Volunteer Please

United Way of Greater Mercer County is seeking volunteers to help students and families apply for college financial aid. FAFSA volunteer information open house events will be on Wednesday, October 30, from noon to 1 p.m.; and Thursday, November 15, from 5 to 6 p.m.; at United Way of Greater Mercer County, 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 230, Lawrenceville (in the Crossroad Corporate Center next to NJ Motor Vehicle Inspection Station). These events are an opportunity to see how you can help a student on the path to higher education, come ask questions from our trainers about the training, meet other volunteers and the staff. Register by E-mail to ely.mateo@uwgmc.­org or call 609-896-1912.

Training Available

Hopewell Valley YMCA is offering Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to adults in the community. In-person, facilitator led trainings are open to the public and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers, and non-profits. Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate. Free online training is available for New Jersey residents through April 23. Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields is available. Contact Doug Pszczolkowski at 609-737-3048 or E-mail dpszczolkowski@hvymca.­org for information.

Nominations Invited

The Weather Channel invites stories about heroes who have risked their own lives for family, friends, and the community. “Hero Next Door” is an online series featuring real severe weather heroes who went above and beyond to help their neighbors during or in the aftermath of a local severe weather event. For full details and to submit your local hero visit www.­facebook.­com/TheWeatherChannel.

For Lawrence residents

Lawrence Township is accepting names for participation in its municipally sponsored home improvement program for low and moderate income residents. Eligible home improvements include roofing, windows, vinyl siding, heating systems, insulation, plumbing, and any remediation of code violations. Call Maureen Fullaway at 732-892-4292 for information.

For Playwrights

Playwrights Theater is accepting submissions for the 31st Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival. Plays are accepted in the following divisions: elementary (grades 4 to 6), junior high (grades 7 to 9), and high school (grades 10 to 12).

A new category, Revolutionary Plays, for writers in grades 4 to 12, is for plays written to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the state of New Jersey. Cash prizes will be awarded. For this category, three plays, one in each grade range, may be awarded a $100 US savings bond, and their school a $50 gift card towards the purchase of books for their library.

Submit online at www.­njypf.­org. The deadline is Monday, January 13. Contact Jim DeVivo, direction of education at 973-514-1787, ext. 14 or E-mail njypf@ptnj.­org for information.

Call for Mentors

Trenton NAACP Youth Council seeks community service groups, churches, and organizations that work with youth to participate in “Youth Empowerment Summit,” an information and resource networking event. Saturday, November 2, at Ewing Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, in Ewing, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. E-mail naacpyct@hotmail.­com.

For Your Pet

A.F.E.W. offers a holiday portrait session with Bundle of Paws Photography at Corner-Copia in East Windsor on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Animals will also be available for adoption.

Call for Art

West Windsor Arts Council invites submission for its juried member exhibition “Out of the Blue.” All artwork will be juried by Eric Drotch. Works may be blue or suggestive of blue. The exhibit opens Monday, January 6, at the West Windsor Art Center Gallery, 952 Alexander Road. Artists may join as a West Windsor Arts Council member at the time of submission. Submissions for jury review must be submitted electronically by Friday, December 13. Visit www.­westwindsorartscenter.­org.

Donate Please

Rescue Mission of Trenton serves needy men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. The mission provides a safe, clean, warm refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient, and the addicted. All clothing donations go directly to the mission, either to be sold in the Mission Store at 100 Carroll Street, or given away through the Rescue Mission’s courtesy shop to needy members of the community.

Donations of furniture, clothing, or bric -a-brack are tax deductible. Call 800-528-8825 to arrange an at-home pick-up, learn where drop-off boxes are located, or find out how to organize a clothing drive at your company, school, club, business, or place of worship.

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