Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Free “Muck-out” and Mold Remediation Training March 12

Huge “Muck-Out Day” March 30 

Hundreds of Bergen County homes experienced severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy.  Some still need tear-out of soggy walls, flooring and other debris to prevent the growth of dangerous mold.
Cleaning out can be a daunting – and expensive -- task, especially for seniors and people with disabilities, so volunteers are needed to complete this work.
The Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is hosting a Muck-out Training on Tuesday, March 12th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Central Unitarian Church, 156 Forest Avenue in Paramus.  The goal is to train volunteers to ensure that all work will be done safely, correctly and effectively.  To reserve a spot at the training, call Tess at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, 201-489-9454, Ext. 114, or email ttomasi@bergenvolunteers.org.
The instructors for this training will be Dale and Jean Peercy, nationally known as the “Go-to Folks” for rebuilding in long term disaster recovery.  They are construction and volunteer coordinators for Lutheran Disaster Response, and have directed nearly 100,000 volunteers in disasters across the country.
The Muck-out Training will cover such topics as how to properly clean out a home after a storm/flooding; health and life safety issues (mold, cleaning solutions, etc.); debris separation, handling and disposal; proper communication and interaction with homeowners.
Attendees of the Muck-out training will become Project Leaders for the Bergen Muck-Out Day, on Saturday, March 30th, at various locations in Moonachie and Little Ferry, the hardest hit towns.   Each Project Leader will be assigned a team of volunteers to perform the necessary removal of debris, to allow families to return home without fear of respiratory distress or infection.
Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on March 30th.  To sign up, call Dave Skoblar of Project 195 at 1-888-410-5122 or email info@project195.org.
Muck-out work is not appropriate for individuals under the age of 18, or individuals with health conditions such as asthma, heart complications or bone/joint pain.
The VOAD’s Long Term Recovery Committee is a consortium of community organizations that have banded together to bring relief to residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The group is coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday - get your tickets NOW!

A few tickets remain for next Fifth Friday luncheon on Friday, March 22.  Featured speaker is Kevin Wright, a fabulous teller of stories about Bergen County’s fascinating history, and his topic is the tremendous potential of cultural tourism to impact our local economy.
Hosted by Bergen LEADS, the county’s premier adult civic leadership program, Fifth Friday is a powerful networking and learning event that attracts leaders from every sector: business, civic, education, religious, nonprofit, etc.  The luncheon runs from 11:30 AM to 2 PM and will be held at the Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Road, in Hackensack. Tickets are $40.00 and must be purchased in advance by registering online here or by calling 201-489-9454, ext. 119.
Presenting sponsor of the 2013 Fifth Friday series is PNC Wealth Management, with additional sponsorship support from TD Bank, Archer & Greiner PC, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Synetek Solutions, (201) Magazine and The Record.  Sponsorships are still available.
For more information about Fifth Friday or Bergen LEADS, call 201-489-9454, ext. 119.   Bergen LEADS is a program of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Help make tomorrow cancer-free!

We all want to know we have made a difference in the life of another.  This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many. 
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to participate in the third Cancer Prevention Study and will be enrolling participants at Hackensack University Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center during April 16-19, 2013.  Volunteers who choose to participate will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Enrollment will take just 20-30 minutes.  You’ll then be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in will help American Cancer Society researchers understand causes and, ultimately, help determine ways to prevent cancer. 
If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old, and have never been diagnosed with cancer, then you’ll want to participate!   
If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, you can still volunteer by helping to spread the word to others about this unique opportunity to help prevent cancer!  
Visit www.cps3bergencounty.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org to learn more about how you can join fight against cancer.  Research Today for a Cancer Free Tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Celebrate Volunteers - Save the Date!

The Volunteer Center will salute volunteers from all parts of the county at its annual Celebrate Volunteers recognition event on Wednesday, April 10.  Join us at the Bergen Community College’s Moses Meeting and Training Center, TEC 128 for a networking dessert social at 6:00 pm followed by an inspiring program highlighting the extraordinary ways that volunteers enhance our community at 7:00 pm.  Brenda Blackmon, popular news anchor for My 9 News, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Public and private non-profit organizations, hospitals, libraries, religious organizations and schools in Bergen County are invited to bring volunteers they would like to honor, along with 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, hours served and loyalty.  Reservations are on a first come, first served basis, and are due by April 1st.   The cost is $12.00 per person.  Call (201) 489-9454 ext. 127 to reserve a place.
“This event is a great way for organizations to honor their volunteers,” explains Janet Sharma, the Volunteer Center’s executive director.  “Hundreds of volunteers will be honored and receive a public ‘pat on the back’ for their good work.  At the same time, agencies can save themselves the expense of hosting a separate event to salute their volunteers.”

Monday, February 4, 2013

Adam Ferrara headlines Comedy Night

Snap on your happy face, because we’re hosting our fifth annual Comedy Night on Friday, March 22, at Banana’s Comedy Club! 
We are thrilled that comedian Adam Ferrara is the headliner!  Adam’s popularity has garnered two American Comedy Award Nominations for Best Stand-up and three Comedy Central Specials. He was Chief “Needles” on “Rescue Me” for six years and can now be seen as one of the hosts on the History Channel’s “Top Gear.” Don’t miss this hysterical and ever-so-fascinating comic! Click here to see Adam in action.
Banana’s is conveniently located at 283 Rt. 17 South, in Hasbrouck Heights.  Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm sharp. Tickets are $30 per person, and there is a one food or drink minimum. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Center.
Purchase your tickets here and let the good times roll!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday to Feature Local Author and Historian

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday, a powerful networking and learning event that attracts leaders from every sector in Bergen County, will be held on March 22, from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack.

Fifth Friday (or Fourth Friday in March because of Good Friday) is hosted by Bergen LEADS, Bergen County’s civic leadership program for adults sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Tickets are $40.00 and must be purchased in advance by registering online, click here, or call 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.

Kevin Wright, noted local historian and author, will speak about making Bergen County a heritage destination.  Heritage tourism is one of the fastest growing niche market segments in the travel industry.  Kevin will explain how the rich cultural heritage of Bergen County can be used to spur tourism and positively impact the region’s economy.

PNC Wealth Management is presenting sponsor for the 2013 Fifth Friday series.  Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is also supported by TD Bank, Archer, Greiner PC, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Synetek Solutions, (201) Magazine and The Record.

Sponsorships for the March 22 event are available. For more information about the Fifth Friday events, or about Bergen LEADS, call 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.