Trenton, NJ – February 2, 2017 – United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) and Camp Fire NJ have been working together to provide effective, youth development programming to help Mercer County children thrive!  Together, their partnership has reached over 1,000 children in the first half of the 2016-2017 school year.

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VolunteerConnect offers nonprofit board training for individuals and corporate employees. They are the leading organization in central New Jersey committed to connecting skilled professionals with nonprofits in need of new trustees and project-based pro bono support.

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At a fundraising event called “Ignite the Fire,” Camp Fire NJ honored three of its most influential “Spark Champions:” Jodie Glenn, Nell Geiger and Penny Cox. The event, held May 16 at the Ralston Castle in Hopewell, also recognized Camp Fire NJ’s very first Teens in Action group, Bordentown’s own “Teens On Fire.”

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At Camp Fire NJ, we believe, from the bottom of our hearts, that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now!

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Think about great journeys in history.

Neil Armstrong escaped gravity for a moonwalk; Amelia Earhart piloted an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fronted a famous march from Selma to Montgomery.

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They lived on financial fumes and fluttered faith.

Camp Fire NJ, which challenges youth to find their spark in life, appeared headed for darkness as funding disappeared.

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On a wind-swept morning that made some of the objects of their collection that much more interesting, first grade students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School also wore imaginary tool belts that protected them against bullying.