Monday, August 30, 2010
• Donate food to a food pantry
• Give blood
• Donate children’s books to a Head Start center or library
• Pick up litter in a park or along a sidewalk or roadway
• Join an area “Kids Care Club” to teach children about volunteering
• Pull weeds in a park or along a sidewalk
• Paint over graffiti (ask the building owner first!)
• Help the homebound or infirm: offer to run errands, sweep a sidewalk, rake leaves, do some gardening.
• Bring cookies to a new neighbor
• Write letters to our men and women in the military
• Donate pet food to a pet shelter
• Arrange to read to children at a daycare center
• Make and deliver a floral or craft decoration to a senior center
• Make tray favors to be distributed to those who receive meals on wheels
You can decide what to do - just do something to make our world a better place.
For information give us a call at (201) 489-9454.
Friday, August 27, 2010
The 15th Annual Bergen Bike Tour is a great way for families to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors and do good in the community -- all at the same time. The Bergen Bike Tour, on Sunday, September 26, at
After the ride, everyone gathers to enjoy a picnic featuring home-cooked bbq fare, a DJ, clowns, games and prizes. Two Jamis bicycles will be raffled at $5 per ticket. Register online at http://www.bergenbiketour.org/ or call 1-877-BER-BIKE (237-2453).
Monday, August 23, 2010
Each Friday afternoon the residents participate in a themed social event. P events have been “Ice Cream Social”, “Wine and Cheese”, and “Sock Hop”. Groups from companies, civic groups, scout troops, schools have an wonderful opportunity to be really creative and give back to an often overlooked population.
For more information, please call Joanne O’Neill at Bright Side Manor, 201-692-1000 or call Melissa Leibe at the
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Bergen LEADS is a dynamic community leadership program designed to inspire acknowledged and aspiring leaders to tackle the challenges that the future will hold for Bergen County. Monthly seminars on topics of critical importance are led by former County Executive William "Pat" Schuber with leadership consultant Lynne Algrant. Participants are selected on a competitive basis every Spring. For further information, go to www.bergenleads.org
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We are delighted to recognize several area companies as sponsors of the 15th Annual Bergen Bike Tour, set for Sunday, September 26 at
Sponsors to date include TD Bank; EisnerAmper LLP; Apax Partners; Eisai; Jamis Bicycles; Lakeland Bank; Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation; PNC Bank; Sanzari Companies; Baker Sports Management; Bald Eagle Management, Inc.; Bolkema Fuel Company; Columbia Bank; Driscoll Foods; Dunkin’ Donuts; Garden State Wiper; Hackensack University Medical Center; Inserra Supermarkets; Murphy, Miller & Baglieri, LLP; Rockland Electric Company; Andrew F. Rubenstein, M.D.; Sharp Electronics Corporation; Topline Products Corporation; Withum Smith+Brown; and Zerega Custom Pasta Company; Allendale Bar and Grill; Bollinger Insurance; The Chatterjee Charitable Foundation; Doherty Enterprises; La Cena Fine Foods; Malesardi, Quackenbush, Swift & Company, LLC; and NIA Group, a Marsh & McLennan Agency.
Thank you sponsors!
“Difficult economic times have really affected our charities,” says Phil Murphy, chairman of the event. “TCF and VCBC provide programs and services that help children with cancer, the frail elderly, people with disabilities and families in crisis. Services are in jeopardy, so we encourage community-minded companies and cyclists to support this great event.”
More than 400 cyclists will ride routes of 10-, 25- or 50-miles through some of northern
For more information, visit www.bergenbiketour.org or to become a sponsor of this stellar event, call Jane He at 201-489-9454, ext. 125.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Attention Non Profit Volunteer Managers, please join us for a lunchtime discussion on volunteer management. The group will share best practices in managing their programs and learn about new innovations in volunteerism. There will also be time to network with other volunteer managers and to share challenges and ideas. Sign up here.
Date: Tuesday, September 21
Course Leader: Staff
Registration Fee: $10 (FREE for Member Agencies)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY - MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that success is measured "by the quality of our service relationship to humanity." The King Holiday is promoted as a community service initiative to remember, celebrate and organize to meet the challenge of Dr. King's philosophy on public service. Honor Dr. King for the issues and causes he worked so hard for with a day “on,” not a day “off.”
NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY - FRIDAY, APRIL 15 - SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
National Youth Service Day encourages communities all across the country to recognize young people for their involvement in community problem solving efforts.
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK - SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011 - SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
National Volunteer Week designates a special time to recognize and celebrate the tremendous efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
SEPTEMBER 11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
Help to remember and honor in a positive way those lost and injured on 9/11 and the many who rose in service following the attacks.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011
Make A Difference Day, nicknamed the "national day of doing good," is a national community service effort designed to challenge and reward volunteers. Every year on the fourth Saturday in October, more than one million people spend the day "making a difference" within their communities, engaged in service projects and activities.
NATIONAL FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011
Thousands of families across America volunteer on this day, performing tasks to benefit their communities. This service day is designed to expose families to the benefits of working together; and to introduce and encourage community service as a family unit. This day is the kick off for NATIONAL FAMILY VOLUNTEER WEEK.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Recently, the Corporation for National and Community Service released a report titled Volunteering in America 2010 (read it here). The report is based on the results of a national poll which asked each state to report the amount of volunteering and service being performed in that state.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Please, take a second and vote for the
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Written after her experience with Family Promise of Bergen County
A time in my life when I felt very humble was quite recently. I volunteered as a counselor at
The day before I was on my way to camp, my mom said to me, “You are going to meet these sweet young kids and soon you will be attached.” I did not acknowledge this statement. I thought to myself that she was wrong and it was only a job and a service requirement for school. How could I ever get myself attached to someone I haven’t even met and who I’ll only be with for a week?
I arrived at camp a half hour before the campers would be arriving to set up and get prepared for the long, eight hour day. As the campers shyly walked down the stairwell, they entered the room one by one. The very last camper to walk into the room was a tiny, African American girl.
This little girl was five years old and had recently moved out the Englewood Family Shelter into a two-family home in
This week of my life made me feel very special because I knew that I was helping people who had either very little or nothing at all. Although these people are less fortunate, they are of equal importance to anyone else. Seeing these children so happy and grateful to attend camp opened my eyes and reminded me that you should be happy with everything you have and there is no reason to worry about the things you do not. I know I got more out of this special experience than I ever thought.
Camp Lots of Fun, a program of Family Promise of Bergen County, is a non-profit, two week day camp for the homeless children of