The rewards of volunteering

Christina Renna assists Matheny student India Jones in a game of adapted basketball.

Volunteering at Matheny has meant a great deal to Ridge High School student Christina Renna of Basking Ridge, NJ. “It has helped me understand the diversity of my community and has allowed me to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities,” she says.

Since the majority of Matheny students and patients are full-time residents, volunteers are needed days, evenings and weekends to serve as recreation assistants, classroom aides and just friendly visitors. Matheny’s volunteer office strives to place helpers in positions that meet both their interests and availability. Matheny’s students and patients are everyday people who like the same music, games, sports and movies as everyone else. For those who take the opportunity to discover each person’s individuality, the rewards are great.

For more information and a volunteer application, contact the volunteer services office at (908) 234-0011, ext. 282.