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NJ Places You Can Volunteer With Kids

Teach your children the rewards of giving back with these great family-friendly volunteer opportunities.


For most of us, the holidays are about a big meal, presents and spending time with family. But there are a lot of people who don’t have families or can’t afford food. Many places in the area are already fully-committed with generous people volunteering throughout the winter months, but you can still help local soup kitchens and shelters prepare the days leading up and throughout December. It’s a great opportunity to teach your children the valuable lesson of giving back.

Community Foodbank of New Jersey

Locations in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township

The Community Foodbank of New Jersey, along with their partner organizations, are trying to stop hunger in the state of New Jersey. For more information on how to help, look at  http://www.cfbnj.org/help/volunteer/. The organization's largest campaign yet, #GivingTuesday, is happening on November 29. For every dollar donated on that day, an anonymous donor will match the contributions up to $25,000. Don’t forget to check out their volunteer opportunities schedule to find the the nearest volunteer center sorted by county. To donate visit feedNJkids.org.

Saint John's Soup Kitchen

P.O. Box 200147
22 Mulberry Street

Newark, NJ 07102-5202
Phone: (973) 623-0822

Saint John’s Soup Kitchen needs all the help they can get, especially with a variety of jobs including cooking, serving, and cleaning. In order for children to volunteer they must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by an adult. If your time is limited and you still want to lend a helping hand, the soup kitchen is accepting a variety of items they need in order to serve the community. You can find the items that are currently needed by visiting http://www.njsoupkitchen.org/needed.htm. To inquire about becoming a volunteer, e-mail volunteer@njsoupkitchen.org or visit the website’s contact page and complete the online form.

Community Soup Kitchen

Outreach Center Inc.

36 South Street

Morristown, NJ
(973) 267-0709

Although new volunteers are required to attend an orientation session prior to donating their time, there are other ways you can help out if you’re unavailable to attend the orientation. You can find some of the many available opportunities to volunteer here. The Community Soup Kitchen appreciates any small gesture such as donating canned foods, clothing, and blankets or baking a homemade dessert. Drop off times are Monday thru Friday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Contact them with any questions or with ideas for a post-Thanksgiving community project you may have in mind that will benefit the soup kitchen at volunteer@CSKMorristown.org.


US Mail
 P.O. Box 1516

166 Ridgedale Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962-1516

Phone: (973) 540-9222

E-mail:  info@colorasmile.org

Color A Smile is one of the few programs that uses artwork as a form of donation. Remind senior citizens, troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile that someone is thinking about them this holiday season, with beautiful drawings and paintings that both you and your children can make at home. Call the office of Color A Smile to donate via phone, or mail your pieces of artwork to the address above and the non-profit organization will send them out once a month (year-round) to those in need of some cheer. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Click here to learn more about this program or email info@colorasmile.org.

Meals on Wheels

Nationwide locations

Donate your time and vehicle by delivering a Thanksgiving meal to a homebound senior. By doing so, you will help deliver nutritious meals, while providing a friendly visit and safety check that helps to keep millions of seniors nationwide – including those in your community – living independently, in their own homes, where they want to be. Delivering meals is just one way to help out, click here for more information.

New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home

Locations in Menlo Park, Paramus, Vineland, and Edison
524 North West Boulevard, Vineland 
Evergreen Road, P.O. Box 3013, Edison  
Veterans Drive, Paramus

America wouldn’t be the “land of the free and the home of the brave” if it weren't for the many men and women who dedicated their lives to fight for our country. Give back by volunteering at The Veterans Memorial Home during Thanksgiving week. Visit the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website to find the closest Memorial home near you and click on the link above to learn more.   


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