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From the Desk of the Executive Director
In our line of work, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While our rising meal counts reflect some troubling trends, it’s important to reflect on wonderful accomplishments. At the end of last month, 5 of our Adult Education Program students passed the GED test. They are excited to continue their education and pursue careers. Click here to read more about them. Through partnerships with churches and other social service agencies, TASK has successfully added two meal service sites in Hightstown, and is in the process of setting up a site in Princeton. Through collaboration, we are pulling together to create a safety net for struggling folks from different neighborhoods. We are in this together. As a supporter of TASK, we’d like to thank YOU for being a caring neighbor.
Read on for some opportunities and to see the difference your support has made.
Dennis C. Micai
WANTED: Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator & Adult Education Program Assistant
The NJ Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program is seeking a Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator to increase the awareness of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and recruit specific skill-based volunteers. This Coordinator will work directly at TASK. The position is full-time for one year. Click here for details.
TASK is also seeking a part-time Adult Education Program Assistant through the NJ Bonner AmeriCorps Program to assist the Adult Education Coordinator and IT Program Specialist in carrying out the daily tasks at the soup kitchen. This Assistant will work directly at TASK. This is a one-year, 900 hour position. For details, please click here.
TASK Spring Egg Hunt 2012 Spreads Smiles on the Faces of TASK Kids
On April 6, 2012, TASK was transformed into a play land for children, complete with face painting, cookies, candy, arts & crafts, books, and an Egg Hunt! Thanks to the Princeton Meeting (Society of Friends), the Robbinsville-Hamilton Washington Sunrise Rotary Club, and all our donors, volunteers, and staff for again making this a magical day for the children we serve!
To read more, click here. To view photos from the Egg Hunt, click here.
Double Your Donation: Support TASK through a Corporate Matching Gift
Annually 12% of TASK’s annual operating income comes from support from the business community. This includes dozens of Fortune 500 companies, a number of regional banks, many smaller companies, and a wide range of “mom and pop” businesses and sole proprietorships.
Didn't spot your company? Just because your company didn't make our list doesn’t mean they don’t offer matching gift programs. To see if your employer offers a matching gift program you can visit http://www.matchinggifts.com/cwru/. If you’re still unsure of your employer's matching gift status, you can also ask your Human Resources Officer if there is a charitable Matching Gift program.
Thank You to our Awesome Volunteers!
This year, 56 volunteers attended TASK’s annual “Thank You Brunch” on April 21, 2012 at TASK. The Annual Dr. Christian Hansen Volunteer Award, in memory of Dr. Hansen, who was an invaluable volunteer at TASK and a huge part of the Trenton community, was presented to both The Parish of Saint Raphael – Holy Angels and Cranbury Presbyterian Church. They were awarded the Community Award for their long years of service and support of TASK.
This year’s guest speaker was Freeholder Samual T. Frisby, who gave a moving and inspirational speech. Also, Rayon Cauthen, Adult Education Program student and SHARE Project poet, read two pieces of original poetry that was inspired in part by his participation in TASK programs. To read more about the event, including Rayon’s poems, click here.
To see photos from the event, click here.
Make Mom Proud
This Mother's Day, give a gift that gives. With help from the A-TEAM Artists of Trenton, TASK created a tribute gift card to honor or remember family, friends, and colleagues. For gifts of $10 or more, TASK will send a Tribute Card containing illustrations of candles drawn by the A-TEAM. The card unfolds to become a small decorative centerpiece for any room. TASK will prepare an acknowledgment and deliver it either to you or to the recipient you request.
For more information please click here.
Amaniís Appeal: Three Hundred Times Thirty
Amani is a freshman at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. In honor of TASK’s upcoming 30th anniversary, she is asking 300 people to each donate at least $30 to the Soup Kitchen. Amani explains, “This would raise a lot of money and it would be the perfect way to show your gratitude to TASK for their service to the community. Especially now when more and more people are coming to the soup kitchen, donations are even more important. I hope you choose to participate, because this would mean the world to so many people.”