Port Authority Employees Perform Volunteer Service for BEOF in Remembrance of September 11

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that eleven volunteers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey participated in community service activities in Bayonne in remembrance of September 11, 2001. Mayor Smith said, “The Port Authority has chosen volunteer work as a way of giving back to the communities it serves in the time around September 11 each year. We are honored that they have chosen Bayonne as a location for helping people in need.” Ana Quintela, Executive Director of the BEOF, thanked the Port Authority and its employees for initiating the volunteer effort. She said, “For the third consecutive year, Port Authority employees assisted the BEOF with several of our community services. We are very grateful for the help that they offered the BEOF in multiple locations around Bayonne. I would like to thank the people of the Port Authority for their support of the BEOF, Bayonne’s community action agency.”
The Port Authority employees performed several tasks at several different locations around Bayonne. Some volunteers delivered food to senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels program. Another group entertained senior citizens at nutrition sites at 16 West 4th Street and 535 Avenue A. Others cleaned the basement and organized files at the BEOF headquarters, 555 Kennedy Boulevard. At the Head Start building, 21 West 8th Street, Port Authority volunteers helped teachers and staff members do filing and prepare classrooms for the arrival of students.
According to a statement from the Port Authority, “In 2008, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began a tradition of honoring the victims and survivors of September 11 with its Remembrance Through Renewal Program, where employees can participate in agency-sponsored volunteer service projects throughout the region.” The statement continued, “…hundreds of Port Authority and PATH employees have dedicated their time to service projects in the region. The charitable spirit and dedication of its employees each year has allowed the Port Authority to expand its programs as the agency continues to partner with more community volunteer organizations.”