Mitzvah Project Database

 

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Welcome to our on-line collection of Mitzvah Project ideas! Compiled from both suggestions of previous B'nai Mitzvah students as well as local social action projects, feel free to explore the various information and links below!

A big thank you to Jen Wachtel, Karen Anolick, Gail Pester, and Karen Feuer for initially assembling this information.

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11th Hour Rescue
www.ehrdogs.org
Collect supplies for the dogs being taken care of by the organization.
 
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Agape House, Volunteers of America Delware Valley, Inc.
**This is an adult volunteer opportunity.**
www.voadv.org
124 E Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876-2309
(908) 707-9753
The Agape House offers temporary shelter for homeless families for 3-5 months, as well as case management referral services. It is a 60-bed family shelter providing temporary housing and case management to homeless families and individuals. Necessities such as food, clothing, child enrichment and transportation are available.

 
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/
Help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its  mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. Teams gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. The events are held overnight to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps. Through the survivors' lap and the luminaria ceremony, people who have faced cancer first hand are honored, and those who have been lost to this disease are remembered.

 
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Blanket Depot/Project Linus
http://www.blankiedepo.org/
Provide handmade blankets to New Jersey children suffering serious illness and trauma.

 
The Blood Center of New Jersey
www.bloodnj.org
Contact: rpolchin@bloodnj.org
1-800-NJBLOOD
 or 1-973-676-4700
Organize your own blood drive to help your community to insure an adequate blood supply is available.Volunteer as a chairperson and work with our recruitment associates to set-up a blood drive at your place of employment, school, place of worship, or club.  Contact Rita at rpolchin@bloodnj.org and become part of the solution to the serious blood shortage that is affecting our community. 
 
The Bridge of Books Foundation
www.bridgeofbooksfoundation.org/newjersey.htm
contact: Abby Daly dalyabby@comcast.net
(732)-291-4755
The Bridge of Books Foundation's New Jersey Chapter provides books to children in homeless  shelters, foster care, underfunded schools, and neighborhood community centers throughout our state. Your donation will encourage literacy and a love of learning. New and gently used books are presented directly to children and over one hundred New Jersey agencies and organizations that serve them, including the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services. The books YOU donate will be granted to educators, care providers, and especially needy communities in New Jersey. Donations for any age range from preschool through high school would be greatly appreciated. Even if you can only donate one book, that means one more underprivileged child will benefit from your generosity.

 
The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
http://www.golden-dogs.org/
80 Powder Mill Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973)292-3316  or Toll-Free (888)-PET-5770 
Fax: (973)292-9559 

Contact: info@golden-dogs.org
Help your dog become a “pet therapist” and you can both help people in need. The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit organization which evaluates, tests, trains, qualifies and supports therapy dogs for the purpose of giving loving and empathic support in nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric wards and other facilities where emotional service dogs are indispensable. These dogs, once they qualify to become members of The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. will receive many benefits including primary accident and liability insurance within the US, therapy dog equipment, post card mailings and quarterly newsletters.

 
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Century for a Cure
www.centuryforthecure.com
contact: Scott Glickman (201)-206-5361 
info@centuryforthecure.com
Help with planning and set-up for a bike ride fundraiser. Century for the Cure raises money for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a leader in laboratory, clinical, prevention, and population research. CINJ delivers advanced comprehensive care to adults and children and conducts cutting edge cancer research.
 
Chai Lifeline/ Honey Engel Toy Drive
http://www.chailifeline.org/index.php
1-877- CHAI-LIFE
Contact: info@chailifeline.org    
Raise money, collect toys, create craft projects for distribution to seriously ill children, or use your imagination to bring simcha (happiness) to children in need of an extra smile. You can even sponsor a sick child and send them to camp.
 
City Harvest, Inc.
www.cityharvest.org
credit card donations: 1-800-77-HARVEST
575 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
In the months to come, thousands of New York families will need help finding a meal. City Harvest is one of the most meaningful ways you can help: by feeding thousands of families who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their loved ones.
 
Coalition for Hunger Awareness of Union and Somerset Counties
(908)-889-5335
fax (908)-889-5370
c/o JFCNJ 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
The Coalition was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation and is now an active volunteer organization, with the purpose of educating the public of the problem of local hunger and raising funds to help support local food pantries and programs. It is supported by funds raised through the Rally Walk to End Local Hunger as well as private contributions. Some recipient programs include the Jewish Family Service and the Kosher Meals on Wheels program.
 
