Growing up in Bergen County, I benefited greatly from the close knit communities of hard working individuals working together for the common good. Parents volunteering to coach, lead scouting programs, help out at school and town-wide events, fund raise for community benefit, and welcome in new residents with open arms were all part of the “norm” of my childhood. From the examples all around me I learned to get involved. I’ve always had a strong sense that the “they” we like to blame when things aren’t going well is in reality…. “us”! We can make a difference.
After returning to my hometown of Allendale almost 15 years ago with my husband I have found many ways to volunteer in my community: the Allendale Newcomers Club, multiple School-related organizations, the Womans Club, the Library, the John Fell House, and probably some others as well. I see it all as an opportunity to make my town a better place, and to repay the debt I owe to those volunteers who came before me. As an added bonus I’ve made close friends, learned more than I could have ever imagined, and had some fantastic experiences. It’s not always easy to juggle all the balls of life, but I have a supportive family and group of friends who make it possible for me to (almost always) keep my head above water!