Mission Statement

To identify volunteer opportunities, coordinate events, and create a network of organizations to build relationships with the County’s diverse communities.

Contact the Office

The Office of Community Engagement & Diversity of the County of Union is located within the Department of Economic Development. If you have any questions regarding requesting volunteer services or partnering up with our Office for events, please contact Nathalie Hernandez.

Nathalie Hernandez, Coordinator
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 3rd Floor Elizabeth NJ 07207
908-527-4880 nahernandez@ucnj.org

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Provide outreach to local community based groups and volunteer organizations to create a network and directory of same.
Coordinate countywide community events and programs which foster and promote volunteerism in Union County.
Reinforce strategies for building relationships with the County’s diverse communities to include culture, lifestyle, ethnicity, and race.
Bring communities together on issues important to them and find creative & innovative solutions to ensure inclusion and collaboration on a multi-faceted vision for the County’s diverse communities.

Union County’s Has Heart Log

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Community Events

Monday, May 13th
Planting Party
740 W. Grand St, Elizabeth- Elmora Branch Library
Join us as we plant our beds with flowers, fruits, and vegetables. This event is hosted by the Elmora Community Garden.

Tuesday, May 14th
Transportation Summit in Celebration of Older Adults Month
11 South Broad Street, Elizabeth- Elizabeth Public Library
Join the City of Elizabeth Transportation Dept and the City of Elizabeth Office on Aging to learn about the many transportation options available around the City and how to become a safe driver.

Tuesday, May 14th
Haitian Flag Day Raising Ceremony
50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth- City Hall of Elizabeth
The flag raising ceremony will take place at City Hall followed by the “Unity Walk” to the reception at First Republic Lounge at 1204 East Grand Street, Elizabeth from 6pm-8pm.

Wednesday, May 15th
2019 Community Wellness Fair
567 Morris Avenue, Elizabeth- Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
Face Painting, Food, Art Instruction, and learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness. Rain Date is May 16th

Thursday, May 16th
SNAPS Benefits Application Event
1100 Woodruff Avenue, Hillside
Hillside residents can bring SNAP application and get assistance with applying for food assistance (food stamps) with the Community Food Bank of NJ.

Thursday, May 16th
Union Haitian Flag Raising
1976 Morris Avenue, Union- Union Municipal Building

Saturday, May 18th
The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia
136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark -Oak Ridge Park
Preeclampsia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy related to high blood pressure, will sponsor the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia here in Central and Northern New Jersey. The event, which happens around the country to support innovative research and raise public awareness about the warning signs of preeclampsia, will take place at Oak Ridge Park in Clark beginning at 10 a.m. Registration is FREE. At 10:45am is the Opening Ceremony and 5K Walk (stroller friendly).

Saturday, May 18th
The Taste of Plainfield
800 Park Avenue, Plainfield- Library Park
The annual community food festival featuring local restaurant cuisine celebrating Plainfield’s rich diversity.

Saturday, May 18th
Food Truck Festival & Kid’s Carnival
1 Park Drive, Roselle- Warinanco Sports Center
There will be a wide range of trucks with delicious food from around the globe as well as a huge kids zone with carnival games, inflatables, sports skills area, face painting, arts & crafts and much more! Entry is $5. Ages 12 & below is free.

Saturday, May 18th
Summit Police Athletic League Pet Show
356 Broad Street, Summit- Village Green
This year’s pet show will feature a Dog Show and Pet Exhibition. Check in and registration for both portions of the event will begin at 1pm. The pet show will also feature a DJ and music throughout the event. Entry to the event is free for all animals. Spectators are also welcome. The dog show, where small, medium and large dogs will have the opportunity to prove that they are the best in the show by taking a walk across the big stage with their owners in front of our judge panel will begin at 1:30pm. There will be a first, second, and third place prize for each category. The pet exhibition is open to all other animals, including reptiles, birds, cats, etc. The exhibition judging will occur at the auxiliary stage beginning at 1:30pm. There will be a first through fifth place prize for each of these categories.

Sunday, May 19th
Tour De Elizabeth
50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth
Join Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and Groundwork Elizabeth for the 16th annual tour de Elizabeth, a 15 mile bicycle tour for all skill levels. Walk up registration is accepted on the day of the tour. Helmets are required. Riders are expected to arrive at 7:30am. The Race begins at 9:00am. Walk Up Registration is $25.

