VolunteerConnect Recognizes Three for Community Work

Award winners: Marge Smith, David Anderson, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer and Hill Wallack representatives, Ryan Kennedy, Mike Kahme & Tom Halm,, with Robin Fogel, Board Chair, VolunteerConnect and Amy Klein, Executive Director of VolunteerConnect

On October 1, 2014, VolunteerConnect hosted their annual Impact Awards, honoring Marge Smith, The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer and Hill Wallack, LLP, for their dedication to volunteerism in greater Mercer County. This year’s theme, “Nature of Volunteering” was held at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s beautifully restored barn in Princeton.

“We were thrilled to recognize extraordinary leaders who have embraced the importance of volunteerism and exemplify a passion for giving back to the community,” said VolunteerConnect’s Executive Director, Amy Klein. “All of our awardees truly deserve this recognition and we’re proud to be able to share their accomplishments.”

The award recipients were also all given a Joint Legislative Resolution by Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for their efforts in support of volunteerism in the State.

VolunteerConnect helps to match skills-based volunteers with area organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, Isles, The New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, Kidsbridge, Trenton Community Music School and the West Windsor Arts Center. By sharing their professional talents, skills-based volunteers allow nonprofits to better serve their clients while continuing to direct their finances to client services and needs. VolunteerConnect also partners with corporations to provide skills-based opportunities and board training for employees to learn to be effective nonprofit board members.

For more information about VolunteerConnect’s programming, please visit the website at www.volunteerconnectnj.org or contact Amy Klein at amy@volunteerconnectnj.org or 609-921-8893.

NOTE: MercerMe was proud to be a sponsor at this year’s Impact Awards and to support VolunteerConnect’s work in the community.  Also, the author’s husband is an attorney at Hill Wallack (congrats to Ryan Kennedy and the rest of the firm!).

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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