• Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City for October 2019

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    Fall is in full swing and there’s no better time than now to “fall” in love more with the Hudson County community. This October, join in on the fun of celebrating the various organizations around town that are giving back to the community by participating in the variety of volunteer and charity opportunities happening across the county this month. Keep reading for all the volunteering opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City for October 2019. 

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

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

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

    Head to Tally-Ho every Sunday in October 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.

    October 4th  —  Metro NY: 6th Annual 5K for the Kids {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    Join the Peloton Kids Foundation, a 501 {c}{3} organization that donates time, money, and in-kind resources to promising non-profit organizations helping children, for its annual 5K for the Kids at Liberty State Park. The race will begin at 2:30PM. For more information and to register your team, click here.

    October 5th — A Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    In loving memory and honor of Raquel Lopez who died from Alzheimer’s disease, Raquel’s Warriors and Alzheimer’s New Jersey are dedicated to finding a cure and raising awareness at this year’s walk. The walk will begin at 8:30AM. For more information and to register, click here.

    October 6th — Strollathon for Rhett Syndrome {11th + Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    Join in the fight against Rhett Syndrome by participating in the 11th Annual Strollathon for Rhett Syndrome. The event will take place at Maxwell Place Park and will begin at 10:00AM. For more information and to register, click here.

    October 6th — Carlos Negron Memorial Run {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    A 5K run in memory of Jersey City Fire Fighter Carlos Negron who made the supreme sacrifice at a three-alarm fire on March 20th, 1993. Proceeds of the run benefit the St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston, NJ. For more information and to register, click here.

    October 6th — 2019 Vogue Ball {165 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

    Hudson Pride Center is proud to host its annual Vogue Ball this month. Thanks to the hit series, “Pose,” people are becoming more aware of ballroom culture, and now, the community gets to partake in the live Vogue Ball in Jersey City. The event will take place from 6:00PM-8:00PM. For more information and to support Hudson Pride Center, click here.

    October 8th — Dig In {to Urban Souls} to Dig Out {of Climate Change} {280 Grove Street, Jersey City}

    Come learn how individuals and organizations can implement practices that will maximize soil carbon storage, as well as improve soil and water quality, and reduce erosion with Sustainable JC. The meeting will begin at 7:00PM and will be filled with presenters. For tickets and more information, click here.

    October 8th — Hudson County CASA Volunteer 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.

    October 10th —  Dream Bigger Hike Higher {201 Montgomery Street, Jersey City}

    Join this fundraising event to support Jersey City youth through character-building wilderness excursions, hosted by Team Wilderness — an after-school and summer program that uses an experiential educational model to teach Jersey City teens teamwork, leadership, and character through wilderness excursions. Food and drinks will be served and the event will begin at 5:00PM. For more information, click here.

    October 10th —C ountdown to a Cure {84 Audrey Zapp, Jersey City}

    Join NephCure Kidney International for the first annual Countdown to a Cure New Jersey honoring Mr. Rocco Murdocca Sr. for bringing awareness to the urgent fight for a cure for kidney disease. Click here for more information.

    October 10th — A Night at Jubilee Center Gala {601 Jackson Street, Hoboken}

    Celebrate The Jubilee Center with a night of comedy, games, and a Silent Auction. Buffet-style dinner and dessert will be catered by top local chef, Anthony Pino. The charity event will begin at 6:00PM. Tickets are $150 in advance and $175 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    October 10th — Greener JC Meeting {364 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City}

    Come to learn more about Greener JC’s initiatives and how you can get involved. This month’s topic will be on eliminating straw use and bag share locations. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 6:30PM. Follow Greener JC on Facebook for more information.

    October 12th —  Jersey City Compost Workshop Series {447 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Jersey City}

    As part of Jersey City’s compost drop-off pilot, Sustainable Jersey City {SJC} is leading a series of workshops focused on compost — how to make it, how to use it, and how the compost drop-off pilot is closing the loop of food waste recycling in Jersey City. Come with family, friends, and of course your food scraps. The workshop will being at 9:30AM. For tickets and more information, click here.

    October 12th — Paint + Punch {155 North Street, Jersey City}

    The WE Project is on a mission to aid in the hunger crisis facing Jersey City by providing fresh produce and food to over 100 families on a weekly basis. They are hosting a Paint + Punch fundraiser to assist with resources. The event will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jersey City. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information and to purchase your ticket, call Dawn 201.456.8908.

