In 2017, the Bergen Volunteer Center’s Chore Service celebrates 40 years of keeping Bergen County’s elderly and disabled residents safe in their own homes, by performing minor home repairs free of charge, except for the cost of any parts used.
From our humble beginnings in 1977, when 2 volunteers used their own cars to visit about 15 Bergen County neighbors a month, we have grown into the robust organization we are today, in which 45 volunteers travel in a fleet of vans to every town in Bergen County! Last year, we completed over 5,000 repairs, logged in 10,000 volunteer hours and served over 1,400 residents!
The heart and soul of the Chore Service are our amazing volunteers. They come to us with varying backgrounds, experiences and interests, but all with a common goal—to use their skills in home repair to help our most vulnerable neighbors.
Each week until the end of the year, we will introduce you to different Chore volunteers and crews to share their stories, and to look forward to the next 40 years of Chore!
To begin, we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Arizaga, who has been a member of the Friday Chore Van #2 crew for the past 2 years. He currently is the Building Maintenance Supervisor at Temple Sinai in Tenafly, and volunteers for Chore on his day off. He likes keeping busy by repairing things at home, at work and with Chore. He enjoys the time he spends with his Chore crew, sharing knowledge of household repairs. “I have a pleasant time by helping others in need”.
To celebrate this incredibly impactful program that enables thousands of seniors and disabled individuals to live safely and independently in their homes, please join us at the 40th Anniversary of Chore BeefsteakDinner!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
6 pm -10 pm
Camp Merritt-Cresskill American Legion
Tickets are $50
Includes dinner, soda, beer, wine and dessert! Catered by Nightingale!
Entertainment provided by the Flying Ivories Dueling Pianos!
Visit bergenvolunteers.org/chore-beefsteak.html or call 201-489-9454 to purchase your tickets TODAY!