City Spotlight: Newark

As a response to all of the amazing volunteer work being done across New Jersey, the Jersey Cares City Spotlight will showcase exceptional civic engagement weekly in a specific New Jersey community.

Newark, NJ! Home to the Jersey Cares office and the entertainment district! Newark now hosts the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Symphony and the Riverfront Stadium! Newark sees many talented individuals on these stages. In addition to these super star performers, Newark is also home to almost 100 of our super star agencies!

Last winter, Newark’s volunteers distributed around 8,000 coats and donated them to 39 agencies for the Jersey Cares Coat Drive. In addition, more than 800 children received holiday gifts through Frosty’s Friends, a winter gift-giving campaign.

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Volunteers painting Newark community center on Jersey Cares Day 2014!

On the 16th Annual Jersey Cares Day, five non-profit partner agencies were revitalized by 350 volunteers! Volunteers painted classrooms, gymnasiums, murals and planted gardens and landscapes. In total, Newark’s volunteers served nearly 140 hours which benefited almost 1,000 children– outstanding results! The Jersey Cares Volunteer Opportunity Calendar partners with nine Newark non-profits to host more than 40 volunteer events monthly!

Not only do individual volunteers prove to be stars while giving their time in Newark, but corporate volunteers also leave a tremendous impact! Last month, ADP dedicated their time to the city of Newark. ADP volunteers contributed close to 300 hours of service with over 80 volunteers at two Newark schools. Newark certainly benefitted from their generosity!

Jersey Cares continually posts fun and exciting volunteer opportunities in the city of Newark. Join us in continuing our efforts of volunteerism with Hunger Helpers, a monthly meal service volunteer opportunity, Plant it Forward, a community garden revitalization project, and Literacy Leaders, a weekly education initiative for children and youth.

City Spotlight: Jersey City

As a response to all of the amazing volunteer work being done across New Jersey, the Jersey Cares City Spotlight will showcase exceptional civic engagement weekly in a specific New Jersey community.

Jersey City is a great destination for the whole family. There are endless activities filled with educational value and fun! Jersey City hosts the Liberty Science Center, eight local farmers markets, the LeFrak Lighthouse, Newport Centre Mall, Liberty State Park and the breath-taking Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The fun doesn’t stop there– Jersey Cares hosts many volunteer projects in New Jersey’s second largest city, Jersey City.

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Jersey Cares volunteers at Liberty State Park on The 16th Annual Jersey Cares Day.

Jersey Cares volunteers continually contribute to the Jersey City community. In the last year, nearly 530 corporate volunteers served 14 different non-profits and over 300 volunteers served four agencies on The 16th Annual Jersey Cares Day. Volunteers have assembled 30 picnic tables and benches, over 15 line games, and almost 70 murals that are enjoyed by over 5,300 Jersey City children. Last winter, Jersey City was also warmed with the spirit of volunteers and 8 non-profits received more than 1,600 new and gently used coats through The Jersey Cares Coat Drive.

Join us through the Volunteer Opportunity Calendar for three reoccurring events in Jersey City. Hunger Helpers, a weekly meal service volunteer opportunity, Earth Keepers, an environmental stewardship project, and Marketplace, a donation sorting opportunity in Jersey City this month.

City Spotlight: Camden

As a response to all of the amazing volunteer work being done across New Jersey, the Jersey Cares City Spotlight will showcase exceptional civic engagement weekly in a specific New Jersey community.

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Jersey Cares hosts several reoccurring volunteer opportunities in Camden every month.

Situated on the Delaware River with beautiful views of the Philadelphia skyline, Camden, NJ is home to several points of interest. Camden is the one time home of American poet Walt Whitman, Adventure Aquarium, The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, one of the largest and most decorated ships to have served in the U.S. Navy.

Jersey Cares volunteers also enjoy visiting and giving back to the city of Camden. Jersey Cares partners with over 10 Camden non-profit agencies in efforts to meet their needs through our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar, Jersey Cares Day, and Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Throughout the year, volunteers consistently serve three Camden agencies with gardening assistance, meal service, and teaching local children how to eat properly.

In May 2014, the 16th Annual Jersey Cares Day brought over 30 volunteers to help landscape a local garden. This past winter, Jersey Cares distributed almost 1,200 coats to four Camden agencies that were collected by three different local civic groups and businesses. Through the Jersey Cares Corporate Service program, over 120 volunteers will revitalize a Camden public school this spring.

Join other Jersey Cares volunteers and contribute to the Camden community by joining us for Tree Treasurers, Set a Place, or Marketplace in Camden in the coming months.

City Spotlight: Morristown

In order to share all of the amazing volunteer work being done across New Jersey, the Jersey Cares City Spotlight will showcase exceptional civic engagement weekly in a specific New Jersey community.

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Jersey Cares staff members leading a volunteer project at Jockey Hollow Top Preserve in Morristown, NJ.

 

Morristown is a quaint North Jersey community that’s the perfect blend of urban and suburban. It’s a popular destination for foodies, families, theatre patrons, and Jersey Cares volunteers! Jersey Cares has been mobilizing volunteers in Morristown since we started our work and our first offices were located there. This past winter, over 100 coats were distributed through The 18th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive and over 100 hot meals were prepared for our Morristown neighbors. In the month of April, Jersey Cares volunteers will socialize with the senior citizens of Morristown  provide over 40 hours of service playing bingo and joining in pet therapy. In the last year, corporate volunteers from 9 different companies have given back over 300 hours of service by collecting coats, assembling new picnic tables and benches and painting mobile murals to enhance the beauty of the community.

 

We need your help this spring in Morristown too! Jersey Cares Day, Saturday May 3rd, we will be hosting several family friendly events in Morristown that consist of trailblazing and painting classrooms at three non-profit agencies. Opportunities to serve are still open and we look forward to seeing you at a Jersey Cares event in Morristown, NJ soon!

 

City Spotlight: Asbury Park

In order to share all of the amazing volunteer work being done across New Jersey, the Jersey Cares City Spotlight will showcase exceptional civic engagement twice a week in a specific New Jersey community.

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A Jersey Cares volunteer painting the stairwell in Asbury Park Middle School.

 

Did you know Jersey Cares has volunteer opportunities in Asbury Park? Over the past few months, coats were distributed through the Jersey Cares Coat Drive to keep our neighbors warm during this brutal winter. Recently, nearly 100 volunteers spent a fun afternoon bowling with a local community center, built new picnic tables and bookshelves and provided fresh coats of paint at agencies and schools in need. Two different corporate groups and individual volunteers on Sandy Service Day also gave back in the area providing nearly 250 hours of service to the town.

 

If you’d like to get involved in Asbury Park volunteer projects coming up, there will be a Beach Sweep on Saturday, April 26th to get the shore ready for summer. We also need 100 volunteers to paint murals, landscape and plant flowers at a local public school on Jersey Cares Day, Saturday May 3. Join us in continuing our efforts in Asbury Park, NJ!