Sunday, May 19th
Kenilworth Annual Street Fair 2019
525 Boulevard, Kenilworth
Enjoy live music and local acts, classic car show, food trucks, street food vendors, unique shopping from over 100 vendors and crafters, carnival games and more family fun! The JC Kids Zone will be packed with tons of awesome activities including mechanical rides, temporary tattoos, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, trackless train and more!

Sunday, May 19th
Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside- Trailside Nature and Science Center

Sunday, May 19th
Annual Cuban Day Parade
Elizabeth Avenue/New Point Rd, Elizabeth
The parade will kick off at 1pm from the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and New Point Road. The parade will march up Elizabeth Avenue and end in front of City Hall followed by an outdoor barbeque and festival at the Elizabeth Cuban Club.

Sunday, May 19th
First Annual Celebration of Color and Pride Month
214 W. Colfax Avenue, Roselle Park- Roselle Park High School, Herm Shaw Field
A family friendly event to celebrate family, equality, diversity, and community. Celebration of color and pride month includes a special guest speaker, performances, entertainment, and education stations from statewide LGBTQ organizations.

Union County Volunteer Directory

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Brand New Day
176 First Street
Jacqueline Jenkins

CASA Union County
The Albender Building
1143-1145 E. Jersey Street
Courtney Green cgreen@casaofunioncounty.org
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County recruits, trains, supervises, and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities. CASA volunteers ensure children’s best interests remain the priority while working towards establishing a safe, stable and permanent home for each child served.

Christ Fellowship of Elizabeth Food Pantry
1121 Elizabeth Avenue
Fridays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Elizabethport Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
154 First Street
James Carey
Every Friday from 8am-2p, Second and Third Saturday of every month, and the last week of every month from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for food distribution.

MT. TEMAN Church
160 Madison Avenue
Food Pantry is every 4th Thursday of the month from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Soup Kitchen is every 4th Saturday of the month from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

JFS Central NJ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
655 Westfield Avenue
Food Programs, Education/Literacy and Help Seniors

St. Joseph’s Social Service Center
118 Division Street
Volunteer Coordinator, E-newsletter Editor, E-newsletter writers, Media Coordinator, Photographers, Project Ready Instructors, Drivers, and Giving Tree Coordinators & Helpers.

The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
118 Division Street
Organize a collection; volunteer to help children with homework; volunteer for events like Operation Warm Heart, Family Fun Day, Hoops to End Homelessness, and More!

Trinitas Regional Medical Center
225 Williamson Street
Patient Care, Elder Life Program (HELP), Patients’ Families, Clerical/Computer, Senior Citizen Services, Support Services, Community Outreach.

YWCA Union County
1131 East Jersey Street
Administrative, Child Care, Court Advocacy, 24 Hour Crisis Response Team, STEP Mentor, & 24-Hour Hotline.


Catholic Charities
505 South Avenue East # 1
Sharon Reilly-Tobin stobin@ccannj.org
Catholic Charities has many volunteer opportunities available within our service areas.

Cerebral Palsy League, Inc.
61 Myrtle Street
908-709-1800 Ext. 1113
Sharing a special talent like art, gardening, photography, & music. Assisting staff during special program events. Assisting with special fundraising events. Assisting with facility care.


LPC Mission Project Food Pantry
1506 Orchard Terrace
Every 10th, 11th, & 12th of every month to load and unload food products. Package and distribution included.

Sisters & Brothers Outreach Food Pantry
1318 East St Georges Ave
Every 2nd and last Thursday of every month from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Haitian Pentecostal Church & Home of Hope Worldwide Food Pantry
431 Maple Avenue
Every 2nd and last Saturday of every month from 7:00 am – 10:00 am


Children’s Specialized Hospital
150 New Providence Road
Recreational Therapy Programs (Patient Cuddler, Patient Pal, Room Buddy, Open Playroom, and Evening Recreation); Therapy Observation (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology); Activity Connection-Social Programs (Adaptive Aquatics, Friday Night Fever, Martial Arts, Supportive Swim, Teen Night, and Yoga)


Rahway Food for Friends Food Pantry
1221 New Brunswick Avenue
Nadine Burns
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00pm.  Every Second Saturday of every month from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. This volunteer opportunity includes stock, loading, unloading, packing bags of food for the disadvantaged and distributing food.

Rahway Food for Friends Soup Kitchen
1731 Church Street
Joanne Padavano
Every Saturday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. This volunteer opportunity includes serving food to those in need via buffet style lunch, cleaning, setting up hall, breaking down tables and chairs.


