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NBLP Weekly April 12th - April 18th, 2010

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NJBLP Bonner WeeklyApril 12th - April 16th, 2010 

See "Past Weeklies" for March 29th - April 2nd  Weekly


Administrative Announcements

VOTE NOW: AmeriCorps Member of Excellence

Its that time of year again!  Please nominate/vote on your AmeriCorps Member of Excellence.  


Agency-based site supervisors and members: if you would like to nominate a member for AmeriCorps Member of Excellence, please fill out the following survey by April 16th: FT/PT AmeriCorps Member of Excellence Nomination Form.


Campus-based programs: please select one Member of Excellence from your program based on the following criteria.  Please submit your AmeriCorps Member of Excellence Winner by filling out this form by April 16th: Campus-Based Member of Excellence Submission Form.


  1. Honoree must be selected by majority vote by their fellow AmeriCorps members and Program Staff.
  2. Honoree may be in their first or second year of AmeriCorps service.  
  3. Honoree must be in good standing regarding service hours and service performance.
  4. Honoree must have demonstrated consistency in reporting to site regularly and on time.
  5. Honoree should have demonstrated leadership qualities, taking an active role in developing and participating in community service projects.
  6. Honoree should be a member who shows initiative and demonstrates an ethic of service.  


From the list of AmeriCorps Members of Excellence Nominations we receive, one member from the Bonner program will be chosen to receive the New Jersey AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Program Outstanding AmeriCorps Award at the State Commission End of Year Event on May 21st.


When is your Program Celebrating the End of the Year?


Hey all,


As the end of the school year approaches, many programs are wrapping up and planning for End of the Year Receptions, Barbecues, and Dinner Parties!


We'd like to know when you are having your End of the Year Event or Volunteer Appreciation Dinners, so please give us the details by filling out the survey below!


Your End of the Year Event Celebration


Thanks so much!!

Bonner Foundation Staff



Great Article about NJ Bonner Leaders serving with the Learning to End Hunger Food Stamp Enrollment Program!  

Click here to read about what Bonners are doing to meet the needs of hungry people in New Jersey!


Upcoming Events and Program Calendar 

May 8th HomeFront 5K Run


  Saturday, May 8, 2010
Registration on site starts at 9:00 AM 
Run starts at 10:00 AM
Walk starts at 10:05 AM
Awards presentation at 10:45 AM
  Educational Testing Services Campus
Rosedale Avenue, Princeton, NJ
  $20.00 if Pre-Registered
$25.00 on Race Day


There will be refreshments for all and awards for the top runners in each age group.
For more information:

  Call Alicia Portalatin at (609) 989-9417 x 133 or
  Email Alicia at AliciaP@homefrontNJ.org



May 21st is the State Commission's AmeriCorps End of Year Event

Hello all, 


May 21st is the New Jersey State Commission Required AmeriCorps End of Year Event. Every member that is actively serving in AmeriCorps on May 21st is REQUIRED to come to this event.  The event will be from 9:00am - 3:30pm at the Radisson Hotel in Piscataway.  


Radisson Hotel, 21 Kingsbridge Road, Piscataway, NJ. Please go to www.radisson.com/piscatawaynj for directions. Shuttle Service will be provided from/to New Brunswick Rail Station per designated schedule.


Click here for a draft agenda for the event: May 21st Agenda


April 24th: Art Day at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen




Please join us at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen on Saturday, April 24th from 10am-2pm for our first annual art show!

For further information contact Jaime Parker  jaimep@trentonsoupkitchen.org or

Mary Ann Dobson maryannd@trentonsoupkitchen.org


Hope to see you at TASK!


April 26th: HomeFront ArtSpace Gallery Opening in Princeton


The ArtSpace program of HomeFront is pleased to announce an upcoming art and poetry exhibit that will explore the reality of homelessness and poverty from the perspective of artists who reside in homeless shelters operated by HomeFront. 


The exhibit combines research that was completed by a Harvard and Princeton Professor on how we judge and perceive homeless and poor individuals, with a direct reaction to the research by HomeFront clients who have created poetry and artwork that will be on exhibit at the Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. 


The exhibit also features a panel discussion that will explore the research. The lead Researcher, Dr. Amy Cuddy, is so taken by our project that she has agreed to lead the panel discussion on April 26, 2010. 


Additional information about this upcoming exhibition is included in the flyer that is attached. 


I encourage you to participate in this exhibition and panel discussion. Your support is greatly appreciated!



Emily Lewis

Americorps Bonner

HomeFront ArtSpace





Training and Enrichment Opportunities 

April 16th: Counseling and Educational Leadership 2010 Conference

Download the Registration Form by clicking here.

April 28th: Cornel West "Re-Imagining Charity"



April 30th: Princeton University presents "Persistence in High School and College: Tools to Help Increase Persistence and Degree Attainment”


Attached is a brochure for our next conference, “Persistence in High School and College: Tools to Help Increase Persistence and Degree Attainment” on Friday, April 30, 2010. 


This conference is designed in conjunction with the latest journal issue of The Future of Children,  Transitions to Adulthood which is produced by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.  PLEASE post and/or forward this brochure to anyone you think might be interested in attending.  The brochure links to our website http://www.futureofchildren.princeton.edu/persistence/index.aspwhere a tentative agenda and more detailed information is located. 


