Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The next 6-week VIPS mentor training program begins on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Each Wednesday session is held from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Volunteer Center, 64 Passaic Street in Hackensack.
“There are not nearly enough people enrolled thus far," says Faith Samples-Smart, VIPS Program Director. “There is an especially great need for men to mentor the boys, and for bi-lingual Spanish speaking mentors of both sexes."
The, 15-hour VIPS mentor training is provided at no charge and covers such topics as developing good listening and communication skills, working through challenges, understanding and recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect, the role of the mentor, the matching process and the ongoing support that is provided by staff after the mentor is matched with a child. Applicants are asked to supply references and undergo a fingerprint and background check.
For more information about the VIPS program, contact Eva Tobias at (201) 489-9454 Ext. 121, or visit www.bergenvolunteers.org and click on mentoring programs.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A luncheon honored 35 volunteers with our Chore Service for their dedication and hard work. This amazing crew does home repairs that keep the elderly and people with disabilities safe in their homes.
More than 100 Mentors and kids in our Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS) program had a great time rocking around the Christmas tree with DJ Scott Reddin and enjoying goodies from Inserra Supermarkets. Gifts for kids were donated by Quest Diagnostics, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Hunter Douglas, a volunteers from Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson U. and NYU assisted with a multitude of tasks. VIPS mentors help kids who have experienced abuse or neglect see and take steps to achieve a brighter future.
Mentors, moms and their families associated with our Mentoring Moms program -- more than 200 people! -- enjoyed a delightful breakfast with Santa. Numerous groups dished out delicacies, coordinated crafts projects, and provided every child and mom with a gift: Capitol One, Eisai, Inc Information Technology Department, 'energy', Church of the Atonement, Holy Trinity Church, Quest Diagnostics, Mocha Moms, Costco, Christ Lutheran Church, TD Bank, UPS, Bethel Ministries, Consolidated Dairies and Whitney H. Roddy Inc. Tara Perino, of KPMG, was our fabulous DJ and many other individuals helped with the party. Mentoring Moms volunteers help overwhelmed mothers who seek guidance in parenting and life skills and in moving from welfare to work.
The Alumni of Bergen LEADS toasted the season at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, where they also collected toys, gifts and gift cards for families in need. Recruitment for the 2011 Bergen LEADS class begins just after the New Year.
The elves staffing our All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program continues to work fiendishly, matching donors from the community with individuals and families who need help this holiday season. We need more donors! Contact Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext 118, or email email@example.com if you want to help!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This month, Bergen LEADS will tackle the topic of Education. On December 15, the seminar day will begin with a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary The Cartel. This thought provoking and controversial film, directed by Bob Bowdon - a New Jersey-based television producer, reporter, news anchor, and commentator - takes a hard look at the public education system using New Jersey as a backdrop. According to the filmmaker:
"The Cartel shows us our New Jersey educational system like we've never seen it
before. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched,
and self-serving establishment. And in almost every way, that establishment
fights any attempt at reform with a level of passion and vigilance that it
simply never applies to fixing chronically failing schools.
But The Cartel doesn't just describe the problem. Balancing local NJ storylines against interviews with national education experts such as Clint Bolick (former president of Alliance for School Choice), Gerard Robinson (president of Black Alliance for Educational Options), and Chester Finn (president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute), The Cartel explores what dedicated parents, committed teachers, clear-eyed officials, and tireless reformers are doing to make our schools better for our kids.
Putting a human face on the harm done by the educational monopolies, The Cartel takes us beyond the statistics, generalizations, and abstractions that typically frame our debates about education—and draws an unequivocal bottom line: If we care about our children's futures, we must insist upon far-reaching and immediate reform. And we must do it now."
