What if I told you that you (Yes, YOU!) could help hundreds, thousands or even millions of people by giving back? Volunteerism has and continues to be the backbone of grassroots movements and affects areas such as health, civil rights, politics and more.
This National Volunteer Month, TCGi would like to highlight a local organization that is near and dear to our hearts, Elijah’s Promise. Elijah’s Promise, named from a Hebrew bible passage, was established in 1989 and has helped the central New Jersey community in major ways. It started out as a soup kitchen, but its efforts have gone beyond that. From its inception, Elijah’s Promise has developed into a professional culinary curriculum program (Promise Culinary School), provides on-the-job training to culinary graduates, created a pay-what-you can restaurant (Better World Café), and connects people and families with social services. Their catering staff also provides food to Meals on Wheels for children and the elderly. One of their soup kitchens alone serves 300-500 free meals a day, more than 100,000 each year.
Like many other non-profit organizations, Elijah’s Promise success is solely based on food & money donations and volunteers.
Volunteerism is very important to TCGi and its CEO, Avis Yates Rivers. Every first Monday of the month, members of TCGi join the Elijah’s Promise staff to help serve food. We encourage everyone to volunteer and/or donate to causes that will uplift your local communities. Not sure quite where to start? Ask yourself these questions to determine which volunteer opportunities are right for you:
- Would you like to work with adults, children, animals, or remotely from home?
- Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
- Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
- How much time are you willing to commit?
- What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
- What causes are important to you?
Every year, 62.5 million Americans dedicate their time and resources to help others and you (Yes, YOU!) can also make a difference; not just for you, but for your community!
Below are other organizations that TCGi is passionate about. Be the Change!