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#MakeADifferenceDay Jersey Cares

USA Weekend Magazine created Make A Difference Day back in 1992. Since then, many organizations have supported, developing campaigns centered around the holiday. Now, USA Today is its primary sponsor and organizer. It is the #1 location to find ways in which you can make a difference. Ways to celebrate are limitless. 

There are numerous organizations across the globe that focus on making a difference daily. #HipNJ would like to highlight Jersey Cares, a program filled with hundreds of volunteer opportunities, open to everyone! The make volunteering super simple! First you register, and then you can choose a volunteer opportunity, participate in an annual event, start a collection drive, or even get your company involved in their Corporate Service Program

Volunteer Opportunities 

Jersey Cares has volunteer opportunities available  every single day. For the remainder of the month, they have opportunities such as Marketplace, Tutoring and Mentoring, Pet Therapy, Halloween Costume Drives, Earth Keepers, Mobile Meals, Caring Closet, Care of the Park, Hunger Helpers, and so much more!

Annual Events 

Jersey Cares holds their Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event annually in order to embody Dr. King’s vision, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together. The goal is to strengthen their communities and build a stronger New Jersey. This year, 1700 volunteers in 20 service projects, across 10 counties, honored the legacy of Dr. MLK Jr. by serving hot meals to those who needed them, creating blankets for the homeless, painting murals in schools, sending time with seniors, and more! 

They also hold their September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event annually. In 2017, they gathered 500 volunteers at a Jersey City high school. Volunteers honored those who were affected by 9/11 through projects such as creating thank-you kits for first responders, landscaping the schools 9/11 memorial, and painting inspirational murals in the hallway. 

Customized Corporate Service Programs

Becoming a Jersey Cares Partner means getting your company involved in a non-profit partnership that will benefit the community. Your company will receive customized volunteer project planning services for your employees, clients, vendors, family members and anyone else you choose. So far, Jersey Care Partners have participated in interactive workshops, financial literacy and resume building workshops, greenhouse building and more!

In addition, apart of the Customized Corporate Service Program is The Jersey Cares On the Go Program. It provides employees the opportunity to contribute to their communities through team-based projects that are implemented right in their offices or on-site at a conference!

As you can see, making a difference is made simple by Jersey Cares. Let’s join them today!

As they say, “Be the change. Volunteer.”

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Tony Dearing Honored at Alzheimer’s NJ Gala

Tony Dearing, the Director of News Operations for NJ Advance Media, was honored at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala for his work spreading awareness and knowledge about Alzheimer’s and also other forms of dementia.

Dearing’s mother was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia or FTD.  He became determined to learn everything that he could about the disease. Eventually, Dearing felt he should be sharing this information with people to spread awareness of the disease. He wrote a column for NJ.com and the Star Ledger that included his findings from his research on FTD.

Dearing describes Alzheimer’s New Jersey as a “wonderful resource and partner.” He expressed his gratitude for Alzheimer’s New Jersey as he claims that all of the work that he does is enhanced by their partnership. Dearing appreciates and commends the work that Alzheimer’s New Jersey doe. He strives to honor his mother and feels privileged to work with an organization that fights for that cause.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org.

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Walter MacDonald Given Award at Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala

Walter MacDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of ETS, received an award at the Alzheimer’s New Jersey Gala. This was for his work improving the lives of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s.

Educational Testing Service, or ETS, strives to help advance the quality and equity in education regardless of an individual’s circumstances. They do this by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services. ETS has sponsored Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s event for the past 15 years and plan to for 15 more. The Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s encourages people to donate in order to improve the condition of Alzheimer’s patients and their families. In fact, the patients and their families receive 100 percent of the donations.

The last letter of ETS is service, therefore it’s in the employees’ DNA to help others. MacDonald believes in fighting the disease and helping the community. MacDonald is honored to accept the award on behalf of ETS and praises Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s work.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org. To learn more about ETS, visit ETS.org.