Community Service

(Tue Apr 19, 2016)Opportunities are listed in Alphabetical Order.

At Metuchen High School, we strongly encourage all our students to participate in community service as a part of their educational journey.  We believe that these activities foster the development of character, self-esteem and leadership qualities. Contributing to a cause or event, or providing a needed service to others, allows students an opportunity to meet and work with new people, explore interests, learn new skills and experience personal growth. Involvement in community service also reflects a depth of character that can enhance a student’s resume for colleges and scholarships, but we expect our students to become involved because of the personal benefits, not just because it looks good on paper. 

 

Below is a list of local opportunities available in and around Metuchen. For additional information on any listing, please contact the organization directly.  Students are encouraged to participate in at least five (5) hours of community service each year. The personal benefits are worth every minute! 

 

 

Organization

The ARC of Middlesex County

Location

22119 Black Horse Lane, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Description

The organization is dedicated to promoting equal life opportunities for people who have developmental disabilities.  Volunteers will assist in the office or with fundraising.  Call and discuss other possible contributions that suit your interests and skills.  Monday – Friday; days & some evenings.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

Phone: (732) 821-1199

Website

http://www.arc-middlesex.org/

 

 

Organization

American Red Cross

Location

Westfield, Somerset or Princeton areas (depending on service)

Description

Help out at blood drives, provide service to armed forces such as visiting the Lion’s Veteran’s Hospital, work at various community events, run fire safety trailer, etc. Some programs require training for volunteers. Consider joining Red Cross Youth Council to connect with ongoing involvement.

Requirements

Some age restrictions, depending on the service

Contact Info

Volunteer Coordinators: Joelle Piercy at 609-951-2123 or Suzanne Anderson at 908-232-7090 Ext. 2019

Website

www.redcross.org

 

 

Organization

Amandla’s Crossing

Location

60 Clif Prescod Lane, Edison, NJ 08817

Description

Amandla’s Crossing is a 29 unit transitional housing program for homeless single families on public assistance. It is a unique program that addresses the social, emotional, and academic needs of the families.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

Philip Webb, Executive Director at 732-729-7770 ext. 103 or email him at pwebb@miphnj.org

Website

www.miphnj.org/amandla-crossing.php

 

 

Organization

Animal Rescue Force

Location

East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Description

Volunteer opportunity available for one student per day on Saturday and Sunday.

Requirements

Must be 15+ years of age

Contact Info

732-257-7559

Website

www.arf.petfinder.org

 

 

Organization

Borough Improvement League

Location

P.O. Box 174, Metuchen

Description

Junior Volunteer; Volunteer activities include art curating, yard work and gardening, helping at historic house tours and serving events, and helping at the annual Metuchen Zombie Walk in late October.

Requirements

Grades 6-12

Contact Info

Ms. Tyreen Reuter: ayersallenhouse@msn.com

Website

http://www.boroughimprovementleague.org/22.html

 

 

Organization

Breaking the Chain through Education

Location

MHS – Room 202 (after school)

Description

Raise money to rescue child slaves and build schools in Ghana, Africa.

Requirements

Open to all high school students

Contact Info

Evan Robbins – Teacher - erobbins@metboe.k12.nj.us

Website

www.btcte.org

 

 

 

Organization

Buddy Ball

Location

Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ

Description

Buddy Ball is a youth sports and social organization for children of special needs. Volunteers will assist kids with special needs in playing ball. Fall and Spring; Sundays 4:45 to 6pm.

Requirements

6th grade and older

Contact Info

Bob Donohue: redonohue@aol.com

Website

www.buddyballofedison.com

 

 

Organization

Catholic Charities

Location

288 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ

Description

The organization will work with students to find volunteer placement at services such as Ozanam’s Family Shelter, Naomi’s Way transitional housing or at Early Learning Centers, assisting staff and conduct activities for children.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

732-738-1323 or 732-257-6100

Website

www.ccdom.org

 

 

Organization

Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park

Location

37 Christie Street, Edison , NJ

Description

Greet visitors to the museum. Help with the gift shop and help students with hands-on demonstrations. This organization asks that their volunteers commit to spend a minimum of 30 hours of volunteering.

Requirements

Must be 15 years of age or older

Contact Info

Kathleen Carlucci (732) 549-3299

Website

www.menloparkmuseum.org

 

 

Organization

Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen

Location

18 Neilson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Description

Help feed the hungry. Help prepare food and/or clean up.

Requirements

Age requirements vary for different duties, but the minimum age is 14.

Contact Info

Visit the site to register for an event http://elijahspromise.volunteerhub.com/Events/Browse.aspx

Website

www.elijahspromise.org

 

   

Organization

JFK Health System

Location

65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820

Description

Junior Independent Volunteers: Independent projects that can earn volunteer hours: Collect gently used magazines and bundle in packs of 10 (no older than 3 months; cut off mailing label); collect gently used toys (no material or stuffing); collect gently used hardcover books for children under 10 years old.

