Jersey Cares
The Volunteer Voice

Vol 5, Issue 3                          Be the change. Volunteer.                              March 2016
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Spring is a beautiful thing, 
In the midst of the ups and downs of the weather lately, we're still thawing out from the winter cold with all your hard work and warm smiles. Barely two steps into the New Year, and we're already breaking a sweat with all this activity!

Always looking to the future, we're excited to bring in a brand new cohort of volunteer leaders (which can include you!), expand our programs, and celebrate our friends through a Mardi Gras-themed night of partying! Learn more about how you can get involved this month, and this spring, in this month's newsletter.
Last Call!
Seasons of Service: Spring Semester
Spring Leadership Program, March 26 - May 28
Join an elite cohort of Jersey Cares volunteer leaders and lead 10 volunteer projects this spring! Project Coordinators support Jersey Cares and liaise between our staff, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers. 

Learn leadership and management , attend networking opportunities , and receive a letter of recommendation upon completion.
 
For more information, please contact Lucy Doyle , Programs Manager.
 
Choose an Orientation:
Sunday, March 6th from 1 pm to 3 pm,Whippany, NJ
Saturday, March 19th from 11 am to 1 pm, New Brunswick, NJ
Sunday, March 20th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Livingston, NJ
Wednesday, March 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm, Newark, NJ
Thursday, March 24th from 1 pm to 3 pm , Livingston, NJ

365 Days of Volunteering

Every day, we need you to make a change in our communities. 
Crack open a book and "check out" some of our favorite projects this month! 
Photo Credit_ Kate Ter Haar via Flickr
Book Buddies in Wayne
Calling all book lovers! Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to combine your love of literature with a way to give back? Read along with some seniors with Book Buddies in Wayne. It's a great opportunity to socialize with some lovely seniors and do good--all at once. 

This project is BYOB -- your own book, that is -- every Tuesday afternoon  from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm.



Tutor and Mentor in Hoboken
This rewarding project allows volunteers to make a profound difference in students'  lives by giving them the courage and confidence to flourish and become our leaders of tomorrow. Volunteers are needed to spend time with and help tutor the children in various subjects.

Offer your knowledge and learn a thing or two yourself every Tuesday and Thursday from  from 6 pm - 7 pm ..



Show a Project YOU Care
when you become a Project Coordinator!
Project Coordinators provide leadership at volunteer projects all across New Jersey, and you can join them! 

Project Coordinators (PCs) provide leadership and ensure a positive experience for volunteers across the state of New Jersey. As a Project Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with agency representatives, gain project management and leadership skills, and network at various Jersey Cares events and trainings with other members of the PC Team. 

To apply, fill out an Application and send to Lucy Doyle, Programs Manager.
Volunteer Star:
Alejandra Linares

Alejandra Linares, originally from Mexico, always liked helping people. In Mexico she volunteered one-on-one with individuals with disabilities: taking them to the park, movies, and other fun activities. A year and a half ago she moved to the States and works as an Au Pair while going to school part time studying Industrial Design. She stumbled upon Jersey Cares back in December and, in any free time she can find, loves to volunteer. Her favorite project is Saturday Social in Morristown, as she loves to see smiles on the seniors' faces. She recently became a PC and is looking to get more involved in leading future projects with Jersey Cares.


Read more about March's Star here.




Join Us for Mardi Gras Magic! 

Mardi Gras Magic, our new party celebrating the best of volunteerism, will be letting Les Bon Temps Rouler on Thursday, March 10 th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ. 

We will be honoring Volunteer of the Year Millicent Jackson, Community Partner of the Year Planting Seeds of Hope, and Corporate Partner of the Year Prudential.
 
Guests will enjoy an open bar, delicious hors d'oeuvres, a full Cajun-style dinner buffet, live Dixieland jazz, hurricanes, New Orleans desserts and a silent and raffle auction.
 
Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at  www.jerseycares.org/Mardi_Gras_Magic
 
For more information, email mardigrasmagic@jerseycares.org or call 973.533.1993.
The 18
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Annual Jersey Cares Day  is quickly approaching, and project opportunities will be available on the Jersey Cares website in early March! Jersey Cares Day is a day of true partnership and community building, as 1,500 volunteers from all over New Jersey unite for the common goal of revitalizing local communities. Jersey Cares Day Jersey Cares Day 2016 will take place on Saturday, May 7 th

Projects will include brightening schools with painted line games and murals, beautifying local parks with landscaping and trash pickup, sorting food donations, and making no-sew fleece blankets for the homeless. 

Corporate Corner
  
As we slowly and steadily approach springtime, children in New Jersey are jumping at the bit to get outside, run in the grass, play ball, smell the flowers, and of course, ride their bikes! What beats a bicycle ride on a sunny spring afternoon? For a child, nothing gets much better than that. In order to ensure that children don't miss out on this childhood joy, MetLife volunteers teamed up to assemble 25 bicycles that were donated to a youth education center in Morristown, NJ. With thanks for the guidance of the staff from The Bicycle Store in Florham Park, NJ, the bicycles were given their final safety checks and delivered straight to Morristown where they were distributed to some very excited children. 

For more information on the Jersey Cares Corporate Service Program, please contact Michelle Dee.
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