New Brunswick City Council Adopts Call To Service Resolution

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NEW BRUNSWICK — The New Brunswick City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday night launching a city-wide Call to Service to increase citizen leadership in municipal government.

This effort is in partnership with the Citizens Campaign’s Jersey Call to Service, a statewide campaign to inspire citizens to participate in the leadership of their community.

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The resolution creates an annual New Brunswick Call to Service Summit for residents to learn about service opportunities in the city, particularly on New Brunswick’s volunteer boards and commissions.

“The New Brunswick Call to Service is a call to residents to the service of the City,” said Citizens’ Campaign State Campaign Director Lauren Skowronski. “Our goal is to cultivate a larger network of community of leaders – people who want to make the New Brunswick, Middlesex County, and our State a better place and provide them with the tools to take the first step.”

The first annual New Brunswick Call to Service Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Middlesex County Administration building in New Brunswick at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to free training on how to serve on boards and commissions, the Summit will also educate residents on how to make constructive proposals to the City Council, how to serve on the political party committees, and opportunities to report on community news.

The Citizens’ Campaign launched the Jersey Call to Service so that municipalities and counties can all develop a leadership culture. The Call to Service focuses primarily on three identified Paths to Service, they are:  1) Serving on an appointed board or commission; 2) Becoming a citizen legislator by devising a constructive common-interest proposal and presenting it to a relevant government body; 3) Serving as a neighborhood-level party committeeperson; and 4) Becoming a “citizen journalist” to help spread the word on important government news.

The Citizens’ Campaign, a non-partisan community of private citizens with experience in politics, law and government, devises innovative constructive government solutions and recruits and educates citizen leaders.


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