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Between the Lines
In the last issue of each year, U.S. 1 Newspaper focuses
attention on charitable organizations by honoring Helping Hands, men
and women who have day jobs but who volunteer their spare time to
a good cause. In the last 15 years we have highlighted more than three
dozen of these charities. One of the first organizations we covered,
Jobseekers, still meets every Tuesday. That’s fortunate, because
are needing job counseling now more than ever. Youth workers received
recognition with Princeton YWCA in 1986, Princeton University alumni’s
Project ’55 in 1992, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters last year.
Literacy and education causes were represented with the Recording
for the Blind in 1987, Sandra Persichetti’s I Have a Dream Foundation
in 1988, and Plainsboro Public Library volunteers in 1992.
Health matters took priority in 1988 with the Hyacinth Foundation,
in 1989 with the Family Service Association, and in 1995 with the
Princeton Medical Center’s homecare hospice program.
Disaster relief was featured in 1998, focusing on the Princeton
Sister Cities project and the American Red Cross.
The abused and neglected received attention in 1990 with Womanspace,
prison counseling services were featured in 1993, and the Mercer
County Child Placement Review Board was in the spotlight in 1996,
followed by Kids-for-Kids in 2000.
Groups that help families find housing have been honored on several
occasions: Habitat for Humanity in 1988 and 1997, Princeton Community
Housing in 1989, HomeFront in 1990, Bootstraps in 1997, and Interfaith
Hospitality Network in 2000.
Holiday distribution of bounty was the focus for stories on volunteers
at Landau’s in 1986, American Reliance (now known as Highlands
in 1986 and 1999, and Yetta Rushford’s Dreams Come True in 1993.
For this year’s crop of Helping Hands, turn to page 14. And if you
get the urge to volunteer, consider searching the database of
opportunities, organized by interest and time availability. Contact
Hands on Helpers at 609-921-8893 or www.handsonhelpers.org.
Will helping others be your project your next year? Or will "Seize
the Day" be your motto as you make room in your life for something
(or somebody) special. Let us know your hopes and dreams for yourself,
your company — or the world. We will print a sampling of
on Wednesday, January 9. Fax us at 609-452-0033, E-mail:
or call 609-452-7000 and ask to speak to a reporter.
OUR OFFICE will be closed December 24 and 25 and no paper will be
published on December 26 — our gift to the forests. Our office
will be open on Monday, December 31, but the final deadline for our
annual Survival Guide issue, being delivered January 2, will be
willing, U.S. 1’s 2002 wall calendar will greet you on Wednesday,
January 2. We hope the calendar will mark the end of a joyful
season, and the beginning of a bright new year.
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