Junior Volunteers:  Volunteers need no special training to get involved. Filling out an application begins the process. Special talents and personal schedules are matched to the hospital's needs. Most volunteers donate one time slot of four hours per week; however, additional hours are always welcome. Junior volunteers within our catchment area, who are in at least the 10th grade, can volunteer three hours per week during the school year.

·         Surgical Waiting Room Volunteers act as liaison between the families and doctors regarding a patient’s status.

·         Nursing Unit Volunteers socialize with patients/ families, answer call lights, refill water pitchers, make beds, feed patients, stock linens, run errands and help with clerical work.

·         Kit Kart Volunteers create arts and crafts items to give to the patients.

·         The Information Desk Volunteers answer visitor calls and questions and provide directions.

·         Clerical assignments help with filing, copying, collating, answering phones and making charts.

Ages

Junior Independent Volunteers - open to any student ages 13 and older; Junior Volunteers - High School grades 10-12

Contact Info

Director of Volunteer Services, Marie Anderson - (732) 321-7083; For Junior Volunteers – application required; For Jr. Independent Volunteers: Bring items to the Volunteer Dept. on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 5:30pm – 6:30pm; must bring copy of last report card.

Website

www.jfkmc.org/about-jfk/volunteer-services

 

 

Organization

March of Dimes - Team Youth Program

Location

2400 Main Street Ext., Suite 1, Sayreville, NJ 08872

Description

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Team Youth ensures volunteers have access to: age- appropriate and mission-relevant health education information; community, state and national leadership opportunities, and fundraising activities that are fun and rewarding. Help raise awareness, organize fundraisers, and serve on chapter or division boards.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

Contact our local chapter for information on programs, events and activities. Central Jersey Division: 732-952-9025

Website

www.marchofdimesyouth.com

 

 

Organization

Metuchen-Edison Historical Society

Location

480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen

Description

Volunteer opportunities include photographing buildings along assigned streets and special sites, conducting documenting interviews with long-time residents (oral history) and preserving and maintaining the Colonial Cemetery.

Requirements

High school students

Contact Info

Ms. Tyreen Reuter at ayersallenhouse@msn.com

Website

http://metuchen-edisonhistsoc.org/

 

                                            

Organization

Metuchen Municipal Youth Alliance

Location

Borough Hall, Metuchen

Description

Youth Alliance gives youth a voice to speak to issues that concern their family, friends and selves. Members attend bi-monthly meetings on Saturday mornings at Borough Hall to plan the promotion of programs and initiatives for a drug-free community among their peers.  In addition, members are encouraged to attend adult Municipal Alliance meetings to share their teen perspective in the discussion.  Volunteers help at sponsored events like Natural Night Out and the town’s Halloween Parade, and they help put up a Safe/Sober Prom/Graduation signs throughout the town in May.

Requirements

High school students who care to affect change; 15-hour a year minimum commitment

Contact Info

Michael Scheller – mas9357@yahoo.com

Website

http://www.metuchennj.org/municipal_alliance_committee.html

 

  

Organization

Metuchen Public Library Book Friends

Location

480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen

Description

Volunteers meet weekly in July with a 1st or 2nd grader in a supervised program with varied reading and word fun activities and crafts. There is a mandatory training session in June.

Requirements

Students in grades 8-12; Application required; available online in June

Contact Info

YA Librarian, Kathy Liss; kliss@lmxac.org ; 732-632-8526

Website

www.metuchenlibraryteens.org

 

 

Organization

Metuchen Public Library TAB – Teen Advisory Board

Location

480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen

Description

TAB members attend monthly decision-making meetings to plan and promote Young Adult programming and initiatives like author visits, book groups, the Garden State Book Awards, and the annual YA Library Scavenger Hunt. TAB members also assist at the other events. The TAB meets September – May.

Requirements

Grades 6-12

Contact Info

YA Librarian, Kathy Liss; kliss@lmxac.org ; 732-632-8526

Website

www.metuchenlibraryteens.org

 

 

Organization

Metuchen First Aid Squad

Location

The Metuchen First Aid Squad provides free ambulance service to the residents of Metuchen and surrounding communities.

Description

Cadet Program:

Requirements

High school students; ages 16-18

Contact Info

For more information: MetuchenEMS1948@gmail.com

Website

http://www.metuchenfas.org/

 

 

Organization

Metuchen Senior Citizen Center

Location

15 Center Street, Metuchen

Description

Assist with various small jobs and tasks, such as raking leaves, removing snow, etc.

