Volunteer Opportunities

To view postings for one-time, short-term, or ongoing opportunities from the VRC, join our community page on NobleHour.  Here, volunteers can sign up for individual service projects with nonprofit agencies in Montclair, Essex County, and neighboring communities in New Jersey.   

On NobleHour, you can...

  • access a complete listing of service projects, opportunities, and events;
  • view “Featured Opportunities” for new and upcoming projects;
  • contribute your OWN service opportunities – through your church, student organization, or nonprofit organization – or post them for a friend.

Volunteers who sign up to participate in ongoing or one-time service projects will be contacted by VRC staff and put in touch with the appropriate project coordinators.

Don’t stop there!  Volunteers can also...

1. Expand your search!  Visit other websites with volunteer search databases like: Volunteer Match, Jersey Cares, Volunteer Center of Bergen County, and the United Way of Northern New Jersey.

2. Like our Facebook page, to view recent and upcoming opportunity alerts.

3. Join our mailing list to receive volunteer alerts from nonprofits with one-time or short-term volunteer needs.

4. Fill out a volunteer interest form, for specific issues areas. 


Volunteer Newsletter

Recent volunteer opportunity alerts:


SEPT. 3, 2013

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey needs volunteers for their 2013 Check-Out Hunger Campaign!

It’s easy!  It’s local!  It’s rewarding!  Volunteersare in charge of monitoring the Check-Out Hunger displays at their local supermarkets, ensuring that all items are properly displayed, filled with donation pads, and in good shape. 

WHY:   CFBNJ's Check-Out Hunger Campaign is the largest fundraising event for the Community FoodBank.  In each of the last five years the campaign has earned more than $1 million for N.J. alone.  2011 was the best campaign ever, with over $1.3 million in donations (the 2012 campaign was a close second!).    We couldn’t run this campaign without our volunteers. 

WHERE: Your local supermarkets – A&P, Fairway, Food Basics, Kings, Pathmark, ShopRite, Superfresh and Wegmans.  Over 200 supermarkets participate in the our service area of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union Counties

WHEN: Once a week visits at your convenience 

-Late September/October through January: Fairway, Foodtown, Kings, ShopRite, Wegmans

-November through January: A&P, Food Basics, Pathmark, Superfresh


Special Event Volunteers distribute information about the FoodBank and Check-Out Hunger on a weekend day from mid-October to mid-November.  The events can be handled by an individual, family or small group  (fraternities/sororities, student groups, Confirmation/Bar & Bat Mitzvah classes, etc.).  The location, day and time will be set at your convenience with the store’s approval.

Secret Shoppers at Wegmans can help when they are food shopping at Wegmans in Bridgewater and Woodbridge.  If you are asked to contribute to Check-Out Hunger by the cashier, you report that to the convenience desk.  The cashier receives a gift from the FoodBank.  Two volunteers are scheduled every week at each Wegmans.       

Interested in any of these opportunities?  Contact Linda Loria at lloria@cfbnj.org, (908) 355-3663 x290 to sign up/for more information!                



AUG. 26, 2013

*Students: earn community service hours for your organization or club!*

Volunteer for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)'s Annual Halloween 5K on October 26, 2013!  Race organizers are looking for volunteers to assist with race registration and a 50/50 raffle and prize distribution; and pitch in along the raceway as course marshals, directing and cheering on racers and answering questions, as needed.  (Course marshals, especially, are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this event!)

A volunteer photographer is also needed.

Interested? Email Sandy Fischer at sfischer@nccc-online.org to sign up as a 5K volunteer.


AUG. 22, 2013

Tutors for Local After-School Program - Help Students Succeed!

Succeed2gether, an after-school tutoring program in Montclair, is looking for volunteer tutors in LANGUAGE ARTS and/or MATHEMATICS.  The program runs Monday through Thursday, 3:00-6:00 PM at the Montclair Public Library (50 S. Fullerton Ave.). 

Training and on-site support *is provided*!  Just one hour of tutoring, once a week, makes all the difference

To download an application, visit www.succeed2gether.org under 'Applications and Forms' or contact Program Administrator Rabiye Hamade at:

OTHER VOLUNTEER TUTORING PROGRAMS for children/adults include:
  • Literacy Volunteers of America (fall tutor training workshops in Bloomfield, Montclair, South Orange, and Wayne!)
  • CUMAC Tutoring and Literacy Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of Clifton
  • Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic
  • Oasis - a Haven for Women and Children
  • Sierra House
  • SCEEP (Suburban Cultural Educational and Enrichment Program)


AUG. 14, 2013

Community Farm/Garden Volunteers

Join us every Wednesday for Volunteer Day at City Green's Schultheis Farm!

