Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for February 2020

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The first month of the year is over and we are gearing up for the second, aka February. Whether we are in for an early spring or are preparing to hold on for winter a bit longer, one thing that will stay the same is all of the awesome causes to support locally. This month has opportunities to give back to students, animals, our friends overseas, and even kick off a HobokenGirl Helps annual event. Check out the list below for information on it all.

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Now through March 28th  — HobokenGirl Helps Formalwear Drive and Community Sale Donations

HobokenGirl Helps is gearing up for its annual community sale benefitting Hudson County’s Dress for Success non-profit organization. Donations of formalwear {think prom gowns, bridesmaids dresses, cocktail attire, jewelry, accessories, business wear, etc.+ new cosmetics} are accepted at various locations in Hoboken and Jersey City including JaneDo, Boutique Realty, Westside Realty, Athleta, Hudson Family Chiro + PT, and Downtown Med Spa {JC} during all business hours. Shop the sale on Saturday, March 28th.

Tickets on Sale Now–Party with Purpose Winter Benefit {33 Newark Street, Hoboken}

Hudson County based non-profit Party with Purpose is set to host its annual Winter Benefit. Head over to Antique Loft for a night of food, drinks, dancing, live and silent gift auctions, and more. The night will benefit local organizations who provide various resources for children in the area. Tickets are on sale now on the site. Use promo code HG for a discount.

Every Saturday in February — Tally-Ho Yappy Hour {215 Washington Street, Hoboken}

Starting at 12:00PM, every Saturday in February Tally-Ho is hosting a Yappy Hour to benefit the Liberty Humane Society. Grab a pup and enjoy $10 pitchers of sangria, mimosas, manmosas, and drafts. One dollar from every pitcher will benefit the LHS.

February 1st — Sing for TAAL! Migrante NJ Karaoke Fundraiser {456 West Side Avenue, Jersey City}

Migrante NJ and Gabriela New Jersey are hosting a night of singing to raise money for victims of the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines. The entrance fee is $10 with all food and drinks for sale separately. For those unable to join in on the fun, donations are accepted here or via check here.

February 6th — HPEF’s 5th Annual Mom’s Night Out {1422 Grand Street, Hoboken}

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation is kicking off the new year with an exciting night. Events include sips, socializing, and eating while raising funds for the foundation. Tickets will be on sale soon.

February 8th — Fur Ever Matchmaker Fundraiser {604 Washington Street, Hoboken}

Dogs on the Run Hoboken is hosting a run and chug event with proceeds going to benefit Mr. Bones & Co. Rescue & Rehabilitation program, whose mission is to provide all dogs the opportunity to find loving, caring, forever homes. The run.walk begins at FleetFeet at 12:30PM with drinks to directly follow starting at 1:00PM at Cork Pub. A $10 donation allows for half-price select drinks.

February 13th — Jubilee Center 2nd Annual Spelling Bee {601 Jackson Street, Hoboken}

The Jubilee Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Spelling Bee as a part of their literacy program. The center welcomes all to come and witness their young scholars build their skills and showcase their work. Donations of any amount are accepted via this link. All donations made will be matched so no amount is too small.

February 14th–CASA Hudson County Fundraiser {51 14th Street, Hoboken}

Husdon Tavern is feeling the love for Valentine’s Day. Join them for dinner and drinks from 5-10pm. A portion of proceeds from the night will benefit Hudson County CASA House, a local non-profit which provides safe and permanent housing for Hudson County youth.

February 15th — Feddie Breakfast Fundraiser {701 Rt. 440 South, Jersey City}

The Feddie Foundation is raising money to take 20 students from five different schools to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join in for a morning of food and giving back.

February 16th  — GNA Bowling Fun-Raiser {1 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City}

The Greenville Neighborhood Alliance is gathering for a night of bowling and to raise funds for an HBCU college tour. Students will have the opportunity to visit Delaware State University and Lincoln State University. Pricing to bowl is $30 for adults and $25 for children and includes two hours of bowling, food, shoes, and soft drinks. For more information email greevillea@gmail.com.

February 16th — SAKU Presents: Australian Wildlife Relief Fundraiser {936 Park Avenue, Hoboken}

Saku Hoboken is hosting a fundraiser to benefit WIRES, a non-profit organization that supports animals affected by the Australian bush fires. Join in a night of drinks, raffles, food and more. Tickets are $50 and include a 2-hour open bar with specialty cocktails, vegan hors d’oeuvres, CBD infused vegan delights, and more with all proceeds benefiting WIRES. The event runs from 6:00PM-8:00PM and tickets can be purchased here. 

February 22nd —  Save a Heart Fashion Show {210 Hudson Street, Jersey City}

Jersey City Fashion Forward and BARU accessories for women are hosting a fashion show to benefit the American Heart Association and its “Life is Why” initiative. Tickets can be purchased at saveaheart.eventbrite.com.

On-Going Opportunities:

Lunchtime Ministry at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church {798 Hudson Street, Hoboken} — Lunchtime Ministry {LTM} was started in the 1970s by the people of St. Matthew Trinity to provide a warm meal, hospitality, and community for our neighbors who are homeless, marginally housed, or just hungry. They are in need of volunteers to cook and serve every Monday-Thursday from 8:00AM-12:00PM. Get more information here

Donate to The SMT Center {798 Hudson Street, Hoboken} — St. Matthew Trinity is proud to be renovating their building on 8th and Washington, now called The SMT Center, which will serve as a center for hope, healing, and wholeness in the heart of Hoboken. For more information on the project or how to donate, click here.