Communities of Light/ Womanspace
http://www.womanspace.org
contact: saa@womanspace.org
This organization provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
 
Community Food Bank of New Jersey
www.njfoodbank.org
Contact: Traci Hendricks, (908)-355-3663 (ext.  221) or thendricks@njfoodbank.org
Help fight hunger and poverty. Sort and repack food for distribution to more than 900,000 low-income people in New Jersey. Sort and assemble outfits for individual children in our Kids Division. Prepare bulk mailings. Collect food and turkeys at community food drives.
 
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Dress for Success
contact: worldwide@dressforsuccess.org
(212) 532-1922
Provide suits to disadvantaged women returning to or entering the workforce. Organize a clothing drive and collect professional suits and other work appropriate clothes and accessories to help boost the confidence of women looking for jobs.
 
Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc.
www.familiadysautonomia.org
Sell chocolate bars to raise money for Dysautonomia Foundation.
 
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Elijah's Promise
www.elijahspromise.net
contact: Mike Sayre
Serve food at Elijah's Promise food bank.
 
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The Food Bank of Somerset County
http://www.somersetfoodbank.org/
Contact:  Mariescan@verizon.net
732-560-1813
Make a donation or run a food drive to help others in our community.

 
The Fresh Air Fund
http://www.freshair.org/volunteer/volunteer-outside-of-nyc
The Fresh Air Fund gives inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families and at Fund camps, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities.

 
The Friendship Circle
www.fcnj.org
The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families w ho have children with autism and other special needs and involves them in a full range of Jewish and social experiences. The Circle's unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and through shared experiences both are enriched.

 
Friends of Yemin Orde
http://www.yeminorde.org/
Yemin Orde is a community in Israel which provides a home for children who have experienced trauma or displacement.


 
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The Giving Network
www.givingnet.org
(908)-927-9001
The Giving Network is an all volunteer organization dedicated to recycling excess items of the home that are donated and delivered to people in need in Somerset County.

Global Children's Organization
www.globalchild.org
3580 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 368-8385
Fax: (213) 389-1237 
Global Children's Organization (GCO) nurtures children traumatized by intolerance, terrorism, or war by providing summer camps and on-going programs which prepare both children and volunteers to be active participants in building a peaceful world.  GCO’s international camps offer a unique opportunity to work directly with children in need, as part of a supportive and team-oriented experience. The immersion into these different cultures is enriching and increases cultural sensitivity. To enhance this effort, volunteers from the U.S. and other countries work together with “in-country” staff, forming “families” within the larger camp. The camps enable volunteers to make a meaningful and memorable contribution to the global community within a short time while the memories and connections can last a lifetime.
 
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The Happy Birthday Foundation
contact: Stacey Wolsten (Director) bdayfoundation@aol.com
732-254-5914
P.O. Box 7 East Brunswick, NJ 08816
The Happy Birthday Foundation brings traveling birthday parties to children in homeless shelters in the NJ area. This is a volunteer-run organization that brings happiness to children in homeless shelters on their actual birthdays. Parties include volunteers bringing cakes, party goods, presents and fun to the birthday child in the shelter on his or her birthday.
 
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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
http://www.jfr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=edu_bar_bat_mitzvah
contact: jfr@jfr.org
1-(212)-727-9955
fax: 1-(212)-727-9956
This program enables a Bar/Bat Mitzvah combine the mitzvah of tzedakah with education, while providing a powerful way to teach young people about the importance of tzedakah, tikkun olam (repairing the world), and hakarat hatov (the seeking out and recognition of goodness). The program matches or “twins” a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a Righteous Gentile – a non-Jew who risked his or her life to save Jews during the Holocaust.  The JFR Bar/Bat Mitzvah program has the power to connect this special event in the life of a family with Jewish history and values, and provide the Bar/Bat Mitzvah with role models of human goodness and social responsibility.
 
Jewish Women International
http://www.jwi.org/Page.aspx?pid=1414
1-(800)-343-2823  or (202)-857-1300
fax: (202) 857-1380 
2000 M Street, NW Suite 720, Washington, DC 20036
Jewish Women International, headquartered in Washington, D.C., repairs children's lives and gives them the gift of a future. The Center, located in Jerusalem, has been for over 50 years, a loving home for Israel’s most severely emotionally disturbed children.” The children, recommended to the Center by Israel’s Ministry of Welfare, come from the most dysfunctional families you can imagine, in which the atmosphere for the child would bring you to tears. “But thanks to the dedicated and committed social workers, psychologists, teachers and other staff, a majority of the children treated move on to successfully complete mandatory military service, have families of their own, and lead healthy, productive adult lives.”
 