Bergen LEADS seminars are normally closed to all but class members, but the Class of 2010 would like to invite interested individuals to attend this FREE screening on December 15 at 8:15 am, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The screening will be held at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, in Classroom TEC 128. Tickets are free, but you MUST pre-register to attend by leaving your name and contact information with Amanda Missey at 201-489-9454 x119 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on The Cartel visit their website here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Through our "All Wrapped Up" Holiday Giving Program, you can make a donation in another’s name, and your will be used to directly help Bergen and Passaic County residents in need -- low income children and families, troubled youth, lonely seniors and disabled adults -- who have been identified and verified by local nonprofit agencies. Without the help of generous donors, these individuals and families might be passed over this holiday season. Your donation will be used to purchase gifts and gift cards for those in need.
Plus, giving a donation in another’s name is a great way to honor a deserving individual, such as an outstanding parent, teacher, boss, family member or friend.
Donations can be made on-line. Each donation will be acknowledged with an elegant, customized card sent to the person being honored, along with a description of how the donation will be put to good use. Gift donations purchased on-line by Noon on Monday, December 21st will be delivered by December 24th.
So -- Do Good. Feel Good. Give Good!
Visit www.bergenvolunteers.org, or call 201-489-9454 Ext. 125 for more information.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Volunteer Center reaches out to area organizations to find out if they need additional assistance on such holidays as Thanksgiving. This year we had "zero" requests for additional volunteers. Many organizations have recruited their own pools of volunteers and do not at this time need additional assistance.
However, you can still help! There are 364 other days of the year, and we'll be glad to help you find a volunteer position or project that is just right for you. Visit our website or give us a call at 201-489-9454.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The Chore Service provides crews of dedicated volunteers who perform minor household repairs that keep seniors and people with disabilities safe in their own homes, thereby avoiding costly and often unwanted institutionalization. Chore has had two vans on the road for several years; the third van, purchased and outfitted with tools courtesy of TD Bank, allows the program to serve more seniors.
Thanks, TD Bank!
For more information on Chore check out our website.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Guests enjoyed plenty of good food and drink as they picked their ponies and perused a silent auction, which featured such great prizes as local restaurant gift cards, Devil’s hockey tickets, and an “Adult Sleepover” package which included a bottle of wine and hotel room at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton.
When the night ended, the event chalked up more than $15,000 to support the BVC’s initiative that help low income children and families. Guests were asked to bring disposable diapers and wipes, which were donated to the Baby Basic Program at Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus. More than $1,100 worth of baby supplies were donated!
The night was a lot of fun and a great success.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
There is no fee to attend the Executive Directors’ Roundtable, but pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is November 6th. For more information or to register, e-mail email@example.com, or call (201) 489-9454, ext.114.
Friday, October 30, 2009
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!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
School administrators, teachers, service advisors, leaders of community and faith-based organizations and students are encouraged to attend. The conference will run from 8:30 am - 12 noon in the TEC Center at BCC. Please click here to view the event brochure. For information, contact Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thank you very much for this award. I am truly honored. I have
always appreciated the Urban League and its commitment to community, and I deeply value your good work – across the country and here in Englewood.
I’ve got to tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and one of the reasons is that I get to work in partnership with the Urban League and with the other organizations that are being honored here today.
My organization focuses on the power of volunteers to make the world a better place. I have always believed that volunteering is a key component of social justice, because volunteering brings people together.
When I was little, I got my first volunteer experience helping my mother distribute
materials for the Cancer Society. Remember those 7 danger signs? Well I lived with those materials so long that I was sure that I had them all. The cough that
wouldn’t stop, sore that wouldn’t heal, the mole that kept getting bigger.
That experience has lived with me all these years and I think it’s important, because a key feature of volunteering is empathy. I really believed that I was dying, and I know how scared I was. That hasn’t left me, nor has the sense of empathy, of sensing
what others are feeling. Not only the pain of the sick or the despair of the homeless, but the gladness in the eyes of a lonely senior when someone brings them a meal or gives them a friendly call, or the pride that someone – a child or an adult – feels when a volunteer helps them grasp the concept of reading; or the thrill when a mentor takes a child to the zoo and they see an elephant up close and personal for the very first time; or the fervor of someone who stands up for the underdog -- or for their own rights -- and extends their passion to others.
These are the kinds of things that make up my day, and every single day brings joy as well as heartache because every day is full of the full range of humanity.
