Volunteer Opportunities

There are many needs in this world and many opportunities to fill those needs. It isn’t your age that matters – it is your willingness to see the needs and make a commitment to take action. Listed below are just some of the many opportunities for people of all ages.  You can always call the Volunteer Center at 856-415-9084 to help  with your search to find the perfect opportunity for you!  

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Taste of Gloucester County

Do you enjoy organizing events?  Then consider joining our team of restaurant, auction, decoration, and marketing volunteers for our spring Taste of Gloucester County event on April, 28th, 2014.  Give us a call at 856-415-9084 or e-mail volunteer@sjvolunteers.org for all the exciting details.

HYSTIOCYTOSIS ASSOCIATION

Are you looking to hone your computer skills? The Hystiocytosis Association is looking for volunteers to help out at their Pitman office performing data entry and other administrative tasks (click here to view the official job description).  12 hours per week are required for this volunteer position along with computer skills and a positive attitude. Interested? Contact Kathy Wisniewski, Administrative Services Manager at 856-589-6606 or at kathywisniewski@histio.org to get started!

SADDLER’S WOODS

Saddler’s Woods is a small urban forest in Haddon Township, New Jersey unique for its stand of old growth trees. Help us celebrate Earth Day during our Earth Day Stewardship Event (click here to view official event flyer). Volunteers are needed for weeding invasive species and removing debris from the woods. This event is sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Haddon Township Clean Communities Program.

Pre-registration is required by April 20th so that we many plan tools and refreshments accordingly. Limit 100. To register and for more information, contact please contact Kristen at kristen@saddlerswoods.org or call 856-869-7372.

AMERICORPS NJ WATERSHED AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Earth day is right around the corner! Help make a difference and join the American Littoral Society and the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program Saturday, April 19th for a litter pick up at Waltman Park in Millville along the Maurice River (view official flyer here). Please meet at the pedestrian bridge by City Drive at 10am. Gloves, trash bags, and pickers will be provided. For more information, or to RSVP please contact Quinn Whitesall, Watershed Ambassador at (856)776-4766 or watershed17@ccia-net.com.

EMMANUEL CANCER FOUNDATION

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a 30+ nonprofit organization providing a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. They are searching for numerous types of volunteers, including delivery volunteers, food drive specialists, communication specialists, and advisory board chairpeople (view detailed descriptions here). If you are interested, please contact Zipporah Browne at zipporah@emmanuelcancer.org or at 856-853-4803.

CENTER FOR FAMILY SERVICES

Baby’s Best Start Volunteer

Volunteer with our Baby’s Best Start program. Baby’s Best Start is a nine week program that works together with parents and family members to ensure baby’s get off to the best possible start. Program sessions are on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. We are in need of volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks while the sessions are taking place. Baby’s Best Start is offered at our Clementon Family Success Center and Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center (located in Camden City). Please email volunteer@centerffs.org to learn more about the opportunity.

Become a Mentor

Mentors can help a child develop higher levels of self-esteem, achieve greater academic ability, improve behavioral and social relations, and grow into strong, confident adults. CFS has many opportunities for mentoring, including:

· Project Cope- mentoring program for Camden City children age 4-18 with an incarcerated parent

· COPE II- mentoring program supporting Camden County teens age 13-15 who would benefit from the support from a positive role model encouraging healthy choices and safe behaviors

· STEP- a supportive internship experience for Camden youth age 16-18 giving them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. The internship can be anywhere in Camden County.

To get involved as a mentor, email mentoring@centerffs.org.

Activity Leader

Do you have a skill or hobby that you are interested in sharing with the community? Great! We are in need of volunteers to lead activities or lend their skills at our residential programs, which serve youth ages 11-25. Cooking breakfast on the weekends, baking cookies every Sunday, leading a sewing or tailoring workshop, after school tutoring, leading a writing or poetry workshop, offering singing or voice lessons or another form of musical workshop, and creating and leading a fitness, wellness or nutrition class are just a few examples of the activities you could set up.

Email volunteer@centerffs.org to learn more about the opportunity.

