Volunteer Opportunities

It is only with the support of our generous volunteers that we can continue to further our mission of being a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, & services to support people to become housed.

 

For more information about volunteering, please call us at 201-656-5069 or email us at getinvolved@hobokenshelter.org

 

Dinner in our Soup Kitchen EVERY NIGHT:

We need help with the dinner shift in our soup kitchen 6pm-8pm nightly.  Dinner is served at 7:15pm nightly to our hungry & homeless neighbors.  There are several ways to help with this meal

1.  Prepare & Serve Dinner: Individuals are welcome to stop by any evening 6pm-8pm to prepare & serve dinner, sort & distribute canned goods & clothes, clean the facility & grounds, fold sheets/towels, & inventory/stock the supplies.  You don’t have to call ahead if you are 1-3 people, but you must call ahead to schedule a group of 4 or more volunteers.  Please call MADELYN to schedule the volunteer shift for your group of 4 or more volunteers—please note that the maximum size for a group of volunteers during the dinner shift is 10 people.

2.  Host Dinner for 100 Guests: Individuals & Groups are welcome to prepare home-cooked meals for our Guests.

Meatloaf is their favorite!  Please call MADELYN to schedule the volunteer shift to host & serve your delicious dinner.

3.  Donate frozen meats such as turkeys, hams, & meatballs. Donations can be dropped-off 9am-9pm daily.

4.  Sponsor Dinner for 100 Guests: You can donate $300 to cover the cost of dinner in our soup kitchen.  Please drop-off or mail checks, money orders, or cash to JACLYN’s attention.  This is very much needed & truly appreciated!!!  Thanks!!!

  • Volunteers need to dress casually, wear a hat, & wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Please report to the Kitchen Staff in the Kitchen when you come to volunteer.
  • Our entrance is down the wheelchair accessible ramp on 3rd Street.
  • If you are interested in hosting dinners or coordinating a group of 4 or more people to volunteer, please call MADELYN to schedule your group.  She is available to review our volunteer calendar is 9am-5pm, Mondays-Fridays, 201-656-5069. 
  • The maximum size for a group of volunteers during the dinner shift is 10 people. 
  • You don’t have to call ahead if you are 1-3 people. 
  • Check-In & Like Us on your Facebook Page & follow us on Twitter & Instagram.  The Hoboken Shelter’s accounts are:                 

Facebook:  facebook.com/hobokenshelter               

Twitter:  @hobokenshelter               

Instagram:  @hoboken_shelter

 

Lunch/Showers Program, Sort Clothing/Food Donations, & Workshops on WEEKDAYS:

On weekdays, we serve a delicious hot lunch, distribute canned goods & clothes, & provide showers to our unsheltered homeless Guests.  Volunteers are welcome to come & help 11am-2pm on WEEKDAYS.  We need help setting-up for lunch & showers, which includes sorting canned goods & clothes to be distributed at 12pm; setting the tables, preparing food, & serving lunch at 1:30pm; & cleaning-up by 2pm.

 

We welcome volunteers to participate in our daily workshop with a round-table discussion with our Guests 2pm-3pm.  The Guests are interested in learning about your job, specific duties/responsibilities in your position, & any particular skill set or education needed to become employed in your profession.

 

This volunteer shift is a great opportunity for corporate groups to build collegial relationships for co-workers while they give back to the community.  Please call MADELYN to schedule your group.  She is available to review our volunteer calendar 9am-5pm, Mondays-Fridays, 201-656-5069.

  • The maximum size for a group of volunteers during the lunch shift is 15 people for a scheduled group.
  • You don’t have to call ahead if you are 1-3 people. 
  • Lunch Volunteers are needed on WEEKDAYS ONLY –we can NOT accommodate Lunch Volunteers on Saturdays/Sundays.

 

Make, Wrap, & Deliver Shelter Guests’ Daily Sandwiches EVERY DAY:

50 brown-bagged lunches are needed daily for our Shelter Guests to take to work, school, programs, & job-searching.  We always appreciate the delivery of sandwiches that individuals & groups thankfully take the time to make, wrap, & deliver.  Some companies do this during their staff meetings as a morale-building activity; some fraternities & sororities do this as a large group activity; & some parents & kids do this as a family activity.  Any kind of sandwiches are appreciated, but our Guests prefer meat-based sandwiches.  You don’t have to call ahead because we welcome donations of 1-1000 sandwiches 9am-9pm daily.

