There is something inherently optimistic to the start of the New Year. Perhaps it comes from physically noticing that the days are getting longer. Perhaps it is from the warm afterglow of the holiday good cheer. Perhaps it is because we are still committed to our resolutions and we feel empowered and in charge. Whatever the reason, the sense of optimism, hope and renewal is important to seize and embrace.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, New Jersey ranks 46th of the 50 states in volunteer rates, with just 20% of residents engaged in volunteer activities. I must say, that from our vantage point at the Bergen Volunteer Center, it is hard, if not impossible, to square this statistic with what we see everyday in Bergen County. Perhaps volunteerism is hard to track and report. Perhaps many of us don't think of the things we do as part of our regular lives as "volunteerism and community service." Whatever the reason, we are committed, yes, resolved to changing this perception in 2017.
2017 will be a year devoted to Redefining Volunteerism, lifting up the tremendous impact that volunteerism and community service has in Bergen County and ensuring that everyone who seeks to make a difference can find ways to give back with impact.
Volunteering builds community in the most important and lasting ways. We are embracing the sense of renewal that the New Year brings and looking forward to turning caring into meaningful action.
Welcome to the Bergen Volunteer Center
The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs.