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Volunteer and National Service

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Volunteering in a Time of Social Distancing: New Jersey Responds to COVID-19

During this national emergency, the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism and its partner organizations understand that those who are not suffering from the virus may want to help. However, all volunteer activities should adhere to critical health and safety protocols in order to protect volunteers, protect residents, protect clients and protect service agencies.

Download the Volunteer and Volunteer Organization Guidelines

I want to volunteer - Registration Form
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AmeriCorps & National Service


Americorps Logo Fondly referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps”, AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations.

More than 8,100 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in New Jersey. Serving at more than 630 locations throughout the state, these citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers.

Benefits include the following:

  • Building a close connection to your community
  • Making a difference in the lives of New Jersey citizens
  • Contributing to lasting change in the community where you serve
  • Earning money for college or to pay back past student loans
  • Building your resume
  • Making lifelong friends
  • Learning to be a leader

Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program

Americorps LogoSenior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.

Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

The Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program connects volunteers age 55 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers mentor, support, and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States.

When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. If you’re 55 and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent. Image of a Foster Grandparent volunteer

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations - including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities - you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

Foster Grandparents serve up to 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. With Foster Grandparents, you’ll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

Remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others - you’re also helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

Join the Senior Corps Foster Grandparents today!

Volunteer Generation Fund

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The Volunteer Generation Fund “Jersey Strong: I am a Volunteer”, is designed to strengthen the state's ability to engage more citizens in meaningful volunteer service and build capacity in more nonprofit organizations. The program design addresses the following

  1. Supporting community-based entities that recruit, manage, and support volunteers;
  2. Deploying skilled volunteers to strengthen the capacity of education-related nonprofits, including their ability to engage skill-based volunteers to effectively solve problems; and
  3. Expanding the capacity of New Jersey’s volunteer connector organizations to recruit, manage, support, and retain individuals in high quality volunteer assignments, particularly youth volunteers.

Who is eligible to serve?

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New Jersey AmeriCorps members must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien
  • At least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or commit to earning a GED while serving
  • Be able to serve a minimum of 300 hours to a maximum of 1,700 hours over one year

Which AmeriCorps program is right for me?

To determine which program is right for you, ask yourself a few questions:

  • What area of service is most interesting to me – children/youth, education, the environment, healthy futures, disaster preparedness, veterans, economic development or capacity building?
  • At what location would I like to do my term of service?
  • Do I want to serve full time, part time or less?

When asked why they serve, members responded as follows:

Paige: "I serve to reach out to our neighbors in need, I serve for kindness, I serve to better my community. I help to bring others together so we all can see the bigger picture in life that we often miss when living our daily lives."
Westin: "Why do I serve? I serve to give back. In this world, it's give and take. Everyone wants to take but then they don't want to give back. I look at the world differently than a lot of people and believe in the saying, you reap what you sow."
Zaquan: "I serve because it gives me a chance to give back, play my part and allows me to be a part of something positive in my city."

How Do I Get Involved in AmeriCorps?

It’s Easy!
Simply fill out the AmeriCorps Application and send it to the program you are most interested in.


New Jersey AmeriCorps Programs


AmeriCorps State and National

NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)

National Senior Service Corps


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Other Ways to Volunteer:
For other ways to volunteer without joining AmeriCorps or to search for a volunteer opportunity near you visit the statewide volunteer website

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check Requirements for All AmeriCorps Programs

In order to participate in AmeriCorps/SeniorCorps programing and receive grant funds, all members, and covered personnel who are in the budget – either as funded by the grant or as a match, must undergo background screening. While federal regulations require different checks under various circumstances, the state commission has streamlined the process to make it easier for member organizations and ensure compliance. As such, all relevant individuals should proceed through the below step by step criminal history check list by following the instructions given.

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check



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