The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC) announced that it has selected Amy Klein, executive director of VolunteerConnect, as its recipient of the ninth annual Community Leader of the Year Award. Klein will be recognized at the PRCC Annual Business Leadership Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, at the Tournament Players Club at TCP Jasna Polana in Princeton.
For the ninth consecutive year, PRCC is recognizing an individual or organization that has demonstrated effective, long-standing community support.
“I am deeply honored to receive this distinguished award, and especially proud to be accepting it on behalf of VolunteerConnect,” said Klein. “This award puts skilled volunteerism at the forefront, which is what our mission at VolunteerConnect is all about.”
VolunteerConnect helps organizations enhance their capacity by providing them with the professional talent they need to get critical, strategic-level projects completed. They educate future board members so that they can better govern an organization and connect nonprofits to skilled volunteers for short-term impact projects. Through its board training and skills-based volunteering programs, VolunteerConnect is able to provide organizations with the professional support they desperately need but often cannot afford.
“I am grateful to the Princeton Regional Chamber for its ongoing dedication to community service,” said Klein. “Day after day, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce not only sees that nonprofits are a vital part of the economy but that we have a huge impact on the quality of life for so many residents in the Princeton region, and they continue to support and draw attention to our work.”
Klein, a graduate of UCLA, has extensive nonprofit development and fundraising experience. As the executive director of VolunteerConnect, she successfully launched skills-based volunteerism in New Jersey, including both nonprofit board training for individuals and corporations and short-term pro bono impact projects. In addition, Klein is on the advisory board of RSVP of Mercer County and sits on committees with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Princeton Community Works.