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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County Honors Volunteers

From left, Nick Polanin, Ruth Haggan, Mary Soriano, Daryl Minch, Camille Haberte, Linda Barbian-Bell and  Freeholder Peter S. Palmer. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Each year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017.

This month, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of their dedicated volunteers. The proclamation also acknowledged the 100 year anniversary of RCE of Somerset County.

 Ruth Haggan a FCHS Advisory Council member with over 50 years of volunteering, Mary Soriano a FCHS Advisory Council member with over 60 years of volunteering and Camille Haberle, an FCHS Advisory Council and Rutgers Master Gardener with over 20 years of volunteering and Linda Barbian-Bell a one year Rutgers Master Gardener volunteer attended the presentation.

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Over the past year, nearly 800 volunteers served as 4-H club leaders, 4-H project leaders, FCHS Advisory Council Members, FCHS Master Food Preservers, and Rutgers Master Gardeners or in other roles.  RCE volunteers are full and part-time workers, retirees, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, who provided 97,183 hours of volunteer service, with an overall value of $2.53M.

RCE volunteers spend their time, talents, extensive knowledge and experience to mentor children, beautify green spaces, protect the quality of the land and water, improve health and enhance the overall quality of life of Somerset County’s residents.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the RCE. They provide guidance and support to expand our outreach in the community in our programs in 4-H Youth Development, Family Community Health and Sciences and Agriculture and Natural Resources, ,” said Daryl Minch, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. If you would like more information on how you can become involved in RCE, call 908-526-6644 or visit the

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