Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
With the continuing downward spiral in the economy, we foresee increased demand for our services, including an increased need for volunteers. By supporting our work with a donation, you can ensure that our efforts will continue to make Bergen County an even better place in which to work and live.
You can also choose to give the gift of a donation to the Volunteer Center to someone on your list. Just click here to make a donation online via a secure credit card transaction. Simply include the person's name in the box "This donation is in honor of". Be sure to include their name and address, and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift within 48 hours, as long as you make your donation by noon on December 23rd. Thank you!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Competition is fierce for every available charitable dollar, and nonprofits not only have to target proposals to specific prospects, but also have to submit impeccably written and presented materials. This beginning level course includes an an introduction to foundation research as well as principles of grant writing. Participants will learn to navigate tricky grant guidelines and organize information into clear, concise proposals.
This workshop is just one of a series designed specifically for staff and volunteers in non-profit agencies. Like all of our trainings, this one is highly interactive and hands-on, providing an enjoyable and meaningful learning experience.
Registration and payment are required in advance; the deadline to register is January 9, 2009. For information or to register:
phone: 201-489-9454, ext.114
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Mentoring Moms breakfast was HUGE (more than 150!) and hugely fun. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the arts&crafts kept lots of kids busy and happy. Food and give-aways were plentiful and greatly appreciated by the moms. Tara did a great job with the karaoke, and the steadfast Santa with the beautiful velvet suit and warm heart stole the show!
Finally, rounding out the weekend of parties was the VIPS party and boy was it a smash! So many people, so many volunteers, so much food, so much fun. Scott Reedin, DJ extraordinaire, and the PTK grads kept things hopping, and Dave from Quest was an admirable Santa. It was great party due to the preparation and organization that went into it, everything turned out beautifully.
UPS Employee volunteers.
Volunteers from the Hackensack High School Interact Club.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
The BVC was on hand to snap some photos of our crews on October 10.
You can find out more about the playground and see pictures of the result at the project website at http://fairmountplayground.clubspaces.com.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Volunteers with the Chore Service perform minor home repairs that keep the elderly and disabled safe in their homes.
Handypeople are invited to join Chore by calling (201) 489-7790.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Individuals, families, civic groups, corporations and business associations are encouraged to "adopt" an individual or a family in need. Click here for detailed information, including a simple form that you can complete and submit online. Soon after, you will be contacted with information about the individual or family you have "adopted" for the holidays. You can also call us at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 (Debbie Emery).
Times are tough, so please do whatever you can to help our neighbor’s right here in Bergen County have a happier holiday!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
In celebration of this momentous anniversary, we're giving away an awesome Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt to the first 5 friends who wish our Blog "Happy Birthday"! Good luck everyone!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
On the bus on the way back home, one of the young mentees told a mentor that she loved getting together because it was just like being with your family, everyone accepts you as you are. It was a powerful moment that expressed what VIPS is all about. Everyone had a blast and can't wait until next year's trip.
On Friday, October 3, two young teens who are mentored through VIPS had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Ugly Betty star America Ferrera and tour the New York set where they film the show. The girls were given the opportunity thanks to the kindness of a new VIPS mentor, Mike Anthony. Mike, who is a movie and TV set manager, arranged the tour to the Ugly Betty soundstage. The girls were awed by the amount of work that goes into making a TV show. Ferrera posed with the girls for pictures and left a great impression that the girls will never forget.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Guests mingled under the stars, enjoying a BBQ buffet as they picked their winning horses and perused the silent auction, which had great prizes including a Vince Carter signed basketball, Devil’s Hockey tickets, and an “Adult Sleepover” package which included a bottle of wine and hotel room at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton.
The night was a lot of fun and a great success, due to the BVC.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Major sponsors included Howard Schwartz and Family; Ford Motor Company; TD Banknorth; Amper, Politziner & Mattia; Citibank; Columbia Bank; Eisai; PNC Bank; Tanis & Sons; Ramsey Auto Group and WebMD. For a complete list of sponsors and more information about the Bergen Bike Tour, click here.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, riders and the Bergen Bike Tour Committee for a great day!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"By the end of the evening, all of us in attendance were rooting for these young people who had made some bad choices that will affect the rest of their lives. More importantly, the children were listening and heard the message," said Cheryl Carroll, VIPS Program Director.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Enthusiasm is the key word here! The weather was absolutely perfect, and we were literally overrun by many of the approximately 3,200 seniors in attendance who took the opportunity, in the midst of enjoying live music, dancing, lunch and craft displays, to stop by our booth for a chat.
