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This article prepared for the December 18, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Between the Lines
Ever since 1985 U.S. 1 Newspaper has devoted its last
issue of the year to volunteers in charitable organizations. This
year’s Helping Hands articles are about Peter Dawson, who volunteers
with Eden Family of Services to help those with autism, and Constance
Martin, who spends her spare hours with CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocates) to help neglected and abused children.
The criteria for these choices? The volunteer must have a full-time
day job, preferably within the U.S. 1 circulation area, and the organization
should be one that we have not covered before. There are exceptions,
as in 1998 for the Junior League and in 2000 when we wrote about Kids-for-Kids.
Yes, the founder of that group had a full-time occupation, but it
was as a student at Princeton High School.
Which charities have we covered so far? They include Princeton Medical
Center’s home hospice program in 1985; the Princeton YWCA in 1986;
Jobseekers, the Girl Scouts, Singles Helping Others, and Recording
for the Blind in 1987; Hyacinth Foundation and the I Have a Dream
Foundation in 1988; Princeton Community Housing, literacy tutors,
Charitable Knights, and Family Service Association in 1989; Womanspace
and HomeFront in 1990; HiTops and the Accountants for Public Interest
in 1991; Plainsboro Public Library and Princeton University alumni’s
Project ’55 in 1992; prison counseling and Dreams Come True in 1993;
The Children’s Home Society and the Mercer County Commission on Abused,
Neglected, and Missing Children in 1994; Big Brothers and Big Sisters
in 1995; Mercer County Child Placement Review Board and The Hub in
1996; Habitat for Humanity and Bootstraps in 1997; American Red Cross
and Princeton Granada Sister Cities project in 1998; the American
Cancer Society in 1999; Interfaith Hospitality Network and Enable
in 2000; and Contact and NAMI New Jersey in 2001.
Without taking credit from any of the volunteers we have written about,
it’s important to note that we are not focusing on "the best of
the best," those who amaze everyone with their devotion to a cause.
Instead we show people who might inspire the rest of us to say, "I
could do that."
December is not the only month when we pay attention to charities.
We always welcome notices under the "Corporate Angels" heading,
which commemorates donations to a charity, and for our "Donate
Please" column, which can include everything from requests for
toys to golf tourney sponsorships. "Participate Please" can
use calls for volunteers. In Survival Guide we cover the nonprofit
community’s meetings, and we write about charitable organizations
in the "On the Move" column.
Our Holiday Schedule
entrepreneurs, will be delivered January 2. The Deadline is Friday,
December 27. There will be no issue Christmas week.
Extra copies of the U.S. 1 2003 calendar are available for $6.95 at
our office. Or send a check for $8.95 including postage to 12 Roszel
Road, Suite C-205, Princeton 08540.
The concert, "Songs of Faith: New Hebrew Music Meets African-American
Spirituals" (U.S. 1, October 16, 2002), was not only well received
but raised over $2,000 to be added to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s
fundraising for local charities including TASK, Homefront, and Crisis
Ministry. You can be sure that your article, appearing before the
concert, was responsible for the attendance of a number of people.
Joan Waite Princeton
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