The Season to Give Back – Volunteering Opportunities in Jersey City 

It’s the season of giving back and living in Jersey City, we have many things to be thankful for. Living in a diverse city gives us many opportunities to give back to organizations that are doing incredibly important work. I have provided a list of organizations this Holiday season to show your gratitude! Whether you go solo, with friends or with family, volunteering is a great way to interact with others.  Always contact the organizations directly for more information and their hours of operation. 

AngelaCARES – 439 Martin Luther King Dr, Jersey City, NJ

AngelaCARES is a nonprofit organization based in Jersey City, strengthening communities by enhancing the quality of life through empowering seniors, their caregivers, and the youth. It’s mission is to serve as an advocate and support system for senior citizens and their caregivers and mentor the youth by educating and empowering them to volunteer. AngelaCARES offers a variety of ways for you to help make a difference in our community. You can find a way to volunteer that best fits your schedule and background here



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Salt Foundation – 637 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Claudia Wheeler is a full-time mother, a teacher, and she opened Salt Foundation’s first location in Jersey City where she has delivered over 130,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, and other items to dozens of organizations and thousands of families. You can get involved with Salt Foundation this Holiday season and beyond by checking out their volunteer hub here. They are always looking for help with deliveries! 



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Lend a Hand to Community Fridges in Jersey City! 

Community Fridges need volunteers to do shopping, pick up donations, and clean the fridge. Jersey City has several community fridges: Greenville Community Fridge, Westside Community Fridge, and JC Heights Community Fridge. If you have the time to help clean out the fridge that would be of great service but if not donations are always welcomed! 


Triangle Park Community Center – 247 Old Bergen Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

In the heart of Jersey City’s Greenville neighborhood is the Triangle Park Community Center, founded by Episcopal Jersey City in 2017 as a place of ministry, service, and partnership. Their food pantry is open regularly on the third Saturday of each month from 8:30-11:00 am. The center also accepts gently used clothing donations during our regular operating hours, Monday through Friday. They are always looking for volunteers to help bag and distribute groceries for their food pantry, tutor elementary students, or help distribute diapers and other baby items. For more information on how to get involved, click here

Welcome Home Jersey City – 

Established in 2016, Welcome Home Jersey City is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides educational, employment and material support for refugees, asylees and asylum-seekers in the Jersey City area. There are many ways to get involved with this organization. Their Fun Club is the most popular program catered to kids. It is time dedicated to friends and volunteers to stay connected and have fun by playing jeopardy, sharing stories, and much more! You can get involved by helping with tutoring, hosting the next activity, or assisting with deliveries. For more information on how to get involved, click here


York Street Project – 89 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

York Street project provides an environment to shelter, feed, educate, and promote the healing of persons in need, especially women, children, and their families. The organization is always in need of donations and could appreciate the extra love this holiday season. Donate good to York Street’s families in need by clicking here or consider purchasing an item from their wishlist Wednesday the next time you are going shopping! 


Host a fundraising Drive for an organization of your choice 

If you don’t have the time to help an organization out directly by attending in person, you can always host a fundraising drive right from the comfort of your own home! This is also a great way to get the kids involved and teach them about philanthropy and giving back from a young age. You can get creative with fundraising ideas and get the entire family involved. 

We hope you give back this Holiday season and beyond by getting involved with a local organization or by hosting your own fundraiser! What are some ways you plan to give back this year? We love to hear from you.


Arati Patel
Author: Arati Patel

Arati is a professional immersed in the environmental and animal welfare field. In her free time, she enjoys walking and spending time with shelter dogs, exploring the outdoors, and always ready to find a new coffee shop. A born and raised Jersey City local, she considers herself a life-long learner who is ready to write and craft inspiring stories to share with everyone!