RSVP matches seniors with volunteer positions where their time and talent can have real impact in meeting community needs. Chore offers volunteer handypersons the opportunity to perform minor home repairs that keep the elderly or disabled safe in their homes.
If you are interested in learning more:
about RSVP: call Barbara Wiederecht at 201-489-9333
about Chore: call Maureen McCormick at 201-489-7990
Thursday, September 4, 2008
On August 20 Quest sponsored the 5th Annual “Rutt’s Hut Challenge”, a hot dog eating contest in which five very enthusiastic employees plowed through hot dogs for 30 minutes until a champion was crowned. Reigning champion Art “The Animal” Diaz ripped through 11 hot dogs to be the victor once again.
Quest employees have raised over $13,000 to date, with funds used to provide recreational and educational enhancement activities for the kids in the VIPS program.
”The children in our program are in desperate need of a little fun and attention in their lives,” says Cheryl Carroll, VIPS Program Director. “We’re delighted that Quest has chosen to help them in such a creative way.”
“This contest is one of the most fun and rewarding events we sponsor," says Dave Hertzel, chair of Quest’s reach! committee, which coordinates the event. "The spontaneous spirit, the collaboration of all involved, and the joy of helping children so deserving of our employees’ efforts has been a wonderful spectacle to behold.”
For more information on the VIPS program or other Volunteer Center services please visit www.bergenvolunteers.org.
Pictured above is Dave Hertzel, Quest employees, VC Executive Director Janet Sharma, and VIPS Director Cheryl Carroll.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Types of Episodic Volunteering:
* One-day special events or service projects, such as "walk-a-thons", service days or park cleanups
* Projects that recruit volunteers as needed throughout the year, such as helping with projects at a group home or Vets hospital or children's agency
* On-going activities that don't require specialized skills and welcome volunteers on a flexible, drop in basis such as Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer Ventures, which is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, help busy adults participate in episodic volunteer activities. Take a look at our monthly newsletter and calendar of projects. Come to a bi-monthly meeting where you'll meet other Volunteer Ventures participants and find out what's going on.
Sign up and catch the volunteer fever! You'll be glad you did!
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is certified to present PYLI to groups of students, both in school and in community organizations. The curriculum is flexible and can be presented during school, after school, during school breaks or during the summer. To find out how you or your school or youth group can participate in PYLI, call the Volunteer Center at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
For more information on the Mentoring Moms program or how you can help please visit the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s website.
Monday, July 28, 2008
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The campaign kicked off on March 3rd, “Read Across America Day”. More than 40 volunteers from BVC member companies read books aloud to classes at Head Start sites in Bergen County. This year’s participating companies included UPS, Hudson City Savings Bank, Spectra Labs, TD Banknorth, BD, Benjamin Moore Paints, BMW of North America, Kelly Services, United Way of Bergen County, and AT&T Mobility. The campaign is underwritten by Pearson Education in Upper Saddle River. Additional sponsorship support came from Quest Diagnostics, Reader’s Digest Books Are Fun, and United Water. Thank you sponsors!!!
The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and is a coalition of 31 businesses that work year-round to provide assistance to needy children and families. For more information on membership in the BVC, please call Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454 Ext.114 or e-mail BVC@bergenvolunteers.org, or visit www.nnjbvc.org.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Bergen LEADS is a new community leadership program designed to draw a diverse group of leaders from across Bergen County, then teach them about community issues, develop and strengthen their leadership skills and encourage them to give back to their communities.
The inaugural class will begin with an opening retreat on September 22 and continue until June 2009. For more information, visit our website at www.bergenleads.org or call Amanda Missey at 201-489-9454 x119.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Companies are needed to host employee food drives during the summer to help these families. The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is coordinating a summer food drive with both its member companies and other interested companies, to collect “kid-friendly”, non-perishable breakfast and lunch food items. The food collected during this initiative, entitled “Brown Bag Buddies”, will be delivered to the Center for Food Action and other local food pantries during the months of July and August.
In 2007, $15,085 worth of food and grocery gift cards was distributed through “Brown Bag Buddies”. The goal for 2008 is $20,000. The sponsors for this year’s drive are BD, Rockland Electric, Sealed Air and Compensation Solutions. Pictured here, BD employees Jennifer Farrington, Ellen Rafferty and Lisa Cohen collect kid-friendly food for "Brown Bag Buddies" which will run through August.