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The Koby Mandell Foundation
http://www.kobymandell.org/
366 Pearsall Avenue, Suite 1, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
(301) 576-6235
Fax: (206) 350-7467
The Koby Mandell Foundation aims to create a Jewish response to the impact of terror and tragedy— helping bereaved mothers, fathers, widows, orphans and siblings re-build their lives, and create meaning out of suffering. Programs bridge the isolation children and adults experience after the loss of a loved one.  The emotional, physical, and spiritual healing process in our program engenders a support network for grieving families. By facing pain with the support and love of others, families can be strengthened, not destroyed. Through lectures, articles, books and the arts their goal is to inspire people throughout the world to realize their full human potential not in spite of, but in light of the challenges they must overcome and engender in them a respect and love for Judaism and the Jewish people. Their final and overarching goal is to replace the power and love taken from the world by the murder by Palestinian terrorists of 13 year old Koby Mandell z"l in 2001.
 
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Learning Ally (previously Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
http://www.learningally.org/Locations/Princeton-Studio/446/
Volunteers record for the blind and dyslexic. Promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions.
 
The Learning Gate
www.thelearninggate.com
Play guitar for preschool students.
 
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County
**This is an adult volunteer opportunity.**
http://www.literacysomerset.org/about.aspx
contact: info@literacysomerset.org
PeopleCare Center Building, Room 250A, 120 Finderne Avenue, Box #7, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908)-725-5430
fax: (908)-707-2077
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is to promote literacy in the community through student-centered tutoring for adults. Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy through a network of community volunteer programs. Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) provides free, one-to-one and small group tutoring to functionally illiterate adults through a network of volunteers trained in Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages. A major misconception is that the organization only helps people learn to read. Just simple forms of communication that include reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are part of the world of literacy.
 
Locks of Love
www.locksoflove.org
(561)-963-1677 or 1-(888)-896-1588
fax: (963)-9914
2925 Tenth Avenue North, Suite 102, Lake Worth, FL 33461-3003
Locks of Love utilizes donated hair and resources to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 18 with medical hair loss. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Hairpieces are custom-made for each child's head. Providing a hairpiece can help restore some normalcy to their everyday lives that most of us take for granted. Let your pediatrician, dermatologist, or hairdresser know about Locks of Love, send a tax-deductible financial donation, or donate ten or more inches of hair directly to their office.
 
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Make-a-Wish Foundation - Kids for Wish Kids
http://nj.wish.org/ways-to-help/kids-for-wish-kids/
contact: Allyse Orsini at 908-964-5055 aorsini@wishnj.org
Grant wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.
 
Martin Luther King Youth Center
(908) 526-3688
1298 Prince Rodgers Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3749
The Martin Luther King Youth Center offers after school programs for low income, school aged children at its facility on Prince George Road. The programs, both educational and recreational, are led by certified instructors. Tutorial services are available for the children ages 5 through 13. The educational services are funded by the State of New Jersey, the Division of Youth & Family services, Child Care Food Program, United Way and Federal Funding. The Youth Center is licensed by the State as a Primary School. A summer program is available in July and August.
 
Matheny School and Hospital
www.matheny.org
contact: info@matheny.org
(908) 234-0011
volunteer services: Gail Cunningham, extension 282
Since the majority of Matheny patients are full-time residents, volunteers are needed days, evenings, and weekends. Individuals can serve as recreation assistants, classroom aides, tutors, friendly visitors to individuals, and more. Volunteer groups are invited to host parties for residents or participate in other special projects. In addition, individuals and groups interested in fund-raising activities are welcomed. Matheny's volunteer office strives to place helpers in positions which meet both their interests and availability. Matheny seeks responsible individuals who can commit to a volunteer assignment. Generally, helpers assist for one to two hours per week on a specified day, although other arrangements are available.

