Jul 30, 2014

Organizations Seek Volunteers at Inaugural Get Up Collingswood Event

The event also serves as a meet and greet, is kid-friendly and is free.

Organizations Seek Volunteers at Inaugural Get Up Collingswood Event
Collingswood is looking for volunteers to give back to the community’s organizations and festivals at its Get Up, Collingswood! event Thursday night from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike.

The event is kid-friendly and provides guests with information about volunteer opportunities direct from representatives of each organization.

It is also a meet-and-greet that gives residents the chance to meet their neighbors. For fun, guests can challenge neighbors in a giant game of Jenga, there will be craft beers on tap, giveaways (including passes to the Franklin Institute and Collingswood merchandise), snacks and crafts and entertainment for kids. The event is free.  

Events such as the May Fair, the Book Festival, Holiday Parade, Green Festival, Fourth of July Bike Parade, the Farmers’ Market, recreation programs and Parent Teacher Associations require volunteers to plan and execute some of Collingswood’s most loved events or build important organizations.

“Not everyone realizes that all those groups and events that Collingswood is known for run almost completely on the time and energy of people that want to make great things happen here,” Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley said. “A lot of the people on those committees have been giving their time for 15, 20, 30 years. We need new faces to keep these events going.”

“Some groups are struggling to find new members,” Commissioner Mike Hall said. “We know there are hundreds of people out there that want to give back, we just need to connect them with our organizations. Collingswood is an ideal town in the eyes of many and that’s in no small way because of volunteers but we need new people to fill roles. It’s a tradition that’s made our town lively and a wonderful place to live. We’re hoping for a stellar turnout.” 

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