Gardening in Newark’s Urban Farm: Volunteer to help plant and maintain the Greater Newark Conservancy’s urban farm. Small groups of volunteers are permitted to work in-person on the farm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon or Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. COVID protocols must be adhered to and volunteers must sign up in advance. Here is the link to learn more or to sign up.
Meal Delivery for Holocaust Survivors: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is looking for volunteers to help deliver lunches to Holocaust survivors participating in the Virtual Café Europa Program on Thursdays. Volunteers pick up lunches at Rye Deli in Springfield (799 Mountain Ave.) between 11:15-11:30 a.m. and deliver the lunches to between three and six clients throughout Union County. Efforts will be made to make the routes as accommodating as possible.
Grocery Shopping and Delivery: We are currently looking for volunteers who are willing to pick up essential items, such as groceries and/or prescription medication, etc, and drop them off to our community members who are most at risk. All deliveries are contact-less. Limited to adults ages 18+.
How this will work:
1. Recipient will complete the "Request a Delivery" form that lives on the Federation's resource webpage.
2. Based on that person's needs, we will match him/her up with the appropriate volunteer.
3. The volunteer will reach out to the recipient, who will coordinate the logistics of the pickup (where, when, what, payment, etc)
Gardening at the 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.
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: The Community Food Bank of NJ in Hillside is urgently in need of volunteers to help pack food for NJ citizens who are struggling with food insecurity. Volunteer sessions take place Monday through Saturday, from 9am-3:30pm. Volunteers must be 16+. To schedule a volunteer shift, please visit: https://cfbnj.secure.force.com/Comm_Calendar
Rock Painting for the Newark Conservancy’s “Kindness Rocks” Garden: Paint rocks with words of inspiration for the Greater Newark Conservancy’s “Kindness Rocks Garden.” This rock garden greets visitors with bright colors and messages of hope and inspiration. Rocks can vary in size and shape. Acrylic paint or paint pens on smooth rocks seem to work the best.
Interview & Record Stories from JVS Clients: Jewish Vocational Services helps support community members in need (immigrants and refugees, adults with developmental disabilities, unemployed job-seekers from all walks of life, etc.) who are looking for employment. Volunteers are needed to interview these clients and write up their stories in a way that we can archive them for historical purposes, and more importantly, share them with our stakeholders. Interviews can take place via phone, Facetime, or Zoom.
Virtual Assistance for Non-English Speakers: Jewish Vocational Services is looking for volunteers who speak French or Spanish to help their Education & Literacy staff reach out to their non-English-speaking students by phone.
Senior Technology Assistance: Our Senior Technology Help Hotline (973-929-3060) is available for seniors to call-in and request assistance with basic technology tasks such as learning to use Facetime, setting up Zoom, etc. We are currently looking for volunteers who are able to help these seniors with their technology needs.
“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 email@example.com 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!