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Matthew Zhang

Category: Youth in ServiceNominator: Councilman Michael M. Vieira, Xiaole Shen What was their service? In 9th grade, Matthew Zhang founded the Livingston Youth Organization for Human Services (LYOHS). As President, he led this 120-member nonprofit to conduct numerous community service projects for NJ during COVID-19. Through fundraisers and resource drives, LYOHS raised $900 for eldercare …

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Mary Porcello

Category: Lifetime ServiceNominator: Joe Vitale What was their service? Mary has spent her life serving others.  She and her husband used to manage a motel that the County often used to help people in need, often at the lowest point in their life.  She didn’t just collect a check from the County in exchange for …

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Karen Demarco

Category: Founders/InnovatorsNominator: Nicole DeMarco What was their service? Karen DeMarco has helped to feed thousands, if not tens of thousands, of food insecure New Jersey residents. She founded the nonprofit group The Food Brigade Inc., which in a 5-month period distributed over 1,000,000 pounds of food, as well as prepackaged meals to local residents in …

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Amanda Witkowski

Category: Community PillarNominator: Maria Witkowski   What was their service? Amanda implemented a series of projects – she made hundreds of masks to donate to healthcare workers and hospitals. The made almost 30 blankets for the cancer patients at Tomorrow’s Children, Then organized a contactless food drive for their pantry. Through a grant from Peace …

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Alan Hershey

Category: Environmental StewardshipNominator: Deb Brockway What was their service? Alan has engaged in land preservation and led stewardship efforts in central New Jersey for over 30 years. He was an early supporter and long-serving Board member of D&R Greenway Land Trust, serving as an officer, including chair. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity. …

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JO-ANN HOFFMAN

Category: Volunteer LeadershipNominator: Eleanor Letcher  What was their service? Jo-Ann is actively involved in Suicide Prevention, especially important during the isolation of Covid 19.  She is a Crisis Responder for CONTACT’S Crisis HOTLINE, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and LifeLine Crisis Chat.  She is also a volunteer ASIST Trainer:  Applied Suicide Intervention Training and a …

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Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS)

Category: Youth GroupNominator:  Lucy Cao What was their service? Outstanding dedication and abiding concern for others during the COVID-19 pandemic since February 2020. Hosted many charitable events to benefit local hospital workers with a particular attention given to the collection and distribution of personal protective equipment. Donated over 10,000 masks to Princeton Medical Center, Princeton …

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