Hoboken Girl Helps: A List of {April 2017} Volunteer Opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City

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We love our Hudson County community, and nothing shows that love more than giving back and getting involved. So we’ve decided to share some volunteer and donation/fundraising opportunities happening in Hoboken + Jersey City this April that’ll allow you to do just that. From community cleanups to dress drives, and a handful of other great ways to get involved, we’re here to help you help out. Please note: not all of these are hosted by Hoboken Girl Helps — this is more of a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities that we’ll be sharing on a monthly basis on the site. Hoboken Girl Helps-attended events will be marked with two asterisks** to signify our involvement. Email hobokengirlteam@gmail.com with any questions!

 Cyclin’ For A Cause at CycleBar: Friday, April 7th from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

TRUE Mentors, an organization that helps children develop healthy relationships + reach their fullest potential, is hosting a fundraising event at CycleBar that will not only be an awesome workout, but will help provide Hoboken children with enrichment activities + healthy snacks. There’ll be a live DJ {to pump you up, of course} and snacks + wine {to wind you down}. Tickets {$25/person} as well as additional information about how to help out can be found here.

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt at Mama Johnson Field: Saturday, April 8th from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kick off the Easter festivities a little early by volunteering at the Grace Easter Egg hunt on April 8th. Help out with face painting, working games/bouncy houses, assisting with photographs with the Easter bunny + more! Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, but it’s the perfect opportunity to start small if you’re new at volunteering and want to get some experience. Plus, seeing all the kiddies having a blast makes the experience well worth it. Sign up here.

**3rd Annual Take Back The Night at Stevens Institute of Technology: Tuesday, April 18th from 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Join Stevens Institute of Technology, CarePoint Health, Hoboken University Hospital, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and the Hoboken Girl Helps team to Take Back the Night and help take the next step in eliminating sexual and domestic violence. Participants will be walking from Walker Lawn at Stevens Institute of Technology, to Pier A, where a candlelight vigil will be held to honor victims of sexual and domestic violence, followed up by guest speakers and performances. Our #HobokenGirlHelps team will be there — we’ll be meeting at 6:45PM at the Stevens Institute Gates on 9th Street. Dress warm and bring friends! 

Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park in Jersey City: Thursday, April 20th from 9:00 Am – 12:00 PM

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Show some love for our planet by participating in an Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park in JC. Volunteers will be needed to distribute seeds  + promote the various projects going on {which include tree planting and caring for seedlings}. If you’re experienced with gardening or caring for plants, this is a great way for you to help other community members gain knowledge. Green thumbs – sign up here!

Hunger Helpers in Hoboken at The Hoboken Shelter: Thursday, April 27th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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The Hoboken Shelter, which aims to help employ homeless men + women, as well as get them back on their feet, is always looking for volunteers to help out at the shelter {volunteer opportunities include helping to prepare + serve dinner at the soup kitchen, distributing canned goods + clothing during the week, give haircuts, tutoring, and much more – here’s a full list of volunteer opps}. However, on April 27th, you can help out by signing up to prepare + serve meals to those in need, as well as bring along donation items {cups, plates, coffee, napkins, toilet paper, etc.}. You can sign up + find additional information on the event here.

**Dress Donation Drive + Prom Prep Rally & Styling Event at Hoboken High School: Thursday, April 27th from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Got a closet full of old dresses that you know you’ll never wear again? Make room by dropping them off at Hoboken High School or our other drop-off locations from now until April 26th and help someone who could really use a beautiful dress for homecoming, formals, prom, or as a wedding guest. To follow up the Dress Drive, there will be a “Prom Prep Rally” event at Hoboken High School on April 27th from 3-6PM that will allow high schoolers to purchase prom/formal/homecoming/etc. dresses for only $5. Volunteers will be needed to help pick up dresses, assist the girls with finding and trying on their dream dress {Tiffany Pinero Style will also be there helping out as a stylist}, and working the “cash register” for donations and dress sales. 100% of money raised during this “sale” will go towards Suits for Success, which we have discussed with HHS’ senior advisors as a way to “pay it forward” to another organization in need. More info coming in another post very soon, but if you have dresses, NEW makeup, formal jewelry, or other donations, please drop them off at the following locations:

  • Hoboken High School (M-F between 7:30AM-3:30PM)

  • Boutique Realty 537 Garden Street, Hoboken (M-F between 10AM-6PM)

  • Boutique Realty 215 Newark Avenue, Jersey City (M-F between 10AM-6PM)

  • Alba Boutique 716 Washington Street, Hoboken (M-Sat 11-7PM, 11-6 Sun)

  • Hudson Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy 51 Newark Street, Suite 203 (Entrance is between Starbuck and Papaya Dog). (M-F 8AM-7:30PM, SAT 10AM-1PM)

If interested in volunteering in-person the day of the event or for any questions, please email hobokengirlteam@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

StevensTHON at Stevens Institute of Technology: Friday, April 28th at 5:00 PM – Saturday April 29th at 5:00 AM

Stevens Institute of Technology is hosting another great event, StevensTHON. The 12-hour dance marathon consists of volunteers staying on their feet the entire time, in honor of sick and injured children who are unable to dance themselves.  Last year, StevensTHON raised over $20K for the children at Children’s Specialized Hospital in NJ, and their goal this year is $30K: they’re counting on you to help make it happen. Get involved by having your company sponsor the event, or donate to support the students who are fundraising for this amazing cause.

**Spring Fling Clean-Up Day in Hoboken: Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

In lieu of Earth Month, a city-wide cleanup will take place throughout Hoboken towards the end of April, giving community groups, businesses, and residents the opportunity to tidy up our parks and other public spaces, plant + landscape, paint benches or public facilities, pick up litter + more {volunteers can sign up here, individually or as a team}. The cleanup, hosted by the City of Hoboken Shade Tree Commission + Green Team, will commence at the gazebo in Church Square Park, where volunteers will then disperse throughout the Mile Square. For questions or concerns, volunteers are encouraged to reach out to jgonzalez@hobokennj.gov. We’ll be sharing a post for team sign-ups (we have 3 teams of 15 people each that will be available)! Stay tuned.

The 2nd Annual Great Jersey City Cleanup: Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Here’s another chance to help out in the community {Jersey City edition}. on April 29th, assist in cleaning up litter and debris, making the area an overall cleaner + safer living environment. The cleanup {courtesy of Keep Jersey City Beautiful, the first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful} will take place in multiple locations spanning JC, including Columbia Park, Lincoln Park, Dickinson High School, and various others. If you’re interested in volunteering as a Zone Captain {responsibilities include: setting up a welcome tent for your zone, gathering equipment, coordinating a sign-in sheet, communicating with your Ward Captain, and managing your volunteers}, contact KJCB@jcnj.org.

Let us know how you plan on giving back!

 See More: Hoboken Girl Helps: Hudson County Volunteering Opportunities


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Krista is a 20-something Jersey Girl who lives in oversized sweaters and oversized sunglasses. Although she currently resides in North Jersey, she was born and raised in South Jersey and will always choose a hoagie over a sub and a pork roll over Taylor ham in the endless debates. She believes wholeheartedly in Sunday dinners, retail therapy, and stellar Instagram captions. When she’s not writing, shopping, or pretending to be a better skier than she actually is, she can be found winding down with a glass of Riesling in one hand and a good book or magazine in the other.