At a recent forum with President George H.W. Bush (#41), President Obama commented on the importance of service, and I want to pass along his words:
"Service isn't separate from our national priorities or secondary to our national priorities - it's integral to achieving our national priorities. It's how we will meet the challenges of our time...
That's always been the story of this nation--the story of those who stepped forward in our darkest hours to serve it. Those who rose to answer the defining questions of their time: Colony or country? Free or half free? Separate but equal, or truly equal?
Those folks weren't in it for the money. Those folks were volunteers. Their
service wasn't "extra." It was the work that changed this country."
Thank you very much for this award. I am honored to be among you today.
Effectively managing these skilled volunteers is a critical skill for non-profit executive directors and senior staff. To learn best practices in this fine art, the Volunteer Center is presenting a workshop on Managing Leadership Volunteers, on Wednesday, November 4, at 9:30 am. For more information on this course and others click here.
Pre-registration and pre-payment of the $35.00 fee for Managing Leadership Volunteers is required; the deadline for registration is October 30th. For more information or to register, e-mail email@example.com, or call (201) 489-9454, ext.114.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Representatives of RSVP and Chore provided information and answered questions about our services, which include placement of volunteers in meaningful positions (RSVP) and engaging volunteer handymen/handywomen to provide minor home repairs for the elderly or disabled (Chore).
Healthy snacks and drinks were provided courtesy of Kings Super Market of Ridgewood. Special thanks to Kevin Brendlen of Van Dyk Manor for generously sponsoring our table at the event!
Photo slide show,
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Disasters can strike at any time, and it is in everyone's best interest to be prepared. Detective Gidget Petry, Bergen County OEM ‘s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator, will discuss how people can prepare for disasters before they occur. She will also discuss how residents can become part of the nationwide CERT program by attending additional training courses offered throughout Bergen County.
“Local officials and relief workers may not be able to get to everyone immediately after a disaster strikes,” says Mary Swatek Hudson, graduate of the Bergen LEADS Class of 2009 and vice-chair of ABL. “Residents may initially be on their own; they will need to know how to help themselves and their neighbors effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.”
The Disaster Preparedness Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Northern New Jersey Girl Scout offices, 300 Forest Avenue, in Paramus. The program is open to the public (age 12 and up) at no charge, but pre-registration is required. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by October 23rd to reserve a space.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
EIF is mobilizing the entire entertainment community to promote a new way of thinking about service and seeks to persuade millions more of Americans to volunteer regularly.
Friday, October 16, 2009
“The day was truly magical,” said Eva Tobias, an assistant with the VIPS program. "Children laughed at the animals, made new friendships, and reunited with others. The weather even held out until everyone was back on the bus heading home."
VIPS helps youth who have suffered abuse or neglect see and take steps to achieve a brighter future. "The trip to the zoo is an inspiring testament to the hard work and generosity that a local company -- Quest Diasgnostics -- provided by supporting these kids," says Janet Sharma, Volunteer Center executive director. "We are very grateful!"
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County invites you to take part in a unique leadership experience to learn about serving as a board member in a nonprofit agency. The Getting On Board workshop will help participants understand what is involved in serving on an organization’s Board of Directors. The 2-hour primer on board service will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 pm.
The cost for the Getting On Board training is $10.00 per person and includes the training presentation, handouts, and refreshments. Class size is limited so register now! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; registration deadline is October 16, 2009. For more information or to register, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454 x 114.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The weather for the Bergen Bike Tour on Sunday, September 27th was less than perfect, but hundreds of enthusiastic and determined riders, volunteers, sponsors and guests made the rainy day seem positively sunny! More than 150 riders braved the mist and rain, then relaxed post-ride with family and friends in the warmth of a huge, rustic lodge at Darlington Park. Students from the Healing Hands Institute massaged cyclists' aching muscles, DJ Scott Reddin got the party going with great music and games, and volunteer cooks served up a fabulous barbeque of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings.
Major sponsors TD Bank, Ford Motor Company and additional corporate sponsors generously provided giveaways and information. Riders have until November 13th to continue fundraising, with proceeds benefiting Tomorrows Children's Fund and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Many thanks to all who rode, volunteered, sponsored and cheered - and hope to see you next year!
