• Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for November 2019

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    Believe it or not, November is right around the corner. It’s the month most-known for quite possibly the most indulgent holiday  —  Thanksgiving. Of course, we can’t have Thanksgiving without acknowledging a few things that we’re thankful for. Luckily, here in Hudson County, there are lots of things to be thankful for. This month, there are plenty of ways to give back to various organizations in the community to show gratitude. Keep reading to discover a roundup of volunteering opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for November 2019. 

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    Sundays in November — Yappy Hour at Tally-Ho {215 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    Head to Tally-Ho Sundays in November 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, mimosas, man-mosas, or draft beer at the special price from 12:00PM-10:00PM.

    November 2nd — A Moveable Feast {Various Locations throughout Hoboken}

    Friends of the Hoboken Public Library are raising funds through a literary-themed moveable feast. Choose one of many dinner parties that will move through homes around town for an interactive and unique dining experience. Dinner parties will begin at 7:30PM. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here. All proceeds will benefit the Hoboken Public Library.

    November 2nd — Bahamas Strong Charity Event {1005 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    The Hoboken Rotarty is raising money to support victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Join the Rotary for an Island-themed evening to raise funds. Get your tickets by contacting Debbie at bahamas.strong02@gmail.com or clicking here.

    November 3rd — Operation Christmas Child {110 Hancock Avenue, Jersey City}

    For Christmas, send good news and great joy. Join the First Filipino-American UMC of Jersey City to package toys and gifts to be sent to children around the world. Like the page on Facebook for more information on how to get involved.

    November 5th— Greeting Cards for Seniors {340 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    Join Hoboken Girl Helps to give thanks to our local senior community. From 7:00PM-9:00PM, Hoboken Girl Helps, the volunteer arm of Hoboken Girl Blog, will be gathering at the Hoboken location of House of Que to make cards to be shared with seniors throughout Hudson County. Come prepared with your own supplies {think: blank cards, stickers, pens, markers, etc.} along with a “sharing is caring” attitude. Food and drink will be available for purchase. To RSVP, click here.

    November 5th — Shelter Night {300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken}

    Join the local Rotary club as they help prepare meals for the homeless in partnership with the Hoboken Shelter. Come and serve as long as you are able. Serving will take place from 4:00PM-7:00PM.

    November 6th — Friends of Elysian Trivia Night {80 River Street, Hoboken}

    Test your knowledge, meet new friends, win prizes, and support Elysian Charter School. Space is limited so buy your tickets ASAP, here. The event is for adults only and is priced at $50 per person. The ticket includes a special cocktail, the Elysian Elixir {additional drinks and food will be available for purchase}. The event will begin at 7:30PM.

    November 7th — The Climate Mobilization {500 Park Avenue, Hoboken}

    Join the Climate Mobilization team to create colorful and creative signs, flags, shirts, and banners that will highlight the climate crisis in Hoboken. The meeting will take place at the Hoboken Public Library and will begin at 7:00PM.

    November 8th —The To 9s Hoboken Historical Museum Gala {225 River Street, Hoboken}

    Help the Hoboken Historical Museum continue to educate future generations of Hobokenites by attending its annual gala to support Education Initiatives. This year, the focus will be on the Museum’s history in years ending in nine. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    November 10th — DJD Friedland Foundation Sunday Funday {310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    Join the DJD Friedland Foundation for a Sunday Funday Fundraiser at The Ainsworth Hoboken. There will be a $10 entry fee at the door and drink specials will be available. All proceeds will go towards DJD Foundation Scholarships for Hoboken High School students. Super Bowl-style boxes will also be available for the Jets-Giants game. The fun will begin at 1:00PM.

    November 10th — Voices Rise for Refugees Benefit Concert {707 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    Local youth will be performing to raise funds for a Syrian refugee family in Hoboken through Welcome Home Jersey City. The concert will begin at 5:00PM at the All Saints Episcopal Church. For more information and to purchase tickets, purchase here.

    November 12th — CASA Information Session {595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

    CASA volunteers have the opportunity to directly impact foster children in the Hudson County area. CASA aids children with medical care, academics, and enrichment activities right in our own backyard. They are in need of volunteers and are ready to share information with those interested. The meeting will begin at 6:30PM. For more information on CASA, visit here.

    November 14th — Connect the Waterfront Fundraising Party {1005 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    The Fund for a Better Waterfront and Honorary Chair Pramod Raju invite you to help #SaveYourWaterfront by joining FBW’s annual fundraising party. The event will feature an open bar {beer + wine}, great food, and music by the Bryan Beninghove Trio. Join the fun and help #saveyourwaterfront. The event will begin at 7:00PM and tickets can be purchased here.

    November 14th — Cheers + Beers to 20 Years with First Friends of NY + NJ {686 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City}

    Join First Friends for Beer + BBQ as it celebrates 20 years of helping detained immigrants. There will be some fun surprises in store throughout the event. Join First Friends of NJ + NY for Cheers + Beers for 20 Years, an informal and fun beer and BBQ event at Carvao BBQ in Jersey City. Barbecue food and beer {and vegetarian options} will be provided with a purchased ticket. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $60 to help sponsor a formerly detained friend’s attendance. Find more information and tickets here.

    November 17th — Lupus Foundation of America Charity Concert {1422 Grands Street, Hoboken}

    A benefit concert will be held to raise money for the NJ branch of the Lupus Foundation of America. All of the proceeds will be donated. The concert will feature a full line-up with musical favorites like Sylvana Joyce and the Moment, Steve Probably and the Maybe’s, and many more. The event will begin at 3:00PM. For more information, like Steve Probably and the Maybe’s on Facebook here.

    November 19th—Previvor Perspective: Hungry for Awareness, in Loving Memory of Debbie Walker {247 W 30th Street, NYC}

    November is Stomach Cancer Awareness month.  Stomach Cancer is the 5th most common cancer globally and the 2nd most common cause of cancer related deaths. The aim of the event is to support the non-profit No Stomach For Cancer.  Previvor Perspective does research, provides public knowledge, awareness, encourages screening, and hereditary cancer testing. The goal is earlier detection and prevention, ultimately giving people the gift of choice. The event will be held at American Whiskey. For more information and to make a donation, click here.

    November 22nd —Tomorrows with Soul {701 1st Street, Hoboken}

    Check out Tomorrows with Soul by joining Tomorrow’s Leaders, New Jersey’s young professionals, for a night filled with live bands, good food, and drinks. Support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while networking with like-minded and passionate people from various industries.

    November 23rd — 6th Annual Hoboken Turkey Trot {100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    Join the annual Hoboken Turkey Trot 5K + 1 Mile Run with family, friends, and co-workers. Proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    November 27th — 9th Annual Feed the Seniors with AngelaCARES {439 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Jersey City}

    On Wednesday, November 27th, AngelaCARES, Inc. is having its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Seniors dinner. Last year with help from 250+ volunteers, AngelaCARES packaged and delivered 1,100+ Thanksgiving meals to homebound and seniors living alone throughout Hudson County. The goal this year is to package and deliver 1,000 meals to seniors throughout Hudson County. To register to volunteer, click here.

    November 28th — Jersey City Turkey Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run {1 Exchange Place, Jersey City}

    Participate in Jersey City’s inaugural Turkey Day 5K and one-mile fun run. This family-friendly event takes place along Jersey City’s picturesque waterfront on Thursday, November 28th starting at 8:00AM. Proceeds will benefit local charities. To learn more and register to run, click 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 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 morning, afternoon, and evenings. Click here to start the application process. 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-serve 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 from the end of October to 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.

     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!