Heard AME Church Food Pantry
310 East 8th Ave
Yvonne Goyins
Call for availability

New Destiny Community Development Food Pantry
129 Chestnut St
Every 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Literacy Volunteers – Union County
121 Chestnut Street #1
Barbara Hathaway, Program Director

Prevention Links
121-125 Chestnut Street, Suite 301
908-793-9800 Ext. 5
Dan Fishbein, dfishbein@preventionlinks.org
Recovery Mentor (Individuals who can serve as positive role models of a healthy, recovery supportive lifestyle), Recovery Coach (Individuals who receive specialized training in helping individuals to initiate and sustain recovery), Outreach, Education, & Annual Fundraisers.


El Centro Hispano Americano Food Pantry
525 East Front St
Every Tuesday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Saint Vincent Society of North Plainfield Food Pantry
99 Westervelt Avenue
908-963-1211 or 908-448-6105
Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 9am-11am and every 4th Saturday of the month from 7:30 am-10:00 am

BIANCA F.L.O.W.E.R.S, Inc. Food Pantry
Food pantry is located within the Boys & Girls Club
145 Park Ave
908-507-4118 or 908-548-5338
Every Monday from 11am-1pm and every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Lord’s Kitchen
Shiloh Annex
525 West Fourth Street
Lauren Lawson Leaston
Serving food to families in need on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Premier Community Development Corp Food Pantry
543 West 3rd Street
Tiana Knight
Call for availability

Scotch Plains

Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc
1900 Raritan Rd
Stacy Kaplan
Patient/Family Care Volunteers, Bereavement/Spiritual Volunteers, Bilingual Volunteers, Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, Recreation and Office Volunteers.

2019 NJ Mighty Ducks Sports Swim Season
JCC in Scotch Plains
1319 Martine Ave
Marla Napurano – njmightyduckssports@gmail.com
NJ Mighty Ducks is a sports program for individuals age 6 and older with developmental disabilities. We are seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30pm-9pm. All volunteers must be at least high school age. No swim experience is necessary. Volunteers commitment is one night a week minimum.


The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Road
Carolyn Scott (cscott@arcunion.org) or Shamida Coney (sconey@arcunion.org)
High School & College Internships, Civic Groups, Companies-A Day of Sharing Time, Girl & Boy Scouts-Projects, Committee Memberships and Board of Directors


Overlook Hospital
99 Beauvoir Avenue
Pediatric Patient Activities, Messenger, Emergency Department, Gift Shop, Healing Arts Ambassador Program, Information Desk, Musicians, Pet Therapy.

Sage Eldercare
290 Broad Street
SAGE Eldercare volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels to individuals age 60 and older who are frail, homebound, or disabled.  We deliver meals Monday through Friday at 11:00am; we do not deliver on weekends or evenings.  We are located in Summit NJ and deliver meals to Summit, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Millburn, Mountainside, New Providence, Short Hills and Springfield residents.

The Connection
79 Maple Street
Volunteers needed for special needs activities, English as a second language tutors, and drivers & cooks for pathway cooks program.


Boys and Girls Club of Union County
1050 Jeanette Avenue
If you are interested in working directly with the youth, please note that program hours are typically 2:30pm-6:30pm at most locations. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County welcomes individuals and groups of volunteers to help us inspire and enable young people. Volunteers act as adult role models and can contribute on many levels. The gift of a volunteer’s time and talents is very much appreciated.
Individual – Participate in individual volunteer activities / Assist with a special event at a club. Each individual volunteer applicant will need to fill out an application/background check. Applications available.
Small Groups of Volunteers (2 – 10) – Small groups of volunteers for various activities / Assist with a club’s special event (depending on event) / Implement a volunteer event (with the input of Club Branch Director) to help maintain and improve club facilities: clean, landscape, paint, construct, etc.
Larger Groups of Volunteers (over 15) – Implement a volunteer event (with the input of Club Branch Director) to help maintain and improve club facilities: clean, landscape, paint, construct, etc. Outside of the Club – Create a fundraising activity or event to benefit club members or a specific club site.


JFS Central NJ Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience
655 Westfield Avenue
Education/Tutoring, Social Service Advocacy, Nutrition/Food Pantry, Teen Philanthropy, & Peer Volunteer Leadership

Caring Contact
P.O. Box 2376
Volunteer Crisis Listener, volunteer for the marketing committee, fundraising efforts, or the quality assurance committee.