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Business Volunteer Council seeks new members

Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council logoBERGEN COUNTY, N.J. - The next meeting of the Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) will be on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, at IKEA in Paramus.

This will be a hands-on meeting in which attendees will participate in a "Corporate Volunteer Speed Networking" session, where they can share the highlights of their own companies' volunteer activities.

The meeting  will provide an opportunity  to meet members of the BVC and learn about best practices in the field of corporate community service.

The BVC, which is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is a group of 32 companies whose mission is to provide leadership in meeting community needs by mobilizing employee volunteers.

Founded in 2000, the BVC gives more than 35,000 employee volunteers the opportunity to impact the lives of low-income children and families by addressing the issues of literacy, hunger and education and the needs of foster children. In ten years, the BVC has raised and distributed more than $1 million in resources to families in need.

According to studies compiled on the website of Volunteer Match, an online service that supports non-profit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement, corporate community service is becoming a critical element in affecting a company's bottom line. Employees, investors, consumers and the public in general are placing more emphasis on how a company demonstrates ethical business practices, safety of products, treatment of employees, and commitment to improving community conditions, and they are offering their loyalty and dollars to those companies who do make a difference. The successful companies will be those that can communicate their commitment to community service and effectively engage their employees in projects that will have significant impact on the communities where they live and work.

Membership in the BVC helps companies achieve this goal by providing turnkey, easy to implement projects;  networking; the opportunity to share best practices in community involvement with other members; information on a wide variety of options for corporate involvement including local and  national initiatives, group volunteer projects, and calls to action for critical, emergency needs.

The BVC provides members with the tools necessary to succeed in community involvement, thereby positioning them as community leaders and good corporate citizens.

The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council welcomes new members and encourages interested companies to attend this January 20th meeting. Pre-registration for the meeting is necessary. To reserve a space, or to find out more about the BVC, contact Amanda Missey, BVC director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (201) 489-9454, Ext 119. To learn more about the BVC, visit www.nnjbvc.org.

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