Check with your local United Way, Red Cross or Y, favorite museum, park or conservation organization for a variety of volunteer opportunities. See Teen Camps for summer volunteer programs.
New Jersey Office of Volunteerism
The State of New Jersey Office of Volunteerism provides links to community service-based organizations, volunteer groups and volunteer centers in all New Jersey counties. Submit the online form and applicable volunteer opportunities will be emailed to you.
Bergen County Volunteer Center
64 Passaic St., Hackensack, 201-489-9454. Search website by age and zipcode to locate volunteer opportunities at agencies that have requested help.
Volunteers deliver bagged lunches, breakfast bags, clothing, toiletries and other necessities weekly to the homeless in New York City, Newark and Irvington.
P.O. Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. 973-540-9222. Organization collects & distributes children's drawings to nursing homes, hospitals & meals-on-wheels programs. Volunteers needed to supply drawings.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
31 Evans Terminal Rd., Hillside, 908-355-3663, ext. 221. Open for volunteers to help sort food or work on bulk mailings. Kids Closet distributes new children's clothing and Kids in Need Resource Center provides free school supplies to teachers and children in low-income school districts. Call for information on volunteer opportunities or to schedule a group tour.
79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242. Volunteers, ages 15 and up, needed to help run special needs classes or tutor newcomers to the U.S. in English as a second language.
Fresh Air Fund
800-367-0003. Become a host family to a New York City youngster ages 6-12 for a 2-week summer vacation.
Idealist Volunteer Resource Center
Action Without Borders, 646-786-6886. Search database for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities around the globe for youth, students, families and adults.
Partners with non-profit agencies to provide volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and corporate and community groups.
New Jersey Animeals
PO Box 12, Stanton, NJ 08885, 908-752-1927. Provides monthly deliveries of dry and wet food and cat litter to pet owners in need. Volunteers, donations of food, collection locations, and dollar donations are needed.
Pedals for Progress
86 East Main St., High Bridge, NJ 08829, 908-638-4811. A non-profit New Jersey-based organization collects donated bicycles and ships them to developing nations and economically disadvantaged American children. Donations and collection and processing volunteers welcome.
Center for Family Services, 108 Somerdale Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043, 609-220-2186. Teen volunteers, ages 14-18, work together to make a difference in their community through volunteering. Five chapters in South and Central New Jersey service Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Middlesex Counties.
165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787. The Arboretum is always looking for youth (preferably age 13 and older) to help with planting, weeding, trail maintenance and other activities.
Santa Claus Shop
Complimentary holiday shopping is provided in early December to low-income families and seniors from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights referred by local social service agencies and assisted by community group volunteers. Visit website to donate.
SHIP Summit Helping Its People
908-829-0515; email@example.com. Volunteers always needed to help prepare meals; pick up and deliver food donations; provide baked goods, left over party platters or banquet foods; sponsor food collections; donate produce; and help with events.
Somerset County Park Commission Volunteer Opportunities
PO Box 5327, North Branch, 908-722-1200. Diverse opportunities for volunteers include work on wildlife and resource conservation projects; gardens, grounds, facilities management; instruction and special events.
Summit Recreation, 908-277-2932; Berkeley Heights Recreation, 908-464-0550 x13; New Providence Recreation, 908-464-4430. Other participating Recreation Departments include: Maplewood, Millburn, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, South Orange, Springfield, and Union.
TryCan trains volunteer teen mentors to provide one-on-one supervision to children with special needs participating in sports, leisure and social development programs.
Union County Parks and Recreation
Individuals and groups are always needed to help maintain Union County Parks, 908-527-4231. Adopt-A-Park volunteers assist with after-school programs, summer programs and special events. Adopt-A-Trail volunteers make a two-year commitment to adopt a trail or section of a trail and monitor and maintain it at least four times a year.
United Way of Northern New Jersey
Headquarters: 222 Ridgedale Ave., 3rd floor, Cedar Knolls, 973-993-1160. Search for volunteer opportunities, in-kind needs, events and job openings in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren and Essex Counties online.
Volunteer Center of Burlington County
c/o Burlington County College, Parker Center, Rm 221, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd., Pemberton, NJ 08068, 609-894-9311 x1492. Call or visit online directory for volunteer opportunities for youth to adults.
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