Volunteer Center of Bergen County Do Good! Feel Good!

imagesAs the holiday season approaches, we are often reminded to be grateful for all our blessings that we have received during the past year.  As we celebrate with our closest friends, family, neighbors and ‘give thanks’ this holiday season, we are exercising one of the key ingredients in being a happy and high performing individual: gratitude!  Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for bettering ourselves. It’s the one-day each year dedicated to expressing appreciation, counting blessings, and extending our reach to those who are less fortunate.

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County believes that through volunteer service people have the ability to enrich their own lives and enhance the quality of life in their communities. These simple, but very powerful words can take on an entirely new meaning when you get involved. Below are two wonderful opportunities to create lasting memories with your family.

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Family Volunteer Day

Do you have a green thumb? The Bergen County Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) is calling all families and gardeners!  On Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 11am – 2pm, be a part of Family Volunteer Day. Volunteers are needed to assist local area residents with fall clean up and yard work. These residents may be elderly or still suffering from the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy. Join us as we also plant bulbs in front and around the municipal buildings of Moonachie, a short distance from The Modern in Fort Lee. This is the perfect way to jump start the holiday season by helping our neighbor’s brighten up their properties. The forecast looks sunny and crisp – dress warmly. Please email Patti at pkennelly@bergenvolunteers.org or call 201-906-7648 if you are interested in lending a helping hand.

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All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program

Once again, The Volunteer Center is proud to sponsor the All Wrapped Up Holiday Giving Program. This program brings together individuals and families in need with willing donors from the community. All Wrapped Up has proven an effective way to guarantee that the neediest people are not forgotten during the holiday season.  The holiday program continues to be a huge success. Last year, 734 families and 1014 individuals, referred by 41 area non-profit agencies, were “adopted” by other families, individuals, community groups and companies. Over 940 donors from the community responded with donations of gifts, gift certificates, toys, clothing and household items, totaling more than $284,000. Due to the overwhelming outpour from generous donors almost 3,500 people coping with illness, unemployment, isolation, domestic abuse and poverty received holiday cheer.

Opened since November 3, 2014, The Holiday Hotline is awaiting your donation!

To make a donation to All Wrapped Up

https://bergenvolunteers.ejoinme.org/MyPages/AllWrappedUpDonationPage/tabid/163067/Default.aspx

http://www.bergenvolunteers.org/default.aspx

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