On Saturday, April 25, The MENTOR Network and its partners celebrated the organization’s third annual national Volunteer Day, with nearly 2,400 volunteers completing 50 service projects across the country. This year’s volunteers included employees in 17 states as well as individuals served, families, friends and foster parents of The Network.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the great success of The Network’s third national Volunteer Day,” said Bruce Nardella, President and CEO of The MENTOR Network. “It’s inspiring to see so many of our employees and independent contractors excited about giving back to the communities in which we live and work, extending our mission of service to the community at-large by taking time to volunteer along with family members, friends and the individuals we serve.”
As in the past, this year’s participants embraced Volunteer Day with a passion to clean up, rebuild, beautify and otherwise give back to their home communities. Projects included:
• Painting and gardening at parks and schools
• Sorting donations at food banks and Goodwill stores
• Lending hands at charitable fundraisers and thrift stores
• Serving meals at soup kitchens
• Participating in food drives
• Clean-up work at Boys & Girls Clubs
The MENTOR Network’s Volunteer Day has grown steadily since its inception in 2013, due to past projects’ success and employee interest. Participation in this year’s event tripled from 2014, allowing The Network to impact more communities and making it a truly national effort.
“I’m proud to work alongside such dedicated individuals, and look forward to seeing how far this event will grow in the future!” said Nardella.
Partners of The MENTOR Network who participated in Volunteer Day included:
New Jersey MENTOR
REM New Jersey
REM West Virginia