Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NBP's First Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Revisited

By Angela Connolly -- On Monday evening, February 3rd, Volunteers from the Newark Bike Project were welcomed to the organization's First Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner! The celebration, which was well attended by the enthusiastic group of Board Members and Volunteers, was held at Catherine Rooney's Irish Pub, just a few doors down from NBP's Main Street shop. Guests filled the second floor party room, and were treated to pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, followed by a hearty dinner, choosing from delicious selections like traditional Shepherd's Pie and Irish Wings, and favorites like burgers. In spite of the cold lingering from the day's winter storm, the pub's atmosphere was warm as Volunteers reflected on the past year, telling favorite stories and sharing experiences about volunteering at NBP. Stories told ranged from poignant, to inspiring, to amusing. Without a doubt, the work that they do and the community that they serve enriches the lives of the volunteers. They know that they are truly making a difference in the community.

And the needs of the community that they serve are never far from their thoughts. During dinner, Board member Sindhu Siva thanked Volunteers for their service, and told them of many upcoming events where Volunteers will be needed, including tabling activities to reach out to the community. If you have thought about volunteering, now is the time! They have many opportunities for everyone to get involved! It will also get you an invite to next year's most popular event in town, their next Volunteer Appreciation dinner!

Visit their webpage and Facebook page, or come by any Open Shop night - they will be glad to see you!

Above: Guests included Founding Member Jamie Magee, last on right, and NBP Chair Pat Correale, second from right

After dinner, guests moved downstairs to play shuffleboard and throw darts. It was a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship.

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