Bergen Volunteers CEO Search
Bergen Volunteers initiated a broad search for a CEO to replace Lynne Algrant, who has announced she will resign as of July 1st, following five years of exceptional service.“We thank Ms. Algrant for her service,” said Board President David Warshaw. “She has been a singular force for Bergen Volunteers in her five years as CEO, providing great energy and leadership, and fostering a true spirit of collaboration throughout the community. “
Board Member Lee Michelson has agreed to serve as Interim CEO beginning July 1st, while the search for a successor to Ms. Algrant is underway. Mr. Michelson has extensive nonprofit management experience, including serving as CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District in California, which provided support to 57 local nonprofits addressing a wide range of health and social issues.
Despite the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bergen Volunteers staff and volunteer leadership has remained active assuring that clients’ needs are addressed and has been instrumental in building cross-sector collaborations to address county-wide needs, especially in the area of food insecurity.
For further information, please contact Board President David Warshaw at
From all of us at Bergen Volunteers, we hope everyone is healthy--mind, body and spirit.
As we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 crisis, Bergen Volunteers is actively working to support the vulnerable over the next weeks and months. Our first priorities are:
Identifying Emerging Needs and Resources. We are continuing to hold weekly calls with other service providers and community leaders to identify both needs emerging in the community and what resources different organizations are providing. You can access our resource list here.
The 2020 Census Complete Count. Despite all of the current challenges, the 2020 Census is vitally important to the future of Bergen County and New Jersey. Please take a few minutes to complete the Census for your household (www.2020census.gov) and take a #CensusSelfie to encourage your friends to do the same. The Census can also be completed on the phone in various languages. You can access a list of phone numbers here.
Helping the Helpers. In this crisis, we are really all in this together--and "helpers" need as much support as those they serve. Our staff are staying in touch with our volunteers, our friends at other community based organizations, and community leaders.
The best thing we can all do during this crisis is to stay physically distant, but we can stay socially connected. We will continue to highlight heart-warming stories from our community on social media. And soon, we will be launching regularly scheduled conference calls/google hangouts to help alleviate social isolation.
Stay safe, be well and thank you for your continued interest and support of Bergen Volunteers,
Vision and Impact
Bergen Volunteers turn caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to improve lives and strengthen the community. We envision a thriving Bergen County where individuals are civically active in their community.
The Improving Lives Team enlists, trains, matches, and supports volunteers to respond to specific needs of youth, families, and the elderly. Our programs are teamed together into two initiatives: Successful Aging and Successful Families. Both teams strategically shares resources and create a strong vision for how seniors can successfully age in place and ensure that all families are successful and thriving.
Strengthening Community promotes the importance of civic leadership and engagement by providing opportunities for individuals, families, groups and local companies to give back to their community. As Bergen County’s #1 relationship builder, Bergen Volunteers understands community needs and how to support them through civic engagement and volunteerism. We help all of Bergen County, including youth, seniors, economically disadvantaged individuals and the nonprofit community overall. Volunteerism improves the quality of life for everyone in Bergen County, those receiving support and as importantly, those providing support through time, concern and talent.