Volunteer activities include weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, special projects, learning about native planting, and organic farming techniques.  No pre-registration or experience is required!   

HOURS: May-October

  • Wednesday Mornings in the Perennial Garden: 9:30am–12:00pm
  • Wednesday Evenings in the Farm Fields: 5:00pm–8:00pm

WHERE: The City Green Schultheis Farm - 171 Grove St., Clifton, NJ 07013

Other opportunities with City Green include...

• Educators for children’s field trips
• Docents at the Learning Farm
• Pro-Bono Services for expert support in many fields

*** Field-trip Educators Needed! *** - City Green is seeking those with a background or interest in inspiring inner city students with hands on learning opportunities through field trips to City Green's Learning Farm and Learning Garden.  Each docent will be provided with training on the City Green curriculum that will be taught to the students during the Fall season.

To learn more about these individual positions, contact City Green at 973-869-4086, info@city-green.org (or view the ‌!).  ** Volunteer applications are available for download at www.citygreenonline.org. **


AUG. 13, 2013

Volunteer Income Tax Preparer

Each fall, United Way recruits volunteers to become IRS-certified tax preparers. Volunteers are essential to expand this vital service and meet the growing need across the region. 

As a volunteer tax preparer, you will learn to prepare and file both Federal and New Jersey Income Tax returns.  Days, evenings, and weekend hours are available.  *Free training for IRS certification is offered; no prior experience is required.*

Not good with numbers?  No problem!  There are many other opportunities to get involved in tax season.  The United Way also need volunteers to:

•Greet clients and assist with necessary paperwork
•Manage computer equipment and provide technical assistance to volunteers
•Provide translation services
•Help residents find additional community services that may be available to them

Interested?  Contact Monica Conover for more information or with interest at monica.conover@unitedwaynnj.org, 908-253-6529.  The United Way is located at 60 South Fullerton Ave. in Montclair, NJ.


JULY 30, 2013

The Hilltop Conservancy's 4th annual Hilltop Grasshopper Bike Race for Kids is almost here! 

This local bike race will be held at Hilltop Park in North Caldwell; the spectator-friendly course is located next to the sports-field parking lot on Courter Lane and Mountain Avenue.

This is a VOLUNTEER-managed event, so race organizers are looking for locals to help run the event that morning. 

Opportunities include:
-Assisting with on-site registration of youth cyclists, beginning at 7:30am;
-Act as course marshals: direct bikers, answer questions, and ensure biker and spectator safety along the raceway.

**All volunteer assistance is GREATLY appreciated!**

Interested volunteers should contact conservancy Vice President Geordie Smith (vicepresident@hilltopconservancy.org) to participate! 


JULY 23, 2013

PERC (Palisades Emergency Residence Corp) in Union City is looking for volunteers, 18 years and older.  This is an ONGOING service opportunity! 

Projects/tasks include: 

-Wednesdays, 11am-3pm: help prepare and distribute food boxes for food pantry.

-Weeknights, 5:30-7pm: help serve meals in the Community Soup Kitchen.

-Any day, 9am-6pm: assist with food prep in the kitchen.

-Monthly: help out at the flea market.

-Flexible shifts: clerical and administrative assistance.

-Also seeking volunteers for PERC's annual OktoberFest event (Oct. 22, 2013).

PERC is located at 108 36th Street, Union City, NJ 07087.  (NOTE: Soup Kitchen and food pantry are both located at 111 37th Street.)  You can reach PERC at 201-348-8150 or by visiting their website at http://www.percshelter.org/ for more information about volunteering.


JULY 18, 2013

Are you passionate about community service, creative writing, or Youth Education/Literacy? 

Speaking Through Silence (STS), a creative-writing student organization at MSU, is looking for ongoing Literacy Volunteers for their After-School Literacy Club at School No. 21 in Paterson, co-sponsored by the Office of Greek Affairs.  Literacy Volunteers will travel one day a week to School No. 21, where they will engage middle-school students, grades 6-8, in creative projects - poetry, arts and crafts, story-telling - that will ultimately help develop their literacy skills.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters, and must commit to a minimum of a) three hours of service b) one day a week.  In the Fall, those hours are from 2:30 - 5:30pm every Thursday.  Interested students are encouraged to make a semester-long commitment, which will not only heighten their overall impact in the classroom, but also allow them to maximize their professional development in the field.

This service opportunity is especially relevant for students interested in Youth Education and Literacy, or those already enrolled in MSU's Education Program and applying for jobs in school districts.

At the moment, the Office of Greek Affairs and STS are working on providing transportation to the school.

