19th Annual

Jersey Cares Day


Register HERE!

Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building as 2,000 volunteers from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing and beautifying communities across the state. This year, Jersey Cares is thrilled to announce that five of our fifteen opportunities will be 300-person family-friendly events in some of the most under-served communities in the state. Join us on May 6th and be a part of all the new ways we plan to bring families, corporations, nonprofit partners, municipalities, and community groups together to be the change.

Jersey Cares Day is also a fundraiser to support all the work Jersey Cares does throughout the year. Much like a walk-a-thon, Jersey Cares Day is a serve-a-thon. Our participating volunteers raise pledges for the time they are contributing, making the event an inspiring way to give back to the community!

Fundraising


Invite your friends and family members to sponsor your Jersey Cares Day service hours by creating your own fundraising page HERE.

Individual volunteers will receive prizes depending on how much they can raise!

  • Raise $100 for a Jersey Cares water bottle
  • Raise $250 for a Jersey Cares canvas tote bag
  • Raise $500 for a Jersey Cares hoodie
  • Raise $1,000 for a Jersey Cares fleece jacket

Donate to Jersey Cares Day! You can also text JCD2017 to 71777


Event Details

  • Jersey Cares Day projects will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

  • A $5 donation is suggested to help cover the cost of supplies for Jersey Cares Day projects

  • Projects will take place at 15 different sites throughout the state

  • Advanced registration is required for all sites, including Service Express! Service Express sites are unique in that they are open to all ages, and volunteers can arrive anytime before 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as little or as long as they would like. Service Express includes all indoor service projects.

  • Our five family-friendly Service Express sites will take place in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Trenton, and Franklin. Each of these Service Express locations are accompanied by a revitalization project for ages 14+. To register for revitalization projects at these locations, see our full list of projects

  • Service Express sites are open to children of all ages, and are a great way for families, student groups, teams, and individuals to serve together

  • All projects will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • All opportunities are team friendly – please see directions for registering as a team below

  • Click HERE for a full list of projects

  • All projects will take place rain or shine! In case of rain, some outdoor projects may be changed to cleaning/organizing or indoor craft projects

  • Volunteers should wear clothes they feel comfortable getting dirty and closed-toe shoes

  • Volunteers ages 4+ are welcome to participate at select sites. All sites have different 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.


The STEMtacular Extravaganza

Also on May 6th, we are excited to announce a special project at a historically underserved school in Newark where 150 volunteers will lead students through five interactive workshops, including: Build the Tallest 3-D Tower (with 3-D Doodle Pens!), Bottle Rockets, Creative Catapults, Solar Robots, and Chocolate Bridge Building.

 

Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Register to volunteer HERE!



Volunteer Projects


 Notable Neighbors in Newark

  • Newark School Service Express-Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as long as they would like until 12:00 p.m. All projects will be kid friendly, indoor craft projects to be donated to local nonprofit partners. Projects may include: no-sew fleece blankets for shelter residents, indoor hopscotch mats for rainy recess days, Summer Camp Kits for children attending summer camp, and more creative kit projects!

  • Newark School Revitalization-Volunteers will paint wall murals in school hallways, organize school storage closets, and landscape and pickup trash on the playground.

Volunteer Jubilee in Jersey City

  • Dickinson High School Service Express-Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as long as they would like until 12:00 p.m. All projects will be kid friendly, indoor craft projects to be donated to local nonprofit partners. Projects may include: no-sew fleece blankets for shelter residents, indoor hopscotch mats for rainy recess days, Summer Camp Kits for children attending summer camp, and more creative kit projects!  

  • Dickinson High School Revitalization-Volunteers will paint wall murals in school hallways, paint school-spirited plywood murals to be hung on the school fence, brighten classrooms with fresh coats of paint, landscape and pick up trash to beautify school grounds

Paint and Create in Paterson

  • Paterson School 8 Service Express-Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as long as they would like until 12:00 p.m. All projects will be kid friendly, indoor craft projects to be donated to local nonprofit partners. Projects may include: no-sew fleece blankets for shelter residents, indoor hopscotch mats for rainy recess days, Summer Camp Kits for children attending summer camp, and more creative kit projects!  

  • Paterson School 8 Revitalization-Volunteers will paint wall murals in school hallways, paint school-spirited plywood murals to be hung on the school fence, brighten classrooms with fresh coats of paint, landscape and pick up trash to beautify school grounds.

Tremendous Transformation in Trenton

  • Gregory Elementary School Service Express-Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as long as they would like until 12:00 p.m. All projects will be kid friendly, indoor craft projects to be donated to local nonprofit partners. Projects may include: no-sew fleece blankets for shelter residents, indoor hopscotch mats for rainy recess days, Summer Camp Kits for children attending summer camp, and more creative kit projects!  

  • Gregory Elementary School Revitalization-Volunteers will paint wall murals in school hallways, paint school-spirited plywood murals to be hung on the school fence, brighten classrooms with fresh coats of paint, landscape and pick up trash to beautify school grounds.

Family Day of Service in Franklin

  • Pine Grove Elementary School Service Express-Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and volunteer for as long as they would like until 12:00 p.m. All projects will be kid friendly, indoor craft projects to be donated to local nonprofit partners. Projects may include: no-sew fleece blankets for shelter residents, indoor hopscotch mats for rainy recess days, Summer Camp Kits for children attending summer camp, and more creative kit projects!  

  • Pine Grove Elementary School Revitalization-Volunteers will paint wall murals in school hallways, paint school-spirited plywood murals to be hung on the school fence, brighten classrooms with fresh coats of paint, landscape and pick up trash to beautify school grounds.

 
Additional Projects

 
Registration


To register for a Jersey Cares Day project, visit our full list of projects HERE. Once you sign up, be sure to create your own fundraising page to support the work of Jersey Cares!
 

  1. Before selecting your opportunity, you first need to create your team. Go to www.jerseycares.org and log in to your account

  2. Under “My Account” click “Create New Team.”

  3. Add the names of each individual who will be participating with your group.

  4. Each individual added requires either a unique email address, or a phone number, which can be the same for multiple members. Please do not use the same email address for more than one team member. Remember-you have a created a team, but they are not yet signed up for an opportunity!

  5. Once your team is set up, Click JERSEY CARES DAY 2017 and select a project that interests you. Please be sure to check age restrictions if you intend to bring children to the project, and make sure that there are enough open slots to fit your group *if there is not enough space available, you can always call the office to see if we can make it work- no guarantees, but it’s worth checking!*

  6. Click SIGN UP AS A TEAM located under the project description.

  7. Select OPTION 1: CHOOSE ONE OF YOUR TEAMS and select the team and team members by checking the box to the left of their name.

  8. You (and any other team members for whom an email address was provided) will receive a confirmation message and project details via email. (This is different from the email confirming that you have been added to a team.)

  9. Please double check that your team has been registered by going back to the volunteer opportunity and making sure that the number of slots has gone down!