Friday, October 30, 2009
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Individuals, families, civic groups, corporations and business associations are encouraged to "adopt" an individual or a family in need. Click here for detailed information, including a simple form that you can complete and submit online. Soon after, you will be contacted with information about the individual or family you have "adopted" for the holidays. You can also call us at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 (Debbie Emery).
Times are tough, so please do whatever you can to help our neighbor’s right here in Bergen County have a happier holiday!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Service Learning - where community and education intersect
School administrators, teachers, service advisors, leaders of community and faith-based organizations and students are encouraged to attend. The conference will run from 8:30 am - 12 noon in the TEC Center at BCC. Please click here to view the event brochure. For information, contact Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext. 118 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Power of Volunteers
Thank you very much for this award. I am truly honored. I have
always appreciated the Urban League and its commitment to community, and I deeply value your good work – across the country and here in Englewood.
I’ve got to tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and one of the reasons is that I get to work in partnership with the Urban League and with the other organizations that are being honored here today.
My organization focuses on the power of volunteers to make the world a better place. I have always believed that volunteering is a key component of social justice, because volunteering brings people together.
When I was little, I got my first volunteer experience helping my mother distribute
materials for the Cancer Society. Remember those 7 danger signs? Well I lived with those materials so long that I was sure that I had them all. The cough that
wouldn’t stop, sore that wouldn’t heal, the mole that kept getting bigger.
That experience has lived with me all these years and I think it’s important, because a key feature of volunteering is empathy. I really believed that I was dying, and I know how scared I was. That hasn’t left me, nor has the sense of empathy, of sensing
what others are feeling. Not only the pain of the sick or the despair of the homeless, but the gladness in the eyes of a lonely senior when someone brings them a meal or gives them a friendly call, or the pride that someone – a child or an adult – feels when a volunteer helps them grasp the concept of reading; or the thrill when a mentor takes a child to the zoo and they see an elephant up close and personal for the very first time; or the fervor of someone who stands up for the underdog -- or for their own rights -- and extends their passion to others.
These are the kinds of things that make up my day, and every single day brings joy as well as heartache because every day is full of the full range of humanity.
At a recent forum with President George H.W. Bush (#41), President Obama commented on the importance of service, and I want to pass along his words:
"Service isn't separate from our national priorities or secondary to our national priorities - it's integral to achieving our national priorities. It's how we will meet the challenges of our time...
That's always been the story of this nation--the story of those who stepped forward in our darkest hours to serve it. Those who rose to answer the defining questions of their time: Colony or country? Free or half free? Separate but equal, or truly equal?
Those folks weren't in it for the money. Those folks were volunteers. Their
service wasn't "extra." It was the work that changed this country."
Thank you very much for this award. I am honored to be among you today.
The 411 on Managing Leadership Volunteers
Effectively managing these skilled volunteers is a critical skill for non-profit executive directors and senior staff. To learn best practices in this fine art, the Volunteer Center is presenting a workshop on Managing Leadership Volunteers, on Wednesday, November 4, at 9:30 am. For more information on this course and others click here.
Pre-registration and pre-payment of the $35.00 fee for Managing Leadership Volunteers is required; the deadline for registration is October 30th. For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (201) 489-9454, ext.114.
Friday, October 23, 2009
VC Programs Link with Seniors
Representatives of RSVP and Chore provided information and answered questions about our services, which include placement of volunteers in meaningful positions (RSVP) and engaging volunteer handymen/handywomen to provide minor home repairs for the elderly or disabled (Chore).
Healthy snacks and drinks were provided courtesy of Kings Super Market of Ridgewood. Special thanks to Kevin Brendlen of Van Dyk Manor for generously sponsoring our table at the event!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Disaster can strike anytime…Be prepared
Disasters can strike at any time, and it is in everyone's best interest to be prepared. Detective Gidget Petry, Bergen County OEM ‘s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator, will discuss how people can prepare for disasters before they occur. She will also discuss how residents can become part of the nationwide CERT program by attending additional training courses offered throughout Bergen County.
“Local officials and relief workers may not be able to get to everyone immediately after a disaster strikes,” says Mary Swatek Hudson, graduate of the Bergen LEADS Class of 2009 and vice-chair of ABL. “Residents may initially be on their own; they will need to know how to help themselves and their neighbors effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.”
The Disaster Preparedness Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Northern New Jersey Girl Scout offices, 300 Forest Avenue, in Paramus. The program is open to the public (age 12 and up) at no charge, but pre-registration is required. E-mail email@example.com by October 23rd to reserve a space.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Major Broadcast Networks Mobilize to Promote Volunteerism
EIF is mobilizing the entire entertainment community to promote a new way of thinking about service and seeks to persuade millions more of Americans to volunteer regularly.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Kids Enjoy Zoo Trip
“The day was truly magical,” said Eva Tobias, an assistant with the VIPS program. "Children laughed at the animals, made new friendships, and reunited with others. The weather even held out until everyone was back on the bus heading home."
VIPS helps youth who have suffered abuse or neglect see and take steps to achieve a brighter future. "The trip to the zoo is an inspiring testament to the hard work and generosity that a local company -- Quest Diasgnostics -- provided by supporting these kids," says Janet Sharma, Volunteer Center executive director. "We are very grateful!"
Friday, October 9, 2009
Get on Board
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County invites you to take part in a unique leadership experience to learn about serving as a board member in a nonprofit agency. The Getting On Board workshop will help participants understand what is involved in serving on an organization’s Board of Directors. The 2-hour primer on board service will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00 pm.
The cost for the Getting On Board training is $10.00 per person and includes the training presentation, handouts, and refreshments. Class size is limited so register now! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; registration deadline is October 16, 2009. For more information or to register, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tess Tomasi at (201) 489-9454 x 114.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Riders Rally in the Rain!
The weather for the Bergen Bike Tour on Sunday, September 27th was less than perfect, but hundreds of enthusiastic and determined riders, volunteers, sponsors and guests made the rainy day seem positively sunny! More than 150 riders braved the mist and rain, then relaxed post-ride with family and friends in the warmth of a huge, rustic lodge at Darlington Park. Students from the Healing Hands Institute massaged cyclists' aching muscles, DJ Scott Reddin got the party going with great music and games, and volunteer cooks served up a fabulous barbeque of hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings.
Major sponsors TD Bank, Ford Motor Company and additional corporate sponsors generously provided giveaways and information. Riders have until November 13th to continue fundraising, with proceeds benefiting Tomorrows Children's Fund and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Many thanks to all who rode, volunteered, sponsored and cheered - and hope to see you next year!