Ellen Ptalis was awarded the November Volunteer of the Month award from the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She has devoted herself to volunteering for the NCJW BCS and for programs it sponsors. At Youth Consultation Services Holley Center, a residential treatment facility for emotionally and physically abused children, she co-chairs NCJW’s afterschool arts and crafts program. At Bergen Family Center’s HIPPY program (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) she plays with preschoolers while their parents learn to teach their children. She also volunteers at NCJW’s thrift shop, raising funds for the many programs sponsored by the organization, and she is involved with helping the Center for Food Action. She also helps with mailings and participates in a NCJW book group.