This time of year is all about giving back and there are plenty of ways to get involved and volunteer in Hoboken, Jersey City and beyond this season. From honoring our veterans to serving up turkey to breaking a sweat for those in need, whatever your interests are, there’s an event for you. Here are the list of November 2017 volunteering opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City:
STEM Olympics at 13th Avenue School: Wednesday, November 1st from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The 13th Avenue School in Newark needs volunteers to lead students in two STEM competitions. Help budding leaders build and race their own hovercrafts and construct the tallest tower with 3D printing pens. It is suggested that volunteers arrive 10-15 minutes early for registration. To sign up or for more information click here.
Jersey City’s Third Annual Parade of Veterans and Heroes: Saturday, November 4th at 12:00pm
Join veteran organizations of Hudson County to pay tribute to current and former Military service personnel, police officers, firefighters and first responders. The parade kicks off at noon from Dickinson High School, marches down Newark Avenue and ends at City Hall. A veteran’s resource fair featuring live music, a vintage car show and family activities and food trucks will immediately follow. For volunteer opportunities contact Volunteer Coordinator, Omni Aviv at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You, Yourself and Your Identity at Yoga, Peace, Kula: Sunday, November 5th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
New Jersey group, BE THAT GIRL, created for girls by girls, joins forces with new fashion brand SEE ROSE GO to present a unique event for girls aged 8 – 16 at Yoga, Peace, Kula located at 911 Main Street in Belmar. This event aims to encourage and build self-esteem and confidence in young girls through fun and new experiences. Keynote speaker, Caitlin Crowl (NCAA hockey champion, model and body positive activist) will kick off with a discussion followed by group activities. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased here.
StevensTHON Food Fundraiser at Chipotle: Monday, November 6th from 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Head to Chipotle on Washington Street to get your burrito fix and support StevensTHON, a Stevens University student run philanthropic movement providing support for children being treated at the Children’s Specialized Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Mention “StevensTHON” when you’re ordering to have 50% of your order donated to the cause or email email@example.com for a flyer to show.
Stevens Institute of Technology Alpha Sigma Phi Blood Drive at the Hoboken Elks Lodge: Wednesday, November 8th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Donate blood with the Stevens chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. In partnership with the Red Cross, they’ll host their largest blood drive yet at the Elks Lodge at 1005 Washington Street in Hoboken. To schedule your appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or enter “Alpha Sigma Phi” in the find a blood drive box here.
Hurricane Relief Fun Run, Fitness Class and ‘No Shower Happy Hour’ at Fleet Feet: Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00pm
Fleet Feet Hoboken and FitFoundry Hoboken are teaming up for a Fun Run, Fitness Class, and ‘No Shower Happy Hour’ to raise money for RedCross Hurricane relief. A $10 donation gets you in on the action plus drinks, snacks, and swag. Meet at Fleet Feet at 604 Washington Street at 7:00pm to head out for a 3.5 mile group run that ends at FitFoundry at 1416 Willow Avenue. There you’ll sweat in a fitness class especially for runners and wrap up the night with a ‘No Shower Happy Hour’ sponsored by Saucony. Sound good? Registration and more information here.
Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Event at 220 Adams Street: Thursday, November 9th from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Kids from first grade and up are invited to learn why we celebrate Veteran’s day and create patriotic artwork for the future Homeless Veteran’s Community Center in Hoboken. Afterwards, they’ll celebrate an early Thanksgiving with treats and a holiday movie. Tickets are $50 each and are available here, along with more information about Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M’s work.
Lustgarten Foundation Cheers to a Cure Event at Kolo Klub: Thursday, November 9th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month! Sip & mingle on November 9th to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation. Enjoy a night of hors d’oeuvres, live music by Mike Buscio, and a raffle/silent auction. Buy tickets here or get them at the door for $25. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation here.
