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Mountainside, NJ
Barbara McLaughlan Cited For Service to Organization

Mountainside resident Barbara McLaughlan, an Associate Vice President with Prudential Investments, was recently recognized by Prudential for her volunteer efforts with CONTACT We Care, Inc.

VOLUNTARISM RECOGNIZED… Mountainside resident Barbara McLaughlan, center, an Associate Vice President with Prudential Investments, joins Candy Santo, right, of Fanwood, Executive Director of the Union County-based CONTACT We Care, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a 24-hour telephone helpline and crisis intervention service, and CONTACT Development Committee Chairwoman Barbara Charlton at a recent check presentation ceremony. Ms. McLaughlan was recognized by Prudential for her volunteer efforts with CONTACT We Care.

The non-profit organization was presented with a $5,000 Golden Star Award in Ms. McLaughlan’s name through the Prudential Community Champions Awards program.

The Prudential Community Champions Awards program, administered by the company’s Local Initiatives Division, recognized 523 Prudential employees and retirees this year who excel in volunteer commitment, leadership and service in their communities.

The Prudential Foundation is providing $472,000 in grants to the organizations in which these associates volunteer.

CONTACT We Care, Inc. provides a 24-hour telephone helpline and crisis intervention service. Ms. McLaughlan has been a CONTACT We Care volunteer since 1986, and has logged 1,400 hours on the telephone since that time.

In addition to answering calls made to the organization’s crisis hotline, she also helps train new telephone volunteers in taking "live" calls once they have completed the necessary 50 hours of classroom training.

"Prudential applauds the tireless efforts of Barbara McLaughlan on behalf of CONTACT We Care and her commitment to helping people in crisis," said Mary Robinson, Manager of Prudential’s Local Initiatives Division.

According to CONTACT We Care Executive Director Candy Santo, "We deeply appreciates the depth and faithfulness of Barbara’s service, and more importantly, her ministry to our callers."

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