Monday, September 28, 2009
“By implementing the practical solutions offered in this workshop, volunteer coordinators can gain the human resources skills necessary to manage people eager to give their time and talent to help our community,” says Janet Sharma, Executive Director.
Topics include understanding volunteering, program planning, recruitment and placement, orientation and training, supervision, recognition and evaluating your volunteer program.
For more information or to register, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454 Ext. 114.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Your generous donation will go support two well respected local non profits: the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Tomorrows Children's Fund.
If you are interested in participating in the Bike Tour this Sunday, September 27, you may register until Friday for the $35.00 fee. You can register at the event for $40.00, but save yourself the trouble and register NOW! REMINDER: Riders must turn in a minimum of $100.00 on Sunday to be eligible for a Bergen Bike Tour shirt and goody bag. So don’t delay, register today!!!
For more information call 1-877-BER-BIKE or visit www.bergenbiketour.org.
Monday, September 21, 2009
A hearty welcome to:
Damian Albergo, Hasbrouck Heights
Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard P.A.
Stacey Antine, MS, RD, New York, NY
Anthony Baker, Teaneck
Susan Barnard, MS, DHSc, Englewood
Bergen Community College
James D. Brown, CPA, Teaneck
James D. Brown, CPA
Charles A. Calabrese, DC, Wallington
Sharon Castanteen, North Bergen
Johnson Public Library
Daniele Cervino, Bogota
Muzette Charles, Teaneck
Lt. Lisa Crystall, Wyckoff
Bergen County Sheriff's Department
Ray Cywinski, Demarest
Geri Dawes, Ridgewood
Karyn Egeland, Upper Saddle River
Huron Consulting Group
George H. Fosdick, Ramsey
Wachovia Wealth Management
Jane He, Wayne
Volunteer Center of Bergen County
Barbara Heiser O’Neil, Hawthorne
Jeanne Johnson, Ridgewood
Lee Miller, Ridgewood
Cushman & Wakefield
Patricia O’Shea, Teaneck
Daniel Rothner, Teaneck
Faye Samuels, Tenafly
MaryBeth Sigler-Garcia, Tenafly
Rev. Charles V. Singletary, Somerset
Bergen County Council of Churches
Roberta Sonenfeld, Ridgewood
Suzanne Sweeney, Ramsey
Orange & Rockland Utilities
Joe Thomas, Montvale
Joanne Westphal, Dumont
Staci White, Hackensack
New Jersey Community Development Corporation
Lynda Wolf, Paramus
Wendy Worden, Paramus
Alpine Learning Group
Applications for the next class of Bergen LEADS will be accepted from January-April 2010. Candidates must live or work in Bergen County. For more information about Bergen LEADS, please visit www.bergenleads.org.
Friday, September 18, 2009
"The day provided a great opportunity for parents and children to enjoy time together," says Cindy Andrake, Mentoring Moms program director. "That's the most important thing!"
Mentoring Moms trains and provides ongoing support for adult women who serve as volunteer mentors to mothers in need of guidance in parenting and life skills. For more information on Mentoring Moms please visit our website here.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The Bergen Bike Tour begins and ends at Darlington Park in Mahwah, NJ. Pick your route: 10-, 25-, or 50-mile routes accommodate riders of every ability and wind through some of Bergen County's most scenic areas. We'll also have a Kids' Fun Ride for children age 8 and under. Each ride begins with breakfast for all the riders, and everyone (cyclists, their friends and families) is invited to enjoy a fun-filled picnic afterwards, starting at 11:30 AM. We'll have a home-cooked barbeque plus a wide array of activities - music, games, clowns, prizes - and a special visit from New Jersey Nets mascot, Sly the Fox! Registered massage therapists will also be on hand to relieve cyclists' tired muscles.
To find out more or to register, visit http://www.bergenbiketour.org/ or call 1-877-BER-BIKE.
Are you coming? Comment below and let us know! See you on September 27th!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Why Mentor a Mom?
