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

September 11th Week of Service and Remembrance

As a leader in the national movement to preserve September 11th as a day of service and remembrance, Jersey Cares engaged 500 volunteers to improve their communities and state over three days in September 2014. These volunteer opportunities placed a special focus on New Jersey cities with the greatest loss of life on September 11th, 2001. Volunteers transformed playgrounds with line games and an interactive map of the United States, planted new shrubs and flowers to brighten exterior spaces, and added fresh coats of paint to several partner agencies. With these projects, volunteers demonstrated that the actions of September 11th that were designed to foster division and animosity have instead brought unity and service both in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Information on September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance 2015 will be available in August 2015. For more information on September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance, contact Jennifer Lewellen
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 August 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 .