Thousands to Volunteer in South Jersey this Weekend

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BRIDGETON, N.J. -

More than 1,000 people from across South Jersey are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and spend a weekend volunteering for the 4th annual Family Day of Service.

Bags were being stuffed in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, on Tuesday (May 16th) morning as the United Advocacy Group started preparing project kits for a weekend full of volunteering fun in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. 

“We have about 2,000 people that are going to blanket South Jersey doing volunteer projects that are going to focus on topics like the environment, literacy, animals, education, senior citizens, and the armed forces,” said Rich Nichols, executive director of the United Advocacy Group.

With more than 50 projects already registered, volunteers will have no problem finding one that’s of their interest during the three-day event.

“It’s a movement to support and encourage volunteerism in our community,” said Nichols.

A movement that several organizations team up to make bigger and better each year.

Particularly for kids, to volunteer and give back gives them a sense of empowerment and kind of opens up their perspective to the world that they’re living in.

“We think that having the opportunity to give back to the community really creates a powerful sense of purpose and ownership to the community in which we live,” said Nichols.

The weekend gives people of all ages an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and work alongside each other in communities across South Jersey.

“So often it’s easy to kind of get tied up in our own thing and our own desires,” said Nichols. "But we really feel like given the opportunity, particularly for kids, to volunteer and give back gives them a sense of empowerment and kind of opens up their perspective to the world that they’re living in."

Even though this year’s event kicks off in just a few days people can still sign up to volunteer at FamilyDayofService.org.

“There’s a spot to either register your own project or a spot to sign up for one of our projects that we already committed and had signed up,” said Nichols.

The site allows people interested to easily sign up and get ready to go just in time to lend a helping hand this weekend at the 4th annual Family Day of Service. 


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