Liberty Humane Society Craft Beer and Whiskey Festival at the Hoboken Elks Lodge: Saturday, November 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Furry friends need our help too! Support the work of the Liberty Humane Society while sampling 20+ brews, fine whiskeys and wine. Try your luck in a cornhole tournament, bid for prizes at a silent auction, indulge in $5 small plates and get down to tunes. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Snag tickets and more information here.
JDRF Promise Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street: Tuesday, November 14th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Spend a night on the town and help fight Juvenile Diabetes with the JDRF at their 45th Annual Promise Ball. This year they honor Nick and Anastasia Brien who have been involved in the organization since their daughter Delilah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2008. Read more about the event and see the different ways you can support JDRF, here.
Met Council Kosherfest Food Rescue at the Meadowlands Expo Center: Wednesday, November 15th from 2:30pm – 8:00pm
Be a volunteer hero and help the Met Council collect food that would otherwise be discarded. An estimated 10,000 lbs of food will collected from Kosherfest (the largest Kosher Food Show in the world!) and later distributed to 15,000 families in need via area food pantries. Volunteers must 18+ and available for the whole time frame. Take note that moderate lifting and standing is involved and pizza will be provided! Interested in registering? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-453-9675.
Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M Friendsgiving at Northern Soul: Wednesday, November 15th from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Celebrate Friendsgiving Hoboken style with Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M to benefit No Kid Hungry. Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, branded alcohol and apps and learn more about how both organizations are supporting families in need in our community. Tickets are $50 and cash is accepted at the door. To be added to the list or for more information, email email@example.com with the subject line “add me to Friendsgiving”.
3rd Annual Turkey Trot at Pier A Park: Saturday, November 18th at 9:30am
Whether you’re doing the 1 mile fun run at 9:30am or the 5K at 10:30am is more your speed, work up a sweat at Hoboken’s 3rd Annual Turkey Trot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities; previous recipients include the Hoboken Department of Recreation, The Hoboken Shelter and the Hoboken Volunteer EMS. Kids and pets welcome! Register for the fun run, 5k, or both here.
Jersey City Youth Foundation’s 4th Annual Masquerade and Fundraiser Gala at Liberty Prime: Saturday, November 18th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Just because Halloween was last month doesn’t mean it’s too late for a masquerade! Break out your disguise and support the Jersey City Youth Foundation – creativity encouraged. Tickets and other ways to support the event can be found here.
AngelaCARES 7th Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Seniors Dinner at Golden Door Charter School: Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:30am – 8:00pm
Each Thanksgiving season AngelaCARES helps deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors and last year were able to reach 1000+ recipients! Be a part of this year’s efforts and help set up, package food, deliver meals or clean up. Information about different volunteer time slots and registration directions can be found here.
Inaugural Feed the City with BVC and CDLMP at Bean Vault Coffee: Thursday, November 23rd from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Sticking around town for Turkey Day? Then spend some time giving back with Bean Vault Coffee and local barista group, Caffeine Dealers Local Milk Pushers. Bean Vault is hosting a potluck dinner for the homeless and need volunteers to help serve food. Won’t be here on the 23rd? You can donate food, funds, blankets and trial sized toiletries for blessing bags from now until November 22nd at Bean Vault between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm. For more information contact Estela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
StevensTHON Food Fundraiser at Panera: Thursday, November 30th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Indulge in your favorite snacks from Panera and support StevensTHON, a Stevens University student run philanthropic movement providing support for children being treated at the Children’s Specialized Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Mention “StevensTHON” when you’re ordering to have a portion of the proceeds from your order donated to the cause or email email@example.com for a flyer to show. Ordering online? Use promo code “Fund” for your order to make a difference.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:
Hoboken Shelter: Serve lunch or dinner, sort donations or give a workshop. Check out their site for the various ways to get involved.
TRUE mentors: From becoming a mentor to attending a happy hour to sponsoring an enrichment club, there is no shortage of ways to get involved and give back with this local organization.
Earth Keepers: Help maintain and beautify historic parks and gardens in Jersey City with Earth Keepers. Various locations and projects available.
Have a volunteer or fundraising opportunity you’d like us to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!