 

Barbers EVERY DAY:

Professional haircuts are always needed!!!  We need your skills to help our Guests look good while they are job-hunting.  We can schedule this on any day it is convenient for you 9am-11am during our Morning Drop-In/Breakfast, 12pm-2pm during our Afternoon Drop-In/Lunch/Showers Hours, & 2pm-5pm during our Afternoon Workshops.

Please call MADELYN to schedule this.  The best time to call her is 9am-5pm, Mondays-Fridays, 201-656-5069.

 

Culinary Arts EVERY DAY:

Professional Chefs Wanted!!!  We need your skills to teach our Guests the techniques of food preparation, the art of food presentation, & the business of the food industry.  We need your help to teach our Guests these employable skills & how to cook nutritious & delicious meals on a budget.  We can schedule this 3pm-5pm daily.

Please call ANTHONY to schedule this.  The best time to call him is 12pm-2pm, daily, 201-656-5069. 

 

Vocational, Resume Writing, & Job-Searching on WEEKDAYS & EVERY NIGHT:

Volunteers are welcome 3pm-5pm on Weekdays & 6pm-7pm nightly to help Guests with vocational issues, interview skills, & job-searching tips.  You don’t have to call ahead, but please check-in with the Case Manager & the Kitchen Manager when you arrive at the Shelter.

Please call ANTHONY to schedule this.  The best time to call him is 12pm-2pm, daily, 201-656-5069. 

Mentoring / Tutoring / Brain Games / Workshops EVERY DAY:

Shelter Guests appreciate your time shared with them with a simple conversation.  Volunteers are welcome nightly before dinner 6pm-7pm to Mentor, Tutor, & Play Brain Games (Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Dominoes, etc.) with our Guests.  You don’t have to call ahead, but please check-in with the Case Manager & the Kitchen Staff when you arrive at the Shelter.  Please bring games.

 

If you would like to lead our WORKSHOPS with our Guests, we welcome motivational speakers & trade professionals to present important issues & lessons on the following topics:

  • Financial Literacy Workshop aka “Money Mondays” on Mondays: 2pm-3pm Banks & Financial Professionals Needed!!!
  • Visual Arts Workshop on Mondays: 8pm-9pmArtists Needed!!!
  • Social Services Workshop on Tuesdays: 2pm-3pmSocial Services Professionals Needed!!!
  • Health & Hygiene Workshop on Wednesdays: 2pm-3pmMedical Professionals Needed!!!
  • Creative Writing Workshop on Wednesdays: 8pm-9pmAuthors, Poets, & Screen Writers Needed!!!
  • Job & Employment Issues Workshop on Thursdays: 2pm-3pmHR Professionals Needed!!!
  • Current Events Discussion Group aka “Hot Topics” on Fridays: 2pm-3pm.  Advocates Needed!!!
  • Men’s Group on Saturdays: 2pm-3pmMotivational Speakers & Barbers Needed!!!
  • Support Group on Saturdays: 3pm-4pm Motivational Speakers!!!
  • Housing Workshop on Saturdays: 4pm-5pmLandlords & Realtors Needed!!!
  • Women’s Group on Sundays: 2pm-3pmMotivational Speakers & Hair Stylists Needed!!!  ZUMBA is their favorite!!!
  • Spiritual Discussion Group on Sundays: 3pm-4pm.  Multi-denominational Faith-based Leaders Needed!!!
  • Music & Movement on Sundays: 4pm-5pm.  Musicians, Choirs, or Yoga Instructors Needed!!!  ZUMBA!!!

Please call ANTHONY to schedule this.  The best time to call him is 12pm-2pm, daily, 201-656-5069. 

