SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is proud to announce their business & marketing development coordinator, Minerva Alvarado, has been awarded the 2021 Women of Achievement Award for Cumberland County by the Garden State Council, BSA. The wine reception and awards dinner is set for November 10 at Auletto’s in Deptford. For more information about the event, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the 10th annual Women of Achievement event that recognizes outstanding women business leaders in South Jersey. Alvarado will represent Cumberland County. Honorees are selected based on the respect and esteem of their colleagues with a focus on character, leadership and service. Other honorees are Joanne Carrocino, Anne Caruso, Joanne Connor, Christina Renna and Theresa Widger. The Woman Scouter of the Year is Vivian Badon.
“This is an amazing accomplishment for Minerva,” said SERVPRO owner, Barbara Stafford-Jones. “Minerva is truly a philanthropist and also has a keen interest in the success of local businesses in the community. She is very deserving of this award, and we are very happy for her.”
Alvarado serves on the Board of Directors for Gateway Community Action Partnership in Bridgeton where she recently recruited co-workers in her department to volunteer during National Volunteer Week. She is an Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army Vineland Corps, and serves on the public relations committee and the turkey drive committee. She has helped to make their annual grassroots turkey drive event one of the largest and most successful in the State of New Jersey. She has received numerous awards through her work with the Salvation Army. Alvarado takes special interest in mentoring teen girls and matching them with non-profits in need of volunteers.
Alvarado also serves as Corporate Secretary for the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce where she chairs the Education Programs Committee and co-chairs the Hispanic Business Committee. The Hispanic Business Committee was responsible for over 100 people attending the chamber’s June meeting, “Hispanic Business: The Power of a Culture.” Alvarado is a member of the Vineland Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Partnerships & Recognition Committee, and she is also a member of the Millville Chamber of Commerce. She also volunteers for the M25 Initiative.
Alvarado’s passion for volunteering stems from her parents who were both very active in church and community organizations.
“Through my parents, I learned the importance of paying it forward, helping those less fortunate and giving back to my community,” said Alvarado. “I can’t always afford to donate money, but I can donate my time and share my business and computer skills to help the initiatives of local charities and non-profits. You have to be part of the change you want to see.”
Alvarado was born and raised in Vineland and enjoys music, scrapbooking and cooking. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she likes to spend time with family and friends and visit her son in upstate New York.