More than 100 volunteers from companies all throughout the county including locals from Hasbrouck Heights rolled up their sleeves to take part in a number of projects all throughout the county on the first ever county-wide corporate day of service known as All in a Day’s Work.
The event presented by the Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC), a program of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and sponsored by TD Bank. Participants started the day preparing goody bags to be sent to soldiers as part of Operation Goody Bag. Participants then travelled to various locations around the area to take part in projects.
One of the largest involved 40 volunteers from TD Bank who applied buckets of gravel to spruce up its network of nature trails at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.
Volunteers from Janome America of Mahwah helped with a mailing at Gilda’s Club in Hackensack, while City Green, located in Clifton, benefited from muscle power provided by employees from the Volunteer Center of Bergen County who dug, weeded and watered at this urban farm facility.
Members of the Community Service committee of the Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors helped to sort and pack 4 ½ tons of food at the Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia’s Church in Englewood. Other members from this committee also prepared 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which were distributed to homeless clients of the Hoboken Shelter.
Volunteers from Hudson City Savings Bank were on-hand to clean, stock and organize the food storage facility of the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.
Upper Saddle River’s Triangle Manufacturing staff joined with Rebuilding Together to finish a ramp which was built for a disabled Korean War veteran so he could enter and exit his Paramus home more easily.
Five Star Premier Residences in Teaneck was a site for some of the day’s activities. Volunteers from T. Rowe Price and Jack Daniels Motors worked with residents of the facility to write thank you notes and put together gift bags for military personnel through Operation Goody Bag.
Five Star employee-volunteers also helped to clean and maintain the aircraft exhibits at the Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro.
Volunteers then shared their experiences at a wrap up luncheon back at the Volunteer Center. Breakfast and lunch were provided courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, Baker Sports Marketing, A Bite of Heaven Caterers, Main Dish Restaurant and United Water.