    October 14th–Hoboken Legion Open House {308 2nd Avenue, Hoboken} 

    Join the Hoboken Legion on October 14th at its new location for an open house. All current and prospective Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion are welcome to join. Those looking to join the Post, please bring a copy of your DD-214 to be signed up that day. Food and drink will be served.

    October 17th — Karvachauth Pooja {1005 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    Join Namaste Hoboken, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural awareness, for its first event celebrating Karvachauth Pooja. Karva Chauth is a one-day long festival that is traditionally celebrated by Hindu women. Women fast from sunrise to moonrise to safeguard and encourage their family’s longevity and safety. Refreshments will be served and traditional Indian dress is encouraged. For more information, click here.

    October 19th — 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament {616 Grand Street, Hoboken}

    Get that cornhole throwing arm ready. Layups 4 Life and Party With Purpose presents the 2nd annual “Charity Cornhole Tournament,” taking place on Saturday, October 19th at Willie McBride’s in Hoboken. All proceeds will benefit cancer research. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    October 19th — TECCS Yard Sale {95 Broadway, Jersey City}

    Come out to The Ethical Community Charter School Yard Sale to snag a deal for a good cause. Items include women’s and men’s clothing, children’s clothing, household items, and more at discounted prices. All proceeds will benefit the school. The sale will begin at 1:00PM.

    October 19th — One Walk, Liberty State Park {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    Join the local type 1 diabetes community at this year’s JDRF One Walk, Liberty State Park. Register your team here, and take the first step toward a world without T1D.

    October 20th — UFT Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk {1 Lincoln Park, Jersey City}

    The United Teachers Federation is making strides against cancer with its annual walks hosted throughout the five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island. Head to the Hudson County walk taking place at Liberty State Park on October 20th starting at 8:00AM. This year will include the 1st Annual Ta Ta Trot 5K for runners. The run will begin at 8:30AM. For tickets and more information, click here.

    October 20th —  The Seeds of Sisterhood Fundraising Brunch {451 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City}

    Join Melinated Moms for its 1st Annual Seeds of Sisterhood Fundraising Brunch October 20th. The organization will be sharing the journey of empowerment with the Melinated Moms communities throughout the Melinated Spectrum. All funds raised will go to the NJ Headquarters Space. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    October 24th — Raising Resilient Girls {798 Hudson Street, Hoboken}

    Raising Resilient Girls is a one-hour talk followed by a 30-minute Q+A session for parents, teachers, and community members. Led by Girls Leadership, this is an opportunity for girls in the community to hear from strong role models. The event will be held at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church and will begin at 7:00PM. For more information and tickets, click here.

    October 24th —  NY/NJ Baykeeper 30th Anniversary Gala {1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken}

    Join NY/NJ Baykeeper at its 30th Anniversary Autumn Gala at Chart House in Weehawken. Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper has worked to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth. To support the mission by purchasing a ticket to the gala, which starts at 7:00PM, click here.

    October 26th — HoBOOken Run to End Homelessness {100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken}

    The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Founded in 2010, it is Hoboken’s one and only costumed race and one of Hoboken’s largest races. The adult 5K begins at 10:00AM with the Scary Scurry Kids Race beginning at 11:00AM. For more information and to register, click here.

    October 26th —  6th Annual Glow Walk/Run {1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City}

    Epilepsy New Jersey is hosting its 6th Annual Glow Walk/Run to raise funds for families affected by epilepsy. The walk features various activities, music, information vendors, games, and much more for all those that register. Participants will receive glow necklaces upon arrival to “light the way” through their journey with epilepsy. Children and adults alike are encouraged to wear costumes for trick or treating at rest stops along the walking route and for the costume catwalk contest held later in the evening. For more information, click here.

    October 27th — Walk to Fight Suicide {525 River Street, Hoboken}

    Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention {AFSP} to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The walk will start at the Babbio Center on Stevens Institute of Technology’s campus at 10:00AM with registration opening at 9:00AM. For more information, click here.

    October 27th — Pupperween Adoption Event {98 Park Avenue, Hoboken}

    Join Second Chance Rescue NYC at Prime Real Estate for puppy Halloween fun. Adoptable dogs will be looking for their “fur-ever” homes and there will be fun events for four-legged family members like a costume contest. Those looking to adopt are encouraged to fill out an application ahead of arrival. Find more information 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 Jew 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.

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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!