POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The borough is working on a new way for residents to help out, give back or just to become more involved in the community by creating a volunteer corps.
Enlistees will work alongside committees in Point Pleasant Beach by volunteering on projects and events.
According to Mayor Paul Kanitra, the new corps is a direct response from residents wanting to help.
“We received dozens of requests from residents that want to sign up to just be town volunteers,” the mayor said. “That’s huge for us because we always have one-off events where if we had a bullpen of volunteers it could help tremendously.”
The mayor said these volunteers would not necessarily be assigned to any single committee. When a project pops up, committees need help, they can use these individuals.
“It is going to be something that all our committees can issue a call to when they have a big project ongoing, that our council members can do the same for,” said the mayor.
This group would also include those who didn’t feel comfortable joining a committee or commit to a regular schedule, Mr. Kanitra said.
“We’ll go to you and we’ll put opportunities in front of you,” said Mr. Kanitra.”If you can’t help at the date or time, or the strenuousness of one activity doesn’t work for you, that’s fine; you’ll stay in the volunteer corps and we’ll hope that you’ll help us out on another event.”
The group would also be a huge help for major events like the Arts Committee’s Gala, beach sweeps in the borough, recreation committee events like the Bonfire, The Off-Shore Boat Race and the Memorial Day Parade, according to the mayor
Although the group and its workings are not fully completed, those interested in joining can reach out to the Borough’s Quality of Life Director Kristen O’Rourke at Korourke@pointbeach.org.
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