(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!
The ARC of Middlesex County
22119 Black Horse Lane, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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.
Westfield, Somerset or Princeton areas (depending on service)
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.
Some age restrictions, depending on the service
Volunteer Coordinators: Joelle Piercy at 609-951-2123 or Suzanne Anderson at 908-232-7090 Ext. 2019
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.
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Philip Webb, Executive Director at 732-729-7770 ext. 103 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Independent Volunteers - open to any student ages 13 and older; Junior Volunteers - High School grades 10-12
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.
2400 Main Street Ext., Suite 1, Sayreville, NJ 08872
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.
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Contact our local chapter for information on programs, events and activities. Central Jersey Division: 732-952-9025
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.
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.
High school students who care to affect change; 15-hour a year minimum commitment
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.
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.
Ages 14-18; teenagers seeking a hands-on view of the fire service
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.
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.
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.
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.