VolunteerConnect Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a Fundraising Art Exhibition

“Hand of Life,” by artist Vince Bush (left), pictured with VolunteerConnect founder and Impact Award honoree Nancy Robins.

Local nonprofit, VolunteerConnect, celebrated its 20 year of passion, purpose, and partnership by hosting an art show both as a fundraiser and to support the local arts community. Sixty percent of the proceeds from the sale of each work went directly to the artists. The event was held at the offices of at Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, NJ.

“The art show provided an opportunity for visual artists to show their work and support a worthy cause,” said Amy Klein, executive director of VolunteerConnect. “It also provided an opportunity for the local business community to support the arts.”

During the exhibition, Klein formally announced 2018 Annual Impact Award honorees, who will be recognized at a cocktail reception at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, NJ, on Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 8pm. For the past three years, VolunteerConnect has selected an individual, a nonprofit, and a community partner who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism.

“This year, we are also adding a ‘BoardConnect Rising Star’ award, which recognizes an alumnus of our board training program who not only shows amazing potential as an outstanding nonprofit board trustee, but is also already creating an impact, is fully engaged and is setting an example for others to follow,” said Klein.

The 2018 Impact Award honorees are: Nancy Robins, Founder of VolunteerConnect, Liz Erickson Volunteer Impact Award; art exhibit host Stark & Stark, Corporate Award; Kidsbridge, Community Award; and Roberta Kaplan, Trustee, Millhill Child & Family Development Center, BoardConnect Rising Star Award.

“We are proud to be honoring our founder, Nancy Robins, who is more than a community volunteer. She is a philanthropist, activist and visionary. We are so lucky to have been guided by her foresight for 20 years and have been able to support hundreds of nonprofits by connecting them with others in our region that want to share their time, talents and treasure,” added Klein.

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.

Tickets for the 2018 Impact Awards can be purchased on Volunteerconnectnj.org.

About VolunteerConnect: Founded in 1988, VolunteerConnect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand the reach, impact and capacity of community organizations through effective volunteerism. The organization promotes skilled volunteerism and service in Central New Jersey. VolunteerConnect is located at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540. www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org.

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