When a mother is supported by a mentor, the entire family benefits! Mentors become important role models for the children as well as the mother. Mentors also link families with a variety of services that can impact education and financial well-being.
Our comprehensive 6-session training program begins on Monday, October 5, 2009 at the Volunteer Center; call Susan Hogge at (201) 489-9454, ext. 124 for more information.
P.S. We especially need bi-lingual Spanish-speaking women to mentor Spanish-speaking moms.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Leadership is a key concern for many nonprofits, and numerous options are available. Corporate volunteers can utilize their professional and life skills as board members, project leaders or committee chairs at nonprofits in northern New Jersey and, in the process, help people ranging in age from young children to seniors, develop and maintain affordable housing, maintain area food pantries, promote literacy and much, much more.
To reserve your place at the meeting call Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454 ext. 114.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The14th annual Bergen Bike Tour will be on Sunday, September 27, with numerous activities at Darlington Park, in Mahwah. Family-oriented and fun-filled, the event raises funds for the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Tomorrows Children's Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 68% of all K-12 schools are now involved with service learning and/or youth volunteering, and the Volunteer Center's website has tracked more than 6,000 requests for information about youth service opportunities so far this year.
The discussion will be relevant to those who work with volunteers at nonprofits, schools, government agencies, community or faith-based organizations. Leading the discussion will be Denise Schachter of Teaneck High School and Debbie Emery of the Volunteer Center. The program is free, but those who attend should plan to bring their own lunch. Pre-registration is required by September 17. For more information or to register, e-mail email@example.com, or call (201) 489-9454, ext.114.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A local teen is showing us how one person can make a huge difference!
David Engle, from Glen Rock, NJ, started "Carnivals for Children on Wheels," which delivers the merriment of carnivals to kids who are underprivileged, homeless, and/or mentally or physically challenged. The carnivals are completely free and run entirely by volunteers!
"The summer before 9th grade I volunteered at an amazing therapeutic horse back riding facility called Pony Power of NJ,” says David Engle. “Once I volunteered there I realized that I had to give more of myself to help other people. I also knew that I was capable of running carnivals since I had run them with my father at our temple for many years. So I had the inspiration one day to combine my love for carnivals with helping other people and that is how Carnivals for Children on Wheels grew to what it is today."
Volunteers help with planning events and creating new carnival games, and also pitch in to develop fundraising ideas. Teens are welcome to sign up to volunteer! This is a great place to volunteer, because the result of every carnival is happy children! Not only that, they go home with arms full of prizes and faces full of smiles.
For more information, contact David Engle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-956-1246. Check out www.CFCOW.org.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tickets are $50 and are available here. For more information, contact Tess at email@example.com.
Thank you to our 2009 Night at the Races Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor - Hudson City Savings Bank
Event Sponsor - Rockland Electric
Paddock Sponsor - Quest Diagnostics
Corporate Sponsor - UHY Advisors
Corporate Sponsor - United Water
Corporate Sponsor - BD
Listing Sponsor – IKEA
We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sponsored by Quest Diagnostics, the contest pitted nine very enthusiastic employees who ate a combined total of 61 hot dogs in 30 minutes. In a surprise win Sue Moran and Ro Moretto, the only women's team in the contest, consumed 6 hot dogs each for a combined total of 12 dogs and the title of champions. Reigning champ Art “The Animal” Diaz conceded graciously, after ripping through 11 hot dogs to finish second.
Quest employees supported their colleagues with cash contributions, and all the funds raised are earmarked to provide fun, enrichment activities for children in the Volunteer Center's mentoring program. To date, the annual charity event has raised well over $15,000. All receipts are not in yet, but judging from the overflow crowd that cheered on the contestants, we anticipate that this year will top all others.
“This contest has been one of the most fun and rewarding on-going events we sponsor,” says Dave Hertzel, coordinator of REACH (Remember Every Act Can Help), Quest's company-wide employee volunteer program. “The spontaneous spirit of fun, the collaboration of all involved, and the joy of sponsoring the children so deserving of our employees’ efforts, has been a wonderful spectacle to behold.”