Requirements

High school age

Contact Info

Cathy Ostermueller or Mr. Gazda: 732-632-8524; costermueller@metuchen.com

Website

www.metuchennj.org/senior_center_main.html

 

 

 

Organization

Metuchen Volunteer Fire Department

Location

500 Main Street, Metuchen

Description

The Junior Firefighter Program is aimed at developing future members of the fire service. Junior Firefighters take part in drills to learn the basics of firefighting in preparation for the New Jersey Firefighter I certification. Aside from training and drills, Junior Firefighters ages 16 to 18 are eligible for the "ride-along" program which allows them to respond to alarms and observe actual firefighting operations.

Requirements

Ages 14-18; teenagers seeking a hands-on view of the fire service

Contact Info

Jacob Kay; 732-632-0500

Website

http://metuchenfd.com/custom.html?id=12376

 

 

Organization

NAACP

Location

Work from your own home

Description

Assist with communication & outreach efforts; newsletters, etc.

Ages

Skill-based (strong written & communication skills)

Contact Info

Reggie Johnson: 732-841-9023

Website

www.naacp.meab.org

 

 

Organization

Power of Friendship

Location

MHS – Room 202

Description

High school students (in groups of 2 or 3) will visit with students with special needs at their homes, once a week for one hour

Requirements

Open to high school students

Contact Info

732-247-3727

Website

Not applicable

 

 

Organization

Raritan Bay Medical Center

Location

530 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Description

Various Programs: Junior Volunteers and Junior Auxiliary

Ages

Junior Auxiliary ages 13-18

Junior Volunteer ages 16-18

Contact Info

732-324-5006, Susan Pasternack, email spasternack@RBMC.org

Website

www.RBMC.org

 

 

Organization

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Location

165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901

Description

Various Programs

Help with the different seasonal festivals such as the Maple Sugar Festival.  They also look for volunteers to help with planting bulbs and cleaning up the gardens.

Ages

12 years and up

Contact Info

Lisa Martin, 908-273-8787, ext. 222

Website

www.reeves-reedarboretum.org

 

 

Organization

Robert Wood Johnson Hospital

Location

One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Description

Check the website listed below and click on volunteering to see what opportunities are available.

Requirements

Must be 15 years of age or older; high school grades 10-12

Contact Info

732-937-8507

Website

www.rwjuh.edu/support/volunteer.html  

 

 

Organization

Ronald McDonald House of New Brunswick

Location

Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Description

A group of 8-10 volunteers, with an adult for supervision, may use their kitchen and cook dinner for the families that are staying there.  The program is called the Caring Cooks program.  They also look for volunteers to run a can tab drive.  They collect tabs for cans and then turn them into a local recycling facility which pays them for the tabs.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

732-249-1222 / Jill Kaufman

Website

www.rmh-cnj.org

 

 

Organization

Saint Peter’s Health Care System

Location

254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Description

Volunteers serve in non-patient and patient care areas, performing various clerical duties such as answering phones, collating mailings, running errands throughout the hospital campus, assisting in the gift shop, delivering flowers and mail, escorting patients to and from testing, greeting patients as care companions, feeding patients who need assistance, or helping visitors at the reception desk find their way.

Requirements

High school age

Contact Info

Volunteer Services at 732-745-8573

Website

www.saintpetershcs.com/Volunteer-Services

 

 

Organization

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

Location

One Meridian Road, Suite 5, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Details

Hospice volunteers give their time to terminally ill patients and their caregivers during a critical time. Training classes provided. Talk, read to or just listen to patients; play an instrument or sing to them; bring a pet as a Paw Pals volunteer in nursing homes and assisted living facilities; work as administrative office volunteer.

Ages

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

732-389-0066 or email Samia.Duarte@Vitas.com

Website

www.VITAS.com

 

 

Organization

YMCA of Metuchen

Location

483 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Description

Volunteers are needed for swimming lessons, the pre-school program and summer camp.  One day opportunities exist to help others in the community and with events like Tot Trot and an annual 5K event.

Requirements

Not specified or unknown

Contact Info

Pat Colandra: 732-516-9200; pat.colandra@ymcaofmewsa.org; application required

Website

www.ymcaofmewsa.org/volunteer

 

 

Organization

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University

Location

71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

Description

ZAMbassadors Program; Volunteers help the museum fulfill its mission to serve both university and community audiences. Volunteer activities range from those demanding dedicated commitment and pre-training, to others requiring only enthusiasm and a desire to help the Zimmerli provide enjoyable and meaningful experiences for its audiences. Volunteer activities include guiding tours as trained docents, planning membership events, and providing administrative support.

Requirements

High school students; grades 10-12

Contact Info

Send an email to: education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-7237

Website

http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/about/opportunities#.UGHH3MmF9tI