Seabrook named Volunteer of the Year

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December 21st, 2009
Seabrookwas honored by Interfaith Neighbors as Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year at a recent dinner. [caption id="attachment_7249" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Nancy Flanigan, Rabbi Sally Priesand, and Joe Marmora of Interfaith Neighbors with Gary Engelstad (left) of Seabrook. "][/caption] Interfaith Neighbors is a nonprofit making a difference in the lives of the working poor, the elderly, shut-ins, disadvantaged youth, and neighborhoods in need of revitalization in Monmouth County. Our appreciation for the many people we have come to know atSeabrookis beyond words, said Joe Marmora, executive director of Interfaith Neighbors. Each year, we hold an annual meeting and honor a congregation or organization that has supported us in an outstanding way. The people atSeabrookhave aided us in many of our projects. The staff and residents are always kind, competent, and cooperative, and we thank them. In conjunction with Interfaith Neighbors program to provide affordable housing,Seabrookhas sponsored two housewarming parties for new homeowners in which gifts and household items were donated by residents. The second of these parties was sponsored by the community s Protestant Council. A picture of the house was displayed in a prominent area atSeabrook, with tags listing the various items and wishes of the families. Then it was up toSeabrookresidents to select tags and purchase the needed items. In addition, Interfaith Neighbors experienced a tremendous response from residents who have volunteered for its various efforts, such as preparing the mailing of the organization s newsletter or helping with the Meals on Wheels program. We are honored to be recognized by such a worthwhile organization. Interfaith Neighbors fulfills a need that assists those who are struggling, said Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks. Our residents and staff members are involved in a whole host of benevolent projects that reach out to the community, allowing members of the Seabrook family the opportunity to share its gifts with those who need a helping hand.