VIRTUA HOSPITAL

Are you interested in volunteering in healthcare? Virtua Hospital in Berlin needs volunteers to work at their information desk.  There are three four-hour shifts per day during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Sundays through Saturdays.  If interested, please contact Kathy Tonarski at ktontarski@virtua.org or call 856-322-3555.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Not knowing how to read can be a very demoralizing experience. It can prevent someone from getting a job or discourage someone from participating in society. The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester County is to teach people to learn how to read and write English. This organization is in dire need of tutors for adults who are struggling to learn English. Tutors will create lesson plans and give one-on-one help to their student on a regular basis. These volunteers will make an immeasurable impact on their students by supplying them with an invaluable skill. In order to become a Literacy Volunteer, you must be 18 years old or older and have completed 12th grade English. If you are interested, please contact Trudy Lawrence at exedir@literacyvgc.org or 856-218-4743.

GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL & SOUTHERN NJ

Would you like to help South Jersey girls and young women become the leaders of tomorrow? Do you have a skill that you would like to teach or use behind the scenes help these girls prepare for a bright future? The Girl Scouts of Center & Southern NJ serves Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester,  Mercer, Middlesex, and Salem counties and is seeking volunteers forthe following positions: Service Unit CoachService Unit Manager, Service Unit Organizer/Recruiter, Service Unit Registrar, Service Unit Secretary, Service Unit Treasurer, and Troop Leader. If one of these positions seems perfect for you, contact Lori Wolfhope at 856-795-1560 Ext. 202 or lwolfhope@gscsnj.org.

 

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The Life Long Learning Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to pursue their interests in   an inclusive, fun-filled community environment.  Volunteers are needed to assist instructors in the following classes:  cooking, literacy, health and wellness, performing arts, find arts, and arts and crafts.  Classes are being held on Monday evenings through November 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Bankridge Regional School in Sewell.  Come join the fun of assisting others to learn new skills while making new friends.  For more information contact Brenda Scardefield at 856-848-8648 x23 or LuAnn Lima at 856-848-8648 x24.

 

Ronald McDonald HouseRONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY
The house made from love needs volunteers of all ages, including teens for their Teen Advisory Council.  The volunteers can choose from a variety of activities including Family Fun Night activities, meal preparation as well as event and house operation support.  Please contact Dorothy Lucca at 856-966-4663 or dorothy@ronaldhouse-snj.org for more information!

 

Furrever FriendsFurrever Friends is 100% volunteer-run, so we are always in need of volunteers who want to help save the lives of homeless animals. We need volunteers to help out at our PetSmart Adoption Center, help with fundraising activities, provide foster homes for cats and kittens, offer transportation, etc.  No matter what your skills, abilities or interests, Furrever Friends can use your help!  For more information e-mail info@furreverfriends.org.

Continuing Opportunities

Join the Fight Against Hunger – Organize Your Own Food Drive

Hunger isn’t just a holidays-only occurrence for many families in the area.  You can do your part by organizing a food drive with friends, neighbors, or community group. Click on Food Bank of South Jersey to find out more about how you can help.

Additional groups: Philabundance, Gloucester County College food drive, Faith Fellowship Ministries Joseph Storehouse. Also, the Gloucester County Division of Social Services has a list of food pantries in the county.

Organize a Donations Drive to Help People in Need
Organize a drive to collect much needed items such as baby bundle items (diapers, wipes, etc.) or raise money to purchase gift cards for youth that reside in supportive housing. To find out more about how you can help, please click on Robins’ Nest, Inc.

Help Improve the Environment
There are multiple environmental organizations in South Jersey that are always in need of volunteers for their many events.  The South Jersey Land and Water Trust has several volunteer opportunities for young people:  volunteers are needed for stream cleanups, tree plantings,  preserve maintenance, help with education programs, volunteering at events and other community events, and in office help. The New Jersey Tree Foundation has tree plantings in Camden every Spring and Fall. The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to raise public awareness about water and watershed issues and to promote watershed stewardship through direct community involvement.  Volunteers are needed to help assess trees and at other volunteer events such as tree plantings and cleanups.  The Scotland Run Nature Center, located in Clayton, offers many environmental education programs to children and adults and could use volunteers to help out at these events.  The Nature Conservancy protects thousands of land in New Jersey and could use volunteers at a variety of events such as cleanups, preserve maintenance, and habitat restoration.  In Haddon Township, the Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association is a group dedicated to the protection of an old growth forest in Camden County.

