At Vitiello Communications Group (VTLO), serving our community is an integral part of our culture and who we are. Our goal as individuals and as a company is to make a difference.

In celebration of our silver anniversary, we launched 25 Points of Light, a community service program that spotlights our team's volunteer activities and was recognized as a Great Oak Awards finalist in 2016. We've kept the momentum going to express our ongoing commitment to helping others.

United Way – VTLO’s director of new accounts and marketing, Brian S. Keefer, set aside his pride for the 2017 Chocolate Lovers Festival to benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County (PA). He donned a promotional sandwich board with several balloons and became the unofficial mascot for the event.

Kennett Food Cupboard – Brian S. Keefer, VTLO’s director of new accounts and marketing, leads several youth activities for his church, and they recently participated in a fundraising event called the 30-Hour Famine. While they fasted for 30 hours, they volunteered at the local food cupboard.

United Way of Central Virginia – VTLO consultant Bryant Haskins (pictured at right) is active in the United Way of Central Virginia, where he has served for three years on the Community Impact Committee and also is co-chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee with Cliff Glickman (pictured at left).

Operation Birthday Child – Each year Nadine Green and her family participate in “Operation Birthday Child” by collecting birthday gifts for those who are less fortunate. Last year they collected eight large sacks of toys, small sports items, and coloring books and donated them to the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County.

AIDS Life Cycle – Every year, Allen and his partner, Jeff, support one “extreme” sporting event that helps raise funds for charity. This year, the pair raised $10,000 for AIDS-related charities through their participation in the 545-mile AIDS Life Cycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Curious Young Writers – Carol Feinberg, VTLO Account Director, is a 2015 communications mentor in the curiousYOUNGwriters (cYw) program. cYw is an innovative high school science collaborative that connects science, technology, engineering, mathematics and ART (steAm) to foster understanding of biomedical research and its potential for improving the health and well-being of humans and animals. cYw trains curious and creative high school communicators to bring complex bioscience to the general public through the power of story, preparing the next generation of communicators to help people make sense of emerging science that affects their personal health and well-being, as well as that of the world around them.

Elijah’s Promise – In November 2015, VTLO gathered with clients and family members, to make, pack and deliver 129 brown bag lunches to Elijah’s Promise, the soup kitchen in New Brunswick that’s been in operation one year more than VTLO.

Community Dining Room – From washing dishes to making soup and serving hot meals, Cheryl Kaiden has been a volunteer with the Community Dining Room (CDR) for 12 years, and a Board Member for nine. The agency supports the Connecticut shoreline with basic human services, such as daily hot meals, home delivery, Tuesday night family dinner, and Wednesday night takeout dinner. Last year, the CDR provided a staggering 52,000 meals.

Be Well and Thrive – In July, VTLO introduced a health and wellness program for team members as one Point of Light in celebration of their vital contribution to the company. The program launched with a vendor fair held in VTLO’s North Brunswick headquarters and the gift of a Fitbit for each team member. Pictured here are: Jill Vitiello, Nadine Green, and Richelle Feigin.

Girl Scouts – On Saturday, September 19, 50 “Edgers” went Over the Edge – rappelling down the side of a ten-story building in New Jersey and raising more than $80,000 for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. VTLO supported one of the “edgers,” Jane Kurek, Executive Director at The Provident Bank Foundation, cheering her on from afar. Jane shared this photo, which puts her bravery into perspective. Afterwards, Jane said: “Thanks for supporting me. Next time I’m taking you with me!” LOL!

Polar Bear Plunge – Each February, Nadine Green and her family brave the chilly New Jersey waters and participate in the Polar Plunge at Seaside Heights. The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraising event to support the Special Olympics.

Feed My Starving Children – Richelle Feigin and her two children volunteered with the Feed My Starving Children organization, whose mission is: “Turning hunger into hope with our own two hands.” In just a two-hour session, the Feigin family and other volunteers packed 145 boxes of food, totaling 31,320 meals which will feed 85 children in Cambodia for one year.

