Dignity GrowsTM empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies. We remove obstacles to better self-esteem and health by providing personal hygiene essentials each month. Dignity Grows mobilizes volunteers to organize, assemble, and distribute free, reusable zipper-top totes filled with a month’s supply of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, along with menstrual products or shaving cream and razor kits. Federal grant programs don’t cover these items, and people often don’t think to donate them to food pantries. Through the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest and Dignity Grows, you can help those suffering from poverty by providing the essential hygiene items needed for daily life.
Reading Buddies Program with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Reading Buddies, a program of the RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties at Jewish Family Service MetroWest, engages older adult volunteers in promoting childhood literacy in public schools. Volunteers age 55+ read to the same small group of students each week throughout the school year using a read-aloud format that supplements the school’s regular reading curriculum. Reading Buddies is a one of a kind program that uses volunteers to support children grades K-2 and educators in the classroom. This is an in-person volunteer opportunity, based in public school systems. Reading Buddies is a one-hour commitment once a week for the school year. All volunteers must be age 55+ and submit to a background check. Volunteers must live in our service area: Essex and/or Hudson Counties, NJ. Books and training are provided.
JFS is currently in need of readers in West Orange, Jersey City, and Orange. Shifts available in both the morning (9-10 a.m.) and afternoon (2-3 p.m.).
Big Brothers Big Sisters GMW
Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a difference? You can impact the life of a young person living in a vulnerable family situation and improve their community at the same time by becoming a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties. Becoming a “Big” would involve 4-6 hours per month of in-person time spent with your “little” following an intensive application/match process.
Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Support
As we approach the ninth month of war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis in Europe has entered a new phase and JFNA’s Global Volunteer Hub is seeking more Russian and Ukrainian-speaking volunteers with specific skill sets. Apply here, find more information here, or contact Hannah Miller.