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The upcoming Public Forum on the Future of Local Government, scheduled for, Tuesday, June 22 at
In the words of noted anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These words served to inspire over 80 students and 20 school administrators and representatives from
Global Youth Service Day is a campaign that celebrates and mobilizes millions of children and youth to positively impact their communities through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, GYSD occurs in over 100 countries and is the largest service event in the world!
When members of the Woodcliff Middle School Student Council began searching for their next community outreach project they went right to the BergenVolunteens web site to look for opportunities to make a difference!
It was then that the idea of participating in a GLOBAL youth service day took hold. While taking part in a “Community Clean Up!” at the Old Mill on April 23rd, students in
Student Council members reached out to the Community Service Club, Environmental Club, and Borough Hall in celebration of the true spirit of Earth Day (being addressed in science classrooms across the grade levels) as they cleaned up, spruced up, and beautified their recreation area and gave back to a community that has given so much to its youth!
According to Trish Montini, 7th Grade Collabrative Teacher at Woodcliff Middle School, “When children are engaged in meaningful ‘service’ opportunities, it is the adults, who are fortunate to partner with them, who ‘learn’ about the positive contributions that even the youngest volunteers can make to their communities!"
For more information about how you can offer exciting opportunities for young people to participate in meaningful and rewarding service learning activities please contact Debbie Emery at 201-489-9454, ext. 118.
The award was presented at a ceremony at NJ PAC in
The Governor’s Jefferson Volunteer Awards, which are given in 18 categories, honor the dedication and commitment of outstanding individuals and organizations whose selfless gifts of time and talents help improve the quality of life for citizens throughout
Since 1995, Mentoring Moms has recruited, trained and supported volunteer mentors to provide guidance to overwhelmed mothers. The program supports those who are striving to become better parents while they deal with the challenges of every day living. The Mentoring Moms Program impacts not only mothers, but other family members as well, and largely succeeds because of the volunteers who are there to support the entire family, from attending school meetings with the mother, to helping children with homework, and providing reliable transportation for the family.
On May 19 our RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) celebrated Older Americans Month with a luncheon honoring our outstanding volunteers. 55 volunteers and guests attended the celebration, which was sponsored by Care One at the Cupola in
Barbara Wiederecht, RSVP Director, spoke about the power and importance of volunteering. RSVP volunteers share their life of experience and knowledge in so many ways: tutoring, reading to children, tax preparation, feeding the hungry, helping the environment, local blood banks and teaching computer skills. The event was capped by presentation of an attractive, personalized certificate to each volunteer.
“I don’t volunteer for recognition,” said Barbara Moskowitz, a volunteer with the Mentoring Moms program. “But it is nice to be honored for something you love doing.”
Elaine Walsh, of Oradell, is our new Board President. She has been a Volunteer Center Board member since 2004 and a Vice President for the past two years. She served as chair of the Center's successful Derby Day fundraising event this spring and is active on many committees. Elaine has also been very involved with the Girls Scouts of
Outgoing Board President Bob Cooper spoke eloquently about his time spent at the
Newly elected Board members include: Joyce F. Baynes,
Congratulations Elaine and new Directors!