May 17th: Seedlings to Seed Money II: A School Gardening Workshop in Princeton

Back by Popular Demand: 

Seedlings to Seed Money II: A School Gardening Workshop 

for parents, teachers, students and anyone interested in joining the movement!


Presented by

The Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and

The Princeton Environmental Film Festival


May 17, 2010

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. **

Free, but Registration is Required

Princeton Public Library Community Room


Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/yap2kpg


There must be a lot of excitement about school gardening!  Our original workshop was overbooked two weeks prior to the event, so we are offering a second opportunity with a few changes in the program.  The May 17th version of Seedlings to Seed Money will include: 

            *  A choice of “Linking Healthy Food, Gardening and Educability” (repeat from March) OR 

"An Introduction to Grant Writing"

            *  A panel of central New Jersey educators who are successfully incorporating gardening programs at their schools

            *  A choice of: "Gardening with Children: Methods and Lessons" (power point of Riverside School Garden) 

OR "Friend Raising and Community Outreach"

            *  Discussion of next steps and how we’d like to stay in touch with one another.


* * In case you don’t have a chance to eat ahead of time, you can join us for a bowl of homemade chili at 5:30 for a $3.00 contribution.


Volunteer Opportunities 

April 24th: Earn Hours throughout NJ on Comcast Volunteer Day


I’m excited to announce that Saturday, April 24th is Comcast Cares Day – a national day of service for Comcast employees throughout the country! Since the first Comcast Cares Day in 2001 more than 230,000 volunteers have contributed over 1.3 million hours of service at more than 2,300 project sites in local communities. Last year we had more than 60,500 volunteers contributing more than 360,000 hours of service at 600 sites.


This year we have some terrific projects planned throughout NJ and attached you’ll find a list of the projects we are doing throughout the area and a short description of each.  We’ve extended invitations to many of our local community partners to work alongside our Comcast employees that day, and I thought I’d make you aware of these projects in case you’d like to share the list of events with other groups – including AmeriCorps -- that may care to volunteer with us that day. I also thought you might like to share it with Wendy Galloway, who I understand is the new Director of Programs at the Department of State. I’ve heard Wendy speak at several events and she’ll no doubt be a tremendous asset in her new position. We’d certainly love to have you and Wendy join us if possible.


If interested, please let me know and we’ll register your volunteers and provide more specific project information. Lunch and T-shirts are on Comcast!


Kimberly Smith

Regional Director Government & Community Affairs


800 Rahway Ave.

Union, NJ 07083

PH: 908-258-8112


Comcast Cares Projects External Distro .xls


April 25th: Earth Day with Princeton School Gardens Cooperative


Represent AmeriCorps at a Jon Bon Jovi Concert in the Meadowlands!


Dear National Service and Volunteer Advocates and Colleagues,


Bon Jovi will be playing at the Meadowlands on May 27, 28, and 29. We will have the opportunity to send 6 volunteers per night to the concert to staff the Serve.gov promotional table. It would be great if we could have a diverse representation of the National Service and Volunteer community in NJ so we can discuss a broad array of opportunities with interested concert goers.


I am required to let you know that volunteers serving at the table will unfortunately not receive free concert tickets in exchange for their volunteer service. Please contact rgrinstead@bonner.org know if you would like to volunteer on any of these evenings and please also pass this announcement on to your AmeriCorps and VISTA members and Senior Corps Volunteers.


Job, Internship, and Funding Opportunities

Isles, Inc. is looking for a Mentoring Coordinator


Mentoring Coordinator

  Isles, Inc.


  Trenton, New Jersey, United States

  Salary: $32,000 - 40,000


Home Depot Pro-Trade Scholarships


The Home Depot Pro Trade Scholarship


This year, The Home Depot is offering $1 million in funding for its 2010 Pro Trade Scholarship Program, which supports students attending professional building and construction trade schools.


Specifically, $1,000 scholarships will be available to 500 trade school students to help them offset the cost of tuition, books and tools for their chosen trade.  Qualifying schools will receive matching gifts of $1,000 for each scholarship awarded to one or more of their students, to pay for classroom tools.


The scholarships are open to all students nationwide who are currently enrolled in a building and construction trade school program at a vocational/technical school, college, or university.  Winners will be selected based on a combination of academic performance, leadership and work experience.


Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 30, 2010 online at www.homedepot.com/tradescholarship.  Please circulate this information along with the attached flyer.



Copier Available for Donation


Good Afternoon:


We have a copier available for donation. It is an Imagistics Black and White Copier, Model ZC20. Features include: 

  •  3 paper drawers
  • Duplexing capability (double-sided copying)
  • Stapling feature
  • Digital touch screen display


If you are interested in this machine you would have the option to purchase a service contract for the machine which covers parts, repair and consumables (except paper).  You would need contact your local Oce office (formerly Imagistics) for more information as to pricing.


The machine is located in our Parsippany, NJ office and would need to be picked up there.


If you have questions please call me at 914-328-0674 x321 or email jmarkowitz@probonopartner.org.


Thank you.


Jessica Markowitz

Director of Finance and Administration

Pro Bono Partnership



Check out Grant Opportunities Here! 

Click here to find out more about Grant and Funding Opportunities.


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Art Works

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Learning to End Hunger Campaign

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness



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