Posted Monday, March 28th, 2016


The Morris County Board of Freeholders has named April 5 as National Service Recognition Day in Morris County, honoring the many thousands of volunteers across the county, from Long Hill to Riverdale to Jefferson to Washington Township, who dedicate many thousands of hours to a host of causes make our county a better place to live.

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(L/R) Freeholders John Cesaro, Deborah Smith, Kathy DeFillippo, with Nancy Hess, and Freeholders Hank Lyon, Christine Myers and Doug Cabana


The county governing board issued a proclamation for the April 5 Recognition day to Nancy Hess, director of the Rockaway based Skylands RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Volunteer Resource Center, whose volunteers serve as a prime example of the efforts donated for the public benefit.

“Across the state and nation, and here in Morris County, April 5 will be celebrated as a day to recognize the great contributions made by our many volunteers. These volunteers have made important and lasting impacts on our residents and communities,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, in awarding the proclamation.

Skylands RSVP, which is sponsored by NORWESCAP, serves a five county area, including Morris County, and in 2015 had 602 volunteers who provided 45,000 hours of volunteer service to 95 non-profit organizations, saving local agencies more than $1 million.

These volunteers provided assistance to Medicare enrollees through the State Healthy Insurance Assistance Program, health and wellness education through Project Healthy Living initiatives, independent living support through the Friendship at Heart and Food Delivery programs, and staffed Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Financial Literacy programs, among others.


The freeholders’ proclamation stated the following:

“Whereas, volunteers in Morris County and across New Jersey demonstrate commitment, dedication, and patriotism by making an intensive commitment to service, a commitment that remains with them in their future endeavors; and

 “Whereas, the federal Corporation for National and Community Service shares a priority with Morris County officials and counties and towns nationwide to engage citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities;

“Now Therefore, I, Kathryn A. DeFillippo, Director of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, proclaim April 5, 2016, as National Service Recognition Day in Morris County, and encourage residents to recognize the positive impact of service and volunteerism in our county.”

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