Valid from 09/09/2009
VolunteerConnect Forum Connects Green to Volunteerism
Discussion on environmental volunteerism brings together the public, non-profits and companies from throughout Mercer County
(Princeton, NJ) – On June 14th, attendees gathered at the Johnson Education Center in Princeton for an interesting dialogue on the meaning and value of effective volunteerism. Sponsored and organized by VolunteerConnect, central New Jersey’s leading volunteer center, the event brought together a panel that presented their experience in volunteerism and how volunteering fits into an environmentally friendly and sustainable society.
Executive Director of VolunteerConnect, Adrienne Rubin, moderated the panel that consisted of environmental community leaders. The group included: Jim WaltmanStony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association; Linda Mead, D&R Greenway Land Trust; Barbara Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist and Master Gardener Advisor; and Pam Mount, Lawrence Township Councilwoman and Former Mayor.
“It’s important that as we grow ever more environmentally conscious, that we also look to volunteer opportunities in our community that promote sustainability and support the environment,” stated Executive Director Rubin. “This event served as a forum to increase awareness and draw attention to the many possibilities available nearby.”
Lawrence Councilwoman Pam Mount reinforced the theme that all individuals can make a difference. “We all need to think of ourselves as environmental volunteers. Consider that everything you do has an impact on the environment – and there are more sustainable options. You can improve the environment through every group you're already involved in. You’ll be surprised at what you can do.”
In addition, the panel provided ways by which attendees can contribute and offered specific opportunities at their organizations. D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead discussed the team of volunteers that assist in the preservation of southern New Jersey’s canals and ecological landscapes. Specifically, these members include the trailbuilders who go out and create new trails every weekend; the land preservation stewards who walk the various greenways once a season and note their status; and the Monday morning work crews who ensure the removal of evasive plant species and restore habitats. Ms. Mead recognized an increased environmental awareness after September 11th and the broad acknowledgment of climate change since An Inconvenient Truth. “People realize things are happening and we have to work and be hands-on to make a difference.”
Jim Waltman, of theStony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, brought the discussion to the current environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. He emphasized that if people are frustrated by the situation and cannot make the trip to volunteer there, we should focus our energy on keeping the water clean here in New Jersey. “Everyone has their own particular shade of green – we want to help make that green brighter.”
Barbara Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist, discussed her role as a Master Gardener Advisor. She has educated volunteers on how to become part of their garden community and has trained over 400 volunteers to become Master Gardeners. “To be a Master Gardener, you don't have to know everything about gardening! You just have to like people and be willing to share what you are learning with them.”
“The message tonight is very important and succinct”, said Mrs. Rubin of VolunteerConnect. We can all make valuable contributions in creating a more sustainable society, no matter how small our investment of time and energy is.”
If you are interested in obtaining further information on these or other volunteering opportunities in greater Mercer County, please visit for a complete listing.
Valid from 06/22/2010 to 08/22/2010
(Princeton) – VolunteerConnect, Mercer County’s volunteer center and an affiliate of the national HandsOn Network, recently underwent a change in its Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting.
After four years of dedicated leadership, Gil Gordon handed over the reins as VolunteerConnect Board Chair this past month. Mr. Gordon has over 35 years of experience as a human resources consultant. During his tenure with VolunteerConnect, he directed the largest period of growth and development that the organization has ever witnessed.
“We truly appreciate the remarkable commitment and leadership Gil has shown in his role as Chair,” said Executive Director Adrienne Rubin. “Under his direction, we have grown significantly and made unprecedented strides. We are thrilled that he will continue to serve as a Board member and advance our goal of promoting volunteerism and service in Central New Jersey.”
The VolunteerConnect Board unanimously appointed Robin Fogel, an Executive Coach and human resource consultant, as the new Chair. Ms. Fogel is a former NJ Assistant State Treasurer and Human Resource director and the owner of Robin Fogel & Associates. “We are excited that Robin is taking on this role. She is a creative and dedicated leader who will continue the growth and progress that we experienced under Gil,” commented Ms. Rubin.
