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

As part of the national movement to preserve September 11th as a day of service and remembrance, Jersey Cares will engage 800 volunteers between September 9th and 10th. On this particularly momentous 15th anniversary, volunteers will come together to make our communities stronger on a day that was intended to tear them apart. This year, Jersey Cares’ September 11th Week of Service and Remembrance also features a special 300-person project sponsored by Starbucks that will revitalize a community center in Philadelphia. Projects will include landscaping local parks, sorting food donations, and creating better learning environments by brightening school walls.

Registration
Teams and individuals are welcome to participate. Volunteers ages 4 and up are welcome. Advance registration is required to participate. 
Register Here!
 
Event Details
  • The September 11th Week of Service & Remembrance volunteer projects will be held from Friday, September 9th – Saturday, September 10th, 2016.

  • 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 closed-toe shoes and 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 website in the event of inclement weather.

  • Sites have varying 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.

  • Projects include painting, landscaping, harvesting, food sorting, and building. See below for a full list of projects.

 
Volunteer Projects
Volunteers are needed for the following projects:

 
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 varying 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 closed-toe shoes and 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. 



 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - MLK Day of Service

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

About Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service engages people across the state to embody Dr. King's vision and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together, strengthening their communities and building a stronger New Jersey. Last year, 1,300 volunteers in 25 service projects across 12 counties honored Dr. King's legacy by painting murals in schools, creating no-sew fleece blankets for our homeless neighbors, serving hot meals to people who needed them, spending time with seniors, organizing donated clothes and much more.

Registration information for the 2017 Jersey Cares MLK Day of Service will be available in December 2016. Please contact Jennifer Lewellen to learn more. 973-533-1993.
 

Jersey Cares Day

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as 1,500 volunteers from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing and beautifying New Jersey communities. Jersey Cares Day is also a serve-a-thon to support all of the important work Jersey Cares does throughout the year.
 
Projects include:

  • Historical preservation

  • Painting murals (murals sketched in advance)

  • Creating no-sew fleece blankets

  • Sorting donations

  • Landscaping and trash pickup

  • Invasive species removal

  • General Painting

Registration information for the 2017 Jersey Cares Day will be available in March of 2017. Please contact Jennifer Lewellen to learn more. 973-533-1993.
 

The Jersey Cares Coat Drive

As the days grow shorter and children return to school, Jersey Cares begins working hard to run The Jersey Cares Coat Drive. From November 1st until mid-December each year, Jersey Cares collects, organizes and distributes more than 30,000 coats. Last year, Jersey Cares collected and distributed more than 35,000 winter coats to men, women and children in need, and an even greater response is expected this year.

Participation opportunities include:

  • Donating Coats - If you have coats to donate, check out our public collection site list on our website once The Coat Drive begins to find a collection site near you.

  • Collecting Coats – Register to establish a private or public coat collection site during The Coat Drive for the time period of your choice (a week, a day, a month – whatever you prefer). After receiving your completed collection site form, Jersey Cares will send you a Coat Drive Kit including promotional materials, instructions and your nearest Container Site. Please note that all collection sites will need to deliver their collected coats directly to the nearest Container Site; we cannot provide individual pick-ups due to the size of this program.

  • Organizing Coats - Volunteer sorting projects that organize coats in to men’s, women’s, and children’s groups for donation will be held periodically at Container Sites across the state.

Sponsorship and Financial Contributions - The Coat Drive is an enormous undertaking and requires financial support to make our plans a reality. Sponsors receive multiple benefits. Please contact Michelle Dee at michelle@jerseycares.org or 973-533-1993 ext. 21 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
To receive coats, please register through the Jersey Cares website once registration is live in August. Coats will be allotted on a first-come first-served basis. Once your application has been received and processed, you will receive an email to confirm your enrollment in the 2015 Coat Drive.
Should you have any questions regarding The Jersey Cares Coat Drive, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Lewellen at the Jersey Cares office at 973-533-1993 or send an email to
coatdrive@jerseycares.org.



Frosty's Friends

During the holiday season, Jersey Cares gives corporate 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. We also recruit volunteers to review the children's letters before they're distributed - check the Jersey Cares Project Calendar in November for dates and times. 

Information for the 2016 Jersey Cares Frosty’s Friends Program will be available in October 2016. 
Please contact Jennifer Lewellen to learn more. 973-533-1993.