*** If you would like to participate, please send an email of interest to msuspeakingthroughsilence@gmail.com.  STS is a Class III organization of the SGA.***


JULY 15, 2013

Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is looking for volunteer field contacts, food distribution assistants, and rebuilding groups, now through the end of August! --->

FIELD CONTACTS - Work includes making phone calls and following up with clients, performing intake interviews, taking work orders, and making referrals to appropriate social service and housing agencies. Field Contacts will also provide guidance to clients in completing required paperwork. Training will be provided. For more information please see our website.
Orientation is required and will be held on Thursday July 18th at 4pm at the Storm Recovery Information Center.  

You must RSVP for orientation by emailing Marisa Santiago at msantiago@bergenvolunteers.org.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION ASSISTANTS - Volunteers are needed on Saturday, August 3rd to help distribute food packages to residents of Moonachie, NJ still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy.  Shifts are from 8:30 am -10:30 am, 11:00 am - 1 pm.  Volunteers are needed for registration and distribution.

For more details, please contact: Jennifer Johnson Rothman at jrothman@cfanj.org or 201-569-1804, x28.


We are recruiting volunteers who are looking for weekday projects during the months of July and August. Volunteers must be 16 or older, with at least 1 adult for every 3 youth ages 16-17. Projects may include construction work, painting, installing insulation and sheet rock and debris removal.  May be able to piece together ad-hoc groups if we have enough individuals who sign up for the same week. 

Contact Marisa Santiago at msantiago@bergenvolunteers.org.

** All future volunteer opportunities (summer and Fall) can be found in the Volunteer Center's online database


JULY 1, 2013

Are you 18 years or older and want to be a part of the BEST WEEK OF THE YEAR? 

Volunteer to be a Camp Counselor at MDA's week-long summer camp! This year, camp will be held from August 3-9 at Happiness is Camping in Hardwick, NJ.

Counselors assist individual campers, suffering from different muscle-wasting diseases, with different day-to-day tasks (as needed): getting dressed in the morning, personal hygiene, transferring, toileting, and a variety of sports, including swimming, balloon volleyball, and much more.

** Orientation and training - in wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, emergency procedures, etc. - will be provided. **

Interested? Visit http://mda.org/summer-camp, or contact the Maywood office at 201-843-4452, ahicks@mdausa.org (Admin. Asst. Amber Hicks). 

*Male volunteers, in particular, are needed!**


JUNE 27, 2013

Roof4Roof, a for-profit, for-progress company located in Montclair, is looking for volunteers/volunteer interns!

*What does Roof4Roof do?*  For every new roof they install, a portion of the proceeds go to funding emergency roofing for families in desperate need - in the U.S. and abroad - and all of it free of charge. 

*How can you get involved?*  Volunteer opportunities and volunteer internships are available year-round, and cover a wide range of responsibilities, including:

-outreach support in their public relations/marketing department
-lending a hand in the field or in the main office
-assisting with company research

These positions are both skills-based or non-skills-based, with a little something for everyone!

To learn more about the organization and their local and global impact, visit www.roof4roof.org.  Interested volunteers should contact Roof4Roof's Asst. Marketing Manager, Liz Mora, at liz@roof4roof.org or 866-921-8004 for more information or to apply.


Volunteer with website design, management skills, Wordpress experience needed

Alliance for a Better Community, a community-based nonprofit in Little Falls, NJ, is looking for a volunteer to launch and maintain their new website in WordPress

This is a regular or ONGOING opportunity for the duration of the summer (position may be extended into the Fall, as needed), so the volunteer must be willing to commit to at least 2-4 hours a week for the next two to three months.  This position is also a VIRTUAL one, though some in-person meetings or phone calls with your assigned supervisor may be necessary. 

As webpage assistant, you will have a chance to gain marketable job skills and experience working with a community-based nonprofit agency.  Webpage design and management skills, particularly in WordPress, are required in order to apply. 

Interested?  Contact ABC president Renea Shapiro at LittleFallsABC@aol.com, 973-563-1652, for more information.  (Applicants should send their resumes by email and be able to demonstrate prior experience or interest in Wordpress or website design.)


Spanish-speaking volunteer needed!

Peter’s Pantry (located at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 183 Rector Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08891) is seeking a Spanish-speaking volunteer to assist them with admin tasks and client intake at the pantry during the following shifts:

-Weekly on Mondays, 5-7pm
-Weekly on Thursdays, 10am-12pm

This individual would need to perform Spanish/English translation as part of his/her volunteer shift. Volunteers must be 18 or older, and dress code is casual. Parking is available in the church parking lot.

Interested? Let us know! (Email: volunteer@mail.montclair.edu.)