Happy New Year!
Hope is on the horizon with significant scientific breakthroughs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and I know that we are all eager for that to come to fruition in 2021.
This month we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who famously said,
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
I encourage you to ask this question of yourself, your families, and your neighbors. One is never too old nor young to engage in community service and to gain all of the benefits of giving back, like boosting happiness and overall life satisfaction. Volunteering may even lower blood pressure and lessen depression symptoms! As we embark upon the new year, the importance of becoming involved in our community remains persistent and much needed.
The future is bright and with your participation, even brighter!
January is National Mentoring Month and I’m pleased to kick it off by announcing that mentoring is back and better than ever! After conducting an extensive community needs assessment, our Mentoring Task Force and Bergen Volunteers staff worked diligently to expand our mentoring offerings and shape the program’s best practices.
Throughout the month, we encourage you to:
Become a mentor
Reach out to us if you are seeking a mentor
Honor a mentor’s hard work
Sponsor a mentee
Collaborate with us to help those who can use extra support
Watch for ways to get involved all month long as we roll out the new and improved Mentoring program. If you are unsure that mentoring is for you, feel free to explore our other Bergen Volunteers community programs. For more information, visit www.bergenvolunteers.org
- there’s something for everyone!
I look forward to another busy and productive year ahead, and wish you all a very Happy New Year.