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Attention Bergen Bike Tour riders – we’ve made it easy for you to fulfill your pledge obligation!
With the Bergen Bike Tour just around the corner, riders and volunteers alike are preparing to raise money for the Volunteer Center. Each individual rider at the Bergen Bike Tour is asked to raise a minimum of $100 and families are asked to raise $200. Technology has made it easier for riders to ask their friends and family members for donations through email, online giving, and social networking sites.
This year, many riders have set up Firstgiving Donation Pages to solicit donations. This is the second year the Volunteer Center is using Firstgiving; based on enthusiastic response last year, we anticipate even more riders will set up a page this year.
To find out more about how to set up and use a Firstgiving page, here are some you can take a look at:
Individual Rider Pages - http://www.firstgiving.com/patrickpacenza, http://www.firstgiving.com/stbomber
Team Page - http://www.firstgiving.com/teamsoto
Volunteer/Employee Page - http://www.firstgiving.com/melissaleibe
If you would like to make a donation to a rider without using Firstgiving, please click here.
Monday, August 10, 2009
“The wages of the working poor have not kept up with housing, transportation and child care costs," says Tess Tomasi, BVC coordinator at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, sponsor of the BVC. "Northern New Jersey has the highest child poverty rates in the state. Without school meals, families must turn to the food pantries to provide nutritional meals for their children during the summer.”
Since 2000, the BVC’s “Brown Bag Buddies” campaign has raised over $200,000 in food and donations to help provide meals for children who aren’t receiving school meals during the summer.
For information about the BVC and its activities throughout the year, contact Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext. 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Mentoring Moms are mentors and role models to isolated and/or overwhelmed mothers. Training for this program starts on October 5; please call Cindy at 201-489-9454, ext. 123 to register.
Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS), are adult role models to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, trouble or isolation. Training for this program starts on September 16; both men and women are welcome to call and register today. Please call Francine at 201-489-9454, ext. 111.
So if you find satisfaction in helping others...seek opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment...enjoy making new friends...want to get back as well as give, then call today.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Every August, the Northern New Jersey Business Council (BVC) coordinates a back-to-school supply drive, and then works with partner nonprofit agencies to deliver what’s collected to children throughout the state. The BVC has distributed over $285,000 in school supplies and it’s more than just pencils – everything from backpacks to binders and from composition books to calculators. Please join the BVC effort this year to collect for needy children in Bergen County.
Watch a video about the program on NY1 or click here.
For more information please contact Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext. 114, or by email at email@example.com.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sponsors to date include TD Bank; Amper, Politziner & Mattia; Apax Partners; Esai; Jamis Bicycles; Joel Tanis & Sons; Lakeland Bank; Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation; PNC Bank; Sanzari Companies and Wounded Poodle Productions. Also signed on are Ford Motor Company, Garden State Wiper; Hackensack University Medical Center; Harwood Lloyd; Inserra Supermarkets; Murphy, Miller & Baglieri, LLP; NVE Bank; Prestige Family of Fine Cars; Andrew F. Rubenstein, M.D.; United Water; Withum Smith+Brown. Additional sponsors include Capital One; Doherty Enterprises; Malesardi, Quackenbush, Swift & Company, LLC; Saddle River Valley Bank and Wachovia Bank, N.A.
Proceeds from the Bike Tour benefit Tomorrows Children’s Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.
“Difficult economic times have really hit these two charities hard,” says Phil Murphy, chairman of the event. “They provide programs and services that help children with cancer, the frail elderly, people with disabilities and families in crisis. These services are in jeopardy, so we encourage community minded sponsors and cyclists to support this fun event.” More than 400 cyclists will ride routes of 10-, 25- or 50-miles through some of northern Bergen County's most scenic areas. There will also be a "Kids Ride" for little ones on big wheels, trikes and training wheels in the parking lot.
To become a sponsor of this stellar event, call Jane He at 201-489-9454, ext. 125.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Kid-friendly foods most needed in the summer are: Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), Canned Vegetables, Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cereal (low sugar kids cereal welcome), Dry Milk (e.g. boxed Parmalat), Canned Fruit, and 100% Juice.
