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:  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:

  • Sewing Space: Cut fabric, organize sewing material and teach our clients to sew, knit or crochet basic items. No experience necessary!
  • 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

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: Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) is dedicated to helping people successfully meet the challenges of everyday life. We are a non-profit agency that provides quality, affordable, and accessible social services to Jewish individuals and families in need. JFCS is also responsive to the needs of the broader community on a non-discriminating basis. We place the highest value upon treating people with dignity and respect and are guided by the Jewish tradition of helping people help themselves.

Website: https://jfcssnj.org/

Volunteer form/page: https://jfcssnj.org/volunteer-opportunities/
Email: aloew@jfedsnj.org
Phone: 856-424-1333

What volunteers do: JFCS Office Administration Assistance; Help stock, sort and pack bags of food in the Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries (volunteers may also deliver bags / boxes of groceries to home-bound individuals); Friendly Visitor; Hospice-Shabbat Visitor; Patient Partners Advocate; Shabbat Shalom Visitor; Soups and Sweets Special Culinary Program Assistant; Special Needs Job Mentor; Special Needs Recreational Assistants; Special Needs Tops Helper; Pre-school Teacher’s Helper; Transportation; Veterans Transportation Assistance.

Region: Cherry Hill & Maple Shade, Camden & Burlington Counties 

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: Literacy New Jersey exists so all adults have the opportunity to read, write, and communicate effectively. We do this by training volunteer tutors to help adult learners and by supporting a network of literacy programs.
Literacy New Jersey provides free instruction to adults who need help with reading, writing, math and speaking English. Trained volunteer tutors work with adults one-to-one or in small groups to help them improve their language and literacy skills so they can reach their life goals.

Website: https://literacynj.org

Volunteer form/page: https://literacynj.org/become-tutor
Phone: (732) 906-5456

What volunteers do: Literacy New Jersey needs volunteers to work as tutors, helping adults with reading, writing, speaking English, and math. Students and tutors meet at a location convenient to both, such as a local library. Location is determined by student and tutor.

Region: Statewide

Mission: LVA provides free literacy services to adults, 16 years and older, who need instruction in Basic Literacy (BL) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Website: http://www.lvaep.org/
Volunteer Form: http://www.lvaep.org/uploads/6/5/0/6/65062459/volunteer_opportunities.pdf
Email: Mr. Russell Ben Ali rbenali@lvaep.org
Phone: *Bloomfield (973) 566-6200, ext. 217 or 225  *Passaic (973) 470-0039

What volunteers do:

  • Professional development: Organize and conduct tutor workshops in your adult literacy specialty.
  • Newsletter: Collaborate with our newsletter (photography, articles, etc.)
  • Office: Assist in our office on a regular basis or when needed (phone calls, filing, update mailing lists, etc.)
  • Special Events: Implement, organize, and/or assist (Annual Awards Ceremony & others).
  • Fundraising: Solicit businesses, foundations, and collaborate in fundraisers.
  • Media: Contact community groups, governmental agencies, newspapers, radio, and TV stations.

Region: Essex and Passaic counties

Mission: Manavi’s mission is to end violence against women, specifically family violence and sexual abuse. However, violence by intimate partners is not the only purview of the organization since Manavi defines violence against women as attitudes, conditions, and behaviors that contribute to woman-abuse and perpetuate women’s subordination in society. Manavi adheres to the empowerment model of advocacy, leading to a work philosophy of social change and shared struggle for liberation with women who have suffered violence.

Website: http://manavi.org/

Volunteer page: http://manavi.org/get-involved/volunteering/
Email: poonam@manavi.org
Phone: (732) 435-1414

What volunteers do: Prospective volunteers must attend a two hour orientation session that is offered three (3) times a year. The orientation session helps individuals understand Manavi’s philosophy and values and the various opportunities of volunteering with Manavi. We are also open to new ideas and skills that volunteers might bring to enhance women’s wellbeing and empowerment. Areas of volunteer engagement:

  • Peer Supportive Counseling and Advocacy
  • Transportation
  • Medical and Court accompaniment
  • Childcare
  • Outreach and Community Events
  • Newsletter/Publication
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Office Support
  • Technical Support
  • Needed volunteer who is fluent in Sylheti to assist in community outreach in Paterson, as well as interpretation for advocates

Region: Statewide

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: PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.  Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. The Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, and provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates.

Website: https://pen.org/mentoring-program/
Email: penmentor@gmail.com
Phone: 212-334-1660 ext. 117

What volunteers do:

  • mentor prison writers through mail correspondence, provide careful criticism, tips on craft, and guidance in the fundamentals of grammar. Minimum of three exchanges between mentor and writer

Region: Statewide

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