Members and supporters of the Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) will celebrate eleven successful years of service to the community on March 7, at Sanducci’s Trattoria, River Edge. Since its launch in January of 2000, employee volunteers at 30 BVC member companies have worked on behalf of low-income children and families, generating and distributing over $1.2 million in resources.
More than 3,200 foster children have been provided with backpacks filled with personal care items, socks, underwear and gifts. Approximately 13,000 children in early learning programs have received new books to encourage love of reading and to foster literacy. The yearly August back-to-school supply drive has generated over $320,000 worth of school gear for non-profit organizations and schools, while the annual summer food drive has resulted in over $325,000 worth of food and grocery store gift certificates being distributed to low-income families who rely on school meal programs that are not available when school is out.
The mission of the nationally-recognized BVC, which is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is to provide leadership in meeting community needs, especially those of children and families, by mobilizing employee volunteers.
The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council welcomes new members, representatives from area companies who are interested in learning more about the BVC are invited to join in the 11th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, March 7. The cost is $30 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and wine. RSVP by March 2 to Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454 ext. 114 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.