Marlboro Township Economic Development Committee – Barbara Rosenbaum Singer volunteers with the Marlboro Township Economic Development Committee (EDC). The EDC is committed to bringing new businesses into the community by fostering a business-friendly environment. Barbara is pictured here at the grand opening for PetSmart in Marlboro, NJ.

Communication Leadership Exchange – In April, Jill Vitiello was elected to the Board of Directors of the Communications Leadership Exchange (CLE). She’s focused on member benefits such as Hot Topics and the annual conference as well as strategic planning for the organization.

Elijah’s Promise – In July 2016, VTLO gathered as a team to make, pack and deliver over 150 brown bag lunches to Elijah’s Promise, the soup kitchen in New Brunswick that’s been in operation one year more than VTLO.

Feed My Starving Children – Richelle Feigin and her children, Brooke and Evan, spent an evening hand-packing meals specially formulated for malnourished children through the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) program. The nonprofit organization sends meals to partners around the world where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. The Feigins and their fellow volunteers packed nearly 2,200 bags of food in just a few hours, which will provide highly nutritious meals for more than 13,000 children in the Philippines.

United Way – VTLO account director Brian S. Keefer (pictured top center) is active with the United Way of Southern Chester County (Pennsylvania), where he recently joined the Board of Directors and serves on the Marketing & Communications Committee.

American Heart Association – Jill Vitiello stands behind the American Heart Association 13th Annual Garden State Go Red For Women® Luncheon. For many years, Jill has served on the Executive Leadership Team for the Luncheon, the state’s major fundraiser to benefit AHA, and the premier annual event in providing education about the risks of heart disease and stroke for women and men.

Family Resources – A few times per year, Nadine Green and her family clean out their closets and donate their gently worn clothing to Family Resources. Family Resources provides clothing, household items, toys, etc. to those who are in need.

AIDS Life Cycle – Every year, Allen (right) and his partner, Jeff, support one “extreme” sporting event that helps raise funds for charity. This year, the pair raised $6,900 for AIDS-related charities through their participation in the 545-mile AIDS Life Cycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Jeff did the ride and Allen was his biggest cheerleader, orchestrating an online digital campaign for #teamjeff, which drew hundreds of participants and generous contributors from around the globe. Congratulations – and thanks!

World Vision – Carol Feinberg and her family support two children through World Vision. Through the program, Mbiliyawo in Malawi and Easir in Bangladesh and their families get assistance and education to help them live healthier lives.

Holiday Express – Every November and December, Barb Willis dons her Santa hat (or a character costume) and brings cheer with other Holiday Express volunteers to people in hospitals, specialized schools and other social service settings. The clients Holiday Express serves desperately need to feel loved…and to have a little “ho, ho, ho” fun!

Meals on Wheels – In May, VTLO created the social media campaign for the annual wine tasting fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels in Greater New Brunswick, more than doubling attendance and proceeds over the previous year. From left: Robin Suydam, president, Suydam Insurance; Joan Poole, Meals on Wheels treasurer; and Jill Vitiello and the May 14 event at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick

Quest – Richelle Feigin has volunteered weekly over the last three years at a local elementary school in both the library and the computer lab. As part of the school’s reading program, Quest, she reads books, writes tests, inputs students’ scores and helps coordinate celebrations at the end of each quarter for the kids who meet the goal. In the computer lab, she assists students with research projects, math programs, keyboarding skills and practice for online testing.

Mazon – Barbara Rosenbaum Singer and her children, Aidan and Zoe, whipped up batches of cookies and other treats to raise monies for Mazon, a nonprofit that is working to eradicate hunger. The bake sale raised $220; that’s pretty sweet.

World Vision – Since 2009, VTLO has participated in World Vision’s innovative microloan program, which provides seed money to women entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world. Over the years, VTLO contributions have funded seamstresses, bakers, grocery store owners, beauty salon proprietors and others in Africa, Mexico and the Philippines.

Susan G. Komen Foundation – This past May, Adrina Walker proudly put on her pink and raced for the cure with several thousand other volunteers for the Philadelphia Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Kitchen Duty – Pat is very fortunate to be part of a wonderful faith community where she enjoys giving back through ongoing “Kitchen Duty“ for programs and events sponsored there. What she likes is the fellowship and “hands on“ experience–making sandwiches, washing dishes–activities totally different than the mental work she does day-in and day for her communication assignments. Pat says, “It’s a nice balance to my life!“

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Nadine Green and her family happily support the volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases.

