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Bergen County Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Bergen Volunteer Center strengthens the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders.
Bergen Volunteer Center strengthens the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders. Photo Credit: Joyce Luhrs

“Celebrate Service” is the theme for this year’s All National Volunteer Week April 10-16 in Northern New Jersey.

The theme is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

The week calls on every citizen to do his or her part to sustain the growing spirit of service to the community, whether by committing hours or dollars to the cause.

The Bergen Volunteer Center can help match individuals with opportunities to volunteer. The center provides a multitude of choices at hundreds of community agencies.

The center can provide individual volunteer opportunities, group and at-home project ideas, as well as information for students and youth groups interested in volunteering - particularly helpful to those seeking to fulfill community service requirements.

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and groups in the community to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

Established in 1974, the week has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with literally thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout.

The estimated dollar value of a volunteer’s time is $23.17 per hour (IndependentSector.org); the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) estimates that volunteers donate an average of 8 billion hours yearly—equivalent to more than $171 billion in contributed service.

The Volunteer Center’s two mentoring programs, Mentoring Moms and Mentoring Youth, train and supervise adult mentors for overwhelmed moms and for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Training for Mentoring Moms begins Monday, April 11 and for Mentoring Youth on Wednesday, April 13. Registration for either program can be made by calling 201-489-9454.

Click here for more information or call the Center at (201) 489-9454.

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