Hackensack NJ Environmental Scholarship

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is accepting applications for the 2016 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2016. The winner of the $1,000 unrestricted award will be announced June 1. Full application criteria are available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org Gazette

AIDS Compassion Weekend

Ministry collects Ensure Jan.23rd and 24th

Assumption Parish Community will be observing AIDS Compassion Weekend at all the Sunday and Anticipated Masses of February 6-7, 2016. As part of the program leading up to the observance, Assumption AIDS Ministry at all the Masses during the weekend of January 23-24, 2016, will be collecting the diet supplement, Ensure, which is much needed for maintaining a healthy condition by those living with the virus. The Ensure will be donated to New Jersey Buddies in Hackensack. Please extend a warm welcome to anyone you know living with HIV/AIDS. Gazette

Be a Mentor in Hackensack NJ!

Children are confronted with adverse challenges, at home and in life, and are experiencing social, emotional and behavioral problems. Mentors serve as positive role models; provide guidance, friendship and support; and advocate on behalf of children when necessary. The next 3-week Mentoring Youth training program begins on January 27, 2016. Sessions run on consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, 64 Passaic Street in Hackensack. There is an especially great need for men to mentor boys and for bi-lingual, Spanish speaking mentors of both genders. Mentors show children a different perspective, expose them to unexplored opportunities and help them to build trust. According to a study by Big Brothers/Big Sisters, youth who regularly meet with a mentor are 52% less likely than peers to skip school and 46% less likely to use drugs. Additionally, they are 33% less likely to hit someone or to start drinking. By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, mentors encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce young people to new ideas. For more information contact Eva Tobias at 201-489- 9454 x-209 or visit www.ber- genvolunteers.org