CENTER FOR FAMILY SERVICES

The Center for Family Services is in need of volunteers to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the area. They are currently seeking volunteers to help kick off their Born to Read initiative. Volunteers will act as literacy specialists in the classroom. You will be helping in the classroom through reading aloud sessions and other activities to promote kindergarten readiness through reading. Through volunteering with this project, you will be taking part in an important first step towards a successful school career. Volunteers commit to one hour per week, with one class, for one school year. These centers will be located throughout Camden County & the city of Camden. Interested in any of these opportunities? Contact Annie Duklewski at volunteer@centerffs.org to get started!

CASA OF CAMDEN COUNTY

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Camden County, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interest of children in out-of-home-placement under the jurisdiction of the NJ Family Court. In order to do this, the CASA must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court or Child Placement Review Board (CPR), facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor the progress toward the established goals. To learn about CASA’s newest program, the Youth Transition Program, please click here. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who care about kids who come from all backgrounds. Some are students or retired adults; however you must be at least 21 years old, no criminal history, make a one year commitment to the program, attend 30 hours of training, and attend 12 hours of in-service training. No legal expertise is required. If you are interested in being a CASA Volunteer, please call 856-858-4488. If you are unable to attend this training but are still interested in volunteering, please call for more information.

Give a Child A Head Start on Their Future
Many children are not as fortunate as others and never get the opportunity they deserve. There are multiple volunteer opportunities in Gloucester County to give back and provide a child a fulfilling childhood. The Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester County provides a safe place for disadvantaged children to learn and grow. Volunteers are needed to help with programs in the areas of education, fitness, social recreation, teen issues, bullying prevention and more. Big Brothers Big Sisters provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Don’t forget to visit the Woodbury Child Development Center and the Glassboro Child Development Center to find out how you can give back.

Be There for Someone in Their Time of Need
Many of our partner non-profits work in the healthcare sector and need volunteers to give comfort to those who are sick, provide bereavement for those terminally ill, provide support to the elderly, and help with the disabled. If you are interested in volunteering and helping those in need, please consider volunteer with some of these organizations:

Abilities Center of South Jersey

Bancroft Neuro-Health

Center for Family Services

CONTACT Community Help Lines

Holy Redeemer Hospice

NewPoint Behavorial Healthcare

Pitman Manor

Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice

Visiting Healthcare and Hospice

Walk for a Cause
Many of our member non-profits are advocacy groups whose mission is to raise awareness about certain issues, whether its trying to stop substance abuse or trying to find a cure for a disease. Volunteers are needed to help with donation drives and at their many events as well as be support. Some of the many advocacy groups that the Volunteer Center works with are:

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross of Gloucester County

Lauren Rose Albert Foundation

Histiocytosis Association

March of Dimes

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Provide Someone With A Roof Over Their Head
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds or repairs homes so families healthy, safe, and feel a sense of self-worth. Volunteers are needed weekly to help build homes. Whether you want to volunteer in Glassboro or Camden, volunteers are always needed.

Volunteer with Animals
Most of our member non-profits work with people trying to overcome challenges, but some also work with animals. There are thousands of pets ready to be adopted in the county. Volunteers are needed to help out at shelters, to take care of the animals and provide love.  Some of our non-profits that work with animals include:

Furrever Friends

Gloucester County Animal Shelter

NJ Aid for Animals

Pet Pals of South Jersey

Pet Savers

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County

Donate Your Bicycle and Help Someone in the Developing World
Not all of our non-profits focus solely on people in southern New Jersey. Some work to help people in other countries. There are hundreds of volunteer and non-profit organizations, such as the Peace Corps, that work to help people abroad. One local non-profit allows you to help people overseas without leaving the county. Pedals for Progress is a non-profit that recycles your old bicycle and sends it abroad to someone in need. If you are interested in donating your bicycle, click here.

A full list of the non-profits that need volunteers in Gloucester County can be found on our Non-Profits page. Volunteer opportunities can be found on our One-Day/Short Term Volunteering page. Call us at 856-415-9084 to find out what volunteer opportunity is right for you.