"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." Harry S. Truman
As we look forward to the long Fourth of July weekend, now is a great time to reflect on what unites us. Achieving the unity that comes from joining together as a community is a driving force behind Jersey Cares. That volunteer spirit that eagerly addresses the job at hand with courage, imagination and determination defines Jersey Cares volunteers as they leap into today's challenges and opportunities. If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and unite with your friends and neighbors to make a difference today, just sign up and show up at one of our hundreds of volunteer opportunities across New Jersey in July!
Each year, thousands of New Jersey children attend their first day of school without basic educational tools, which can make succeeding academically a struggle. For the ninth year, and hopefully our most successful year, we are working to equip more than 5,000 students with the tools they will need to start the year off right -- but we need you to do it! Even though we're off to a good start with our first two donations -- 1,000 backpacks from NPD Logistics and school supplies from Delia Yakubov -- we're still looking for 100 individuals and businesses to join us as collection sites. Register today to host your own school supply drive or join an existing one to help ensure academic success for all New Jersey children!
Are you ready to start making a difference in the fight against hunger? Then Marketplace in Mercer County is the volunteer project for you! Help to provide over 2.7 million pounds of food to hungry members of the community this year by organizing and assembling donations, and leave knowing you made a true difference in the lives of others. Click here to learn more and sign up today!
If you're looking to build your leadership experience, there's no better way than by mentoring a new Jersey Cares Project Coordinator. Jersey Cares Leadership Specialists gain new leadership skills while serving as effective mentors and guides at volunteer projects. Click here to learn more!
Jersey Cares' July Volunteer Star
Lauren Kay Tortal has been a Jersey Cares volunteer since Christmas Day of 2014 and has been an avid volunteer ever since. When asked what advice she would pass on to new volunteers, Lauren said…To learn more about Lauren’s dedication to volunteer work, click here!
Project Coordinator Fellow
Time to get your hands dirty! Millianys Rivera, an intern at Jersey Cares Health in the Community Initiative, powered by the Aetna Foundation, took the lead and taught young children the importance of gardening and healthy living. To learn more about the Project Coordinator Fellowship program, click here.