Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for January 2020 

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The holiday season is the most popular time of the year to give back. However, there are those in need all year long. At the start of this year, make giving back one of the top resolutions on your list. Lend a helping hand this month and check out a round-up of ways to volunteer and serve in Hoboken and Jersey City. Read on to discover all of the volunteering opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for January 2020. 

january 2020 volunteer guide

Saturdays in January — Volunteer Gardening {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

Liberty State Park is hosting Volunteer Gardening on Saturdays in January. Beginning at 9:00AM every week, volunteers are needed to help continue to beautify the park. Individuals and volunteer groups are all welcomed, with no experience or pre-registration required. Contact Head Gardner, Maria, for more information by phone or email at 201-915-3418 or Rosemarie.Cuillerier@dep.nj.gov.

Saturdays in January — Yappy Hour at Tally-Ho {215 Washington Street, Hoboken}

Head to Tally-Ho on Saturdays in January to drink for a good cause. Pitchers are just $10 and $1 for every pitcher purchased will be donated to the Liberty Humane Society. Grab a pitcher of sangria, mimosa, man-mosas, or draft beer at the special price from 12:00PM-10:00PM.

January 5th — Mission Trip Info Session {301 Garden Street, Hoboken}

Hoboken Grace is preparing for three mission trips during 2020. To learn more about trips to Sierra Leone, Mexico, and Guatemala, join the team on the 2nd floor from 11:00AM-12:00PM.

January 7th — Hudson County CASA Information Session {595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

For those interested in being a resource and support to children in the foster care system, CASA provides an opportunity for volunteers to work with this community. Services and resources such as medical care, academic development, activities and more are needed. Swing by for 30 minutes to find out more.  

January 8th — Hudson County CASA Information Session {100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken}

Calling all who are interested in making an impact on the life of a foster child in areas such as healthcare, academics, and enrichment activities. Discover how support for this organization is needed at their next info session. The session will last just 30 minutes and starts at 7:00PM.

January 8th — The Royal Men Foundation Annual New Year’s Dinner {140 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Jersey City}

The Royal Men Foundation is hosting its annual New Year’s Dinner from 6:00PM-8:00PM. All are welcome and donations of food, beverages, utensils, and more are accepted.

January 9th — StandUp for Jersey City Comedy Benefit {262 17th Street, Jersey City}

The North Jersey Comedy Community invites all to the Jersey City Art House for a night of comedy starting at 7:00PM. Tickets are $25 with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit  the families of the December 10th shooting victims. Purchase tickets here. 

January 12th–Sharsheret Candle Making Fundraiser {Location TBD}

Join Sharsheret, a breast cancer organization, to make candles and raise funds for a good cause. The organization improves the lives of Jewish women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer through personalized support and saves lives through educational outreach. Tickets for this event are $55 with $15 going directly to the organization. Event will begin at 3pm.

January 23rd — The BIG Fundraiser — {141 Bright Street, Jersey City}

Jersey City Lacrosse is hosting its big fundraiser for the year. Come out for a tricky tray event to raise money for uniforms, equipment, balls, and more. Tickets are $40 and allow for admission, full buffet, and a drink ticket. Purchase tickets here. 

On-Going Opportunities:

Lunchtime Ministry at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church {798 Hudson Street, Hoboken} — Lunchtime Ministry {LTM} was started in the 1970’s 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. What’s more. 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 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 site 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. We’ll be announcing drop-off points soon, so stay tuned. As we do each year, we’ll be collecting short dresses, long gowns, men’s tuxes {must be a full set}, and more for our community sale.

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