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National Burn Victim Foundation
www.nbvf.com
246A Madisonville Road, P.O. Box 409, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
contact: Genevieve Winters (VP Program Coordinator) nbvf@nac.net
(908)-953-9091
fax: (908)-953-9099
The NBVF provides services and addresses the needs of burn survivors and their families. It serves as an advocate for burn survivors during their hospitalization, as well as through their long road of recovery. The Burn Bear Project seeks supporters to sponsor “Burn Bear” teddy bears that are shipped to burn-injured children that are hospitalized recovering from their injuries. The Forensic Burn Unit specializes in child abuse by burning cases and testifies as experts in such cases. Professional seminars are also presented related to burn awareness and prevention, and referrals are provided to burn experts, psychologists, attorneys, or burn support groups in local regions.
 
National Runaway Switchboard
http://www.1800runaway.org
contact: Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@1800RUNAWAY.org 
773-289-1726
Help keep America’s runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.  As a Street Team Member, you will distribute our many (free) materials throughout your community. Hand out or leave materials in schools, churches, libraries, stores, restaurants, malls, bus/train stations or anywhere that youth and parents will see them. There is no time requirement and you do the outreach on your own schedule! And, earn cool rewards for your outreach activities in your community!  Other Community Opportunities include sponsoring a fundraiser, using the  the Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum, coordinating a Kids Call so kids know they have real alternatives to running away when they face a crisis in their lives, and promoting National Runaway Prevention Month.
 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/NJM/index.aspx
contact: NJ Metro Chapter samantha.farulla@nmss.org
Support research to cure Multiple Sclerosis and participate in programs for those with the disease and their families. The New Jersey Metro Chapter involves volunteers on all levels of the Society's organization. Fundraising and chapter program volunteers can help in a multitude of ways from joining committees, soliciting donations, coordinating teams for events, working in the office or at home, providing informational and referral materials, implementing service programs, and much more. Volunteers as well as donors are organization's backbone. 
 
New Jersey Environmental Federation
www.cleanwateraction.org/njef
North Jersey Office: 559 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-3005
fax: 973-744-3069
NJEF is the New Jersey chapter of national Clean Water Action, and is a non-profit, action-oriented organization. It works to protect the environment, our health, and economic well-being and quality of life in our communities. NJEF organizes grassroots efforts at the local, state, and national level to secure safe and affordable drinking water.
 
New Jersey Food Bank
www.njfoodbank.org
Main Location:  31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07205
contact: Traci Hendricks, Volunteer Coordinator 908-355-3663 ext. 221 thendricks@njfoodbank.org
Volunteer at the food bank by sorting and repacking food for distribution to more than 900,000 low-income people in New Jersey, sorting and assembling outfits for individual children in their Kids Division, preparing their bulk mailings, collecting food and turkeys at community food drives, and assisting with fundraisers like Check-Out Hunger.
 
Nechama: Jewish Reponse to Disaster
www.nechama.org
(763)-732-0610
7260 Washington Ave S, Eden Prairie, MN 55433

Nechama, “to comfort” in Hebrew, is guided by the Jewish value of tikkun olam, our imperative to repair the world. Nechama gives volunteers the opportunity to bring hope to homeowners devastated by the damage and loss of their property from natural disaster. It provides much-needed clean-up assistance and emotional support to those who have been affected by floods, tornadoes, storms, and hurricanes, regardless of religious affiliation.  Volunteers often assist the poor, elderly, single parents, and people with disabilities.

 
New Eyes for the Needy
www.neweyesfortheneedy.org
(973)-376-4903
fax: (973)-376-3807
549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078
For a group service project, New Eyes for the Needy can provide posters, labels for collection boxes, sample news releases and stories for a newsletter, and radio and newspaper announcements. New Eyes for the Needy sends reusable donated eyeglasses to medical missions and international charitable organizations in over twenty-five countries. They solicit used eyeglasses and nonprescription sunglasses, which are classified and sent to organizations for distribution to poor people overseas. Proceeds from their Short Hills jewelry and gift-ware showroom are used to purchase new prescription eyeglasses for the needy in the United States. 

 
New Moms/ New Expectations: Helping Single Parents Obtain Training and Education
(908) 575-1511
500 Route 22, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
New Moms/ New Expectations seeks to break the cycle of poverty through education. This organization provides free, non-sectarian, child care to infants and toddlers of young single parents in need who wish to complete their education or vocational training. The program also includes educational sessions for parents.

 
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Operation Santa Claus
http://www.operationlettertosanta.com/
Each year kindhearted people bring Operation Santa Claus to life by answering "Dear Santa" letters from needy children who would otherwise have no Christmas at all. Make a difference in your community by helping to collect, sort, wrap, and distribute gifts to children and classrooms. Contact your local toy drive for more information.
 
