'Season of Service' was inspired by 8-year old Aidan McManus, an NJ Hero who has been devoting his time and hard-earned money to feed the homeless and those in need in Burlington County.
Christie Administration officials will volunteer their time and highlight service opportunities around the state as part of the fourth annual “Season of Service.”
Continuing the success of previous service initiatives, this year’s November and December activities will continue to serve New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents with a particular focus in December on drug addiction treatment and recovery.
We invite you to also take part in this Season of Service by volunteering your service through local groups, houses of worship and civic organizations. To find volunteer opportunities in your area, please go to http://www.state.nj.us/state/programs/dos_program_volunteer_centers.html, or consider one of the great organizations listed below:
|St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation||(Paterson, Passaic) Food pantry, men’s shelter. Serving most needy children and adults with social service.|
|HomeFront||(Trenton, Mercer). Permanent housing for homeless families. Providing shelter, food and more.|
|United Way of Somerset County||(Bridgewater, Somerset County). Meeting the needs of most needy families and children. Their Gifts of the Season initiative throughout December collects and distributes over 13,000 gifts to over 6,000 people.|
|NJ Community FoodBank||(Hillside, Union). Lead agency that distributes food to pantries and shelters statewide. This year 900,000 people served by community food banks.|
|Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex Couny||(Menlo Park, Middlesex) Meeting the needs of NJ’s children and adults with exceptional developmental disabilities.|
|Jefferson Park Ministries|| (Elizabeth, Union). Serving NJ’s Haitian population with social services, education and economic development.
|Jersey Cares||(Newark, Essex). This lead agency for large-scale. Volunteer agency is planning events throughout north Jersey throughout December. Will engage thousands of volunteers. The Jersey Cares 16th annual Coat drive will collect and Distribute 50,000 “gently used” winter costs to at-risk men, women, and children.|
|Camden Rescue Mission||(Camden. Camden County). Provides 5,000 to 10,000 gifts annually for children and families.|
|Bergen County Volunteer Giving Center||(Hackensack, Bergen). “All Wrapped Up Holiday Program” will match low income families, single parent households, elderly, homeless and physically disabled adults and teens with people from the community willing to help through “Wish Lists” to the Volunteer Center which will be matched with generous donors. So far 256 donors have registered.|
|Blood Donation: NJSave3lives website||provides a search for 8 blood centers (American Red Cross, etc. and 7 hospitals where the public can give blood. The NJSave3lives website is part of NJ Workplace Blood Donor Coalition, which is co-hosted by DHSS and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Co. There are 18 members including businesses, trade associations, Rutgers, MetLife, NJBIA, NJ Chamber of Commerce, NJ Food Council, Virtua Health NJ Realitors Association and NJHA as examples. There is also a link to a search engine by county where the public can look for blood drives open to the public co-hosted by hosted by blood drives and businesses, universities and corporations:|
|Highlight Organ Donation: Promotes Donate Life New Jersey & NJ’s organ donor registry;||Site, time, date to be decided, possibly NJ Sharing Network headquarters. Almost 100,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants in the US, 4,200 of them in New Jersey. 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor|
|America’s Grow-A-Row (NJ Hero Organization):||Founded in 2002 by Pittstown resident Chip Paillex, America's Grow-a-Row is a non-profit organization that seeks to feed the hungry through the cultivation and donation of fresh produce to local food banks through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, and delivery of fresh produce. Grow-a-Row has donated over 780,000 pounds, or over $1 million worth, of produce to feed New Jersey's hungry.|
|St. Peter’s Church Lunch Program/Open Door Food Pantry (NJ Hero Organization):||Serves sandwiches or hot nutritious meals are served Monday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 33 Throckmorton Street. To volunteer or make a donation, call Jim Benedict at (732) 761-0781;|
|Project Self Sufficiency, Newton (NJ Hero Organization):||Founded in 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency helps to assist low-income, single parents in their efforts to build and maintain strong, healthy families; achieve economic independence; and become free from community and government assistance.|
|Your Grandmother’s Cupboard, Toms River/Phillipsburg (NJ Hero Organization):||A non-profit organization established by people who recognize the needs of the homeless and working poor in our communities. The Cupboard was established to provide some of these basic needs for good health and hygiene for those who could not afford it through local donations.|
|Donate Children’s books, clothes and canned food||to 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers. List of Administrative offices: NJPrimary Care Assoc. website:|
|New Jersey Action for Healthy Kids:||Nation’s leading nonprofits and volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn. Provide expertise, volunteers, programs and resources nationwide through a unique collaboration of more than 11,000 members-professionals, parents, educators, community volunteers, business leaders and students-in partnership with professional associations, government agencies and corporations.
|HealthCorps:||National service and peer mentoring initiative, HealthCorps coordinates and forms important ties with public health departments, school systems, community foundations, the business community, city food banks and other community service organizations to coalesce efforts to fight obesity and mental resilience crisis by getting American students and communities across the country to take charge of their health. 3 HealthCorps high schools funded in NJ Cliffside Park, Central High School-Newark, North Bergen High School.
|Garden State Urban Farms:||Collaborates with schools, nonprofit organizations and government groups to provide employment opportunities and educational programming as well as low-cost, healthy food in urban areas throughout New Jersey. Farmers Market at Newark Beth for Thanksgiving Week.|
|NJ Farm to School Network:||Farm to School programs connect school meals with local agriculture by purchasing directly from local farmers in a strategy that increases the profitability of farming, improves the quality of school meals, and re-creates relationships in the community among consumers and the people who grow their food.
|New Jersey Food Council:||Alliance of food retailers and their supplier partners. Their mission is to continue and maintain a reputation for excellence and integrity; enhance the image of the food industry; serve as an advocate on both legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of members and supplier partners; disseminate accurate and timely information in order to educate and inform government, the membership and the public; and develop strategic alliances.
|New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids:||The state program office funded by RWJF and coordinated by the NJ YMCA State Alliance. Focuses efforts in five
|The Rescue Mission of Trenton:||The Mission endeavors to be a safe haven for the homeless, the hungry, the transient and the addicted – a place where those who are hurting will be treated with respect and dignity no matter how many times they’ve fallen down.|
|Straight & Narrow, Inc. :||A non profit, community based organization, Straight & Narrow offers a wide variety of programs ranging from drug and alcohol treatment to childcare services|
|Integrity House:||Integrity House is committed to helping individuals and families through an effective and measurable system of comprehensive therapeutic community addictions treatment and recovery support in a way that brings about positive, long-term lifestyle change.|
|Eva's Village:||Eva's Village is a uniquely progressive and comprehensive non-profit social service organization dedicated to fighting homelessness and poverty. Our mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.|
|Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House||Crawford House offers an intensive, comprehensive and highly individualized six-month treatment program. In addition to counseling, educational classes and employment readiness services, the program also emphasizes gaining experience in life skills management. New Jersey communities including Camden, Trenton, New Brunswick, Vineland and Newark, and inform others across the state about what is working best.|
|Hospitals: Toy Drives/Visits to Cancer Wards:||Heads of Volunteer Services at NJ hospitals can assist with this project.|