It was 13 years ago today that you could look across the river from Pier A and see absolute horror across the way. 57 Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.
Today, there will be an interfaith service taking place at 6:30 pm. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001. If you are unable to attend, there is always the option to spend the day (or another day, soon) volunteering or giving back to the community. There is nothing better than giving back to members of your community – and you’re guaranteed to meet some wonderful and inspiring people along the way.
If you’re not sure where or how to do that, here are some ideas for various local volunteering organizations – with links and brief summaries of each org’s mission:
Hoboken Volunteers was founded to provide an online clearinghouse where local community activists can connect with organizations, foundations, and groups who require the assistance of volunteers. Their mission is to strengthen the community by making it easier for members of Hoboken’s community to donate their valuable time to worthwhile organizations. There are a wide variety of organizations to volunteer for and an opportunity to meet like-minded members of the community that share similar values. They also helped host the Chili Fest!
The Hoboken Shelter’s mission is to be a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, & services to support people to become housed. They shelter 50 people nightly, serve 300 meals daily, and provide support services including food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, and emergency homelessness prevention grants.
Those interested in volunteer service and joining the Hoboken Rotary Club should visit the rotary website for an application form. After attending several meetings in a row, applicants are invited to become members. There are a variety of “service above self” projects and events from the Hoboken Rotary Club aimed at bettering the community. Hoboken Rotary is part of the larger foundation Rotary International.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.
They do this by providing:
• a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity
• ongoing relationships with caring adults
• life-enhancing programs
5. True Mentors
TRUE Mentors is Hoboken’s only community based one-to-one mentoring program matching children ages 7 – 17 with positive adult role models. Their mission is to build our community by building strong relationships.TRUE Mentors’ mission is to unearth the excellence of each child in Hoboken through relationships.
For a more comprehensive list of ways to give back via organizations in Hoboken, click here.
Now that you have the info to volunteer, here is our favorite quote to get you motivated:
No one ever became poor by giving. – Anne Frank