If you'd like an organizational packet, which gives step-by-step instructions for organizing and promoting your Brown Bag Buddies campaign, call the Volunteer Center at 201 -489-9454 x 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Bergen Bike Tour begins and ends at Darlington Park in Mahwah, NJ. Routes of 10, 25, and 50 miles are designed to accommodate riders of every ability, from the beginner to the skilled cycling enthusiast. The Tour begins with breakfast for all the riders. All routes wind through some of Bergen County's most scenic areas and there is a Kids' Fun Ride for children age 8 and under. After the ride, cyclists, their friends and families are invited to enjoy a home-cooked picnic plus a wide array of activities - music, games, clowns, prizes - and a special visit from New Jersey Nets mascot, Sly the Fox! Registered massage therapists will also be on hand to relieve cyclists' tired muscles.
To find out more or to register, visit http://www.bergenbiketour.org/ or call 1-877-BER-BIKE. See you on September 27th!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Have a look and give us your opinion of how this is affecting volunteering in Northern New Jersey.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
While United We Serve is initially 81 days of service, it will grow into a sustained effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans. In addition to the Volunteer Center website, Serve.gov is a terrific online resource that can help you not only find volunteer opportunities, but also create your own service projects.
*Information taken from Serve.gov.
Monday, June 29, 2009
area businesses and corporations to ensure that families and children do not go hungry this summer.
"Believe it or not, July and August are the busiest months of the whole year because the kids are home from school,” says Thelma Fedele, director of community and government relations for the Center for Food Action. “Children are not getting school lunches or breakfasts and, at the same time, donations of food go down."
Now in it's ninth year sponsoring "Brown Bag Buddies," the BVC welcomes all businesses - large and small- as well as civic and faith-based organizations to participate. Our goal is to collect $30,000 in food and cash, which will be donated to the Center for Food Action, by the end of July. You may request an organizational packet, which gives step-by-step instructions for organizing and promoting your Brown Bag Buddies campaign, by calling the Volunteer Center at 201 -489-9454 x 114 or emailing email@example.com.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Books in a Bag kicked off on March 2 on “Read Across America Day" and wrapped up at the end of the school year. This year’s participating companies included BMW of North America, Patton Boggs, Spectra Laboratories, TD Bank, UPS Information Services, Ricoh, Classic Residence by Hyatt, Heritage Point of Teaneck, Hertz, Pearson Education, Reader's Digest, and United Water. The campaign was underwritten by Pearson Education, Spectra Laboratories, United Water, and UPS. Thanks to our sponsors and to all the donors of books who made "Books in a Bag" so successful!
The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council is comprised of of 32 businesses that work year-round to help children and families in need. For more information on membership in the BVC, please call Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext.114, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Under the guidance of former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, who serve as the LEADS Seminar Director, participants are immersed in stimulating courses that not only introduce them to topical issues of local importance, but also enable them to explore their leadership styles, enhance their leadership capacity and become meaningfully engaged in helping to solve strategic issues facing Bergen County.
Congratulations to the members of the graduating class of Bergen LEADS 2009: Gary Albrecht, Kathleen Bikoff, Ria Bloss, Pastor Rae Brown, Kimberly Caesar, Eric Cawood, Tod Christianson, Mary Connolly, Donna Corrieri, Liz Corsini, David Dubin, Richard Garcia, Marion Gregg-Whited, Mark Heard, Mary Hudson, Laura Kelly, Paul Koretz, Tony Luciano, JoAnn Mathews, Tanya Mayer, Sanetta Ponton, Ellen Rafferty, Sebastian Rodriguez, Mary Rossettini, Treva Spencer-Dupree, Michael Stern, Gretchen Viggiano, Helen Wronski.
For more information, visit the Bergen LEADS blog http://www.bergenleadsbuzz.com/ and website http://www.bergenleads.org/.
Bergen LEADS is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Our current economy has made it hard for teens to find summer jobs. Adults are getting positions traditionally filled by college student’s home for the summer, so college students are filling roles traditionally filled by high school students.