Companies can request a free information kit that describes the program and provides “how-to” instructions on running an employee food drive, by calling (201) 489-9454 Ext. 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Mentoring Moms Program Director, Cindy Andrake said, “It was funny, entertaining and educational for all in attendance. Everyone laughed some and learned a lot about themselves as well as their family.”
The Volunteer Center’s mentoring programs recruit, screen, train and supervise caring mentors for children who have been abused or neglected (VIPS) or for mothers who are overwhelmed and need some extra guidance and/or are moving from welfare to work (Mentoring Moms).
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Should your group or business file to be an IRS-recognized nonprofit? Do you need to create a charitable agency for your cause? If so, find out about the benefits and challenges of incorporating at the free Neighbor Academy training "Non-Profit Incorporation" on Monday, June 2nd from 7-9 PM at the Volunteer Center. The training will be presented by an attorney from Pro Bono Partners and is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County's Non-Profit Training Institute. This training is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, simply send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
(Don't forget to let us know that you are registering for Non-Profit Incorporation)
For more information about our training programs, visit us online at http://www.bergenvolunteers.org/agency_services.htm.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
She helped set up for functions and assisted frail clients at the Care One facility in Ridgewood, cared for children while their parents attended programs of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources and helped at concerts of the Palisades Virtuosi. Jayantha also helped Shelter our Sisters, a domestic violence shelter, by wrapping gifts at the mall to raise funds, helping with family picnics, mentoring victims of domestic violence, and helping in the administrative office. She also helped raise funds for Youth Education in the Arts, regularly visits people with disabilities at homes sponsored by Spectrum for Living, and is a permanent volunteer at Holy Name Hospital’s gift shop.
Congratulations to Jayantha! She is an inspiration to many!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
In 2007 alone, Chore made more than 3,700 home repairs for the elderly and/or disabled throughout Bergen County. Currently, Chore crews utilize two older cargo vans to get to and from each repair job and to transport supplies. There is usually a 3-week wait time for a visit from Chore. The vans are often in need of repair, so unfortunately the wait time is sometimes even longer. In order for Chore to help more elderly and disabled people, we desperately need two new vans plus an additional van. A new van with all the customizations and supplies necessary for Chore costs approximately $40,000. If you know of an individual or company that would like to sponsor a Chore van, please call us at 201-489-9454, ext. 126.
Service-learning combines academic work with service to the community; students learn by doing and at the same time help to meet important needs in the school or in the community. When done well, service learning energizes and motivates students, and the result can be improved grades, increased attendance in school and a heightened sense of personal and social responsibility.
Keynote speaker will be Linda V. Rivera, program officer for the Learn and Serve America School Based Program at the N.J. Department of Education, who will be followed by a panel of teachers and administrators at area schools and community organizations discussing their current and highly successful service learning initiatives. A highlight of the conference will be the presentation by students and staff at Teaneck High School of their service learning project that combines study of Homer’s Odyssey with providing assistance to families who have a member serving in the military in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The cost of this unique and informative conference is $50 per person. For more information or to register, contact Debbie Emery at (201) 489-9454, ext. 118, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"...People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Generous corporate sponsors of "Celebrate Vounteers" are Sony Electronics, 201-Best of Bergen Magazine, Bergen County's United Way, Inserra Supermarkets and Lakeland Bank. A wonderful time was had by all!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Keynote speaker will be Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq., New Jersey Secretary of State, who oversees the Department of State’s diverse operating agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism.
Conference workshops include
Creating an Employee Volunteer Program (EVP)
Skills-based Employee Volunteering
Engaging Retirees in your EVP
The Importance of Social Responsibility in Recruiting and Retaining Generation Y
Strategies for Internal EVP Communications
The Salute to Employee Volunteers luncheon, sponsored by BD, will be held immediately following the conference, with free admission for conference participants.
The conference fee ($175 per person; $150 for BVC members) includes printed materials, continental breakfast, workshops, networking, and the Luncheon. Each attendee is asked to bring a box of healthy, non-sugar cereal to support “Brown Bag Buddies”, the BVC’s summer food drive for hungry children.
For more information about the conference or BVC membership, contact Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454, x114, or email@example.com, or visit our website at www.nnjbvc.org.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Most of us complain that our hectic schedules don’t allow us time to enjoy the simple things in life. Stuck on multitasking?
At Spectrum for Living* you can slow down and enjoy the simple things, while also helping your fellow man. A visit to the Maywood group home is a telling example.
When you enter the comfortable home you immediately feel at ease; and when you see the friendly, expectant faces of the residents, you can’t help but grin back!
