Daily Point of Light # 2454 Jul 2, 2003

Jerome Colwell is a caring, compassionate young man who is eager to take on problems in his community, even those that exist outside his job description. He never talks about all the little things he does to make peoples’ lives better, but he can often be found performing a random act of kindness for someone in need. He is a quiet hero.

Jerome has been a Youth Counselor with the Covenant House since March 1994 and a Volunteer for the American Red Cross since 1992. The following organizations have all reaped the benefits of his service over the years as well: Project Read, Harmony House, the Boys Scouts of East Orange, the Big Brother Program and Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. He participated as a Volunteer Leader in the Make a Difference Day Program, NJ, Nickelodeon’s Big Help, Project Santa, Stand for Children, World Hunger, MS, Cancer and many others.

Jerome has received letters of commendation from Former President Bill Clinton, Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon S. Corzine. His office wall is adorned with certificates of appreciation from Governor McGreevey, Congressman Menendez, Bayonne Mayor Joe Doria and Jersey City Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham. He is the recipient of a Resolution saluting his service from the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly. Clients have written to him thanking him for making their life better with their children.

The length and depth of Jerome’s service to his community is precious but yet so rare. Jerome is a person who has made life better for many citizens with his concern for the well-being of others. He brings together diverse groups to solve some of the community problems for the seniors, youth and infants. He makes sure others get involved in making the community and the world safe and better for all citizens.