July 29, 2014

This award was presented by Mary Pat Christie to Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel and MEVO recognizing Eric as the 29th Hero in the state. It was presented to MEVO volunteers at MEVO’s Bergen Community College Farm behind Ender Hall in order to recognize the innovative and inspiring Farm to Live program MEVO carries out throughout the state on NJ. In addition to Mary Pat Christie other notable attendees to the event included County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Bergen Community College President B. Kaye Walter, as well as several Mayors and many not-for-profit partners.

New Jersey Heroes

Mary Pat Christie founded the organization to recognize and celebrate the work done by individuals and non-profit organizations in New Jersey. NJH recognizes about eight Heroes every calendar year. NJH operates alongside Mrs. Christie to encourage, recognize, and support the tireless efforts of unsung heroes that make the lives of New Jersey citizens better.

July 29, 2014

This award presented by Chief Dwaine Perry and the Ramapough Lunaape Nation to Eric J. Fuchs-Stengel and MEVO for four years of support to the tribe in cleaning up illegal trash dumping and stopping illegal off-roading on Stag Hill in Mahwah, New Jersey. Over the course of four years MEVO has organized thousands of volunteers to come to Stag Hill to clean up over fifty years of pollution dumping. In 2013 alone MEVO removed over 100,000lbs (50 tons) of waste from Stag Hill and in 2014 MEVO has already removed several thousand tires. In addition, MEVO is working in partnership with the tribe on a community based research program focused on interviewing and empowering the Stag Hill community to create solutions to its various community issues.

Ramapough Lunaape Nation

June 17, 2014

The Jefferson Awards Foundation

Dear friends, volunteers, members of our local communities, and those supporters who live far away! We thank you all for your support since our Founding in 2008. None of the recognition MEVO has ever received would have ever happened without your support. We pledge to continue to work every single day to create a world that is environmentally sustainable and not at constant threat from global climate change and other serious environmental problems. Thank you again for your support, recognition, donations, awards, and dedicated hours of volunteering.


$1500.00 Hurricane Sandy Relief Grant (2013)
Russell Berrie Foundation

$2500.00 North Face Explore Fund (2012)
The North Face

$3900.00 Clean Communities Grant (2012 and 2011)
Bergen County Clean Communities Program

$1000.00 Reynolds Changemaker Challenge Grant (2012)
New York University Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation in Social Entrepreneurship

$500.00 DoSomething.org Seed Grant (2011)

$1000.00 YouthVenture Seed Grant (2009)
Ashoka YouthVenture


Organization of the Year Award (2012)
Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce

Russell Berrie Award for Making a Difference (2012)
Russell Berrie Foundation

Stellar Volunteer Award (2010)


Eric Fuchs-Stengel accepts the Russell Berrie award.