Merck Fellowship for Global Health – In July/August of 2016, Richelle Feigin, VTLO Account Director, took a trip to Africa to help onboard nearly 30 Merck employees for their three-month assignments working with nonprofit partners around the world as part of the Merck Fellowship for Global Health program. Every year, the ambassadors use their professional skills and expertise while embedded within eight different nonprofit organizations to create sustainable improvements in global health.

Feed My Starving Children – Richelle Feigin and her two children volunteered with the Feed My Starving Children organization, whose mission is: “Turning hunger into hope with our own two hands.” In just a two-hour session, the Feigin family and other volunteers packed 145 boxes of food, totaling 31,320 meals which will feed 85 children in Cambodia for one year.

Women in Leadership Network – VTLO President Jill Vitiello is an active member of Vistage. Vistage groups meet once a month to solve problems, evaluate opportunities and work on an assortment of strategic and operational issues. They are confidential forums of experienced executives who rely on each other for wisdom and counsel.

Make-a-Wish Foundation – Instead of sending employees a holiday gift each year, VTLO makes a donation to the choice of one of three charitable organizations that align with VTLO’s values of supporting economic empowerment for women, promoting healthy living, and caring for children with special needs.

Kennett Area Community Service – The Keefer family, including VTLO account director Brian S. Keefer, volunteers each year for the Christmas Basket Event coordinated by Kennett Area Community Service. Families in need receive winter coats, toys, bikes, turkeys and ingredients for a holiday meal. In 2016, the event served more than 600 families.

Duck Donuts – Kristen Erickson, account manager, volunteers her spare time to help local, small businesses with their public relations, including social media campaigns and special events. She’s pictured here at the grand opening celebration for Duck Donuts in Middletown, New Jersey.

Court Appointed Special Advocates – On August 15, 2015, Carol Feinberg joined hundreds of caring people of all ages and backgrounds for the second year in a row to run and walk as a league of superheroes to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Sponsored by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Passaic County, the motto of the four-mile run was “All children need heroes but abused children need superheroes.” Many participants came dressed as their favorite superheroes to add to the fun. Carol, who is a CASA volunteer, acted as support staff to provide the runners with water, granola bars and fruit, which was donated by her church. Who knows – maybe next year, she’ll don her WonderWoman costume and join in the run!

American Heart Association – On February 5, VTLO supported the American Heart Association – Wear Red Day® by showing up in shades of scarlet, crimson, and cerise. We wore red to raise awareness about the fight against cardiovascular disease in women. As long-time members of the Go Red for Women Movement, we’ve seen first-hand how education and awareness about heart disease and stroke can improve and save the lives of women. Thanks to the VTLO team members who wore red to celebrate the impact all of us can make by sharing information and resources about heart health!

World Vision – Richelle Feigin’s family sponsors two children, who share the same birthdays as her kids, through World Vision. As part of the program, Angel, from Honduras, and Mariama, from Senegal, as well as members of their communities, receive increased access to nutritious food, improved healthcare and hygiene and educational opportunities to help them learn and grow.

Food Pantry – Cheryl Kaiden is proud to be a volunteer and Board Member of the Food Pantry, a 100% volunteer organization. The mission of the Branford, CT-based pantry is to provide groceries for individuals and families in need. In addition to family groceries, children are provided a snack package that can be used for school days and a new program, Feed Branford Kids, provides weekend food when school subsidized meals are not available.

Family Promise – VTLO account director Brian S. Keefer prepares and serves meals to homeless families who are provided temporary shelter at local churches that are coordinated by Family Promise of Southern Chester County (Pennsylvania). The community program was established in 2015 because there were no shelters in the area that could accommodate families.

New Jersey Alumnae Association – Currently, Elisa serves on the board of the New Jersey Alumnae Association for her alma mater, Smith College, bringing together local alums for fun and educational activities, and supporting young women who are interested in applying to Smith.

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