Visit bergenvolunteers.org to learn more.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Redefining Retirement - A New Initiative of the Bergen Volunteer Center

Redefining Retirement - A New Initiative of the Bergen Volunteer Center

Volunteer Manager Louisa Hellegers and her team of Redefining Retirement  Matchmakers have started to get the word out about the important role retirees play in keeping Bergen County's non-profit community and its volunteer opportunities informed, invigorated, and in tune with providing great services through engagement.

You can find this dedicated group of volunteers all over our county. "Office" hours are once a month in 5 sites: Garfield, Englewood, Teaneck,
Westwood and Ridgewood. Check them out on Bergen Volunteer Center's website
by clicking on http://bergenvolunteers.org/redefining-retirement.html.

To find out more, contact Louisa Hellegers at
lhellegers@bergenvolunteers.org.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - Steve!

Steve Kaplowitz has been a member of the Thursday Chore Van #1 crew for 5 years.  Prior to retiring, he worked in IT for 35 years, and he was a consultant to large companies setting up HR, Payroll and Benefits Systems. 

 Volunteering is a way of life for Steve; in addition to Chore, he delivers meals for Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels, he visits at-home clients and delivers holiday meals for the Jewish Home in Rockleigh, and he is on the Board of the Warriors’ Run, Inc., a charity motorcycle ride benefiting veterans’ organizations.  When he has some free time, he enjoys fishing and winter skiing, bicycling, and is forming a motorcycle riding club with friends. “We visited a shut-in client who spent her days looking out her window at goings-on outside.  Her roll-down window shade stuck in the down position and she could not raise it.  She could not enjoy doing what she loved.  I removed the roller, rolled it up, reinstalled it, and it worked perfectly.  From that one minute’s work, I saw the joy restored in her face.  I find my time with Chore as an enjoyable day spending time with the friends I have made on the crew; hearing stories from our clients, and giving back to people who need our help, as thanks for my and my family’s blessings.”


Support Chore and the many other programs at the Bergen Volunteer Center at our Annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Thursday, November 9 at the Stony Hill Inn. Visit bergenvolunteers.org to learn more.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Meet the Chore Volunteers - Paul!

Prior to joining Chore’s Monday Van #1 crew 12 years ago, Paul Siegel was a civil/industrial engineer.  He also volunteers on the Architectural Control Committee of his Homeowners’ Association.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, playing cards and ‘tinkering’ around the house.  “I take great pleasure in helping others, and when they thank us profusely, it gives me a true sense of ‘worth’.  Volunteering with Chore also gives me an opportunity to wake up at an ungodly hour, as though I were back in the rat race!”


Support Chore and the many other programs at the Bergen Volunteer Center at our Annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Thursday, November 9 at the Stony Hill Inn. Visit bergenvolunteers.org to learn more.