The Board also named Antonino Scarpati, Assistant Dean for Student Services, School of Nursing, The College of New Jersey, as Vice Chair, Annette Buchanan, Process Improvement Consultant with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, as Secretary, and reappointed Samuel D. Bulow, Associate with the Princeton University Investment Company, as Treasurer. Three new Board members will be joining the VolunteerConnect team: Joanne Meehan, Marketing, Glenmede Trust, and former Director of Development for the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Benevento, Senior Writer at Workwise Communication, and Michael Pidgeon, Esq., Associate at Pepper Hamilton, LLP. All three will play critical roles in VolunteerConnect’s communication, outreach and development efforts.
VolunteerConnect’s mission is to enrich the lives of Central New Jersey residents by promoting effective volunteerism and service. Besides its work in bringing volunteers and opportunities together, VolunteerConnect provides training and professional development in volunteer management to nonprofit leaders to help them effectively recruit, utilize, retain, and recognize volunteers. People looking for volunteer opportunities can find them on the VolunteerConnect web site at www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org.
For additional information, contact: Adrienne Rubin: adrienne@VolunteerConnectNJ.org.
Valid from 07/30/2010 to 09/30/2010
VolunteerConnect Event Recognized 87 Deserving Volunteers
and paid a special tribute to Craig Lafferty,
President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Mercer County
(Titusville, NJ) – More than 150 people came together on Wednesday, October 27th, at Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Titusville for the 1st Annual VolunteerConnect Community Connections reception. At the event, VolunteerConnect, the volunteer center of the greater Mercer County area, presented its first Founders’ Award to Craig Lafferty, the retiring President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Mercer County. The Founders’ Award recognizes the vision and commitment of the four community volunteers who founded VolunteerConnect, originally called Hands On Helpers, over twelve years ago: Nancy Robins, Lynn Greenberg, Pam Machold and JoAnn Carchman.
VolunteerConnect Board Chair Robin Fogel applauded the selection of Mr. Lafferty. “As our first Founders’ Award recipient, Craig Lafferty is a perfect example of the commitment to service in the community that drives this event. Through his many years of leadership and compassion at the United Way, he has been able to positively impact the lives of so many people in need. We were proud to honor him at our inaugural reception for his lifetime of promoting volunteerism.”
In addition, 87 volunteers from 34 nonprofit organizations from across the greater Mercer County area were honored with VolunteerConnect ChangeMaker Awards. The work of volunteers is both invaluable and essential for the many non-profit organizations in our area. “Community Connections gave us the opportunity to recognize people who have made a difference in the programs and initiatives of the nonprofits that serve our communities,” said VolunteerConnect Executive Director Adrienne Rubin. “That so many volunteers were chosen to be honored indicates the importance of volunteerism across the region. We were pleased to be able to help our partner organizations thank the volunteers who have worked on their behalf.”
The event was hosted by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and VolunteerConnect is grateful for their support.
For your ease in publicizing the accomplishment of volunteers who are in your area, on the next page is a list of the volunteers that were honored, sorted by the municipality in which they live.
In the photo: JoAnn Carchman and Nancy Robins, two of the founders of VolunteerConnect (formerly Hands On Helpers) with Founders’ Award recipient Craig Lafferty, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Mercer County.
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The mission of VolunteerConnect is to enrich the lives of Central New Jersey residents by promoting effective volunteerism and service. For more information, please visit www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org
Valid from 10/30/2010 to 12/15/2010
"Corporate Volunteerism: Building Partnerships. Building Teams. Building Community." Presented by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with VolunteerConnect January 26, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Johnson Education Center at D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
In this presentation, Bill Clark will address successful strategies for non-profit organizations to engage corporate volunteers that strengthen corporate relationships, create mutually beneficial opportunities and help companies become more socially responsible in the 21st century.
Valid from 12/27/2010 to 01/27/2011
Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation Presents A Series on Corporate Volunteerism in partnership with VolunteerConnect
Valid from 02/23/2011 to 04/16/2011