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The 2021 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards

For more information and to Nominate a Volunteer for the 2021 Awards go to www.njgovernorsawards.com and nominate someone today!

 

Soles 4 Souls Trucking Day 2-13-21 Impact Statement

Last week on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 we invited 8 volunteers to help load a truck from our Bordentown Collection site. We loaded 9,383 lbs. of shoes and 2,729 lbs. of clothes.

The shoes and clothes were transported to our partner in New Jersey where the shoes will be sorted, graded, and repackaged, and sent to micro-entrepreneurs in countries like Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Kenya.

We recently spoke with Sam, our long-time friend and partner in Haiti, about how the pandemic has affected used shoe and clothing donations. He shared his thoughts with us on why our continued operations bring purpose and meaning for him and his micro-entrepreneurs:

"There is a sense of hope that I see in the eyes of our micro-entrepreneurs [who sell the shoes you donate] every time they open a box of shoes. The kind of hope that reassures them tomorrow will be better. "– Sam Darguin, Soles4Souls Haiti Micro-Enterprise Partner and Haitian American Caucus Co-Founder and Country Director

Visit: https://soles4souls.org/

Congratulations to Armed Forces Heritage Museum

RE: 2021 County History Partnership Program Grant

 

Dear Mr. Plummer:

I am happy to inform you that the Burlington County Board of County Commissioners awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to the Armed Forces Heritage Museum at its meeting held on January 27th. The grant is to be used for implementation of transportable exhibits on New Jersey’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. This funding is made possible through a grant awarded to the County by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

We look forward to hearing about your successes at the end of the grant program year! Congratulations!

Sincerely,

Linda A. Hynes

Commissioner

Roy Plummer

Board Chairman

Armed Forces Heritage Museum

Post Office Box 324

Wrightstown, New

Jersey 08562

Cell: 856-313-8704 Home: 609-499-2074

Email: Personal: slicksunny44@yahoo.com

www.afhmus.org

A non-profit

501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

State of New Jersey Corporation

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Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps

Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer workforce of health professionals and community volunteers serving the citizens of Burlington County in the event of a public health emergency, and with public health initiatives (ie: seasonal flu clinics, health fairs, volunteer  recruitment). Volunteers must be US citizens and reside or work in Burlington County.   (609) 265-5548 - Email: bchd@co.burlington.nj.us - Training provided.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you?

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?

• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?

• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?

• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?

Batsto Village / Historical Society

Batsto Village / Historical Society  is always in need of volunteer docents to provide tours of the mansion and Post Office. If you have a passion for the history of the area, contact the Wharton State Forest office at (609) 561-0024 and ask the staff how to get started

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Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps

Burlington County Medical Reserve Corps is a volunteer workforce of health professionals and community volunteers serving the citizens of Burlington County in the event of a public health emergency, and with public health initiatives (ie: seasonal flu clinics, health fairs, volunteer  recruitment). Volunteers must be US citizens and reside or work in Burlington County.   (609) 265-5548 - Email: bchd@co.burlington.nj.us - Training provided. Volunteers and their families are part of the First Responder Medication Distribution Plan. If interested, please contact the Burlington County Health Department

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Family Volunteering: The Benefits to Families

Family Volunteering:  The Benefits to Families

Through volunteer activities, families enrich their relationships with one another and gain insights into the challenges of other human beings.

The following are some benefits to families who volunteer:

  • Adults and children share the same goal and a common purpose.
  • Children gain opportunities to share their time and talents.
  • Children learn self-confidence and acquire new skills.
  • Family members encounter people form different cultures and economic backgrounds, and grow as human beings.
  • Family members see one another in a new light and with a fresh perspective.
  • Family members become better at communicating and more supportive of one another.
  • Volunteer experiences carry over into other parts of their lives such as dinner table discussions.
  • Children learn the lifelong lesson that by giving to others they put their own problems in perspective.

From a publication of Family Matters, a national program of the Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network, designed to strengthen families and to help solve serious social problems in communities through family volunteering.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you? • Is there enough for you to do? • Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers? • Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you? • How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?

• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?

• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?

• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?

• Would I volunteer in person, or be a volunteer online (cyber-volunteer)? Can I volunteer from home or work? How can I get to the volunteer location?

Once you have answered these questions:

• Contact the Volunteer Center of Burlington County to find a listing of volunteer opportunities and to learn about organizations needing volunteers.

• Call organizations that match your volunteer interest, abilities, and availability.

• Schedule an appointment to meet with the organization’s manager of volunteers.

• Ensure that you have a good match between the organization and yourself before you begin to volunteer.

• Complete any paperwork (application, background check, etc.) needed in order to volunteer.

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