But -- there is a solution! Try volunteering! Volunteering can give you some practical experience. You can gain new skills, build your work experience and enhance your resume. Community service activities are an important component for many schools and colleges. And volunteering helps you develop a good work ethic.
There are lots of volunteer jobs available this summer. Check the list the Volunteer Center has put together. You can also utilize our online database at www.bergenvolunteers.org. Click the Bergen Volunteens button, and then volunteer opportunities.
So -- Volunteer! The rewards can be valuable, and what else are you going to do all summer?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
MC Steve Guilmette hosted the show and gave a great plug to the Volunteer Center. Comedians Steve Keller, Nore Davis and Dan Wilson brought many laughs for all generations. Thanks to everyone who came out -- and shared some laughs for a good cause.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Many of the women we mentor live on a shoestring and rarely have the opportunity to enjoy this kind of pampering. As one mom said, "This was such a treat - I haven't been to a hairdresser in years!" It was great fun for everyone.
The Mentoring Moms program recruits, screens, trains and supervises caring mentors for overwhelmed mothers in need of guidance in parenting and life skills as well as in moving from welfare to work. Mentoring Moms is sponsored by the N.J. Div. of Youth and Family Services, PNC Bank, TD Bank and the Junior League of Bergen County.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
RSVP is always looking for volunteers to share their experience and knowledge and, in the process, help non profits in our community provide a huge range of services. Want to read to children? Deliver meals to shut-ins? Help publicize a nonprofit's good works? There's something for virtually everyone to do.
To get involved today call Barbara Wiederecht at 201-489-9333.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The grant to the Volunteer Center will help our Mentoring Moms program recruit, train, screen and supervise mentors for overwhelmed or isolated mothers who need guidance in parenting and life skills. Other grants were presented to Woodlea, a group home for girls operated by Children's Aid and Family Services, and to Rebuilding Together Bergen County.
Pictured are the JLBC President Sarah Beane Ricca, 75th Anniversary Celebration Chair Stacey Sandler and Volunteer Center Executive Director Janet Sharma.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The Non Profit Training and Resource Center of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County has two trainings coming up:
Build a Better Board
Targeted to non profit organizations, this workshop explores the roles and responsibilities of a Board, how to improve the Board selection process and how to manage Board operations.
Thursday, June 4 - 10:00 am to noon
Volunteer Center, 64 Passaic Street, Hackensack.
The cost is $35.00 and includes continental breakfast and all course materials.
Getting On Board
This workshop is designed for people in the community who are interested in serving on a nonprofit Board.
Tuesday, June 16 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
IKEA in Paramus. The cost for this workshop is $10.00.
For more information, please call Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext. 114 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sponsors of the party were Provident Bank Foundation, Reader's Digest Foundation, Inserra Supermarkets, Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Stryker Orthopaedics, 201 Magazine, Bergen Health & Life and many additional benefactors. Fletch and Edie Creamer served as esteemed judges for our annual hat and tie contests. Winner of "Most Elegant Hat" was Dr. Ursula Daniels and "Most Outrageous Tie" was Anthony Barbara.
“The event was a blast,” said Aimee LaSala, who was attending her third Derby Day. “With the southern jazz music, authentic southern cuisine and festive mint juleps from the bar it felt like you were right there at Churchill Downs.”
The event featured silent and live auctions of fabulous items such as trips, jewelry, and more. Auctioneer Bill Diana outdid himself in generating enthusiastic bidders. To cap the day, everyone cheered as mighty underdog "Mine That Bird" won the run for the roses.
The party ended with dancing, more fun and prizes as the sun set in Alpine.
Below are pictures from the event.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The class will take place from at the Wilson Auditorium – Dickinson Hall at
A news industry professional for 25 years, Susan Young advises nonprofits “Don’t be the ‘the best kept secret.’ It’s time to let the cat out of the bag!”
Nonprofits are invited to tap into her wealth of experience and expertise to achieve phenomenal PR success! Sign up for this great class now by calling Tess Tomasi at 201-489-9454, ext. 114 or you can visit the
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