Volunteer Opportunity Calendar

The health and safety of volunteers and our community is our top priority.

Calendar Update: Many of our nonprofit partners have or will cancel volunteer shifts to limit the risk of exposure and community spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, and meet current state requirements for groups and social distancing guidelines. To help us care for one another, we offer these volunteer precautions and guidelines.

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COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

Shopping for Seniors in Gloucester County

Jersey Cares is partnering with the New Jersey Office on Aging to close the gap on a critical need during the COVID19 crisis. Volunteers are needed for grocery shopping and delivery for seniors in Gloucester County, who cannot/should not leave their house. Volunteers will be able to accept flexible assignments. COVID-19 precautions in place, all deliveries are performed using contact-less practices, including front door drop-off. Need to know: Volunteers must agree to background check Volunteers pre-pay for the groceries and are reimbursed (with proof of delivery) via online payment.

Mobile Market in Newark

Volunteers will assist in the unloading of food pallets and supplies as well as preparing 1100 bags of fresh produce. After the preparation of the bags of fresh produce, volunteers will help load the bags onto vans for delivery to Senior Buildings. Volunteer Guidelines: COVID-19 Protective Equipment: Masks, Gloves, and Sanitizer will be provided Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Need to know: Free parking for Jersey Cares volunteers will be available in the parking lot, in the back of the building. Dress comfortably. Continental Breakfast will be provided Orientation Video: Are you new to Jersey Cares? Watch our brief orientation video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how to sign-up for a project. FAQ’s: For answers to our frequently asked questions, please visit the Help section of our website. Waivers: All projects have non-negotiable age restrictions that are noted on the upper right side of each project description. If you meet the age restriction but are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the required youth waiver and bring with you to the project. Adults attending the project can expedite the registration process by printing the adult waiver in advance, sign and bring with you.

Shopping for Seniors in Somerset County

Jersey Cares is partnering with the New Jersey Office on Aging to close the gap on a critical need during the COVID19 crisis. Volunteers are needed for grocery shopping and delivery for seniors in Somerset County, who cannot/should not leave their house. Volunteers will be able to accept flexible assignments. COVID-19 precautions in place, all deliveries are performed using contact-less practices, including front door drop-off. Need to know: Volunteers must agree to background check Volunteers pre-pay for the groceries and are reimbursed (with proof of delivery) via online payment.

Shopping for Seniors in Morris County

Jersey Cares is partnering with the New Jersey Office on Aging to close the gap on a critical need during the COVID19 crisis. Volunteers are needed for grocery shopping and delivery for seniors in Morris County, who cannot/should not leave their house. Volunteers will be able to accept flexible assignments. COVID-19 precautions in place, all deliveries are performed using contact-less practices, including front door drop-off. Need to know: Volunteers must agree to background check Volunteers pre-pay for the groceries and are reimbursed (with proof of delivery) via online payment.

Emergency Cargo in Hillside

Marketplace in Hillside is a project dedicated to battling hunger and poverty in our community. During this time volunteers would make a measureable difference in the lives of many by assisting to sort and organize emergency boxes for the community. Volunteer Guidelines: COVID-19 Protective Equipment: Masks, Gloves, and Sanitizer will be provided Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Need to know: Onsite parking available Dress comfortably Before participating volunteers will have their temperature taken to ensure safety of other volunteers and residents. Orientation Video: Are you new to Jersey Cares? Watch our brief orientation video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how to sign-up for a project. FAQ’s: For answers to our frequently asked questions, please visit the Help section of our website. Waivers: All projects have non-negotiable age restrictions that are noted on the upper right side of each project description. If you meet the age restriction but are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the required youth waiver and bring with you to the project. Adults attending the project can expedite the registration process by printing the adult waiver in advance, sign and bring with you.

Shopping for Seniors in Ocean County

Jersey Care is partnering with the New Jersey Office on Aging to close the gap on a critical need during the COVID19 crisis. Volunteers are needed for grocery shopping and delivery for seniors in Ocean County, who cannot/should not leave their house. Volunteers will be able to accept flexible assignments. COVID-19 precautions in place, all deliveries are performed using contact-less practices, including front door drop-off. Need to know: Volunteers must agree to background check Volunteers pre-pay for the groceries and are reimbursed (with proof of delivery) via online payment.

POP-UP PANTRY - Gloucester County - Paulsboro

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click https://bit.ly/popup-paulsboro to volunteer to see available dates.

Fostering/Adoption Shelter Pets - HUDSON

This Shelter is looking for Foster Care/Permanent Homes for Large Breed Adult Dogs. Once Application is completed and approved, "Curb Side " Pickup is available and supplies are provided.

