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Union County PROJECT HOPE - Baby Essentials Drive

Make a difference today and help support the babies in need in your community by donating to a non profit organization of your choice that benefits infants during these difficult times. Scroll through our baby essential items to know how your monetary donations will help. Pick a non-profit organization and send help their way! You can also purchase the items at your local online store and have it mailed to the addresses listed under this tab.

Diapers

*Pricing varies depending on Store, Brand and Diaper Sizes*

Diaper Use Statistic

Newborns to a month old use 10 – 12 diapers a day. Babies one month and older use 8 – 10 diapers a day. (reference)

Pampers and Huggies

Box of 20 – 32 Diapers- Average Price $8.20 – $10.00  per box

Box of 50 – 96 Diapers- Average Price $25.00 – $30.00 per box

Box of 105 – 170 Diapers- Average Price $40.00 – $43.00 per box

LUVS and Store Brands

Box of 20 – 50 Diapers – Average Price $4.20 – $5 per box

Box of 74 – 192 Diapers – Average Price $16 -$25 per box

Baby Formula

*Pricing varies depending on Store & Brands*

Baby Formula Statistic

Most newborns will feed 8 – 12 times a day. Most 6 – 12 month olds will feed about 5 – 6 times a day. (reference)

Enfamil Baby Powder Formula Cans

21.1oz Powder Can – Average Price $25.00 – $30.00 per can

28.3oz Powder Can – Average Price $35.00 – $40.00 per can

Similac Baby Powder Formula Cans

23.2oz Powder Can – Average Price $25.00 – $30.00 per can

30.8oz Powder Can – Average Price $32.00 – $40.00 per can

Wipes

*Pricing varies depending on Store and Brands*

Pack of 55 – 64ct – Average Price $ 2.35 – $3.00 per pack

Pack of 140 – 224ct – Average Price $5.40 – $7.00 per pack

Box of 352 – 625ct – Average Price $9.40 – $15.00 per box

Organizations Accepting Donations

Angels for Action, Inc

Website Link

Angels for Action, 5 Pershing Place, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

Website Link

Gateway Family YMCA

Website Link

The Gateway Family YMCA, 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc

Website Link

Homefirst Interfaith House & Family Services Inc., 905 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Josephine’s Place

Website Link

84 Benjamin Street, ​Cranford, NJ 07016

International Rescue Committee

Website Link

Raphael’s Life House

Website Link

Raphael’s Life House, 231 Court Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07206

St. Joseph’s Social Service Center:

Website Link

Moms Helping Moms Foundation, Inc.

Website Link

Moms Helping Moms Foundation, Inc., 1118 North Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07062

Prevention Links

Website Link

Prevention Links, 121-125 Chestnut Street, Suite 301, Roselle, NJ 07203

Proceed Inc

Website Link

Union County Council for Young Children

Website Link

2 City Hall Plaza- 3rd Floor, Rahway, NJ 07065

YWCA Union County

Website Link

YWCA Union County, P.O Box 462, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

 

Contact

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

Mission

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

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Initiatives

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.

300
Volunteers

5,171 Volunteer
Hours Served

$129,870.16 Volunteer
Time Value

2,748 Pounds of Food Donated to Community Food Bank

355 Families we Delivered Toys to across the County

Volunteer Registration Be Part of our Growing Network of Volunteers

Individuals

    Contact Information

    First Name

    Last Name

    City

    E-mail Address

    Age

    Telephone - Day

    Telephone - Evening

    Are you a County employee?

    Availability

    Accommodations

    Do you require accommodations?

    Volunteer Interests

    Emergency Contact

    First Name

    Last Name

    Telephone - Day

    Telephone - Evening

    Relationship to Volunteer

    Languages Spoken Fluently

    Parent/Guardian Permission

    Because the volunteer is under 18 years of age, you are required to have a parent/guardian grant permission

    First Name

    Last Name

    Telephone - Day

    Telephone - Evening

    Relationship to Volunteer

    Volunteer Agreement

    This AGREEMENT made on this day of , between (“Volunteer”), who resides at and the County of Union, Department of Economic Development (“County”), with offices at Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207.

    WHEREAS, the Volunteer intends to donate his/her services to the Union County Helping Hands Program by performing various tasks including, but not limited to, helping in soup kitchens, making sandwiches for the homeless, gardening, participating in schools as readers, visiting nursing homes and hospice centers. The County will be coordinating the Volunteer and assigning the Volunteer to the various tasks.

    NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises, the parties hereto agree as follow:

    1. It is mutually and expressly understood that the Volunteer’s services shall be donated, and that Volunteer is not entitled to nor expects any present or future salary, wages, or other benefits whatsoever for these voluntary services.
    2. Volunteer agrees to follow the supervision and direction of any personnel, employee, or volunteer, to whom Volunteer has been assigned to perform services.
    3. Volunteer agrees that he/she will not be considered an employee of the County and nothing contained herein shall be interpreted to establish an employer/employee relationship.
    4. VOLUNTEER ACKNOWLEDGES AND ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS/HER OWN ACTS AND AGREES TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COUNTY, ITS BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND/OR REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD HIS/HER CONDUCT LEAD TO THE PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, AND/OR THE DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE VOLUNTEER IS ON COUNTY PREMISES OR OTHERWISE ENGAGING IN VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT. I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THIS RELEASE IS TO BE BINDING ON MY HEIRS AND ASSIGNS.
    5. This Agreement is terminable upon immediate notice by the County without cause.
    6. This Agreement represents the entire agreement with respect to the Volunteer’s services and supersedes all other oral, written, expressed or implied communications, agreements and/or understandings relating to the Volunteer’s services with the County.

    The parties agree to the terms hereof on the day and year set forth above.


    Volunteer Name


    Volunteer Initials (Digital Signature)


    If Minor, Parent's Name


    If Minor, Parent's Initials (Digital Signature)


    Submit Form

    You accept the terms above

    Groups

    Prerequisites to Filling out this Form – Please have every person sign our Group Member Sign-In Sheet. After it is filled out, please attach it to the form below.

      Group Information

      Name of Group

      Type of Group

      How many people are in the group?

      City

      Are these all County employees?


      Contact Information

      First Name

      Last Name

      Title

      E-mail Address

      Telephone - Day

      Telephone - Evening

      Availability

      Group Interests

      Emergency Contact

      First Name

      Last Name

      Telephone - Day

      Telephone - Evening

      Relationship to Group

      Languages Spoken Fluently


      Accommodations

      Does any of the members require accommodations?

      Group Member Sign-in and Waiver Agreement

      Please attach all group member sign-in sheets below. The amount of signatures must match the total amount of volunteers you inputted in the 'Group Information' tab. The sign in sheet(s) can be uploaded as a PDF, PNG, or JPG. You can upload upto 10 files. At minimum, you must upload atleast one file.







      Submit Form


      You agree that providing the Group Member Sign-in and Waiver Agreement and submitting this form that you are bound to the Volunteer Agreement.

      Community Events

      The safety and well-being of our residents has always been & will remain our top priority. Due to the recommendations from our State Governor, all events have been postponed until further notice.  Thank you for your continued support

      Bulletin Board

      Scroll down to view all local opportunities. Click each flyer to print out.

      Volunteer Directory

      Elizabeth

      Elizabeth

      Brand New Day
      176 First Street
      908-282-0781
      Jacqueline Jenkins
      http://www.brandnewdaycdc.org/about_us/how_can_i_help.shtml

      CASA Union County
      The Albender Building
      1143-1145 E. Jersey Street
      908-293-8131
      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.
      http://www.casaofunioncounty.org/information-sessions

      Christ Fellowship of Elizabeth Food Pantry
      1121 Elizabeth Avenue
      908-289-6322
      Fridays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Elizabethport Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
      154 First Street
      908-351-4850
      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
      908-351-2625
      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
      908-352-8375
      Volunteer@JFSCentralNJ.org
      Food Programs, Education/Literacy and Help Seniors
      http://jfscentralnj.org/retired-and-senior-volunteer-program.php

      St. Joseph’s Social Service Center
      118 Division Street
      908-352-2989
      Volunteer Coordinator, E-newsletter Editor, E-newsletter writers, Media Coordinator, Photographers, Project Ready Instructors, Drivers, and Giving Tree Coordinators & Helpers.
      https://www.sjeliz.org/volunteer.html

      The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
      118 Division Street
      908-355-2060
      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!
      https://theelizabethcoalition.org/take-action-volunteer/

      Trinitas Regional Medical Center
      225 Williamson Street
      908-994-5164
      Patient Care, Elder Life Program (HELP), Patients’ Families, Clerical/Computer, Senior Citizen Services, Support Services, Community Outreach.
      https://trinitasrmc.org/volunteer_services.htm

      YWCA Union County
      1131 East Jersey Street
      908-355-2010
      Administrative, Child Care, Court Advocacy, 24 Hour Crisis Response Team, STEP Mentor, & 24-Hour Hotline.
      http://www.ywcaunioncounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Volunteer-Opportunities-2017.pdf

      Cranford

      Cranford

      Catholic Charities
      505 South Avenue East # 1
      908-497-4013
      Sharon Reilly-Tobin stobin@ccannj.org
      Catholic Charities has many volunteer opportunities available within our service areas.
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1gdehdTWEjRH3Zr6DU9ZwllSHuyKxNQtIeATui4Y_G6Md7g/viewform?c=0&w=1

      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.
      http://www.thecplinc.org/volunteersupport.html

      Linden

      Linden

      LPC Mission Project Food Pantry
      1506 Orchard Terrace
      908-486-9026
      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
      908-994-9797
      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
      732-934-0947
      Every 2nd and last Saturday of every month from 7:00 am – 10:00 am

      Mountainside

      Mountainside

      Children’s Specialized Hospital
      150 New Providence Road
      908-389-5642
      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)
      https://www.childrensspecialized.org/Content/Uploads/Childrens%20Specialized/files/1%20CSH%20Volunteer%20Programs%20(2).pdf

      Rahway

      Rahway

      Rahway Food for Friends Food Pantry
      1221 New Brunswick Avenue
      Nadine Burns
      732-381-7201
      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
      732-381-7201
      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.