Operation Shoebox
www.opshoeboxnj.org
contact: Janet Oliver, Director of Volunteers
phone: 352-307-6723
fax: 352-347-7103
Collect money and supplies to send to troops overseas. Operation Shoebox sends support over to our men and women deployed out side of the USA to help raise their morale and let them know they are cared about. They send care packages, letters, and bulk shipping of items that can be beneficial to them during their deployment. The Organization is composed of over 1300 dedicated volunteers in three locations and also volunteers all across the USA.
 
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Pups for Peace
http://www.pupsforpeace.org
Contact info@pupsforpeace.org
8424A Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 112, West Hollywood, CA 90069-4267
phone: 1-800-669-8930
fax: 1-310-860-9721
Pups for Peace trains dogs in explosive detection to counter terrorism. Work with your synagogue, religious school, or Jewish community center to develop a fund-raiser. Students raise money via car washes, raffles, bake sales, lemonade stands, walk-a-thons with both stuffed and real animals, dance-a-thons, and photo exhibits of dogs. Photos from these events are typically posted on their website, which not only honors the fundraiser, but also provides an example for others to follow.
 
Puppies Behind Bars
**This is an adult volunteer opportunity.**
www.puppiesbehindbars.com
contact: programs@puppiesbehindbars.com
10 East 40th Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-680-9562
    Fax: 212-689-9330 
Puppies Behind Bars trains inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.  Volunteers take puppies to visit homebound elderly senior citizens in Manhattan providing additional socialization for  puppies and extra love and puppy kisses for seniors who rarely leave their apartments.  Volunteers are interviewed and trained on an as-needed basis. In general you can expect a six month wait to attend a volunteer training. If you are interested and wish to receive the guidelines on volunteering, please contact programs@puppiesbehindbars.com.  
 
Pitch in for Baseball
www.pitchinforbaseball.org
1541 Gehman Road, Harleysville, PA 19438
contact: drhode@pitchinforbaseball.org

phone: 267-263-4069
fax: 267-263-4086
Collect baseball equipment for children in other countries learning to play baseball. Pitch In For Baseball spreads America's pastime to kids all over the world. From getting out and having fun, to learning about sportsmanship and teamwork, baseball is a great activity for all kids. To share our beloved sport, Pitch in for Baseball collects and delivers new and gently-used youth baseball and softball equipment to under-served communities around the globe.
 
Project Connect
To schedule an appointment for an interview to become a volunteer, contact:
Volunteer Resources at Saint Barnabas Medical Center at (973)-322-5592 and press #2
94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039
fax: (973)-322-2591
OR Anita Millman, Director of Volunteers and Special Projects, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest at (973)-765-9050
256 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 105, Florham Park, NJ 07932-1212
fax: (973)-765-0195
Project Connect is a friendly visitation program coordinated by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest in collaboration with Saint Barnabas Medical Center. This unique program matches trained volunteers with older adults who are isolated and living alone. Volunteers give their time one to three hours per week to provide comfort and support to those in need through a home visit.
 
Project Morry
www.projectmorry.org
contact: dream@projectmorry.org
900 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains, NY 10607 
phone: (914) 592-3055 
fax: (914) 592-2930
Collect items for Project Morry, which provides year-round support for inner-city children.
 
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Race for the Cure
www.komennorthjersey.org
Get a Temple Har Shalom walk-a-thon team together. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
 
The Race to Deliver (Part of God’s Love, We Deliver)
Contact: raceinfo@glwd.org
(212) 294-8119


Race to Deliver is God's Love We Deliver's largest annual fundraiser. It is a 4 mile run/walk in Central Park, followed by multiple-distance Kid's Fun Runs. The race is a symbol of our daily race to ensure that no person ever has to face the unthinkable combination of illness and hunger.
 
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
http://www.rvhabitat.org/
Contact:  officemgr@rvhabitat.org
(908) 704-0016
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping hardworking, low-income families in Somerset & Hunterdon counties build better lives by building their own decent, affordable homes. Habitat Home Helpers (any age) help support some of the ongoing projects by purchasing and presenting a package of low cost, useful items to new homeowners to help them get off to a good start. Volunteers may also provide refreshments for a Site or Home Dedication Ceremony, special community celebrations for the dedication of a construction site and completed home. Another opportunity is to support work crews by providing refreshments, Workman’s Special or Window Washer packages for an on-site work group.
 
