One definition of philanthropy is the giving of time, talent, and treasure for a common good. Volunteering is an act familiar in the USGA culture, as a nonprofit organization in New Jersey whose mission is to give back to the future of the game of golf.  To leverage the spirit of national Make a Difference month, the USGA hosted volunteer projects in nearby communities for its 350-member staff, volunteering their time and talent to local organizations totaling over 300 service hours.

Activities and organizations represented in the effort included: 

Build A Playground for the Lafayette Elementary School, Bound Brook, NJ:

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USGA staff provided 2 days of man-hours to prep site for build, unload trucks, dig holes

STEM Kits for Middle Earth, Bound Brook, N.J.:

Middle Earth’s mission is to provide individuals, primarily youth, with prevention, intervention and crisis services to help them to develop into responsible and productive members of the community.

The STEM kits are designed to be a fun way for children to learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through a hands-on experiment.  The STEM kits include all the supplies needed to create a small magnet, along with the instructions and information about magnets.  The kits are given to the young children in Middle Earth’s afterschool program in Bound Brook. 

Stuff-A-Sock for Veterans that will be distributed by Community Hope:

Community Hope is the largest nonprofit serving homeless veterans and families in and around New Jersey.

With colder weather coming, we wanted to be able to provide some of our veterans who are struggling with needed socks and other personal care items.  Volunteers work together to donate the “stuff” in the socks with small personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, tissues, hand-sanitizer, etc.  The stuffed socks are then given to the veterans through the Hope for Veterans program.


First Tee Energizer Day:

An Energizer Day is one where the USGA staff helped teach a National School Program class with a participant school and its students.

Community Food Bank and Pinehurst team’s work at a food bank:

USGA staff provided labor that made a direct impact on hunger.

Morris County Habitat for Humanity:

USGA staff volunteered their labor to the Morris Habitat for Humanity and helped build a house in Morris Plains that will be owned by a family in need.

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