Organizational History

1966 - Present

In 1966 Bergen Volunteers was founded by the Junior League to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities throughout Bergen County. It was previously named the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc.

In 1977 we introduced the Mentoring Program and since then have connected over 4,000 children and 500 caregivers with dedicated and supportive mentors.

In 1977 we implemented the CHORE Service. Over a lifetime our CHORE volunteers have served more than 12,000 Bergen County seniors and individuals with disabilities in need of home-repairs.

In 1996 we began the All Wrapped Up, holiday giving program. Over the past 25+ years, All Wrapped Up has matched more than 88,000 individuals and families with 19,000 community donors.

In 2006, in collaboration with a group of community leaders, we created the Bergen LEADS Program focused on cultivating leaders on the local level. Since then 400+ individuals have graduated from the program 

In 2016 we introduced the Making-It-Home program to provide gently-used furniture donated by Bergen County residents to individuals and families who are moving out of shelter and into permanent housing. Over a lifetime we have served 610 adults and children with assistance from 480 furniture donors, keeping 42,000 pounds of unwanted furniture out of landfills. 

In 2017 we began free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income individuals, seniors, and English Language learners. Over a lifetime, VITA has served over 550 individuals saving $96,000 in tax preparation services and totaling to $751,392 in refunds.

In 2017 we created the Redefining Retirement Program. Since its inception our liaisons matched 130+ retirees with volunteer opportunities at 25 nonprofit organizations across Bergen County. 

In 2017 the CHEER Program was adopted by Bergen Volunteers from the Visiting Homemakers of Bergen County. When Visiting Homemakers had to close their doors, Bergen Volunteers happily took the program under our wing. Over the past 65+ years CHEER volunteers have served 6,000 individuals, offering support, and a friendly face.

Currently, Bergen Volunteers continue to serve as the hub of the community’s social welfare network, offering unique services and programs that serve all of Bergen County. 

In 2019 the Jewish Federation of New Jersey had to pause the Bergen Reads program. In an effort to continue the program's legacy, Bergen Volunteers adopted the program. Since then we have supported 300+ students offering them reading support to achieve academic success.