Marketplace in Newark

Volunteer and make a measurable difference in the lives of many by helping sort, organize and package items for distribution to families. This volunteer opportunity is dedicated to battling hunger and poverty in our community. Some of the tasks include but are not limited to the following: Sorting & bagging food. Engaging clients in meaningful conversation Facilitating intakes. Unpack deliveries & stock shelves. Cleaning​​ Setup and breakdown Volunteer Guidelines: COVID-19 Protective Equipment: Masks, Gloves, and Sanitizer will be provided Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. What to bring: Your willingness to serve with a bright smile. Orientation Video: Are you new to Jersey Cares? Watch our brief orientation video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how to sign-up for a project. FAQ’s: For answers to our frequently asked questions, please visit the Help section of our website. Waivers: All projects have non-negotiable age restrictions that are noted on the upper right side of each project description. If you meet the age restriction but are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the required youth waiver and bring with you to the project. Adults attending the project can expedite the registration process by printing the adult waiver in advance, sign and bring with you.

Marketplace in Hillside

Marketplace in Hillside is a project dedicated to battling hunger and poverty in our community. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey provides a meaningful volunteer experience in a positive, safe environment that is perfect for individuals, families, and groups of almost any size. Each year the FoodBank relies on more than 25,000 volunteers. Volunteer today and make a measurable difference in the lives of many by, helping sort and organize the food pantry, and package the items for distribution to needy families. Orientation Video: Are you new to Jersey Cares? Watch our brief orientation video to learn more about who we are, what we do and how to sign-up for a project. FAQ’s: For answers to our frequently asked questions, please visit the Help section of our website. Waivers: All projects have non-negotiable age restrictions that are noted on the upper right side of each project description. If you meet the age restriction but are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the required youth waiver and bring with you to the project. Adults attending the project can expedite the registration process by printing the adult waiver in advance, sign and bring with you.

Jersey Cares No-Contact Diaper Drive

The COVID-19 virus has created a huge deficit between the supply and demand of many critical products. Due to lack of essential resources, such as diapers, many families are left unable to provide for their children. Our community partners are struggling to meet the growing requests for diapers during this difficult time. In response, Jersey Cares has established the Diaper Drive Program to provide diapers to families who do not have access to them. As a collection site, volunteers will have the opportunity to provide diapers to families in need throughout the state. If you are an individual or group looking to donate to the Diaper Drive Program, please express interest below. Once interest has been expressed, Jersey Cares will send volunteers the program guidelines and will be able to match donors to the closest agency recipient. Following CDC regulations, volunteers have the opportunity to give donations directly to participating agencies through a contact-less drop-off. This is an ongoing initiative - a deadline will be communicated if/when this immediate need is met.

POP-UP PANTRY - Burlington County - Browns Mills

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

POP-UP PANTRY - Salem County - Anderson Garden

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

POP-UP PANTRY - Camden County - Pine Hill

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

POP-UP PANTRY - Camden County - North Camden

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

POP-UP PANTRY - Salem County - Harvest Point

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

POP-UP PANTRY - Salem County - Westside Court

The Food Bank of South Jersey is in need of volunteers to assist at our Pop-Up Pantries. Pop-Up Pantries are small mobile food pantries that operate in areas that do not have access to good nutritious food or grocery stores, Volunteers at Pop-Up Pantries assist with food distribution to community members. These pantries are scheduled throughout our 4 county service area of Salem, Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties. Volunteer Notes: Volunteers must be able to lift 25 pounds Volunteers must be age 13 or older and 13 - 17 years must have a parent or guardian present Pop-Up Pantries are Rain or Shine events and are only cancelled due to extreme Heat/Cold conditions or severe weather is forecast. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please review the following distribution sites and sign up for any and all that you are interested in and are available. If you must cancel, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance. Please click "Express Interest" below and the volunteer leader / coordinator will contact you to provide additional directions for this opportunity.

Million Mask Mayday - Sewing Volunteer

We are welcoming fabric masks from our community to help medical staff during COVID-19, in response to the mask shortage. Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Sewing experience is not necessary, but making the masks with a sewing machine is required, so that they can be washed and withstand the need to reuse, if necessary. If you can help, please respond to this need. Once you register below, we will send you a Million Mask Mayday toolkit that includes: face mask patterns, a list of acceptable materials, and where materials can be purchased online. PLEASE NOTE: Jersey Cares is working in collaboration with Million Masks Mayday to provide these homemade masks to healthcare professionals to be used as a last resort, or in lower risk situations, due to the extreme shortage of N95 respirators and surgical masks needed in response to COVID-19. Please see below for specific guidelines from the CDC's Crisis Strategy section: "When No Facemasks Are Available, Options Include: Healthcare personnel (HCP) use of homemade masks: In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face." The health and safety of volunteers and our community is our top priority. If you feel vulnerable to exposure or do not feel comfortable volunteering at this time, please refrain from doing so. To help us care for one another, we recommend volunteers follow these guidelines: Please do not register as a Sewer for the Million Mask Mayday project if you are sick or someone in your household is sick. Please wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water. For additional resources and recommendations please visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/