JOSEPH BELKO TO LEAD HelpLight NJ
Green Organization taps Monmouth County teenager to continue local global warming advocacy
Rd Bank, N.J. – September 5, 2012 – Joseph Belko will lead HelpLight NJ as the organization renews its efforts to promote energy conservation and reduce energy consumption throughout the state, announced the charitable organization today. HelpLight NJ works to inspire teens to take action in the fight against global warming while helping the underserved in hopes of creating a better earth.
“Joe is a born leader,” said Matthew Erickson, HelpLight NJ co-founder. “He has innovative ideas well beyond his 13 years and the passion to teach and help others. He’s the perfect fit for our organization.”
The Green Organization supplies low-income families with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to help them save energy costs and fight global warming. Members of the organization have also worked to encourage all New Jersey citizens to switch to CFL bulbs in their homes and businesses. Since its inception in 2007, HelpLight NJ has donated 190,000 CFL bulbs, which will save more than $14 million in energy costs and reduce CO2 release by over 166 million pounds.
Belko will be responsible for identifying and contacting various aid organizations throughout the state to help coordinate the distribution of the CFL bulbs. He will also apply for grants, raising money for additional bulbs for future distributions, and will be the primary spokesperson for HelpLight NJ, working to educate recipients on the benefits of using energy conserving light bulbs. One of Belko’s primary goals is to grow the organization by recruiting, training and mentoring new members.
“I’m really excited to have a leadership role with an organization as important as HelpLight NJ,” said Belko. “Over the next year and throughout my high school career, I’ll work hard to increase the number of bulbs distributed. We’ll look to educate as many people as possible – in hopes of making the world a better place for my generation.”
Belko enters the 8th grade this month at a NJ Intermediate School in Wall Township, NJ. He excels in lacrosse, playing for Team United Lacrosse and Wall Lacrosse Club. He remains active in the community through his work with the Boy Scouts. Belko’s additional interests include fishing, surfing and construction.
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About HelpLight NJ
HelpLightNJ (www.helplightnj.com) works to inspire teens to take action in the fight against global warming while teaching the values of energy conservation and helping the underserved in hopes of creating a better earth. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has donated 190,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, which will save more than $14 million in energy costs and reduce CO2 release by over 166 million pounds. HelpLight NJ was founded by John Caddock, Matthew Erickson and Paula Pilipovic.
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