TRUE Mentors — Join Jersey Cares in Mentoring + Enrichment in Hoboken every Tuesday from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Volunteers are asked to spend time with, mentor, and manage children ages seven to 17 on a weekly basis.

Hunger Helpers in Hoboken — Join JerseyCare at the Hoboken Shelter every Thursday to serve dinner. Volunteers are asked to dress casually and come excited to serve and engage in conversation with dinner guests. All volunteers must bring one of the following items for donation: garbage bags, coffee, hot/cold cups, paper/plastic plates, toilet paper, napkins, utensils {especially forks}, and/or laundry detergent. Volunteers are needed from 11:00AM-3:00PM daily.

Big Brothers Big Sisters — If you have an interest in fostering an on-going relationship with a local student, Big Brothers Big Sisters has the perfect opportunity. To start, head to their website to fill out an application before the interview process to ensure that you are a good fit. Time commitment is at least one year.

America Needs You — Apply to be a 2019 America Needs You {ANY} Mentor Coach today. ANY mentors are dynamic leaders in their respective fields willing to help first-generation college students through their higher education and early careers. As a mentor coach, you attend Saturday workshops and form a long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship with a first-generation college student, while becoming part of a vibrant network of industry-diverse professionals. Click here to fill out an application.

Liberty Humane Society {235 Jersey City Boulevard} — Join the exemplary staff at Liberty Humane Society as an LHS Ambassador. Ambassadors are asked to assist in ensuring the shelter facility is organized, clean, and welcoming as this is imperative for placing animals in forever homes. Volunteers are needed in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Additionally, every Wednesday, the Liberty Humane Society offers low-cost wellness clinics for pets. Times between 4:00PM-6:00PM can be secured online. Walk-in pets are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Review this list for information on available services.

Deliverance Children’s Ministry {3 Armstrong Avenue, Jersey City} — Deliverance Children’s Ministry is looking for volunteers in various capacities including activities coordinator, social media coordinator, carpenter/painter, maintenance/housekeeping assistance, community beautification coordinator, and more. DCM was founded out of the desire to develop leadership and activism in children and youth. For more information click here.

Better Tomorrows {471 Pacific Avenue, Jersey City} — ESL tutors are needed at Better Tomorrow. Better Tomorrow is asking for mostly Spanish-speaking individuals who are looking to improve their English skills to use published curriculum materials to match students’ reading, speaking, and writing skills. Visit the website for more information and a volunteer application.

Young Cosmetologist Program {70 Pamrapo Avenue, Jersey City} — The Young Cosmetologist Program is free and open to all students who have an interest in cosmetology as a career option. Volunteers are needed on Friday evenings from 4:00PM-6:00PM to facilitate tutor sessions and help with homework.

Hockey in New Jersey {807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City} — Hockey in New Jersey provides inner-city children the opportunity to learn and play ice hockey, completely free of cost. New Jersey Hockey is specifically looking for on and off ice volunteers in Jersey City. On-ice coaches will help assist with practices and coach teams in games. Volunteers are needed at Pershing Field Ice Rink in the Heights, with 350 Jersey City boys and girls. The season runs to the end of October — March. To sign up or for more information, visit the site here.

Jewish Institute for Global Awareness {80 Grand Street, Jersey City} — The JIFGA is looking for volunteers to enhance the organization’s visibility and its ability to get the mission out to the general public. The position involves writing, editing, marketing, and public relations efforts. Material to be produced may include press releases and other marketing collateral. For more information, visit the website.

Family Promise of Hudson County {324 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City} — Family Promise of Hudson County provides temporary homes for Hudson County families experiencing homelessness. Day volunteers are needed from 7:00AM-6:00PM and evening volunteers are needed from 6:00PM-6:00AM. Day tasks include assisting in the office and managing the needs of the families while evening tasks include spending time with the families, cooking or bringing dinner, and even sleeping over. Background checks for volunteers are provided by Family Promise. Visit the website for more information.

Jersey City + Harsimus Cemetery — Volunteers are needed at the Jersey City + Harsimus Cemetery to assist with grounds beautification. Tasks include pulling weeds, assisting with the ANGELS Garden, and caring for the goats on the grounds. Visit the website for more information.

Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp {707 Clinton Street, Hoboken} — As the only all-volunteer ambulance corp in Hudson County, the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp truly values support from the community. Get involved with this great organization that helps to save lives daily. Check out their site here for more opportunities to volunteer as an EMT or in the administrative office or to donate monetarily.

2020 Formalwear Community Sale — Save the date for our annual 2020 Formalwear Community Sale, as it is happening on Saturday, March 28th. As we do each year, we’ll be collecting short dresses, long gowns, men’s tuxedos {must be a full set}, and more for our community sale. Get more information here.

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Jordan and Joelle are true Jersey Girls. Originally hailing from down the shore in Hazlet, NJ, the girls made their "rite of passage" move to Hoboken a few short years after graduating with degrees in Communications from Loyola University. Outside of their 9-5 as senior publishers in NYC, the twins can be found walking their yorkie-poo Chica, working out at the best hot yoga studios, or trying out the best restaurants in town. Like many 20-somethings, Jordan and Joelle are balling on a budget and know how to score the best deals around town!