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The Seeing Eye
**This is an opportunity for volunteers with a driver's license.**
www.seeingeye.org
contact: semaster@seeingeye.orginfo@seeingeye.org
(973)-539-4425
Somerset #: (908)-526-6644
Warren #: (908)-475-6502
P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ, 07963-0375
The Seeing Eye is fortunate to have a talented corps of volunteers who welcome our guests, fill dog food dishes, walk dogs, provide clerical assistance, socialize small puppies, and perform a multitude of other tasks. We are also seeking volunteers who can assist in event planning, videography, and other professional services. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email info@seeingeye.org to receive a volunteer application form.
 
Support Our Soldiers
http://www.jcca.org/jwb/bnai_mitzvah_project/
JCC Association
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 532-4949

Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah is an important milestone in every Jewish child’s life. Many b’nai mitzvah now choose to combine their celebration with a tzedakah project, to focus on what’s truly important: family, community, Jewish identity, and performance of mitzvoth.   To participate in the JWB Bar and Bat Mitzvah Project for our Jewish Troops, or for more information, please contact Ziva Davidovich by email at zivad@jcca.org or by telephone at 212.786.5099.
 

 
Somerset County Association of Young Professionals (in partnership with United Way of Somerset County)
www.somersetonline.org/scayp.htm
United Way of Somerset County: www.uwsomerset.org
205 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
(908)-725-6640
fax: (908)-725-5598
SCAYP is organized to promote the personal and professional growth of its members and address the needs of the community through volunteer efforts. United Way of Somerset County hosts the SCAYP, which welcomes new members interested in cultivating their personal and professional growth while making Somerset County a better place to work and live. Opportunities include volunteering, fund-raising for health and human service programs, and other career-oriented events. SCAYP addresses child care and family support, youth development, basic needs, health-related services and care for the disabled and elderly in Somerset County.
 
Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center
http://shhrc.org/volunteer/prospective-volunteers/
contact: volunteer@shhrc.org
PO Box 305, 83 Old Turnpike Rd, Oldwick, NJ 08858
phone: 908-439-9636  (Volunteers Extension 204)    
fax: 908-439-2338
A Bat Mitzvah student previously sold bracelets to benefit the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center.
**For Volunteers Aged 14 and Older**: Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine assisted activities, equine assisted therapy and educational initiatives. SHHRC is designated as a Premier Accredited Center of PATH – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (formerly NARHA), who provides education, accreditation and resources for the equine assisted activities industry. All of their programs are volunteer-intensive and they are always looking for new people who are willing to donate their time. If you are 14 years old or older, they'd love to have you join the SHHRC team.
 
Somerset Medical Center
**This is an adult or teen volunteer opportunity.**
http://www.somersetmedicalcenter.com/body.cfm?id=262
general phone #: (908)-685-2200
volunteer opportunities phone #: (908)-685-2952
110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876
Volunteers receive the valuable rewards of helping others, meeting new people and learning new skills. Volunteer opportunities are available in both patient care areas and in departments providing supportive services. Your interests, skills and time availability are all considered in finding the best role to fit your needs. Orientation and training are provided, and recognition events demonstrate our gratitude for your valuable gift of time. Teen Volunteers: Opportunities at the medical center are available after school hours, on weekends and during the summer. The program requirements allow adequate time for orientation, training and instilling the value and meaning of volunteerism. Teen opportunities are filled until January. Please call 908-685-2952 in early October, to receive an application for the fall session. Adult Volunteers: Adult volunteer opportunities are available mornings, afternoons and evenings seven days a week.

  
Saint Ann's Soup Kitchen (Newark)
www.stmaryswatchung.org/sa-index.htm
contact: Sheryl Szlosek
Volunteer at the soup kitchen, including preparing food, setting up, and cleaning up.
 
Saint Hubert's Animal Shelter – Madison Facility
www.sthuberts.org
contact: 973-377-2295
Sell one  bracelets and donate the money to the animal shelter.
 
Saint Jude’s Ranch for Children
http://stjudesranch.org
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children rescues abused, abandoned and neglected children of all races and faiths from the vicious cycle of child abuse. They provide healing and nurturing in a safe home-like environment where children can learn life skills to start new lives with new chances, new choices and new hope.
 
