The first month of the Livingston Bicentennial celebration features three events that to acknowledge volunteerism important role in the township's past and present.
The events kick off Monday, Jan. 21 with a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. On Jan 26. the town will host its first-ever Volunteer Fair.
“It's fitting that our Bicentennial celebration kicks off with a focus on volunteers,” Ellie Cohen, co-chair of the Livingston Bicentennial Committee, said. “Because our town has historically been distinguished by a very high level of volunteer involvement. In service clubs, athletic organizations, houses of worship, charitable groups, emergency services, and dozens of township committees, volunteers make our town what it is.”
On Jan. 21, the Livingston Committee for Diversity is again sponsoring the annual Day of Service, with the goal that Martin Luther King Day should be “a day on, not a day off.” Many scout troops, church groups and local organizations will gather in the high school cafeteria on Monday, Jan.21 to participate in service projects.
Among the projects on the Day of Service, Girl Scout troops will be working on an Adopt-A-Grandparent program, a clothing drive and American Girl doll scarves for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Fair.
Grace Lutheran Church will be assembling packages for homeless families, the Livingston Chinese Association will be involved in a food drive, and the Color-A-Smile program will once again be represented.
On the evening of Jan. 24, the Mayor and members of the Livingston Township Council are hosting a dessert reception for members of committees appointed by the Mayor and Council, as well as for members of the Fire Department, First Aid Squad and Police Auxiliary. The event is to honor and thank all who serve on Township Committees and to give special recognition to volunteers who have reached five-year milestones on a specific committee.
Mayor Rudy Fernandez said, “The Township Clerk's office sent out well over three hundred invitations to this volunteer appreciation celebration. That speaks volumes about the level of volunteerism in Livingston and about the number of residents who are contributing to township committees and our emergency and public safety organizations.”
For those who want to know more about volunteer opportunities and how they can get involved , the Volunteer Fair on Saturday, Jan. 26 will provide information about a range of volunteer and community involvement opportunities.
According to Pegeen Williams, who is chairing the event, “There will be representatives from over 25 different local committees and organizations in attendance, to answer questions and provide information about their activities and how you can be of help.”
The Volunteer Fair will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue. The event is being sponsored by the Vision 20/20 Committee in conjunction with the Livingston Citizens' Instute and the Bicentennial Committee. For further information, contact Pegeen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Bicentennial year, each month of the “Livingston at 200” celebration will feature a different theme. The January theme is “Strengthened by Volunteers,” and the February theme will be “Honoring our Founders.” February celebrations will feature a Founders' Day program at Town Hall on the evening of Feb. 5, at which time founding and long-time famlies of Livingston will be honored. The guest speaker will be home town boy, Governor Thomas Keane.