At-Risk Youth

Mission: At the All Stars Project, we champion After-school Development. We believe after-school is the best way to bring young people growing up in poor communities into the mainstream. In All Stars programs, people learn new performances onstage and off. They try new things, become more worldly and begin to create new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

Website:  https://allstars.org/locations/new-jersey/

Volunteer form/page: https://allstars.org/all-stars-talented-volunteers/

Phone: (212) 941-9400

What volunteers do:

In Newark, volunteers work on the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN), which involves young people, ages 5 to 25 in performing and producing hip-hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. Everyone at all levels of talent is included and everyone who auditions makes the show. Volunteers may also work in the Development School for Youth (DSY), where young people ages 16 to 21 learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders across the country who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.

Region: Newark, Essex County  

Mission: Helping low-income families and individuals with critical support needed to sustain basic living needs in Central NJ.  Actively collaborate with others to provide health-related and social services.

Website: http://www.aecdc.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://www.aecdc.org/ways-to-help/volunteer
Email:   info@aecdc.org
Phone: 732-296-9922

What volunteers do:

  • Clerical work, such as filing and handling large mailings and helping with other office tasks
  • Organizing large donations of baby clothes
  • Running diaper drives
  • Attending meetings that have information to share with clients, such as networking for healthcare and food; health fairs; meetings of other social service agencies.
  • Helping with special projects, such as our Holiday Wishing Wall.

Region: New Brunswick, Middlesex County

Mission: The organization currently serves youth (age five and up), adults and senior citizens with mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. Arts Unbound programs reach up to 200 individuals monthly in our studios or at various off-site locations in Essex, Union and Morris counties, including public and special schools, senior centers and agencies serving people with disabilities and at-risk youth. We have a robust senior program to provide recreational art activities, art instruction and retail opportunities through classes at senior centers. Our ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for interested people with disabilities statewide.

Website: http://www.artsunbound.org

Volunteer page: http://www.artsunbound.org/get-involved
Email: info@artsunbound.org 
Phone: Call Margaret at 973-675-2787

What volunteers do:

  • Be a volunteer sales associate in our Showcase in Maplewood.
  • Assist with exhibits and other events.
  • Solicit in-kind donations of supplies.
  • Host a party in your home to sell art or recruit volunteers and donors.
  • Interview our artists and learn about their work.
  • Prepare kits and projects for later use in the classroom.
  • Research grant prospects and other funding sources.
  • Data entry.
  • Stuff envelopes, prepare mailings.
  • Inventory our supplies and art.

Region: Orange and Maplewood, Essex County

Mission: With the help of a network of donors, partners, and advocates throughout the state of New Jersey, Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little. Making these matches, and performing all the background work involved with them, is possible because of donations from people like you. It’s also why we’re able to offer such a wide variety of programs that pair children, ages 6 through 18, with role models in one–to–one relationships.

Website: http://www.bbbsnj.org

Volunteer form/page: http://www.bbbs.org/get-involved
Email: http://www.bbbsnj.org/pg_contactus-amain.php

What volunteers do:

  • Community–Based Mentoring
    Community–Based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It’s all about one–to–one time spent together doing things in the community that the Big and Little both enjoy. They meet between 4–6 hours a month to share fun activities, stories, and a little bit of themselves. Maybe it’s shooting hoops, playing a board game, sharing a pizza, taking a walk in the park, or just hanging out and talking.
    The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and their Littles. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together with their Littles after school. There’s almost no one so busy that they can’t find a way to fit in a few hours a month. – A few hours that can make a BIG difference in both your lives.
  • School–Based Mentoring
    School–Based Mentoring is not a classroom program. It’s not about tutoring – it’s about being a friend. Similar to our Community Program, it is based on the proven results of one–to–one mentoring. School–based mentoring takes place in schools, libraries and community centers, where Bigs and Littles meet once a week to talk and have fun. Of course, some students do talk with their mentors about school, some do homework or read together, but it’s really all about friendship and guidance. You can play or jump rope or shoot hoops – whatever you and the student enjoy. You don’t need any special training or certification just a few hours a month, arranged around your needs and the school’s schedule.
    Volunteers enjoy this option as it does not interfere with their evening or weekend activities. Kids enjoy it and parents know what a difference it makes. But some of the biggest supporters of School–Based Mentoring are actually teachers. They see students come back from their one hour a week mentoring sessions with confident smiles, ready to learn and ready to succeed. Kids who feel better about themselves do better in school.

Region: Statewide

Mission: Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey is an alliance of 23 Boys & Girls Club organizations serving over 70,000 youth ages 5-18 throughout the Garden State.  Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey is a collaborative effort representing all 23 Clubs with the purpose of building local Club capacity; raising public awareness; and securing resources and financial support to increase the impact and reach of local Clubs.

