Jersey Cares Annual Events allows volunteers to give back to their communities throughout the year.

September 11th Week of Service and Remembrance

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About September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance

As part of the national movement to preserve September 11th as a day of service and remembrance, Jersey Cares will engage 500 volunteers between September 11th and 12th, 2015. These volunteer opportunities will place a special focus on New Jersey towns that experienced the greatest loss of life on September 11th, 2001. Projects will include beach sweeps, landscaping and brightening walls with fresh coats of paint. Through these projects, volunteers will make our communities stronger on a day that was intended to tear them apart.


Both teams and individuals are welcome to participate. Volunteers ages 4 and up are welcome. Advance registration is required to participate. 

Event Details

  • The September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance volunteer projects will be held from Friday, September 11th – Saturday, September 12th, 2015.
  • Project times and site size vary and are posted online
  • Volunteers can sign up as individuals or as a team. See FAQ’s below for directions to sign up as a team.
  • Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes that can become soiled with dirt, paint or other potentially unremovable substances.
  • All projects will be held rain or shine. Please check the Jersey Cares Day website in the event of inclement weather.
  • Sites have different age limits. Please check before registering. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a youth waiver signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate. Click HERE to download a youth waiver.
  • Food and water may not be provided by the site, so please bring what you will need for 2-3 hours.

Volunteer Projects

Volunteers are needed for the following activities:

  • Brightening school walls with fresh coats of paint.
  • Transforming urban school playgrounds with line games and interactive maps of the United States.
  • Harvesting produce and crops for local food banks.
  • Performing landscaping to public parks and beaches.
  • Organizing food donations.

Note: This is a sampling of projects throughout the state. All projects will not occur at all sites. For a complete list of projects available, please visit the registration page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is my project...Projects have differing schedules according to the activity type and location. Please check your project description before registering to make sure the timing works for you.

Can I bring my kids...Volunteers ages 4+ are welcome to participate at select sites. Volunteers under the age of 12 will have specific designated activities at sites with age-appropriate projects. Sites have different age limits; please confirm that your site’s age requirements fit your needs before registering. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a youth waiver signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate. Click HERE to download a youth waiver. Painting projects are not available for children under the age of 16 at any site.

How do I sign up as a team…To sign up as a team, follow the link to REGISTER. Click on the volunteer opportunity that you want to join, and scroll down to “sign up.” Click on “sign up with a team.” From here, you can join an existing team or create a new one. Teams can be public or private. Public teams allow any registered user of the site to search for and join your team. Public teams are good for neighborhood teams and allow you to send open invitations. Private teams allow members to be added only by you or other captains on your team. Private teams are ideal for sorority groups, families, social clubs, companies, and others that would like to limit their team members.

As a team captain, you need the names and email addresses of the members you want to invite. Once you create the team, all whose information you have entered will receive an email inviting them to join. They will not, however, be registered until they confirm.

Is there a cost to participate...No, this event is open to the public and free of charge; however, in an effort to help offset our supply costs, we encourage volunteers to bring a spare paint brush, shovel or other supply that pertains to your project.

Will food & water be provided…No, unless otherwise specified in the project description. Please bring snacks if you would like.

What should I wear... Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes that can become soiled with dirt, paint or other potentially unremovable substances.

Can I receive service hours credit if I'm a student...Yes, please email Jennifer Lewellen after the project and we'll send you a letter.

Coat Drive

For the 19th Annual Coat Drive, Jersey Cares collected and distributed nearly 30,000 “gently used” winter coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey. Over the past eighteen years, Jersey Cares has collected, sorted and distributed more than 400,000 coats to New Jersey residents through our annual drive. Companies, churches, fire departments, police stations, schools and other organizations set up sites across the state to collect coats. Coats are then delivered by collection site representatives to the nearest container site. Volunteers then sort the donated coats at the container site and bag them for pick-up, after which nonprofit organizations pick up their coats and distribute them to people in need.

Jersey Cares would like to recognize a few collection sites that have gone above and beyond in their outstanding contributions in making The 19th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive a huge success. We thank all participants for their hard work and commitment and commend you for a job well done.

Golden Hanger Community Partner Award: Youth Participant

Gus Haralampoudis

Golden Hanger Community Partner Award: Civic Organization

Township of Morris Parks & Recreation

Winter Warrior Award: Small Company

Decile Ten Communications    

Winter Warrior Award: Mid-Size Company

Traveler’s Insurance      

Winter Warrior Award: Large Company

First Service Residential

Clever Closet Award: Corporate


Clever Closet Award: Community

Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Clever Closet Award: School Group
Middlesex Community College Democracy House

nformation for the 20th Annual Coat Drive will be available in September 2015.  


Frosty's Friends
Grant a holiday wish by purchasing a gift for a child in a shelter or transitional housing facility in New Jersey

Each holiday season, Jersey Cares gives volunteers the opportunity to directly help children ages 4 -16 in need through the Frosty's Friends program. Frosty's Friends spreads holiday cheer to children in shelters and transitional housing facilities during the holiday season by granting their wishes. In 2014, over 2,700 wishes were answered by Jersey Cares volunteers participating as individuals or with a group to receive letters handwritten from children across the state.Information about Frosty's Friends will be available in October 2015.

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

For the 7th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service,almost 1,000 volunteers participated in service projects across New Jersey spanning three days. Volunteers honored Dr. King’s legacy while displaying their own leadership skills as they brightened dull walls with fresh paint, served hot meals, spent time with seniors, beautified our parks, and organized donations.Volunteers throughout New Jersey worked to embody Dr. King’s vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to strengthen their communities. Information for Martin    Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2016 will be available in November 2015.

Jersey Cares Day

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as people from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing local communities. Jersey Cares Day is also a fundraiser to support the important work of Jersey Cares all throughout the year. Like a walk-a-thon, Jersey Cares Day volunteers raise pledges for the time they are contributing, making the event an inspiring way to build stronger communities and help continue that work all year round! More information on Jersey Cares Day 2016 will be available February 2016 .