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Celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Month and Our Volunteers

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and Anchor House is celebrating and recognizing our volunteers. Although we celebrate our volunteers each and every day and the important roles they play at Anchor House, we want to spotlight some very special people in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month.

There are many different ways to volunteer at Anchor House – from joining our Board, to groups like colleges or corporations organizing an activity to caring individuals who may help at an event or in one of our programs. All have one thing in common – they want to help Anchor House and the youth and families we serve. Below are a few examples of ways people volunteer at Anchor House. 

Student Volunteerism

Pictured are several of the volunteers from Princeton University that made the event a success.

Often, Anchor House is approached by students that want to volunteer and help our organization. A few months ago, Anchor House was the beneficiary of Princeton University’s Annual Service Auction through Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. It is held each year to benefit a local charity. Student volunteers organized the event, including soliciting and even creating unique auction items, like a delicious student-cooked meal spanning different cuisines of the world. We are especially grateful to the organizing committee for volunteering their time and making the event a success. The event raised $16,917.72.

Board Service

Elaine Tanimura - Anchor House Board
Pictured: Anchor House Board Member Elaine Tanimura.

Anchor House is fortunate to have a dedicated Board that volunteers their time and talents. We wanted to recognize one of our Board members, Elaine Tanimura, who recently became our Vice President. Elaine, who joined the Anchor House Board in November 2021, offers expertise in several different areas, including project management, human resources and nonprofit management and, most recently, served as the co-chair of our 45th Anniversary Event Committee. In addition to Anchor House, Elaine also volunteers her time serving on other boards including Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County and as Treasurer of Women in Development – New Jersey.

Our Dynamic Duo

If it is a Wednesday night at the Shelter, then most likely our dynamic volunteer duo of Tom and Simon will be there. Both Tom and Simon have been volunteering at Anchor House for decades. Both Tom and Simon are devoted to making sure youth have fun each week and create a sense of consistency to residents at the Shelter who look forward to their visits. In addition to Wednesday nights, Tom also is a volunteer for the Anchor House Ride for Runaways, taking photos and videos during the 500-mile Classic Ride.

Anchor House Foundation Ride for Runaways

Pictured: Group photo of the 45th Anchor House Foundation Ride for Runaways participants.

We must also acknowledge all those who are volunteering their time to be a part of the Anchor House Foundation’s Ride for Runaways.

Whether you are riding, running, or walking to raise money, traveling to be part of the support crew, you are appreciated.

Thank you to all those volunteering to support Anchor House!

Read more about volunteering at Anchor House