Website: http://bgcnj.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://bgcnj.org/find-a-club/
Email: info@bgcnj.org
Phone: 973-773-0966 x 151

What volunteers do: Volunteer your time to help our members complete homework, and learn to read. Assist with special events and special projects.

Region: Statewide

Mission:  To provide an ongoing source of books to underserved children throughout New Jersey in order to support the development of literacy skills and to encourage a love of reading.

Website:  http://bridgeofbooksfoundation.org/

Volunteer Page/Form: http://bridgeofbooksfoundation.org/volunteer/
Email:   info@bridgeofbooksfoundation.org
Phone:  (732) 291-4755

What volunteers do: Sort donated books for delivery.

Region: Rumson, Monmouth County

Mission: The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk infants, children, youth, and families achieve their potential. We protect abused or neglected infants and children, strengthen families, and strive for stable, permanent, and loving homes. The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey gives parents the knowledge they need to help their children and themselves long after our active services have ended.

Website: https://www.chsofnj.org

Volunteer form/page: https://www.chsofnj.org/volunteer
Phone: (609) 695-6274, Ext. 160

What volunteers do: Assist with activities and events; clerical support, data entry, translation of program materials, and creation of photo displays or photo albums highlighting our activities and events; assist with child care.

Region: Trenton, Mercer County

Mission: The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy, so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. Volunteer special advocates get to know the child by talking with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

Website: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.5573/National_CASA_Association.htm

Volunteer Page: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301309/k.9D58/Volunteering.htm
Volunteer form: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.asp?c=mtJSJ7MPIsE&b=5331473&raw=
Phone: 800-628-3233

What volunteers do:

  • as special advocate, determine child's best interests and needs with support from professional staff throughout process (must pass background check, participate in 30-hour pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed, a year and a half on average).
  • fundraising.
  • data entry.
  • general office support.
  • online support.
  • special events.
  • PR/marketing.
  • serve on board of directors or advisory council.

Region: Statewide

Mission:  HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey and break the cycle of poverty: we provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent service-enriched housing,  homelessness prevention services (including back rent & utility assistance), emergency food, free clothing and household goods at our FreeStore, affordable housing searches, job placement and readiness skills, and Special programming for children.

Website:  http://www.homefrontnj.org/

Volunteer Page: http://www.homefrontnj.org/volunteering/
Volunteer form: http://www.homefrontnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/HomeFront-Individual-Opportunities-Calendar.pdf
Email:  MeghanC@homefrontnj.org
Phone:  609-989-9417 x 133

What volunteers do:

  • Food and pantry warehouse: Prepare food bags, sort donations and check expiration dates in our food pantry. Organize items in our warehouse and help donors on the donation dock.
  • Sewing Space: Cut fabric, organize sewing material and teach our clients to sew, knit or crochet basic items. No experience necessary!
  • Free Store: Assist with sorting incoming donations of clothing, household items and linens and organize by category.
  • Homework Helper
  • Adult Tutoring
  • Teaching Kitchen: Teach a low-budget healthy cooking class to either adults or children.
  • Art Space: Encourage our clients to express themselves through painting, drawing and poetry.
  • Adult Programs:  teaching a life skill: budgeting, fitness, nutrition and more..
  • Joy, Hopes and Dream Tutoring: Help in our offsite tutoring programs for homeless and at-risk children ages 5 through 17.
  • Childcare
  • Summer Camp
  • Back to School Drive : Help process incoming items and organize donations.
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas Wishes Drive: Help organize baskets and prepare them for distribution.

FYI: All Volunteers must be 16 or older.

Region: Mercer County

Mission:  Foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities:

  • revitalizes communities by working alongside local residents to plan their neighborhoods’ future, and by developing energy efficient, affordable and healthy homes, parks, gardens, shared facilities, and more
  • trains and educates adults and youth through an alternative high school, vocational center, and family support services
  • builds wealth through innovative financial services and loans that help restore credit and increase savings
  • promotes healthy living by tackling environmental hazards, fostering energy efficiency, improving open space, and expanding access to locally grown food

Website:  https://isles.org/

Volunteer Page: https://isles.org/volunteer#.WOVZHBLyuRs
Volunteer form: https://isles.org/volunteer/contact#.WOVZPxLyuRs
Email:   volunteers@isles.org
Phone:  609-341-4738

What volunteers do:

