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Warren County Commissioners proclaim April as National Volunteer Month

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Board of County Commissioners recognized the vital and undeniable importance of Warren County volunteers by proclaiming April as National Volunteer Month.

Members of county government’s various committees and advisory boards, as well as those who step forward to help deliver services, come from a variety of backgrounds to share their knowledge and time with the community, the commissioners said.

“Warren County’s strength is due to the volunteers we have serving on our many boards, agencies and other capacities,” Commissioner Director James R. Kern III said.

Volunteers dedicate their time to public and private organizations, and as important members of government and community panels, they share expertise, advice and help to prioritize community needs.

“Volunteers are the backbone of Warren County,” Commissioner Jason J. Sarnoski said.

CeCe Lindsley, Volunteer Coordinator for the Visiting Homemaker Service of Warren County Inc., accepted the National Volunteer Month proclamation on behalf of all volunteers.

“I’d like to thank the Warren County Division of Aging and Disability Services, Aging Services Advisory Council and the County Commissioners for recognizing all the wonderful volunteers that give their time to help our senior community throughout the year,” Lindsley said.

This past year has been extremely challenging as a majority of volunteers come from Warren County’s senior community and were unable to venture out during the pandemic. This made it difficult for organizations to provide needed services, the commissioners noted.

“Without volunteers, our boards and committees would not be able to function, and the community would be severely impacted by the loss of their services,” County Commissioner Lori Ciesla said.

Moreover, in the past year volunteer services have become increasing more important as economic uncertainties continue. Volunteers were called upon to help collect supplies to fight the pandemic, and to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations. Kern remarked that Warren County had been blessed with extraordinary volunteers at the COVID-19 testing and vaccines sites.

“As restrictions ease, I will look forward to personally thank each and every one of them for their service to the county. It took all hands on deck last year and so many stepped up and volunteered,” Kern said.

Warren County hopes to get its volunteer programs back to full capacity and encourages everyone to celebrate the contributions made by volunteers.

“I cannot thank all of our volunteers enough, not just during National Volunteer Month, but all year long,” Ciesla said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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