SUMMIT, NJ - The Connection -- in celebration of National Volunteer Week -- is shining a light on the dedicated leaders, mentors, teachers, planners, instructors, cooks, and drivers who help its mission come alive and add to its deep history of serving the community.  In sum, the committed members and friends of The Connection annually volunteer well over 15,000 hours of individualized instruction, work, and leadership on behalf of the organization.

The Connection is massively appreciative of the volunteer community, who have made incredibly valuable contributions, such as:

  • English as a Second Language volunteers, who mentor and teach students through US culture and the English Language.
  • Pathways Cooks volunteers, who provide nutritious meals to women undergoing cancer treatment and their families.
  • The Connection Board of Trustees and Gala Committee members, who contribute their guidance and expertise to raise funds and awareness and strengthen partnerships for the organization.
  • Special Needs and Youth Program volunteers, who guide participants in learning and honing skills. 

Individuals that share their time and energy make both immediate and long-term differences in the lives of their neighbors and friends.

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"Volunteering for the past three years has allowed me to see the personal growth of many of the kids I've worked with," says Eli Nadell, Special Needs Program Volunteer. “I can clearly remember some of the children in yoga class during my first year having a tough time learning the motions, sitting still, or becoming comfortable learning something new. Now, three years later, some of those same kids come in with beaming smiles and are eager to participate."

To find out how to share your energy, enthusiasm, and expertise with The Connection through volunteering, contact Lauren Nisenson, Director of Philanthropy at