  • Recreation Volunteers: Assist with engaging with community members and youth in healthy, fun activities in various locations around town.
  • IT Equipment Inventory and Disposition: Inventory, organize, evaluate, and realize value from our inventory excess of IT equipment.
  • Photographer: Take photos at our events, which we can then share with various media outlets.
  • Community Representatives: Volunteers are needed in neighborhoods throughout the area to greet representatives from Isles, introduce them to the resources in your neighborhood, and guide them while they carry out their projects.
  • Isles Youth Institute Mentors: Do fun, healthy activities with their mentees for four hours a month, and they serve as a positive and caring role model for at-risk youth.
  • Professional Guests: Help students practice their networking and career skills by attending events, doing mock interviews, and giving presentations on their careers.
  • Lunch Aide: Serve lunch to students at the Isles Youth Institute.
  • Garden Docents: Work with schools and neighborhoods to create interactive events in the community gardens.
  • Garden Stewards: Take care of a community garden.
  • Special Projects and Events: If you have specific interests, skills, or time constraints, these are a great way of support.

FYI: Volunteers who work directly with youth are screened and must pass a background check. Volunteers working with personal information must sign and abide by a confidentiality agreement. All Volunteers need to sign a liability waiver and photo release to participate in our projects.

Region: Trenton, Mercer County

Mission:  Our community reflects a diverse demographic profile of a largely Hispanic and African-American population. La Casa provides expanded, multidimensional services in the following areas: early childhood development, youth educational, cultural and recreational programs, youth & family counseling, health initiatives, HIV/AIDS prevention & services, WorkForce development & job placement, affordable housing development and counseling, community development and organizing, emergency and home energy assistance, and home energy conservation.

Website:  http://www.lacasanwk.org/

Volunteer form: http://www.lacasanwk.org/media//2010/07/VOLUNTEER-APPLICATION.pdf
Email: info@lacasanwk.org
Phone: 973-482-8312

What volunteers do:

  • Short-term and long-term event support.
  • Building Improvements (Painting, Landscaping, etc.)
  • Community Building
  • Community Development
  • Fundraising
  • Health Services
  • Immigration Services
  • Office Work
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Tutoring

FYI: All Volunteers are required to fill out a volunteer application including thorough background check, proof of identification, and references.

Region: Newark, Essex County

Mission: To strengthen the emotional and social well-being of individuals and families through affordable mental health counseling and social service programs.

Website: http://www.nutleyfamily.org

Volunteer form/page: http://www.nutleyfamily.org/volunteers
Email: epainter.nfsb@gmail.com
Phone: 973-667-1884

What volunteers do: The Thrift Shop is always in need of help for retail sales, merchandising and inventory. The Food Pantry requires much assistance for food drive collections, stocking shelves, and distributing goods.

Region: Nutely, Essex  

Mission: The mission of Oasis is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need.

Website:  http://oasisnj.org

Volunteer form/page: http://oasisnj.org/how-can-i-help/volunteer
Phone: (973) 881-8307 x133 or x121

What volunteers do:

  • Lunch Volunteers: join the Oasis volunteer force as a regular lunch server.
  • Adult Education Volunteers: you can serve as a volunteer in the classroom in many different ways.
  • Nurturing Center and Children’s Center: join the team of Nurturing Center and Children's Center volunteers who care for the children of our adult education students while mom is in class.
  • Food Pantry and Clothing Program: organizing donations so they can be distributed quickly and with dignity to our students and clients.
  • Youth Development Volunteers: after school, teen, and Saturday programs, as well as Kids Summer Camp.

Region: Paterson, Passaic County 

Mission: Promotes great childhoods, positive parenting and healthy child development.  Founded in 1979, all our efforts throughout the state are dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms for all New Jersey children.

Website: https://www.preventchildabusenj.org

Volunteer form/page: https://www.preventchildabusenj.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Phone: 732-246-8060 x123

What volunteers do: Support for special events.

Region: New Brunswick, Middlesex County 

Mission: To assist African Americans and disadvantaged urban residents in the achievement of social and economic self-sufficiency. Provide full day child care and pre-school, help find employment, help with housing, and provide financial literacy education. 

Website: http://www.ulec.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://www.ulec.org/volunteer
Phone: 973-624-9535

What volunteers do: Tutoring / Mentoring Young Adults; Workshops / Tutoring Adults; Arts / Community Beautification; Pro Bono Projects and Services.

Region: Newark, Essex County

Mission: To harness the intelligence and positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their community and their lives. Incorporates academic instruction, training in in-demand sectors, case management, and life skills and career counseling; service-learning; leadership development; and follow-up services.

Website:  http://www.youthbuildnewarknj.org/

Volunteer form/page: http://www.youthbuildnewarknj.org/get-involved/
Phone: (973) 297-0592

What volunteers do: Mentor-- the impact of mentorship on the life of a disconnected young adult is immeasurable. Before enrollment, many applicants lack positive role models who can help them identify and strive toward positive life goals. Just an hour a week can have a profound impact on a young adult’s well-being.

Region: Newark, Essex County