Tuesday, October 13, 2015


The Bergen Volunteer Center is offering a variety of free live webinars on various topics. These one-hour online sessions are for anyone who wants to continually learn or get more information on a topic. While they are FREE, you do need to register to participate. 

Wednesday, October 21 
1:00 - 2:00 PM

You must sign up at least 24hrs in advance to receive the confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the session. 

A New Way of Working: Using Mindfulness to Transform Effectiveness, Productivity and Happiness

In increasingly fast-paced, always-on, complex work environments, we face constant pressure to increase productivity and performance. This pressure can create imbalances in our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, both at work and at home. The potential of the mind is vast, however, and we can train ourselves to become deeply focused, fully present, high-performing and at ease - even in the midst of busy work life. Managing our mind is the solution. Mindfulness training is a centuries old tradition which has been adapted to address the challenges of modern work life.
 This webinar will examine the realities of the modern workplace, including:
  • PAID reality of modern worklife
  • neuroscience of how we work today
  • why attention is so important to results
  • how we can practice a new way of working through mindfulness
 The webinar will include practical exercises, examples, as well as tools and techniques to integrate mindfulness into daily work life to be more productive, effective, and happier.
Sign Up HERE 

About the Speaker
MaryBeth Sigler is a Senior Consultant to The Potential Project, a global organization that has delivered corporate-based mindfulness training in Fortune 500 companies in more than 22 countries.
Sigler is also an experienced leadership and executive coach with more than twenty years experience coaching executives and their teams. She works with senior leaders, managers, and high-potentials to develop greater professional effectiveness and the leadership tools needed to successfully advance their careers. She specializes in emotional intelligence and mindful leadership.
MaryBeth is a professor at New York University in the area of Leadership and Human Capital. She has had a 15 year personal practice in meditation and mindfulness, and is a certified instructor of yoga.

MaryBeth is also a graduate of Bergen LEADS, a program of the Bergen Volunteer Center.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Volunteer Driving Program Serves Community

Guest Blogger, Agency Member iTNNorthJersey, Mary Lyon Kims 

iTNNorthJersey is thrilled to be able to help almost 100 seniors and visually impaired members in Bergen County!  None of this would be possible without the support of both our generous grantors, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, and our fantastic volunteer drivers. It’s been very rewarding to hear back from our members how much they “love” the volunteers who drive them where they need to go.  To say this is rewarding is an understatement.

In September we began bringing Gloria, a 90 year old Electrical Engineer and Professor, to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck to teach 4 days per week.  We now bring 6 members to their dialysis appointments three times a week– a life saver to them and their families in more ways than one.  

ITNNorthJersey volunteers help seniors and the visually impaired
Our newest visually impaired member Sal is now able to attend events that are important to him all over the county in locations and time frames that no other service could help him with but iTNNorthJersey.

In order to continue to be able to provide this very necessary service we need more volunteer drivers.  Please spread the word – as little as one ride per month will help our riders tremendously.  It’s the greatest feeling in the world when we can say to a member “Yes! We can take you there!”.

Volunteers are needed to help serve more members of Bergen County.  Volunteers are needed to drive those in need to appointments, errands, or any other ride they may need.  Volunteers can volunteer as little as 2 hours per month or of course spend much more time helping.  Please call Mary Lyons Kim at 201-398-6885 to learn more or sign up!