How to Volunteer + Give Back in Hudson County {August 2017 Events}

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Ready to make the world an even better place? Through #HobokenGirlHelps, we are gathering all the ways you can give back to the community we live in and provide a helping hand to your fellow neighbors in need — and maybe score some good karma in the process. From a cocktail happy hour for dogs and their owners, to a dinner block party with all the spaghetti you can eat, we have a rundown on all the events and causes you need to know about in Hudson County this August.

 

Canines and Cocktails at Pier 13: August 24th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM  

Looking for a new furry friend? Grab a cocktail and check out some adorable pups during the Pitter Patter Puppy House pet adoption day at Pier 13 on Thursday, August 24th from 6PM-9PM. Pitter Patter Puppy House rescues dogs of all ages — from puppies to pregnant dogs to senior dogs — that have been surrendered to shelters, and do their best to find them all homes. If you would like to help further, they are always in need of new and unused items, or you can donate, adopt or foster.

Spaghetti Dinner Block Party on Sinatra Drive: August 25th at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

In 2005, Hoboken celebrated their 150th Anniversary, and from it the Spaghetti Dinner Block Party was born. The community event, now a yearly tradition, was inspired by a similar event that took place in 1955 for our city’s 100th anniversary. Four kinds of pasta, meatballs, sausage, eggplant parmigiana, salad, bread, and Italian desserts will be served on the walkway along Sinatra Drive {between 1st & 2nd Streets} on Thursday, August 25th from 5PM-8PM {and don’t miss a special performance from 2016 Sinatra Idol Winner, Zack Alexander}. Beverages will also be provided at an additional cost and sold to raise funds for the Hoboken Ambulance Corp. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 94 Washington St. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

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The Power Walk + 5k for Dress for Success at Lincoln Park in JC: August 26th 

Get moving and get helping! Dress for Success has been helping disadvantaged women {60% of which are single mothers} and men in Hudson County by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to thrive in work and in life. To promote an active lifestyle and healthy living — which are both important aspects in the journey to gain employment and achieve self-sufficiency — they’re holding a fun, festive, family-oriented event that will include a 5K walk on Saturday, August 26th, starting at Lincoln Park in JC. Help dress someone for success by registering here, or you can cheer from sidelines and sponsor!

Back to School Backpack Drive at WomenRising in Jersey City: Now Through September 5th

It’s that time of year again! Help a student feel prepared for the upcoming school year and donate a backpack filled with supplies to WomenRising — a Hudson County based organization that has been helping women in need and their families for over 110 years. Until September 5th, WomenRising will be accepting backpacks and school supplies {for example: composition notebooks, pencils, index cards, crayons, Kleenex, etc.} for children in programs ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. To participate, just call 201-333-5700 or email info@womenrising.org. Too busy for school shopping? You can donate $25 and the WomenRising staff will do it for you. Click here to for more info and to donate.

Read more: Hoboken Girl of the Week: Jaclyn Cherubini of the Hoboken Shelter

Upcoming Events

Hoboken Girl Helps Makes the Hoboken Shelter Dinner: Monday, September 25th

Stay tuned for details, but we will need 10-12 volunteers to help us serve dinner to the homeless staying at the Hoboken Shelter on Monday, September 25th in the evening. If you’re able to make it {sign-ups coming soon, so please join our Hoboken Girl Helps FB page here}, we’ll need you from 6-9PM roughly. If you’re not able to make it but still want to help the shelter, the are always in need of the following:

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Plastic utensils
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lysol wipes
  • Laundry detergent

You can drop them off between 9AM-9PM at 300 Bloomfield Street in Hoboken. {A little historyThe shelter opened in 1982 and shelters 50 people nightly, serves 530 meals daily and provides such as support services as case management, counseling, job and life skills training. Since 1982, the shelter has served more 2.5 million meals and provided shelter to over 500,000 men and women and has also referred thousands of individuals to permanent housing.}

Join The Planning Committee for HoBOOken 5K Race and Scary Scurry Kids’ Run: October 28th 

The HoBOOken 5k is the largest charitable race in town, and this year, the race will be on Saturday, October 28th. The race will benefit the Hoboken Shelter, which houses 50 people nightly, serves 500 meals daily, and provides life-changing support to the people that come through their doors—and they need your help. The Shelter is now looking for volunteers to plan and prepare for their upcoming 2017 Halloween-themed race, aimed at raising the necessary funds to provide food, shelter, and aid for their programs. The event will include a course with the view of the Hoboken waterfront, a costume contest, and a special kids’ themed race — and you can have a hand at putting it all together. Sign up here to apply to be a part of the planning committee for this spooktacular event!

 

Let us know how you plan on giving back to the community this month — and next!

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For Lauren, Hoboken was meant to be a temporary home until she made her way in the big city — but now she can’t imagine ever leaving. By day, she’s a market researcher in New York City investigating the behaviors of her generation, but by night you can find her in Hoboken feeling the burn at a hot yoga studio, sipping on rose at a local bar, or binge-watching reality shows with her roommate at their cozy apartment. Helping others is a growing passion of hers, and she is always on the look out for local volunteering opportunities where she can give back to the community she loves so much.


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