Seasonal Collection Drives
School Supply Drive
Each year, thousands of New Jersey children attend their first day of school without basic educational tools such as backpacks, notebooks and calculators. These under-resourced children struggle to succeed academically. Jersey Cares works with dozens of schools, children‘s shelters and community centers with the goal that no children in New Jersey will have to experience a first day of school without these basic necessities. With your help, we can bridge the gap between disadvantage and academic success. Learn more about the Jersey Cares School Supply Drive HERE!
Halloween Costume Drive
For most children’s shelters and other Jersey Cares project partners, Halloween costumes do not make the list of essentials in the budget. Therefore, Jersey Cares helps to offset costume costs by collecting new and gently used costumes from our generous volunteers. Every October, this enables Jersey Cares to help children living in New Jersey’s shelters to have a Happy Halloween. Learn more about Halloween Costume Drive HERE!
The Jersey Cares Coat Drive
For the past 24 years, The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of "gently used" winter coats to men, women, children and infants in need. In 2018, Jersey Cares collected and distributed more than 31,000 coats throughout the state of New Jersey. Companies, churches, police stations, schools and other organizations collect coats throughout the drive and deliver them to a central location, where volunteers then organize the donated coats and package them for pick-up. Our approved nonprofit partners then pick up and distribute the coats to people in need. Learn more about the Jersey Cares Coat Drive HERE!
During the holiday season, Jersey Cares gives volunteers the opportunity to give back directly to a child in need through our annual gift-giving program. Frosty’s Friends aims to spread holiday cheer to children in shelters or transitional housing facilities during the holiday season. Volunteers will receive a note from a child with their agency information and gift ideas. Corporate and civic groups are highly encouraged to register. Learn more about Frosty's Friends HERE!
First Night-Kit Program
Animal Shelter Helpers