VolunteerConnect Celebrates the “Joy of Volunteering” at Annual Impact Awards

New Jersey nonprofit VolunteerConnect will recognize the dedication, commitment and extensive volunteer work of social entrepreneur and volunteer Geniva Martin, the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) and Novo Nordisk at their annual Impact Awards. This year’s reception, which celebrates the “Joy of Volunteering,” will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 6-8pm, at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.

VolunteerConnect helps organizations enhance their capacity by providing the professional talent they need to get critical, strategic-level projects completed. “We match skilled professionals looking for volunteer opportunities to nonprofits who need their professionals skills,” said Amy Klein, Executive Director of VolunteerConnect. Each year, the nonprofit selects an individual, a nonprofit and a community partner who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism.

For the second year, VolunteerConnect is honoring an individual with the prestigious Liz Erickson Volunteer Impact Award. “This year’s honoree, Geniva Martin, could not be more deserving,” said Klein. “Geniva has devoted endless energy and valuable leadership to so many area nonprofits.”

Geniva previously served on the Impact Award committee for VolunteerConnect and is the current benefit tri-chair, past president, and a long-term board member of Corner House, as well as the Development co-chair of the YWCA Princeton. She also serves on committees for the Junior League of Greater Princeton and the Princeton-Blairstown Center, and is actively involved with the Design at Dohm Alley, sponsored by Princeton Future, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties.

This year’s nonprofit honoree, the Princeton-Blairstown Center, provides adventure-based, experiential education to vulnerable youth.

“VolunteerConnect has been a critical partner in building a different kind of board for the Princeton-Blairstown Center, which can help to ensure our success for the next 100 years,” said Pam Gregory, President and CEO, Princeton-Blairstown Center. “One of the best pieces of advice I received when I began my job at PBC was to contact Amy Klein at VolunteerConnect.”

Corporate Awardee Novo Nordisk, the world’s leader in diabetes care, is among a handful of companies around the world to incorporate the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) model into its company bylaws. This is based on the principle that a company’s bottom line should reflect more than financial considerations, and that corporate giving should not just be in dollars.

“At Novo Nordisk, we make a commitment to social responsibility and believe that a healthy economy, environment and society are interconnected,” said Genevieve Jean-Bart Fadayomi, Associate Director, U.S. Corporate Giving and Social Impact, Novo Nordisk. “Utilizing our resources to address life’s challenges—whether it is through philanthropic contributions, hands-on time, or the talent and expertise of our employees—is woven into the fabric of our company and our culture.”

Tickets for the Impact Awards can be purchased on VolunteerConnect’s website at www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org or by calling 609.921.8893.

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. For more information, visit www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org. VolunteerConnect is located at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540. 

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