Opportunity Details

Homelessness, Hunger & Homelessness
Homeless, Low-income communities, People with Disabilities, Military/Veterans
Cleaning,Food Preparation & Meal Services,Caring for People,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging,Need Assessment,Volunteer Leadership

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Winter Shelter Helpers in Newark

Join us Monday - Friday for nights that drop below freezing to shelter our neighbors. We need volunteers who are comfortable interacting with our "neighbors without addresses" to assist with the following tasks. After you register for a shift below we will send you the address. Please note, we offer complimentary and convenient parking onsite. When you arrive park in the lot on the right side and knock hard on the right side door.

  • Preparing Meals 

  • Serving Meals

  • Guest Check-In

  • Guest Services / Greeters

  • Setup / Cleanup

  • Transportation 

  • Security 

Questions / Ideas / Other Ways You Can Help

Call or email Thomas Dougherty at 973-533-1993, thomas@jerseycares.org.

Items To Note

  • Please note the two separate shifts, one is in the evening and the other is overnight. Before registering below look close at the day, date and time before committing to serve. Many thanks! 

  • This unisex 40-bed shelter opens on nights when the temperature drops below freezing. 31 F. Otherwise, the shelter will be closed. 

  • We will know 4 days out if the shelter is open on the night you registered. 

  • Registration is cut off 24 hours in advance, this allows us time to plan. If you see a slot open and can reach us at our office, we may be able to register you to cover the open slot. 

  • If you wish to make an in-kind donation of toiletries, they are always welcomed. 

If you are unable to attend because the project is full but would like to make an in-kind donation from the list below, please call Thomas @ 973-533-1993 or email thomas@jerseycares.org.

In-Kind Donations
We encourage everyone who volunteers at this project to donate one item from the list below. Simply bring an item with you the day of the volunteer opportunity. When the nighttime temperature drops below freezing our friends need the following....

  • Hats (Knitted & Warm)

  • Gloves

  • Socks

  • Underwear (new) men & women

  • Hand & Foot Warmers

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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.

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