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Contact the Office of Volunteerism
New Jersey Department of State
225 W.State Street
P.O. Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

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The Governor’s Office of Volunteerism

The Governor’s Office of Volunteerism (GOV) offers New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers technical assistance, the latest information about trends and best practices in volunteerism, and provides recognition to individuals and groups that enhance New Jersey’s communities through service.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service supports the work of the GOV, helps to analyze and prioritize community needs, and identifies the resources to meet those needs through volunteerism and service. GAC members build partnerships with the business community, county volunteer centers, voluntary organizations active in disasters, schools and colleges, the public and non-profit sectors, and volunteers of ages and backgrounds.

Major initiatives of the GOV and GAC includes the state volunteerism conference and the annual Governor’s Jefferson Awards.

NJ Department of Corrections Seeking Volunteers for Literacy Programs

The NJ Department of Corrections is seeking individuals and organizations to embrace the ‘Call to Service’ to assist us in strengthening our educational initiatives through prison tutoring. This meaningful volunteer opportunity is a satisfying way of giving back to your community and making a difference in someone’s life.

The average reading ability of our incarcerated population is only
at a 5th grade level. The Office of Educational Services needs
tutors to assist with our Adult Basic Education program and our Adult Secondary Education program to help improve the reading skills
of our population and prepare them to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.

Whether you decide to volunteer once a week or a couple of days per week, committing yourself to service is a major step. Your time spent as a volunteer will have a significant impact on these individuals and give them a chance to make a better life for themselves.

Volunteerism also brings great benefits to the state of New Jersey including reduction in the recidivism rate by enabling the offender to be better prepared to reenter our communities. We need any help you can offer and look forward to hearing from you.

Do not hesitate to respond to the “Call for Service” for contacting the NJ Department of Corrections - Office of Educational Services at 609- 292-4036, Extension 5324 or 5325.

Volunteerism and Service Directory

The Governor's Office of Volunteerism has produced the "Volunteerism and National Service - New Jersey Program Directory. It is a listing of the various volunteer centers, Americorps, Vista and Senior Corps programs in New Jersey.

The directory can be downloaded here



The NJ Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism (GAC) was established by executive order in 1986 to encourage the expansion of volunteerism and community service in the state by advising and supporting the mission and initiatives of the Governor's Office of Volunteerism.
Members of the GAC
Edward O'Malley
Jack Callahan
Chair Emeritus
Bill Kettleson
Executive Committee
Carol Mc Kinney
Executive Committee
Elaine Sterling
Executive Committee
David Warshaw
Executive Committee

George Anthony
Katie Barnett
Linda Barton
Barbara Berreski
Yvonne Ervin Blake
Edith Brower, Esq.
Tom D'Angelo
Meredith DeMarco
Brian E. Dean
Florence Demming
John C. Dillie
Mary Anne Ferrara
Pamela Irvin Fields
Lt. Joseph Geleta
Lisa Guccione
Karen June
Michael Kempner
Lana Lee
Marsetta Lee
Arlene M. Meyers
Lee Mrowicki
Raj Mukejri
Iris Orellana
Gary Schneider
Janet Sharma
Seema Singh
Riva Thomas
Justin Zimmerman

Member Bio's

Rowena Madden, Director
NonProfit Information

New Jersey's Nonprofit Information Center web portal serves as a one-stop shop for nonprofits in New Jersey seeking to utilize various funding sources and volunteer opportunities available through the State.
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