NEWTON, NJ—Newton’s Town Council presented Mackenzie Genung, age nine, with the President’s Volunteer Award during the bi-monthly town council meeting. 

The town council issued a proclamation on behalf of Genung, stating that "she has dedicated her short life to volunteering to help others and in the past two years she has spent almost 250 hours volunteering to help various organizations and her community."

“Some of the accomplishments Mackenzie has achieved include collecting school supplies for the new school year and holding a yard/bake sale resulting in her donating 31 stuffed backpacks to the community,” read Deputy Mayor Flynn from the proclamation.

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“She held two fundraisers for the Wantage Animal Pound, which services the Town of Newton, with the proceeds being their second largest donation on record. She also donated to 'Stuff the Bus' as well as donated her allowance throughout the year to various organizations,” said Flynn.

Genung volunteers to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response Team, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Even though Genung volunteers the majority of her time, she still finds the time to be a kid and enjoys playing soccer, being a member of Brownie Troop 5688.  Most notably she was named USA National Miss Northern New Jersey Princess 2015.

“We, the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Newton, hereby proclaim admiration and appreciation to Mackenzie Genung for her dedication and hard work in helping those in need and giving back to her community, for being a role-model to all children and leading by example,” stated the proclamation.

To see Newton’s full proclamation visit: and view the agenda attachments from Monday’s meeting.