Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey recently presented Millburn High School senior Erin Wong with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding volunteer work at CPNJ and other local organizations. Miss Wong, 17, is from Short Hills and is a senior at Milburn High School. Erin has been volunteering with CPNJ’s group home in Maplewood for adults with developmental disabilities since 2014.
“Erin is an exceptionally committed volunteer who has impacted the lives of all of our Maplewood group home residents,” said Amy Fagan, CPNJ’s Coordinator of Volunteers. “We are fortunate to have her as a volunteer and she is most deserving of this award.”
The Livingston Township Council issued a proclamation declaring November 27th to be “Giving Tuesday” in Livingston and encouraging “all citizens to join together to give back to the community in any way that is personally meaningful.” Giving Tuesday is celebrated every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is intended as a counterweight to the consumerism of Black Friday. The day celebrates giving back and helping others.
The proclamation was proposed by Livingston-based Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), which operates two special needs schools, three group homes and its administrative headquarters in town. CPNJ is supported by more than 850 volunteers each year. “Livingston residents have been so wonderfully supportive of our programs,” said Amy Fagan, the agency’s Coordinator of Volunteers. “This is a great time of year to think about getting involved and giving some of your time to help others and we’re very grateful to the members of the Council for their leadership on this important issue.”
To volunteer any time, please contact Amy Fagan at (973) 821-8115 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Members of the Township Council present CPNJ’s Coordinator of Volunteers, Amy Fagan, with the proclamation for Giving Tuesday. Pictured: Amy Fagan and Horizon Elementary School students Tina and Mike with (from left to right) Council Member Rudy Fernandez, Mayor Shawn Klein, Council Member Alfred Anthony, Council Member Micheal Silverman, and Deputy Mayor Edward Meinhardt