HOW YOU CAN HELP
Join a Committee
Take a look at the four committees in greater detail below, then scroll to the bottom to find the volunteer form and submit your information. A member of our team will connect with you to review orientation details and next steps!
The Promotion Committee works with the Borough of Bernardsville, local businesses, and property owners to facilitate a positive “image” of Bernardsville’s commercial district that will help retain, promote, and attract downtown business and residents. The Promotion Committee will attract visitors and residents to the district and encourage them to spend money and time in our community through advertising, in-store collaborative promotions, newsletters, websites, social media and press releases. The Promotion Committee will focus on Board approved signature events such as the Dad’s Day Dash 5K, Trunk or Treat & Holiday Parade.
Committee Chair: Amiee Watts
Meets: Third Thursdays
This committee will work to identify new market opportunities for the commercial district, help existing businesses to thrive and expand and stimulate investment in property. The first step to achieve a thriving economy is to develop a thorough understanding of the district’s economic condition. Activities will include providing grants for current businesses and incentives to welcome new businesses, among others that will encourage incremental change that improves the downtowns’ economic foundation, leading to long term investment and growth.
Committee Chair: Julia Carabas
Meets: First Wednesdays
The Design Committee works with the Borough of Bernardsville and downtown businesses and property owners to facilitate a positive visual image of Bernardsville that will enhance our thriving, vibrant community. The Design Committee will focus on aesthetics and appearance of the commercial district from Claremont Road through to the borough border after Finley Avenue. Projects may include way-finding signage, assistance with attractive window displays, enhancing parking areas, street furniture, sidewalks, and landscaping. The Design Committee will instill good maintenance practices within the commercial corridor and work with the appropriate municipal departments to achieve goals.
Committee Chairs: Cheryl Maddaluna, Lisa Diaz
Meets: Last Tuesdays
Share our vision and goals by building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process. Involve all the downtown’s stakeholders in an attempt to get everyone working toward a common goal. Motivate and drive the volunteer-based Main Street Program, manage fundraising and recruit sponsors for all events. Keep the organization on a time-line to ensure a well organized and well managed volunteer-driven organization. This committee works very close with the Promotions Committee.
This committee is currently combined with the Promotions committee. We welcome anyone who enjoys assisting with fundraising and outreach to contact Amiee Watts.
Participate on an Event Planning Sub Committee
Downtown Bernardsville hosts several annual events that require hands on time for planning and coordination. While our Promotions committee members are responsible for assisting with event planning, each event requires focus and attention better completed by individually focused committees. Additionally, event sub committees offer you the opportunity to spend a few months in the year volunteering for something specific, rather than committing to a full year of service, if this is better for your availability.
These events mostly need individuals who enjoy or have experience in marketing, coordinating people and groups, fundraising and outreach for support, locating and coordinating volunteers, and participating in the event itself to manage attendees and other aspects as needed.
Annually, Downtown Bernardsville organizes:
Spring TBD: Golf Outing Fundraiser Event
Planning Timing: January – May
June TBD: Bernardsville Car Show
Planning Timing: February – June
September 18: I Love Bernardsville 5K & Walk
Planning Timing: March – September
November 26: Small Business Saturday & Discover Bernardsville Magazine
Planning Timing: August – December
December 3: Holiday Lights Parade
Planning Timing: September – December
November 26 – January 8: Bernardsville on Ice (skating rink)
Planning Timing: January – December
January 15 – 29, 2023: Restaurant Week
Planning Timing: October – January
Participate in an Event or Sponsor a Project
Local events are created for the community to gather and enjoy the amenities Bernardsville has to offer. By participating in an event or sponsoring a project, your business is at the forefront of the community, demonstrating your commitment to helping to grow together. Events and sponsorships are recommended to be a small piece of your annual promotions for your business as this provides you with a direct connection to members of the community of which you can develop strong relationships with new and regular customers.
Make a Tax Deductible Donation
Thank you for your interest to support Downtown Bernardsville! General donations are accepted online here or checks made out to Downtown Bernardsville may be delivered to PO Box 887, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Purchase spirit wear and other Bernardsville swag in our online store (coming soon). For events and other opportunities for sponsorship, view our community calendar and sign up for email updates to learn more as information develops.
Thank you for your support!
We welcome commercial property owners, leaders and members of other local organizations, residents, business owners and employees, educators and more to join in. Complete the form below to get started!