The Somerset Hills YMCA, based in Basking Ridge, hosted its 27th annual Volunteer Recognition Night on November 13 at the Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge. Each year, the community-wide event provides local non-profits with the opportunity to honor volunteers who make significant contributions to their organizations, and to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and community.
The event is coordinated and presented by the Somerset Hills YMCA, which serves the Somerset Hills communities, Warren Township and residents from other nearby communities.
“Volunteer Recognition Night is a beautiful event to honor local volunteers. I am always inspired by the passion of the volunteers and the great work being done,” said Jody D’Agostini, Chair of the Somerset Hills YMCA Board of Directors and master of ceremonies for the event.
“At the Y, we are proud to host an event that celebrates social responsibility, which is core to our mission. After all, volunteers are the heart and soul of our community," D'Agostini said.
Many local non-profit organizations included
Local non-profits that participated in the event included: Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills, Bernards PEC, Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce, Bonnie Brae, Bryan’s Dream, CASA Shaw, Diva for a Day, Friends of Hearts for Honduras, FOWA Rescue, Heartworks, Ridge PTO, Room to Read, Rotary Club of Bernardsville, SHARE of Africa, Somerset Hills YMCA, Somerset Valley YMCA, and the VNA of Somerset Hills.
At the event, D’Agostini promoted community volunteerism by encouraging event guests to explore VolunteerMatch.org, a website that nonprofits can use to post volunteer opportunities and that volunteers can use to search for opportunities that match their interests. During the evening, the YMCA credited volunteer Ted Vagelos, from Warren, for his IT expertise in making a link to the VolunteerMatch website available on the Somerset Hills YCMA’s website so that members can easily connect to local volunteer opportunities. VolunteerMatch.org is open to anyone in the community looking to give back through volunteerism.
Rotary Club of Bernardsville receives Fenwick Civic Award
Additionally, the Somerset Hills YMCA presented the Millicent Fenwick Memorial Civic Award, which honors an area individual or organization for meritorious leadership and service. This year’s recipient was the Rotary Club of Bernardsville.
“The Rotary Club of Bernardsville has a long history of service to our community. Their grass roots projects make a meaningful difference in the lives of residents, both young and old. The impact they make as a community service organization is well deserving of the Millicent Fenwick Civic Award,” said David M. Carcieri, President and CEO at the Somerset Hills YMCA.
To recognize volunteerism among employees, the YMCA also presented its Jack Welch Social Responsibility Champion of the Year Award, which is named in memory of the local businessman and restaurateur who devoted nearly 40 years of volunteer service to the Somerset Hills YMCA, as well as other community organizations. The award honors YMCA employees who volunteer their time and talents outside the YMCA to strengthen our community. This year’s recipients were Ginny Caporaso and Margo Eig both of whom work in the Somerset Hills Wellness Program and volunteer their time at the Veterans Administration facility in Lyons.
For more information about Volunteer Recognition Night, please contact Sylvia Velez, Director of Member and Volunteer Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-766-7898, ext. 530.