• Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City {July 2019}

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    Summer is officially in full swing and so are the volunteer opportunities in Hudson County. Taking to the outdoors for most of this month, the community is in need of support for events ranging from 5K runs that support children’s charities to finding out how you can commit to certain organizations for the rest of the year. Read on for a full list of volunteering opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City this month.

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    July 2nd —  Rotary Club of Hoboken Shelter Night {300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken}

    Join the local rotary club in town to serve meals at the homeless shelter. This group will be serving from 4:00PM-7:00PM and ask volunteers to stay as long as they are able.

    July 4th — Statue of Liberty 5K Run {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    There’s no better day to run with Lady Liberty than Independence Day. The Special Olympics New Jersey is hosting its annual 5K run on the morning of the 4th. Please note, registration is limited to 500 people. For registration, course map, and ferry directions, visit this link here.

    July 6th — Home of the Brave 5K Run {1 Lincoln Park, Jersey City}

    Show your patriotism and gratitude during this race honoring our service men and women. Hosted by Elitefeats, this race is for both runners and walkers still feeling the pride from the 4th. Online registration is available here.

    July 6th —Volunteer Gardening Day {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    Liberty State Park and New Jersey State Parks, Forest + Historic Sites are kicking off volunteer gardening events for the month of July. Individuals or volunteer groups are welcomed to come and beautify the parks. For those seeking more information on these events, contact Head Gardener Maria via phone at 201-915-3418 or via email at rosemarie.cuillerier@dep.nj.gov.

    July 11th — Networking and T1D Support in Hoboken {1422 Grand Street, Hoboken}

    New networking and support opportunities are always welcome in Hoboken. Now, adults living with Type 1 Diabetes are gathering to get to know one another and network with others in the community living with this same experience. Parents of children living with TD1 are welcome as well. To be placed on a list to find out more about this event and others like it, contact Gretchen Van Mater at gvanmater@jdrf.org.

    July 11th — Greener Jersey City Community Meeting {2 2nd Street, Jersey City}

    Learn more about the works of Greener Jersey City and their initiatives during this meeting that is open to the public. The meeting will run from 6:30PM-8:00PM at Taphaus. For more information on this organization, visit their site.

    July 12th–Shabbat in the Park {115 Park Avenue, Hoboken}

    The PJ Library of Hudson County is making care kits for the Hoboken Shelter and Temple Beth-El Jersey City Pantry. Join in for Shabbat in the Park and an opportunity to gather travel size toiletries for care packages. Donations of travel size items will be accepted. Picnic dinners are welcomed (kosher or vegetarian please).

    July 12th — Yappy Hour and Liberty Humane Society Fundraiser {1034 Willow Avenue, Hoboken}

    The Liberty Humane Society is hosting a “yappy” hour for a cause. Five dollar wrist bands allow for extended happy hour prices. This is a dog-friendly event so please bring fur friends along. Wrist bands can be purchased at the door with 100% proceeds going to the Liberty Humane Society.

    July 13th — $10 Spay and Neuter Information Event {1000 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City}

    Come for a day to learn more about the Liberty Humane Society, their services, and tour their mobile clinic. For more information on all that the Liberty Humane Society does for animals in our area, visit their site here.

    July 15th — Annual Joel Buchman Charity Golf Classic {100 Caven Point Road, Jersey City}

    The Ment’or BKB Foundation is supporting the next generation of young chefs in America. Top chefs in the area will try their hand at golf to raise funds for culinary educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to those students. To join in on the fun and help change the life of a young chef, purchase tickets here.

    July 16th — Party with Purpose 5K + Kids Fun Run {1 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    Party with Purpose, a local 501©3 organization which financially benefits children’s organizations in Hudson County, is hosting one of Hoboken’s largest races. The day will kick off with a fun run and other special activities for children which leads into a 5K in the evening with over 1,000 runners. Tickets are $40 and are being sold online now here and day of tickets will be sold at the race. For those interested in volunteer opportunities for the day of the race, please email volunteer@partywithpurpose.com.

    July 22nd — Annual Golf Classic {100 Caven Point Road, Jersey City}

    The Jersey City Medical Center is hosting a fun-filled golf tournament and Roaring 20’s Casino Night. The event will honor Jared Wolovnick, a long time JCMC Foundation Board of Trustees Member. They will also be raising funds for the Women’s Health Department. To learn more about registration, vending, and sponsorship, reach out to Katy Cruz at Kathy.cruz@rwjbh.org or via this link.

    July 24th — Real Talk Incarceration Issues {1200 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    The Mile Square Church is gathering community members together to talk about the issues of our justice system and about those who are incarcerated. They are asking that all who are interested in making a difference and sharing their feedback attend this discussion. While this is a ticketed event, admission is free. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

    July 26th — Serve Dinner at the Hoboken Shelter {300 Bloomfield Avenue, Hoboken}

    It’s Redeemer Hoboken’s turn to serve at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. Dinner will be served at 6:00PM. Redeemer is asking volunteers to show up a bit before 6:00PM to volunteer.

    July 27th — Adopt a Pet Day {Pier 13, Hoboken}

    Hoboken’s Pier 13 and the Humane Liberty Society are joining forces once again this month to open opportunities for those who would like to adopt a pet. Dogs will be available to adopt starting at 12:00PM.

    July 27th — AngelaCARES 6th Annual Gala {39 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Jersey City}

    Gather for a night of community excellence with AngelaCares. AngelaCares has a goal to strengthen the community through empowering the youth, seniors, and caregivers. Experience their OSCAR awards and help give back to this incredible organization. The evening begins at 6:00PM. Tickets are on sale here.

    Ongoing Opportunities:

    TRUEMentors — 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 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 morning, afternoon, and evenings. Click here to start the application process.

    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.

    Jewish Institute for Global Awareness {80 Grand Street, Jersey City} — The JIFGA is looking for a volunteer to enhance the organization’s visibility and its ability to get the mission out to the general public. 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.

    Liberty Human Society — 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 serve basis. Review this list for information on available services.

    Have a volunteer opportunity you’d like shared? Want to get involved? Email hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com. xo


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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!