(Newark,N.J.) Sharlene Kemp has an unparalleled enthusiasm for helping at-risk youth ofEssexCounty, by volunteering over 400 hours a year with East Orange L.L. Sports (EOLLS). She recently earned a coveted award from PSEG and a grant that will help the nonprofit organization she so strongly supports.
A longtimeNewarkresident andPSEG employee, Kemp was honored by her employer for her exhaustive volunteer efforts. In addition to awarding her one of its “Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism” Awards of Merit, the company gave EOLLS a $1,000 grant on Kemp’s behalf.
Kemp has worked for PSEG Power, a subsidiary of PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group), for more than 12 years and has been volunteering with EOLLS since 2004. She is involved in many oftheir programs for young girls and boys, which range from tutoring and football to cheerleading and mentoring. Over 100 children fromEast Orangeand surrounding areas are enrolled each year.
EOLLS is funded and run by parents from the community many of whom benefited from the organization in their youth, and now grown and wanting to give back.
“I want to try and help one child at a time,” said Kemp. “Many of the kids I work with don’t have parents or positive role models. I enjoy being a mentor tohelp them make good choices in life and build self esteem.”
Participation has been extremely rewarding not only for Kemp, but also for her husband and children. On gameday, the entire family volunteers 12-14 hours to run the concession stand including shopping for the food, cooking and serving. The money they save in self-managing the stand helps EOLLS to purchase and refurbish equipment for the players.
For the last three years, Kemp and her husband have spent countless hours coaching the nonprofit’s flag football team through drills, exercise and plays. Kemp says that sports teaches kids discipline, and for some it’s the only opportunity to play outside. Her youngest daughter is captain of the cheerleading squad and one of the reading tutors.
The Kemp family is also generous by helping to plan and finance the annual awards banquet. Their contribution pays for the rental hall and some of the trophies, which helps EOLLS assist parents without the financial means to purchase entrance tickets.
The PSEG Foundation grant will be used to helpEast Orange L.L. Sports purchase jerseys for the team.
East Orange L. L. Sports, Inc. is a nonprofit, privately sponsored organization, chartered and incorporated by the State of New Jersey, and dedicated to the development of better citizens through the vehicle of properly supervised academic and sports activities for youth, from seven (7) to fifteen (15) years of age. The mission of East Orange L. L. Sports, Inc., is to provide the opportunity for the youth of East Orange, ages 8 to 14 years of age, to participate in the organized sport of football at three levels of play. Each child will be instructed in the various forms ofinvolvement in the game of football; to adhere to the rules of the game, and to demonstrate good sportsmanship. The participant will be taught to compete athletically and to develop skills that will enable him/her to be a lifetime learner.
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG) has a long tradition of caring for New Jersey’s people and communities. Each year, the company and its employees invest millions of dollars and thousands of hours to improve the quality of life in New Jersey. The company’s culture dictates that service to customers and community gohand-in-hand (www.pseg.com).