You’ll feel yourself draw in a deep, relaxing breath for the first time all day. Then its time to bring out the board games, puzzles, drawing paper… even playdoh! You’ll find that the activities that used to bring us so much joy years ago still do the trick! As you concentrate on a puzzle with the residents you’ll feel the stress from your workday slowly recede to the background.
When is the last time you allowed yourself the time to enjoy a good laugh? Typically at work we may allow ourselves a brief half-smile before moving on with business. But the open, playful personalities of the residents always set the stage for sharing a good laugh. These events are also a good opportunity to meet other volunteers you may not have had the opportunity to get to know.
So my advice for handling that stressful, crazy workday? Head right over to a Spectrum event… your tense shoulders (and the Spectrum residents,) will thank you for it!
* Spectrum for Living is a nonprofit organization that provides services and operates group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Fabulous Foods Boutique Caterers (above, right) of Moonachie is creating southern delicacies featuring old and new traditions of Kentucky Derby cuisine - including favorites like sliders with Henry Bain sauce, Kentucky hot browns, pecan tassies, and of course, the perfect Mint Julep. Fabulous Foods' trademark cutting-edge cuisine uses fresh, organic ingredients to create food as beautiful as it is delicious.
Join us for this wonderful event -- great music, dancing, games, prizes, silent and live auctions and, of course, the Kentucky Derby will make it a day to remember!!
Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please call 201-489-9454, ext. 125. See you at the Derby!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
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Celebrate Volunteers, a community-wide recognition event of the many ways volunteers enhance our community will take place on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30p. Come and help celebrate those who make a difference in our community. Brenda Blackmon, popular news anchor with My(NY will be our master of ceremonies, and entertainment will be provided by the Hackensack High School Music Program under the direction of John Zisa. Tickets are $10.
For tickets ($10 each) please visit www.bergenvolunteers.org or call Melissa Leibe at 201-489-9454, ext. 127.
Planning has started for half-day conference on the Nuts and Bolts of Service Learning. The Volunteer Center welcomes middle/high school teachers and faculty advisors to learn about service learning and youth volunteer opportunities in Bergen County. Linda Rivera, Service Learning Advisor, from the NJ State Department of Education will discuss state initiatives and services for schools developing or implementing service learning courses.
For more information on this event or to join the mailing list please contact Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext. 118.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Entertainment will be provided by the Hackensack High School Music Program, under the direction of John Zisa. John Zisa, who performed himself in 2005, was one of the Top 40 contestants on Season 3 of American Idol.
Public and private non-profit organizations, hospitals, libraries, religious organizations and schools in Bergen County are invited to bring volunteers and staff, to this non-competitive, community-wide event. Each organization can choose to honor its top volunteers based on its own criteria for determining exemplary volunteer achievement, such as impact, dedication and loyalty.
Reservations are on a first come, first served basis, and are due by April 1, 2008. The cost is $10.00 per person. Call (201) 489-9454 ext. 127 to reserve a place.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Bergen LEADS is a year-long community leadership and learning experience for adults who live and/or work in Bergen County. The interactive and experiential curriculum will address critical issues facing the Bergen County community, while offering participants the opportunity to understand and develop their leadership style. A critical component of the curriculum is community trusteeship, in which participants will learn to use their new-found knowledge of the community of affect positive change.
Pictured at left are Amanda Missey, Bergen LEADS Staff Coordinator; David Warshaw, Bergen LEADS Advisory Panel Chairman and member of the Volunteer Center Board of Directors; Janet Sharma, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center; David Yanagisawa, Senior Vice President of TD Banknorth and member of Bergen LEADS Advisory Panel and Volunteer Center Board of Directors; Tara Williams of TD Banknorth.
Volunteer Managers’ Roundtable: Generational Differences in Volunteering
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Volunteer Center of Bergen County, 64 Passaic Street, Hackensack
Admission to this event is FREE
Pre-registration is required - Deadline to register is March 7. Please contact Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Applications are now being accepted for the first class of 30 participants. The application form can be downloaded at www.bergenleads.org and is due by April 18. Each candidate must fill in a simple individual profile form and provide essay answers to specific questions.
