Volunteers come in all ages. Read about our Youth Service Opportunities thorughout New Jersey

Jersey Cares provides a variety of fun and exciting opportunities for youngsters to play a role in improving their communities.  Whether collecting donated items for a shelter or spending time with isolated seniors, youth volunteers can impact their communities while developing the skills needed to become strong community leaders. 

 

FOR ALL AGES

Assemble and Donate a First Night Kit
Young volunteers can help provide comfort to individuals in a shelter, transitional housing facility or foster home by assembling and donating First Night Kits.  These kits contain basic toiletry items that children and adults can use on the first night of their stay in a Jersey Cares partner agency (typically transitional housing facilities and shelters).  The First Night Kit Program is a great way for young volunteers to learn how small contributions can make great differences in the lives of others. Learn More

 

Organize or Donate to a Drive
Jersey Cares coordinates numerous other collection drives throughout the year including the Jersey Cares Annual Coat Drive, Halloween Costume Drive and School Supply Drive. Collecting donations for a drive is a great way for youngsters to be a part of their community and also to act as leaders by getting their peers involved!  ! Learn More

 

AGES 4+

MLK Day of Service
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, volunteers have the opportunity to strengthen their community and bridge social barriers by participating in service projects throughout the state.  A variety of project types occur throughout the state including spending time with seniors, organizing a library and serving a hot meal. Learn More

 

Sort Coats for The Jersey Cares Coat Drive

Each year during The Jersey Cares Coat Drive, Jersey Cares volunteers gather to sort and distribute coats to partner agencies in the surrounding community. These events are a great way for children to become part of a large endeavor uniting individuals, companies and agencies throughout the state to keep our neighbors warm. Registration opens for these projects on the Volunteer Opportunity Calendar at the beginning of November.

 

AGES 5+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following are examples of kid-friendly, family oriented projects, appropriate for children ages 5 and up, that occur on a monthly basis:
 
-Pet Therapy in Morristown: Share the joy a family pet can bring with a senior citizen. This popular project allows individuals and families to bring their pets to visit with seniors. Learn More

 

-Saturday Social in Morristown: Volunteers join the seniors at CareOne nursing and rehabilitation facility for a Saturday morning of board games, puzzles and reading. If a volunteer plays an instrument, informal recitals are always welcome. Learn More

 

AGES 9+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following are examples of kid-friendly, family oriented projects, appropriate for ages 9 and up, that occur on a monthly basis:
 
-Bingo Time in Paramus: Everyone loves BINGO! Volunteers assist seniors at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in playing this family friendly game. Learn More

 

-Hunger Helpers in Newark and Morris Plains: Get our your apron! Volunteers prepare and serve meals to homeless Newark and Morris Plains residents. Learn More

 

AGES 12+

Jersey Cares Day
Each spring, volunteers from all over New Jersey gather in Newark and neighboring cities to revitalize and beautify parks, schools and community centers. This may include planting a garden or helping to paint a wall of a school. Learn More

 

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following are examples of family oriented projects, appropriate for ages 12 and up, that occur on a monthly basis:
 
-Marketplace in Jamesburg: Volunteers help distribute food to families in need with the Deacon Food Cupboard. Learn More

 

AGES 13+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following are examples of kid-friendly, family oriented projects, appropriate for ages 13 and up, that occur on a monthly basis:
 
-Bingo Time in Berkeley Heights: Everyone Loves BINGO! Volunteers assist seniors at Runnells Specialized Hospital in playing this family friendly game. Learn More

 

-Hunger Helpers in Hoboken and Newark: Get cooking! Volunteers prepare and serve meals to homeless Hoboken and Newark residents. Learn More

 

-Plant it Forward in Newark: Put on your garden gloves! Volunteers work with East Side High School to help maintain their outdoor greenhouse. Learn More

 

-Poker Night in Berkeley Heights: Join the seniors at Runnells Specialized Hospital for an exciting game of poker. Learn More

 

AGES 14+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following is an example of a project appropriate for ages 14 and up, that occurs on a monthly basis:
 
-Earth Keepers in Jersey City: Get dirty!Volunteers work with Liberty State Park to beautify the park including planting, weeding and other activities with which the park needs help throughout the year. Learn More

 

AGES 15+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following are examples of projects appropriate for ages 15 and up, that occur on a monthly basis:
 
-Cooking Creations in Morristown: Volunteers prepare and serve meals to residents of The Eric Johnson House who provide housing and resources to individuals with HIV. Learn More

 

-Hunger Helpers in Asbury Park: Volunteers prepare and serve meals to homeless Asbury Park residents with HABcore. Learn More

 

AGES 16+

Attend a Monthly Calendar Project
The following is an example of a project appropriate for ages 16 and up, that occurs on a monthly basis.
 
-Personal Shopping in Prospect Park: Volunteers are needed to help families shop in the New Hope Community Ministries food pantry. Learn More

 

To learn more about our Monthly Calendar Projects and to sign up, visit our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar page.
 
If you are interested in participating in an event or drive, or have other questions regarding Youth Service Opportunities, please email info@jerseycares.org or call our office at (973) 533-1993.