As a leader in the national movement to preserve September 11th as a day of service and remembrance, Jersey Cares will engage 500 volunteers to improve their communities and state between September 11th and 13th, 2014. These volunteer opportunities will place a special focus on New Jersey cities with the greatest loss of life on September 11th, 2001. Volunteers will be transforming playgrounds with line games and an interactive map of the United States, planting new shrubs and flowers to brighten exterior spaces, and adding fresh coats of paint to several partner agencies. With these projects, volunteers will demonstrate 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. For more information on September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance, contact Andrea Shuba to learn more.
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 2013, over 2,300 wishes were answered by Jersey Cares volunteers participating as individuals or with a group to receive letters handwritten from children across the state. Help make a child’s wish come true this December! Information for Frosty’s Friends will be available in October 2014. Back to top.
Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
For the 6th Annual Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in 2014, 2,000 volunteers participated in 40+ service projects across 13 New Jersey counties. Volunteers gathered to honor Dr. King’s legacy while displaying their own leadership skills as they brightened dull walls with fresh paint, served hot meals, sorted gently used and new coats for The 18th Annual Jersey Cares Coat drive, created sensory activity kits for students with learning disabilities, spent time with seniors, beautified our parks and coastline, and organized donations. Every year, volunteers throughout New Jersey work to embody Dr. King’s vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together strengthening their communities. Information and registration for The 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will be available in November 2014. Back to top.
The Jersey Cares Coat Drive
Golden Hanger Community Partner Award: Youth Participants
Golden Hanger Community Partner Award: Civic Organization
St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church
Winter Warrior Award: Small Company Grounds for Sculpture
Winter Warrior Award: Mid-Size Company
Winter Warrior Award: Large Company
Merck & Co., Inc
Clever Closet Award: Corporate
Clever Closet Award: Community
West Caldwell Police Department
Clever Closet Award: Individual
The Coat Drive operates the same every year in which companies, religious organizations, fire departments, police stations, schools and other organizations collect coats across the state and then deliver them to the nearest container site. Volunteers then sort the donated coats at the container site and prepare them for pick-up, after which nonprofit organizations pick up their coats and distribute them to those in need. The 2013 drive has ended and information for The 19th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive will be available in August 2014. Back to top.
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. In its 16th year, Jersey Cares Day expanded to 14 New Jersey counties and engaged 2,000 volunteers in meaningful acts of service in 2014. 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. Information about Jersey Cares Day 2015 will be available in February 2015.