The tuition to participate in Bergen LEADS is $2,000 per person, and scholarships will be available for those with financial need. A series of Informational Open Houses for potential applicants will be held on the following dates:
· Thurs., February 21, Bergen County’s United Way in Paramus, 8:30am -10:00 am
· Wed., February 27, First Baptist Church in Englewood, 11:30am-1:00pm
· Wed., March 5, Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, 11:30am- 1:00 pm
· Tues., March 11, Cole Schotz in Hackensack, 8:30am-10:00am
· Wednesday, March 12, Lodi Public Library, 4:30 pm-6:00pm
· Thurs., March 13, Church on the Edge in Edgewater, 11:30am-1:00pm
· Wednesday, March 19, BD in Franklin Lakes, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
· Wednesday, March 19, KPMG in Montvale, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
· Tues., March 25, TD Banknorth in Mahwah, 11:30am-1:00pm
Pre-registration is required; to register to attend one of the sessions, and for directions, call (201) 489-9454 Ext. 219.
Additional information about how to apply for the program, and about financial aid, is available on the website www.bergenleads.org. The first class of 30 participants will be announced in June, and the monthly seminars will begin in September.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The BVC is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. For further information on membership, call Amanda Missey at 201-489-9454 Ext. 119 or visit www.nnjbvc.org.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
The guide offers tips on how groups can organize their own volunteer projects, including collection drives, ideas for family volunteering and information about great youth volunteer websites. Included are lists of project ideas that volunteers can do alone or with a group.
The guide is indexed and cross-referenced to help prospective volunteers find volunteer opportunities appropriate to their interests, geographic location and availability. Also listed are volunteer positions suitable for high school students, students under age 14, and families who want to volunteer together.
The Volunteer Center’s web site, www.bergenvolunteers.org, features a searchable database of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County. Individuals, groups, students and businesses interested in volunteering may look for opportunities by keyword, by area of interest or by geographic location.
Order your free copy of the book by clicking here or call the Volunteer Center at 201-489-9454.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A link to the article will be posted here soon. In the meantime, you can request a copy of the article by contacting email@example.com or call 201-489-9454, ext. 125.
A strategic plan is is something every organization needs to help determine what it is and where it is going. Strategic planning is the process by which an organization identifies its resources, develops goals and implements ways to achieve those goals. It is a road map to ensure the organization’s success in an ever changing environment. In short, strategic planning helps an organization do a better job.
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is presenting a workshop, Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 from 9 am to 12:00 noon at the Volunteer Center’s offices at 64 Passaic Street in Hackensack. The fee is $45.00 and includes all program materials and continental breakfast.
This workshop is part of a series designed specifically for staff and volunteer leaders in non-profit and governmental agencies and is sponsored by the Non-Profit Training and Resource Center of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (201) 489-9454, ext.114.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The BVC is a membership organization of 31 companies whose employee volunteers work year-round to help children and families. Since 2000, the BVC has generated almost $900,000 in resources for low-income children and families. For more information or to reserve tickets for the anniversary celebration, please call 201-489-9454, ext. 114.
As a special project for February, Ventures will be collecting boxed Valentine Cards for both girls and boys so that needy kids in local schools can give valentines to their friends.
For more information on Volunteer Ventures, call 201-489-9454 or email mailto:email@example.com.
Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Thank Your Mentor Day will be celebrated on Thursday, January 24. On that day, people are encouraged to reach out to thank those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and who had a lasting impact on their lives. Why not acknowledge someone who has mentored you?
- Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation
- “Pass it on” by becoming a mentor to someone in your community
- Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, like the Volunteer Center’s Mentoring Moms and Volunteers in Protective Services Programs.
- Write a tribute to your mentor for posting on the national mentoring website www.WhoMentoredYou.org
The Volunteer Center's mentoring programs have been highly regarded for over 30 years. Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS) are caring men and women who provide guidance, friendship and support to abused and neglected children ages 2 to 18. Currently there are 34 girls and 66 boys waiting to be matched with a mentor. Mentoring Moms help isolated and overwhelmed mothers of all ages, many of whom are trying to move from welfare to work. The mentors listen, share ideas and offer encouragement, helping overwhelmed mothers face challenges one step at a time.
We welcome men and women willling to give a little time and a lot of caring to become volunteer mentors, and we provide comprehensive training during three six-week courses offered in the spring, fall and winter. We especially need male mentors for boys and bi-lingual Spanish speaking volunteers of both sexes.
For more information about becoming a mentor, call (201) 489-9454, or visit www.bergenvolunteers.org.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Spectrum For Living, an organization that many Ventures members work closely with, gave an award to Volunteer Ventures for their outstanding volunteering this past year.
Co-coordinators of the event Sue Silverstein and Edith Browne (pictured) planned one fantastic event.