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Volunteerism Encouraged During 'Season of Service'

Christie Administration signs up to volunteer, and is urging residents to do so, too

It’s a season of service.

That’s what the governor’s office is hoping the coming weeks will be remembered as. In addition to celebrating the winter holidays, Gov. Chris Christie is urging residents to lend a hand to volunteer organizations and help serve their communities.

“Season of Service” was announced by Governor and First Lady Christie onThanksgiving Eve. The idea, according to the governor’s office, was inspired by 8-year-old Aidan McManus of Burlington Township. Aidan volunteers every Wednesday at the Ladle of Love soup kitchen at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and for his efforts were recognized by First Lady Pat Christie as a New Jersey Hero.

The Christies pitched in to help cook Thanksgiving meals last Wednesday, and yesterday announced several Christie administrators were also participating in the Season of Service.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno, Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary O’Dowd are volunteering today at the Community Food Bank in Hillside of Union County, for example.

According to the governor’s office, the state officials are among 1.5 New Jerseyans volunteering in their communities annually. That includes service to non-profits, schools, places of worship and civic organizations.

Here are but a few ideas:

The  is looking for volunteer advocates, who often attend proceedings to speak up for the interests of neglected or abused children.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Ocean County (RSVP) will help folks 55 and older find a volunteer opportunity that matches well with their talents and interests, while addressing critical community needs. For more info, check out .

There are also a variety of charity drives going on in the coming weeks. of such events as December nears.

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