Seeds of Peace
http://www.seedsofpeace.org/getinvolved/volunteer/waystohelp
contact info@seedsofpeace.org 
New York headquarters: (212) 573-8040
fax: (212) 573 8047
370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2103, New York, NY 10017
Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. Make a presentation at your school, or synagogue. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. If you are organizing an activity, contact the news department. Throw a Peace Party! A fun and socially responsible reason to bring people together for a good time. Remember to have literature available and the video or slideshow playing to help people remember they are celebrating with Seeds of Peace. Hold a community garage sale where a percentage of the proceeds support Seeds of Peace. Be creative!  Use your imagination to get others involved.
 
Soaringwoods
www.soaringwoods.org
contact: Heal@soaringwords.org
646-674-7105
Fax: 866-854-5251
1 Penn Plaza, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10119
Each year, over 22 million children in the United States suffer from chronic and serious illness. Soaringwords’ mission is to lessen the impact of serious illness by connecting  ill children and their families to a community of compassionate and caring volunteers who inspire them to “Never give up!”  Soaringwords embraces these children and their families by providing fun, creative and educational activities, both in person and online, which cultivate joy, hope and laughter. Soaringwords vision is to be the leading healing resource for millions of ill children and their families.  You can help by making a quilt or pillow, writing stories or poems, creating imaginative drawings and other art, making a scrapbook, or taking photographs.
 
The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children
http://www.somersethome.org/
908-526-6605
Located in Bridgewater, NJ, the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing a variety of services to youth and young adults at risk of homelessness or maltreatment. Over 500 children, teens, and families are assisted by the 80 Somerset Home staff members each year. The Somerset Home provides services to youth from throughout central New Jersey. The Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children and all its programs (Brahma House, Pathways independent living skills program, Passages, My Place and Whitney House transitional living programs and the Street S.M.A.R.T. street outreach program) have adopted a the positive youth development philosophy.
 
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Table to Table
www.tabletotable.org
contact: info@tabletotable.org 
(201) 444-5500
P.O. Box 1051 Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Table to Table is a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties. This fresh food is delivered free of charge to more than 50 agencies throughout the area, including elder care facilities, drug rehab centers, homeless shelters, homes for victims of domestic violence, HIV day centers, and pantries serving the "working poor."
 
Temple Har Shalom Purim Carnival
www.templeharshalom.org
Volunteer at the Temple Har Shalom Purim Carnival.
 
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United Way of Somerset County
www.scuw.org  and http://www.scuw.org/dnn/Volunteer.aspx
Somerset County United Way connects volunteers to community service opportunities. It works to improve the quality of life of residents of Somerset County, including helping achieve financial stability, life readiness and healthy lifestyles.
 
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The Wilf Campus for Senior Living
http://www.wilfcampus.org/
Volunteers phone #: 800-574-5760
general phone #: (888)311-5231
350 Demott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Help brighten the day of a senior living in our community. As a Wilf Campus volunteer, you may choose to be involved directly with their assisted living residents or hospice patients, or to stay “behind the scenes” working on administrative tasks. No matter what your interest, they have a place for you!  For more than thirty years, The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living in Somerset, New Jersey has fulfilled a promise to the individual, the family and the community: to care for older adults in a way that respects both Jewish traditions and values.
 
World Union for Progressive Judaism
www.wupj.org
contact: wupj@urj.org
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Funds form the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tzedakah Project are used to help provide dignified bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies for economically disadvantaged children and children with special needs, as well as to support many of the other social action and educational activities of Reform congregations in Israel and the former Soviet Union.

 
World Wildlife Fund
www.worldwildlife.org
Create and sell t-shirts for the benefit of the WWF.
 
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Yad Sarah (in Israel) or Friends of Yad Sarah USA
www.yadsarah.org or http://friendsofyadsarah.org
Friends of Yad Sarah, 450 Park Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10022
212-223-7758 or 1-866-YAD-SARAH
fax: 212-223-7759
To volunteer through the New York office, send an email and let them know if you have any special skills: shalom@friendsofyadsarah.org
Friends of Yad Sarah represents the mission of Yad Sarah to its friends in the U.S. and to the international community at the UN. The New York office assists individuals, families and communities with dedication opportunities, chesed projects, planned giving, equipment collections and other new initiatives, raising much needed funds to support the work of the Yad Sarah organization and its dedicated corps of volunteers in Israel.
 
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