Verona Juniors Remind Residents to Contribute on National Day of Service

Junior Women's Club of Verona President Kristen Donohue reminds residents to volunteer on Saturday, January 19.

In an effort to promote volunteerism, the Verona Juniors would like to remind our local communities that Saturday, January 19th is the National Day of Service.  

This day was created to honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On January 19th there are a variety of events happening within 10 miles of the Verona/Cedar Grove area.  

Just a few of the many wonderful opportunities are: A neighborhood clean-up in Newark, a Habitat for Humanity build in Paterson, a blood drive in Cranford, and a donations-sort with the Salvation Army to help Hurricane Sandy victims in Hillside.  

Locally, The Verona Environmental Commission encourages residents to increase their recycling efforts on Jan. 19th. They’re asking residents to bring their recyclable items from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm to the Verona Recycling Center located at 10 Commerce Court.  

Carpooling to the recycling center or offering to drop off items for friends is also encouraged.  

You can bring:

  • corrugated cardboard
  • plastic bottles and containers (type #1 and #2)
  • glass bottles
  • tin and aluminum cans
  • newspapers
  • mixed paper
  • telephone books
  • E-Waste (such as TVs and computers) and metal items (such as bicycles, air conditioners and file cabinets). 

There is also a clothing and shoe collection container for donations.

If you’re interested in purchasing items to help the less fortunate in our area, The Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry will be collecting donations of food, paper bags, new or clean gently-used seasonal clothing, bedding supplies, towels, diapers, infant formula, small household items and other special items for their distribution program. They will accept items on Jan 22nd from 8 am. until noon.

With the click of a mouse, you can read about hundreds of events happening in Northern New Jersey on January 19th. www.2013pic.org/service  is a wonderful resource. You can also try www.volunteermatch.org or www.volunteerguide.org.

If you’re a local non-profit or volunteer organization interested in organizing a volunteer opportunity on January, 19th, please contact juniorsforservice@gmail.com and we’ll post it on our website and our Facebook page. 

If you’re a woman interested in volunteering throughout the year, The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is a versatile organization that has been involved in social and charitable work since its inception in 1926. The Juniors address Verona’s diverse needs by promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, working on behalf of the elderly and people with disabilities, supporting participation in the arts and advocating for issues of concern to women, children and families.  

Anyone interested in learning more about this very active organization of women is welcome to contactmembership@veronajuniors.org.  

For more information, please visit www.veronajuniors.org

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kristen Donohue
Junior Women's Club of Verona. 


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