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Hackensack Center Calls For Day Of Service To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is seeking volunteers.
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is seeking volunteers. Photo Credit: Facebook

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Volunteer Center of Bergen County in Hackensack is calling on residents to particpate in a Day of Service on Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was changed to include the day of service with the King Holiday and Service Act that was passed in 1994. 

“Dr. King’s passion and commitment to ideals continue to inspire us as Americans,” says Lynne Algrant, CEO of the Bergen Volunteer Center. “The King National Holiday is a wonderful opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to our core beliefs through service to others.” 

The Bergen Volunteer Center has several on-going direct service programs that are in need of volunteers throughout the year"

  • Mentoring Moms are volunteer women who serve as friends and role models to isolated, overwhelmed mothers in need of guidance in parenting, managing households, providing for their children or overcoming other obstacles. Call (201) 489-9454 Ext. 211, to become a Mentoring Moms volunteer. 
  • The Mentoring Youth program consists of adult men and women who serve as caring mentors, friends and role models to troubled, abused or neglected children, helping youth to see a positive future, and breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. Call (201) 489-9454 ext. 210 for more information about Mentoring Youth. 
  • The Chore Service provides crews of volunteers who perform minor home repairs that help elderly or disabled persons remain safe in their homes. These minor, yet essential repairs are those that clients can neither do for themselves nor get anyone else to do. Contact Chore at 201-489-7790. 
Additionally, for its seventh year the Volunteer Center will be collecting donations of back packs, toiletry items, winter outerwear, bottled water, and gift cards to Walmart, Shop Rite, McDonald’s, Subway, and Pizza Hut, to be distributed to homeless veterans and homeless youth in the area during the week before the Martin Luther King Holiday, Jan. 11 through Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a full list of needed items or to make a monetary donation to help the veterans and the teens, go to the Volunteer Center’s website at www.bergenvolunteers.org. 

The Volunteer Center is located at 64 Passaic St. in Hackensack. 

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