Center for Volunteerism

Welcome to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Center for Volunteerism — providing year-round opportunities to make an impact in the lives of others. Through a variety of meaningful service opportunities, you can help care for those in need, strengthen our Jewish community, and make an impact on causes you care about.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Summer 2020 is panning out to be unlike any other, with overnight camps closed and many vacation plans on hold. As you look for meaningful ways to engage your family and help those in need this summer, consider the volunteer opportunities listed below and complete the following registration form.

And keep checking back throughout the summer – as new opportunities will be listed here!

IN-PERSON
 

Gardening

  • Community Urban Garden: Individuals/Families to help tend to the community garden at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ that produces over 1,500 lbs of fresh produce each summer to be distributed to people in need. Volunteers are asked to harvest produce, add and shovel soil to the beds, plant, weed, and more.
  • Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled is looking for individuals to help plant and tend to flowers in beds at some of their group homes. Volunteers would be asked to plant the flowers and then return a few times/week in the first few weeks to water the plants. Group homes are located in Livingston, Millburn, Parsippany, and Whippany.

Kosher Food Pantry of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ: Help with daily operations such as distributing food, stocking shelves, and making bags of food.

Provide food for those in need: Sign up with IsraAID to volunteer at the Community Food Bank of NJ. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 60, be able to lift 25 pounds, be a U.S. citizen, have health insurance, and have access to a car. Register today.

Summer Mitzvah Mania for Teens will be an eight-week, summer-long program with one or two volunteer and social opportunities available each week for teens entering grades 7-12.

 

     

VIRTUAL/AT HOME
 

“Friendly Visitor” calls to seniors: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is looking for volunteers to help with their “Friendly Visitor” calls to seniors program.

Send a note to a senior. Create a greeting card or write a friendly letter to a senior to cheer them up! These will be distributed to clients of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest in their Meals on Wheels deliveries or other care packages. Send or drop off cards in the mail slot on the door:
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Attn: Suzy Berman
256 Columbia Turnpike, #105
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Hold a food collection to donate to a Jewish Family Service of Central NJ food pantry: Items needed include: canned soup, tomato sauce, crackers, cereal, tuna, pasta, rice, applesauce, canned fruits and vegetables, etc. as well as toiletries such as sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and diapers. For more information about making a food pantry donation, contact Elie Bodner at ebodner@jfscentralnj.org or (908) 352-8375.

Check out PJ Library’s “A Mitzvah A Day ! Challenge your family to complete one mitzvah for each day of the month!

Join the Tour de Summer Camps NJ Summer Challenge! Tour de Summer Camps NJ 2020 will be a 6-week-long summer cycling challenge! From July 15 to August 31, participants of all ages can choose their own mileage goals and raise money to help send kids to camp next summer. Registration opens July 15, so stay tuned for more information!

REGISTER HERE

Once you select your volunteer interest(s), a representative from each organization will follow up with you to coordinate your volunteer experience.

  

Contact Us

Lindsay Norman
Center For Volunteerism Manager
lnorman@jfedgmw.org
(973) 929-2948