WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Warren County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April as National Volunteer Month recognizing the vital and undeniable importance of Warren County volunteers.
This year’s proclamation was awarded to Hope resident Shelly Peters for her continued service for the past two years with Meals at Home.
“I’d like to thank all Warren county volunteers, especially Shelly. These services wouldn’t be possible without you,” Commissioner Director Jason J. Sarnoski said.
Shelly has spent many years giving her time to organizations like Meals at Home and Hackettstown based animal rescue Pet Adoption League, where she volunteers and is a board member. Prior to this volunteer work, Shelly served as a facilitator for 12 years with the Child Assault Prevention.
“I’m representing one of many like myself who have the privilege to serve Warren County and its residents,” Peters said.
Volunteers dedicate their time to public and private organizations through heritage, culture and service on community boards. They also represent a range of backgrounds in business, education, and faith based organizations.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our many boards and committees. Without them, so many functions of our county would be nearly impossible to provide,” Commissioner Deputy Director Lori Ciesla said.
“As we continue to face economic and social challenges, it is clear that volunteers provide vital services that cannot be met in a formal system by sharing expertise, advice and help to prioritize community needs,” commissioners said.
“We are thankful for each and every one who dedicates their time to make Warren Count the best place to live in New Jersey,” Commissioner James R. Kern III said.
Warren County hopes to get its volunteer programs back to full capacity while encouraging new volunteerism.
“We are going to start advertising more to get good people into Warren County and into volunteering,” Sarnoski said.
Warren County volunteers are a resource, never to be underestimated or underappreciated as they help the sick, the elderly, students and children while enriching the lives of the community with arts, recreation and cultural activities.
“We thank all of our volunteers, not only today, but every day, for all they do for our county and our residents,” Ciesla said.
Everyone is encouraged to celebrate volunteer heritage and the programs they provide in the hopes that Warren County continues to be a more vibrant place to live and work.
“Warren County’s success is dependent upon the work of our volunteers. With so many boards and divisions filled with volunteers it truly makes me optimistic about our future,” Kern said.