Authorities, Boards and Commissions
The Borough of Hightstown presently has the following vacancies available on our various Authorities, Boards or Commissions:
Parks & Recreation Commission:
* Alternate #2 – Term Expires December 31, 2015
Board of Health:
* Unexpired Three year term – Term Expires December 31, 2015
Historic Preservation Commission:
* Alternate #1 – Term Expires December 31, 2015
* Alternate #2 – Term Expires December 31, 2016
If you wish to volunteer, please apply by filing a Citizen Leadership Form with the Municipal Clerk. This form is available here: Citizen Leadership Form or at the Municipal Clerk’s Office during regular office hours.
Animal Welfare Committee
please contact Donna Hildreth 609-655-4329
Cultural Arts Commission Member Opportunity
The development of artistic and cultural appreciation and expression is an important consideration in the progress and growth of our society. Its pursuit through the presentation of cultural/artistic events and programs, and establishment of art installation sites and venues is declared to be a significant goal benefiting Hightstown residents, both adult and child alike. In order to achieve this goal and all related purposes, the Hightstown Borough Council has established a Cultural Arts Commission.
The Borough Council is looking for artists or those affiliated with art organizations, or residents who have an appreciation for arts to volunteer to serve on this commission. The full details on the Cultural Arts Commission can be found in ordinance 2014-10.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this commission, please submit a Citizen Leadership Form to the Borough Clerk.
Hometown Harvest Fair Committee
please contact Dave Babcock, firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHTSTOWN ENGINE CO. NO. 1
is seeking volunteers at all levels. Both men and women are encouraged to join the company as firefighters, drivers and/or to provide traffic control or administrative assistance.
Contact Fire Chief Larry VanKirk at 448-1245 or download and complete our Volunteer Application Form
HIGHTSTOWN FIRST AID SQUAD
is also seeking new members. For more information, call Captain Terry Lidke at 426-1512 or download and complete our Volunteer Application Form.
SEEKING PARTNERS IN CARING
Partners in Caring (PIC), a group of agencies collaboratively serving seniors and persons with disabilities in northern Mercer County, is seeking Partner Volunteers to assist with support services. Volunteers are sought for support roles as Friendly Visitors, Drivers, Meal Deliverers and Reassurance Callers. These services all provide a network of support that will enable PIC clients to maintain their independence and remain in our communities. Areas of service include Princeton Borough and Township, East and West Windsor Townships, and Hightstown, along with contiguous areas such as Cranbury and Plainsboro. Volunteers need not be from the service area and are welcome from throughout Mercer County.
Friendly Visitors engage with and visit senior or disabled individuals at home, spending time in sociable companionship activities, perhaps watching TV together, playing a game or just friendly conversation. No medical service or personal care is involved. Drivers can provide short transportation hops on a pre-scheduled or as needed basis; trips might include doctor visits, shopping, or hairdressers/barber shops. Meal Deliverers provide nutritious daily and weekend meal deliveries. Deliverers can also work as two person teams. Reassurance Callers make daily or as scheduled calls to home bound seniors just to “check in”. Calls are usually made within local calling areas and callers have a pre-set plan in place if there is an emergency. All Volunteer roles enhance clients’ lives and in some cases can save those lives! PIC may seek other roles for future “Partners”, but persons interested in volunteering should call now. CONTACT of Mercer County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is recruiting volunteers for the PIC effort. RSVP regularly works with seniors 55-plus in support of local community programs, but will welcome hearing from all interested persons to provide these critical supports in our community. Contact RSVP at (609) 883 – 2880 or by e-mail at: email@example.com. Partners member agencies also include American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, CONTACT’s Reassurance Program, Enable, Inc., Greater Mercer TMA’s Ride Provide, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey and Princeton Senior Resource Center. Principal funding is through the United Way of Greater Mercer County.
Click HERE to download a brochure about the RSVP program.
For more information, contact Hugh Adams, RSVP Director at (609) 883 – 2880 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Level Youth, a New Jersey non-profit corporation, was founded in 2006 upon the principles of youth education and development. Their mission is “To create a brighter tomorrow by being mentors, advisors and examples to our children today and aid them with a skill set that includes youth education, sports and character building principles that will enable them to achieve their full potential.”
Next Level Youth has started a tutoring/mentoring program to support the children of the Hightstown East Windsor community. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Grace Norton Rogers School in Hightstown. Currently, they are working with children in grades 3 through 8, with a focus on homework completion, NJ ASK preparation, and general skill building. The program includes guest speakers, field trips and special projects.
If you’re a high school student, current/former teacher, teacher’s assistant, or someone who feels like they can make a positive contribution, please contact Next Level Youth to offer your services as a volunteer. A full-time commitment is not required. You can participate twice a week or twice a month — they are very flexible. For more information, contact Eugene Lambert at (609) 672-1014, or stop by the school and join the group on any Tuesday or Thursday night.
Click here to download a flyer outlining NLY’s mentoring program.
Other opportunities …
If you are interested in serving as a member of one of the Borough’s Boards or Commissions, or if you would simply like to help out as needed, please download and complete our Citizen Leadership Form or Volunteer Application Form and let us know which areas you are interested in. Vacancies arise periodically on our Planning Board, Board of Health, Environmental Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Water and Sewer Committee, and ad hoc committees are also created from time to time for specific purposes.
Those wishing to serve on an official Borough Board or Commission must complete and submit the Citizen Leadership Form. (For complete information regarding new statutory requirements, see P.L. 2009, Chapter 141.)