 

Collect Donations of Food, Supplies, & Toiletries EVERY DAY:

Donations are welcome 9am-9pm daily.  We use the following supplies on a daily basis:  850 cups (with 600 for Coffee!);        850 napkins; 650 plates; 250 bowls; 50 toilet paper rolls; 5 paper towel rolls; 5 tissue boxes; 3 large hand sanitizer bottles, &       50 Garbage Bags (55 gallons size).  We need your help to coordinate a collection of the following:

Food Donations:

  1. Coffee                                                           6.   Frozen Meat (Turkeys, Hams, Meatballs)
  2. Sugar                                                              7.   Instant Potatoes
  3. Milk                                                                  8.   Marinara Sauce
  4. Cereal                                                             9.   Sandwiches
  5. Juice                                                             10. Fruit—Especially Bananas

Supplies Donations:

  1. Paper/Plastic Plates                             6.   Laundry & Dish Detergents
  2. Hot/Cold Cups                                          7.   Garbage Bags (any size)
  3. Napkins                                                        8.   Postage Stamps
  4. Plastic Utensils—Especially Forks 9. Envelopes
  5. Hand Sanitizer                                       10. Pens

Toiletries Donations:

  1. Soap                                                             6.   Razors
  2. Shampoo                                                    7.   Shaving Cream
  3. Toothbrushes                                         8.   Wash Cloths
  4. Toothpaste                                                 9.   Underpants
  5. Deodorant                                                 10. SOCKS—Guests walk 14-miles/day!

We have a WISH LIST on AMAZON.COM to purchase & ship donations to the Shelter.

 

Fundraise EVERY DAY:

Since it only costs us $2 per meal, every little bit really helps!  Please ask your family to give donations to the Shelter in lieu of gifts for your special occasions.  Please host a party & have your friends bring donations for the Shelter.  Please make & sell items like lemonade & donate the proceeds to the Shelter.  Please have your company host raffles at their parties to benefit the Shelter.  Please sponsor dinner in our soup kitchen with a donation of $300.  (You can mail donations to JACLYN’s attention—THANKS!)  Want to join our Events Committee & help us put the FUN in Fundraiser?  If so, email us at event@hobokenshelter.org

To make text donations, please text: GIVE to 201-733-4196

 

Thanksgiving & Christmas HOLIDAYS:

Volunteers are welcome 6pm-8pm.  You must CALL & Register at 201-656-5069.  We welcome all volunteers to make these holidays a special time for our Guests, so we expect a bountiful amount of volunteers to share in the spirit of the holidays.  We look forward to your help with serving dinner; sorting clothing & food donations; socializing with our Guests; coordinating our newsletter mailing; & making these evenings extra special for our Guests!  $10 Panera Gift Cards are appreciated!

Volunteers NEED to bring DONATIONS: Plates, Cups, Napkins, Plastic Utensils (especially Forks), Coffee, Sugar, & Milk

Please note that we will NOT authorize students’ volunteer hours on Thanksgiving & Christmas. 

 

ATTENTION STUDENTS:

During EVERY volunteer shift, make sure to SIGN-IN in our STUDENT VOLUNTEER LOGBOOK for Community Service Hours for School or Religious-Purposes ONLY—NO Court-Ordered Community Service Hours can be performed here.  These hours need to be supervised & authorized with INITIALS IN THIS LOGBOOK by the Kitchen Staff at the end of every shift.  Please note that we will NOT authorize students’ volunteer hours on Thanksgiving & Christmas.  Following your tenure of service, YOU need to make arrangements to present your documentation to the KITCHEN STAFF for the official approval.  If your school does not provide a form, then YOU have to write the letter for his/her signature because we do NOT provide these letters.  Please be advised that YOU are responsible to schedule this in advance of your deadline & need to coordinate it with any of the Shelter’s Kitchen Staff to verify your hours in our Student Volunteer Logbook & sign-off on your paperwork.  This can NOT be done via email/online/mail/phone.  Kitchen Staff are generally scheduled 6pm to 8pm nightly.

All Student Volunteers NEED to bring DONATIONS:  Plates, Cups, Napkins, & Plastic Utensils (especially Forks).

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*Please dress casually, wear a hat, wear closed-toe shoes, & look forward to having a good time!*

**PLEASE NOTE that we do NOT host COURT-ORDERED Community Service Volunteers.**