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!

OrganizationThe ARC of Middlesex County
Location22119 Black Horse Lane, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
DescriptionThe 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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact InfoPhone: (732) 821-1199
OrganizationAmerican Red Cross
LocationWestfield, Somerset or Princeton areas (depending on service)
DescriptionHelp 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.
RequirementsSome age restrictions, depending on the service
Contact InfoVolunteer Coordinators: Joelle Piercy at 609-951-2123 or Suzanne Anderson at 908-232-7090 Ext. 2019
OrganizationAmandla’s Crossing
Location60 Clif Prescod Lane, Edison, NJ 08817
DescriptionAmandla’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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact InfoPhilip Webb, Executive Director at 732-729-7770 ext. 103 or email him at pwebb@miphnj.org
OrganizationAnimal Rescue Force
LocationEast Brunswick, NJ 08816
DescriptionVolunteer opportunity available for one student per day on Saturday and Sunday.
RequirementsMust be 15+ years of age
Contact Info732-257-7559
OrganizationBorough Improvement League
LocationP.O. Box 174, Metuchen
DescriptionJunior 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.
RequirementsGrades 6-12
Contact InfoMs. Tyreen Reuter: ayersallenhouse@msn.com
OrganizationBreaking the Chain through Education
LocationMHS – Room 202 (after school)
DescriptionRaise money to rescue child slaves and build schools in Ghana, Africa.
RequirementsOpen to all high school students
Contact InfoEvan Robbins – Teacher - erobbins@metboe.k12.nj.us
OrganizationBuddy Ball
LocationRoosevelt Park, Edison, NJ
DescriptionBuddy 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.
Requirements6th grade and older
Contact InfoBob Donohue: redonohue@aol.com
OrganizationCatholic Charities
Location288 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ
DescriptionThe 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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact Info732-738-1323 or 732-257-6100
OrganizationThomas Edison Center at Menlo Park
Location37 Christie Street, Edison , NJ
DescriptionGreet 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.
RequirementsMust be 15 years of age or older
Contact InfoKathleen Carlucci (732) 549-3299
OrganizationElijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen
Location18 Neilson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
DescriptionHelp feed the hungry. Help prepare food and/or clean up.
RequirementsAge requirements vary for different duties, but the minimum age is 14.
Contact InfoVisit the site to register for an event http://elijahspromise.volunteerhub.com/Events/Browse.aspx
OrganizationJFK Health System
Location65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820
DescriptionJunior 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.

AgesJunior Independent Volunteers - open to any student ages 13 and older; Junior Volunteers - High School grades 10-12
Contact InfoDirector 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.
OrganizationMarch of Dimes - Team Youth Program
Location2400 Main Street Ext., Suite 1, Sayreville, NJ 08872
DescriptionThe 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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact InfoContact our local chapter for information on programs, events and activities. Central Jersey Division: 732-952-9025
OrganizationMetuchen-Edison Historical Society
Location480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen
DescriptionVolunteer 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.
RequirementsHigh school students
Contact InfoMs. Tyreen Reuter at ayersallenhouse@msn.com
OrganizationMetuchen Municipal Youth Alliance
LocationBorough Hall, Metuchen
DescriptionYouth 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.
RequirementsHigh school students who care to affect change; 15-hour a year minimum commitment
Contact InfoMichael Scheller – mas9357@yahoo.com
OrganizationMetuchen Public Library Book Friends
Location480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen
DescriptionVolunteers 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.
RequirementsStudents in grades 8-12; Application required; available online in June
Contact InfoYA Librarian, Kathy Liss; kliss@lmxac.org ; 732-632-8526
OrganizationMetuchen Public Library TAB – Teen Advisory Board
Location480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen
DescriptionTAB 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.
RequirementsGrades 6-12
Contact InfoYA Librarian, Kathy Liss; kliss@lmxac.org ; 732-632-8526
OrganizationMetuchen First Aid Squad
LocationThe Metuchen First Aid Squad provides free ambulance service to the residents of Metuchen and surrounding communities.
DescriptionCadet Program:
RequirementsHigh school students; ages 16-18
Contact InfoFor more information: MetuchenEMS1948@gmail.com
OrganizationMetuchen Senior Citizen Center
Location15 Center Street, Metuchen
DescriptionAssist with various small jobs and tasks, such as raking leaves, removing snow, etc.
RequirementsHigh school age
Contact InfoCathy Ostermueller or Mr. Gazda: 732-632-8524; costermueller@metuchen.com
OrganizationMetuchen Volunteer Fire Department
Location500 Main Street, Metuchen
DescriptionThe 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.
RequirementsAges 14-18; teenagers seeking a hands-on view of the fire service
Contact InfoJacob Kay; 732-632-0500
LocationWork from your own home
DescriptionAssist with communication & outreach efforts; newsletters, etc.
AgesSkill-based (strong written & communication skills)
Contact InfoReggie Johnson: 732-841-9023
OrganizationPower of Friendship
LocationMHS – Room 202
DescriptionHigh school students (in groups of 2 or 3) will visit with students with special needs at their homes, once a week for one hour
RequirementsOpen to high school students
Contact Info732-247-3727
WebsiteNot applicable
OrganizationRaritan Bay Medical Center
Location530 New Brunswick Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
DescriptionVarious Programs: Junior Volunteers and Junior Auxiliary
AgesJunior Auxiliary ages 13-18Junior Volunteer ages 16-18
Contact Info732-324-5006, Susan Pasternack, email spasternack@RBMC.org
OrganizationReeves-Reed Arboretum
Location165 Hobart Ave., Summit, NJ 07901
DescriptionVarious ProgramsHelp 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.
Ages12 years and up
Contact InfoLisa Martin, 908-273-8787, ext. 222
OrganizationRobert Wood Johnson Hospital
LocationOne Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08903
DescriptionCheck the website listed below and click on volunteering to see what opportunities are available.
RequirementsMust be 15 years of age or older; high school grades 10-12
Contact Info732-937-8507
OrganizationRonald McDonald House of New Brunswick
LocationSomerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
DescriptionA 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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact Info732-249-1222 / Jill Kaufman
OrganizationSaint Peter’s Health Care System
Location254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
DescriptionVolunteers 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.
RequirementsHigh school age
Contact InfoVolunteer Services at 732-745-8573
OrganizationVITAS Innovative Hospice Care
LocationOne Meridian Road, Suite 5, Eatontown, NJ 07724
DetailsHospice 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.
AgesNot specified or unknown
Contact Info732-389-0066 or email Samia.Duarte@Vitas.com
OrganizationYMCA of Metuchen
Location483 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840
DescriptionVolunteers 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.
RequirementsNot specified or unknown
Contact InfoPat Colandra: 732-516-9200; pat.colandra@ymcaofmewsa.org; application required
OrganizationZimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Location71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick
DescriptionZAMbassadors 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.
RequirementsHigh school students; grades 10-12
Contact InfoSend an email to: education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-7237