September 2014 Archives
Community Service Opportunities for Metuchen's Teens
Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department
Junior Firefighter Program (ages 14-18)
(The page directs you to the 'Recruitment Page' where there is an application online)
Metuchen First Aid Squad
Cadet Program (high school students, ages 16-18)
(Click on 'Join' on the top menu bar; from that page you can download an application.)
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
ZAMbassordors Program (grades 10-12)
(The page directs you to join by clicking on 'email.')
Helping Hands for Helpless Paws, Inc.
Volunteers for the Edison Animal Shelter
Volunteers walk and play with dogs, run drives to collect blankets and towels for the shelter, or raise money.
Contact Barbara to volunteer: Kismet346@cs.com; 732.572.7637
JFK Medical Center
Junior Volunteer Program (grades 10-12)
Contact Christine Piterski for a Junior Volunteer application.
Junior Independent Volunteer Project (age 13+)
Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center
Volunteer Program (grades 10-12)
(The page includes "Volunteer Services: Orientation Manual" and a downloadable application.)
Junior Volunteers (age 13+)
Volunteers are needed with swimming lessons, the pre-school program and summer camp. One day opportunities exist to help others in the community and with events like the Tot Trot and an annual 5K event. For more information about various opportunities and an application, write Pat Colandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borough Improvement League
Junior Volunteer (grades 6-12)
Volunteer opportunities include art curation, yard work and gardening, helping at historic house tours and serving events, and helping at the annual Metuchen Zombie Walk in late October.
(See attachment for application)
The Metuchen-Edison Historical Society
Junior Volunteers (high school students)
Volunteer opportunities include photographing buildings along assigned streets and special sites, conducting and documenting interviews with long-time residents (oral history) and preserving and maintaining the Colonial Cemetery.
(See attachment for application)
Metuchen Public Library
The TAB: Teen Advisory Board (grades 6-12)
TAB members attend monthly decision-making meetings to plan and promote Young Adult programming and initiatives like author visits, book groups, the Garden State Book Awards, and the annual YA Library Scavenger Hunt. TAB members also assist at the Friends of the Library's annual book fair, the Library's booth at the Country Fair and other events. The TAB meets September - May. (See attachment for application)
Book Friends (grades 8-12)
Volunteers meet weekly in July with a 1st or 2nd grader in a supervised program with varied reading and word fun activities and crafts. There is a mandatory training session in June. Applications become available in early June.
Game Partners (grades 8-12)
Volunteers organize a Wii tournament for younger kids. The group meets in August for two planning sessions and the tournament. Applications become available in early June.
The Metuchen Municipal Alliance
Youth Alliance (grades 8-12)
Youth Alliance members attend bi-monthly meetings on Saturday mornings to plan the promotion of programs and initiatives for a drug-free community among their peers, e.g. National Medicine Chest Challenge, Metuchen Town Talks, and a Recovery Month event. In addition, members are encouraged to attend adult Municipal Alliance meetings to share their teen perspective on the discussion. Volunteers help at sponsored events like National Night Out and the town's Halloween Parade, and they help put up Safe/Sober Prom/Graduation signs throughout the town in May. (See attachment for application)
(photo courtesy of Julie Walton Shaver)
If you had the kids at First Presbyterian wash your car this weekend, you donated to a worthy cause. As Michael Draper of the First Presbyterian Chuch tells MM, their Habitat for Humanity fundraising and work that their youth group participates in each year is an amazing way that the church pays it forward to Americans who need help:
Long van rides. Sleeping on host church floors. Aching in places you didn't even know could hurt each summer when everyone else is at the beach.
The youth of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen think it's worth it.
That's why they, along with some extremely dedicated adult volunteers, are already planning and preparing for the church's 25th annual weeklong Habitat for Humanity mission trip next summer.
The purpose of these trips is to offer hands-on assistance to the building of homes for those in need. This can mean anything and everything from framing and sheet rocking to siding, painting and landscaping. This past year's trip to Roanoke, Virginia was the latest stop on a house-building tour de force that has taken the church group up to Vermont, out to Kentucky, down to North Carolina and everywhere in between.
We hope you've had a great summer! We just wanted to let you know thatthe next sessions of Intro to Fencing have been scheduled. The adultcourse will start on Thursday, 9/18 at 7pm, and the youth course willstart on Saturday, 9/20 at 1pm. This 10 week course is $300, and thatcost includes brand new equipment for each student. You'll get yourown mask, glove, and jacket to keep.We still have a great on-going beginner level class for kids onSaturday mornings! New students can join any time. Fencing, Fitness, &Fun is from 9am-11am every Saturday. The pricing structure is:$45 per session for 2 hours of fencing, fitness, and fun!$35 per session prepaying for one full month$25 per session prepaying for 3 full months
Past, present, and future collide at Nails in the Wall, the Gallery @ St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave., Metuchen. The church will begin its 150th anniversary celebration with ARTIFACTS, a collection of relics, history, and lore. See and hear how the history of town and church, people and building, intertwine with the growth of our nation. ARTIFACTS include hand-crafted needlework, antique handmade Sunday School materials, many photographs, maps and blueprints, books by authors who have passed our way, and much more.
Come to the opening celebration Saturday Sept. 20, 2-5pm for music and refreshments. "If these walls could talk..." well, the walls, floors, furniture, handicrafts, and especially the windows HAVE talked to our own Ted Latham, church and town historian. His many years of rummaging, salvaging, sleuthing and saving are manifest today on the Gallery walls. Talk to Ted at the opening, and you will hear even more than those Gallery walls coul contain. Walk through the historic sanctuary with Ted's printed guide for an up-close view of century-old hand-crafted stained glass windows.
Want to know more? Ted Latham will offer three talks on Sunday mornings:
Sunday, Oct.12, 11:45am
HISTORY OF THE CHURCHES IN METUCHEN UP UNTIL 1876.
Sunday, Nov.9, 11:45am
BOARD AND BATTEN CARPENTER GOTHIC ARCHITECTURAL STYLE (St. Luke's and other Metuchen Churches)
Sunday, Nov.16, 11:45am
THE ROLE OF ST. LUKE'S AND FOUNDER HENRY MILLS ALDEN IN ESTABLISHING METUCHEN'S REPUTATION AS "THE BRAINY BORO".
ARTIFACTS closes on November 20. WHAT THEN? We begin our journey into the next 150 years!
Gallery hours: M-F 9am - 2pm; Sat. 4-6pm; Sun. 11am-2pm. For further information, please contact
Guest Curator Deborah Kmetz: debKphoto@gmail.com.
Build with Purpose has received a $121,850 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Technical Assistance (TA) award from the . Build with Purpose is just one of 22 organizations to receive the TA award. On Tuesday, the CDFI Fund announced a total of $158.2 million in Financial Assistance awards to 130 CDFIs and $2.6 million in TA awards to 22 certified and emerging CDFIs.
The TA award will provide funds for training and capacity building for Build with Purpose to achieve CDFI certification. "We are excited by this new opportunity and appreciative of the support. This grant will provide Build with Purpose the resources to obtain CDFI certification which will enable us to better serve low-income communities in and around New Jersey," said Brian Keenan, Director and President of Build with Purpose.
The purpose of the CDFI Program is to use federal resources to invest in existing and emerging CDFIs and to build their capacity to serve low-income people and communities that lack access to affordable financial products and services. Since 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $1.3 billion in FA and TA awards through the CDFI Program.