      Roselle

      Roselle

      Heard AME Church Food Pantry
      310 East 8th Ave
      908-358-9030
      Yvonne Goyins
      Call for availability

      New Destiny Community Development Food Pantry
      129 Chestnut St
      908-884-4928
      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
      908-445-8212
      Barbara Hathaway, Program Director
      https://literacynj.org/become-tutor

      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.
      http://preventionlinks.org/volunteers/

      Plainfield

      Plainfield

      Angels for Action, Inc.
      209 West 2nd Street
      908-333-5656
      angelsaction@gmail.com
      Interested in becoming a volunteer? Seeking community service? Led an event? We have flexible schedules and as a young organization, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities for everyone.
      http://www.angelsactioninc.org/

      El Centro Hispano Americano Food Pantry
      525 East Front St
      908-753-8730
      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
      908-754-9334
      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
      908-279-9779
      Tiana Knight
      Call for availability

      Scotch Plains

      Scotch Plains

      Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc
      1900 Raritan Rd
      908-889-7780
      Stacy Kaplan
      Patient/Family Care Volunteers, Bereavement/Spiritual Volunteers, Bilingual Volunteers, Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, Recreation and Office Volunteers.
      http://www.cfhh.org/center-volunteer.html

      2019 NJ Mighty Ducks Sports Swim Season
      JCC in Scotch Plains
      1319 Martine Ave
      908-418-7444
      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.

      Springfield

      Springfield

      The Arc of Union County
      70 Diamond Road
      973-315-0000
      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
      https://arcunion.org/volunteering/

      Summit

      Summit

      Overlook Hospital
      99 Beauvoir Avenue
      908-522-2099
      Pediatric Patient Activities, Messenger, Emergency Department, Gift Shop, Healing Arts Ambassador Program, Information Desk, Musicians, Pet Therapy.
      https://www.atlantichealth.org/patients-visitors/donate-volunteer/volunteer/volunteering-overlook-medical-center/volunteer-opportunities.html

      Sage Eldercare
      290 Broad Street
      908-273-5554
      astuart@sageeldercare.org
      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
      908-273-4242
      Volunteers needed for special needs activities, English as a second language tutors, and drivers & cooks for pathway cooks program.
      https://www.theconnectiononline.org/uncategorized/volunteer-opportunities.html

      Union

      Union

      Boys and Girls Club of Union County
      1050 Jeanette Avenue
      908-687-7976
      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.
      https://www.bgcuc.org/volunteer/

      Westfield

      Westfield

      JFS Central NJ Westfield Area Youth Volunteer Experience
      655 Westfield Avenue
      908-352-8375
      Education/Tutoring, Social Service Advocacy, Nutrition/Food Pantry, Teen Philanthropy, & Peer Volunteer Leadership
      www.jfscentralnj.org/WAYVE

      Caring Contact
      P.O. Box 2376
      908-307-1899
      Volunteer Crisis Listener, volunteer for the marketing committee, fundraising efforts, or the quality assurance committee.
      https://caringcontact.org/give-support/volunteer/

      Food Pantries

      Click logo below to find your local food pantries & soup kitchens

      Interactive Data from Feeding America

      The Healthcare Costs of Food Insecurity – Many families experiencing food insecurity face multiple hardships that exacerbate the challenges to maintaining good health. Research using data from Map the Meal Gap and other national datasets indicate that food-insecure households face additional healthcare costs in every county in the U.S., totaling $52.9 billion in healthcare costs in 2016 – but this varies substantially around the country. July 2019, Feeding America, DataBlick, Dr. Hilary Seligman, and Dr. Seth Berkowitz

      Children are food insecure in every state of the U.S. – Child food insecurity remains prevalent across the U.S. While federal nutrition programs are one solution to the problem, the number of children eligible and served varies drastically across state lines. September 2018, Feeding America and DataBlick 

      Poverty and unemployment impact food insecurity – Food insecurity is driven by poverty and financial resources at both the national and local levels. When underlying economic factors change, data visualization tools can predict how food insecurity rates will react. November 2018, Feeding America and DataBlick 

      Walk in the shoes of a person living with hunger – Hunger does not discriminate. While food insecurity is often boiled down to a single number, there are many faces and stories that live behind the data point. 2015, Feeding America and Nice & Serious