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47 Things to Do in Montclair + Beyond This Weekend {Mar 31- Apr 6}

by Yarleen Hernandez
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Happy Easter Sunday to all who celebrate! Whether you’re heading out or staying in — this week’s Montclair + beyond events guide has got you covered with kid-friendly activities, a virtual cinema series, performances, and much more happening. Check out this list of all the virtual and in-person events happening in Montclair, Bloomfield, and beyond this weekend {March 31st – April 6th}.

Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.

Easter Dining Specials + Events

Easter Weekend at Faubourg’s

Saturday, April 3rd + Sunday, April 4th | Pre-orders for take-out bundles by Friday, April 2nd

Celebrate Easter weekend at Faubourg’s. Dine-in options are available as well as a Holiday at Home bundle. Faubourg’s is located at 544 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Reserve here.

Easter Egg Hunt 2021 

Saturday, April 3rd | 2:00PM – 4:00PM

The entire family can hunt for eggs at the Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair. See the Easter bunny hopping around as you pick your treat-filled eggs and then take a photo with him. Special Easter crafts for kids and coffee and refreshments for the grown-ups will be available at the event. The event is located at 46 Park Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

Easter and Springtime Family Fun at Alstede Farms 

Now through Saturday, April 3rd | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The whole family will love taking a scenic hayride around the farm, visiting and feeding baby animals. Littles will also enjoy a touchless Easter egg hunt, exploring the farm with a scavenger hunt, and seeing the Easter Bunny too. Tickets are $16.99 and must be purchased in advance. The event is located 1 Alstede Farms Lane in Chester. Learn more here.

Easter Sunday Skate at Branch Brook Park

Sunday, April 4th | 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM

For a twist on the traditional Easter Bunny visit, consider roller skating at Branch Brook Park this April. Each session includes admission, a skate rental, a slice of pizza, a glow stick, and appearances from the Easter Bunny and friends. Face masks are required at all times. Temperature check upon arrival. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is located at 7th Avenue in Newark. Learn more here.

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt 

Sunday, April 4th | 2:00 PM 

For Go on an egg hunt around the world with Watson Adventures. Eggs are hidden in art museum paintings, in royal homes as Fabergé eggs, or in natural history museums as giant dinosaur eggs and tiny hummingbird eggs. Hosts meet with teams on Zoom and send you hopping off around the world, following clues that lead you to websites where you must find eggs and answer fun questions about them. Hunt is for ages 10 and up, and each team must include one adult. Tickets are $19/person. Learn more here.

The Amazing Virtual Easter Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, April 4th | 2:00 PM

You will need your thinking caps for this clue-filled hunt around New York City. A series of clues leads you around the Highline, Chelsea Market, and Hudson Yards, asking you to perform physical and mental challenges for the entire family along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and wear a mask. One member of the team should have a smartphone. The hunt is run through the app ScanQuest so be sure to have it downloaded before you arrive. Tickets are $25. Learn more here.

Virtual Picture with the Easter Bunny

For parents looking to create a completely virtual visit with the Easter Bunny, children can still have their picture taken with Peter Cottontail via PictureMeBunny. This website edits an image of your child next to the Easter Bunny for $30. All you need is a picture of your child set against a plain background and the website will take care of the rest. Learn more here.

Catch the Easter Bunny at Home 

Catch the Easter Bunny in your own house with Catch a Character. If you don’t make it to visit the Easter Bunny in real life, children will still enjoy the magic of seeing proof that he really stopped at their house to leave springtime treats. As an additional measure, parents might want to schedule a call from the Easter Bunny to solidify the excitement. Learn more here.

Virtual Events

Wellness Wednesday Workshop Hosted by NJPAC

Wednesday, March 31st | 7:30PM

Master the fundamentals of the Graham technique in this live Wellness Wednesday workshop with Janelle Ings. The event is free. Sign up here.

Ralph Pucci 5th Annual Jazz Set Livestream Broadcast

Wednesday, March 31st | 8:00PM-10:30PM

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The Jazz Set reunites two of the most omnipresent figures and cultural ambassadors of our time: virtuosic bassist, composer, and Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride with trumpeter, composer, and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis. Sign up here.

Ruth – Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words: Virtual Cinema Hosted by Montclair Film

Now-Wednesday, March 31st

Join Montclair Film for their virtual cinema series honoring Women’s History Month featuring the film: Ruth – Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words. The improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools — became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Revealing both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

2021 Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 Mile Run Walk

Now-Wednesday, March 31st

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Leprechaun costumes, traditional Irish food, and running, of course, there’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than completing the Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4 miler event. Celebrate your race and the “Luck of the Irish” with runners from all 50 states and around the world. Complete each distance one at a time or if you’re feeling lucky complete all 4 miles. Either way, we encourage you to wear your finest St. Patrick’s Day attire and have fun! Your virtual event can be completed any time from March 1st, 2021 until March 31st, 2021. Sign up here.

Open Mic Series: Jersey Fresh at Home Hosted by NJPAC

Thursday, April 1st | 6:00PM

You’re invited to NJPAC’s virtual open mic! Every week, NJPAC is spotlighting up-and-coming talent from all over New Jersey via Facebook Live. On Thursday, April 1st, tune in to watch the next set of homegrown stars featuring Chasing Paragon, Charly Santagado, Mercedes Alexus, Eis-Side, Ambition The Poet, Shane The Golden Voice, and Ebony Mack-Ramos. The event is free. Sign up here.

A Conversation About Art and Healing with Maggie Meiners and Renee Folzenlogen Hosted by Montclair Art Museum

Thursday, April 1st | 6:00PM

Join MAM for their 5th Annual Gaelen Family Artist Lecture: A Conversation About Art and Healing with Maggie Meiners and Renee Folzenlogen. Maggie Meiners will reflect on her personal journey with mental health and creativity in conversation with art therapist Renee Folzenlogen. Meiners will discuss her artistic practice throughout her career, including works on view in the exhibition, Fragile Freedoms: Maggie Meiners Revisits Rockwell. This event is free. Register here.

New and Expecting Parents Mix + Mingle Event Hosted By Montclair Baby

Thursday, April 1st | 7:30PM-9:00PM

Connect virtually with other new parents and parents in an evening of prenatal and postnatal education with this free event. A selection of birth doulas, certified lactation consultants, and birth and postpartum health care experts will be on the panel to answer all of your questions. Join in for an evening of connection and community. Stay tuned for some fun giveaways from our panelists and a free raffle at the end of the event! This event is for expecting parents and new parents who want to learn more about babies, pregnancy, birth and beyond. All participants will receive a link via email to join this virtual workshop via Zoom within 12 hours of the start time. Register here.

Virtual Cinema Series Hosted by Montclair Film

Now-Thursday, April 1st

Join Montclair Film for their virtual cinema series honoring Women’s History Month and much more with over 15 titles to choose from. Tickets range from $8 for members to $12 for non-members. Learn more here.

Wojnarowicz: Virtual Cinema Film Hosted by Montclair Film

Now-Thursday, April 1st

Join Montclair Film for their virtual cinema series featuring the film: WOJNAROWICZ , also known by its full, and for some, controversial title, WOJNAROWICZ: F**K YOU F*GGOT F**KER, is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37. Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

Submissions open for Tenth Annual Montclair Film Festival

Begins Friday, April 2nd

Submissions for the tenth annual Montclair Film Festival open on Friday, April 2nd. The tenth annual Montclair Film Festival will entertain film lovers and professionals from across the region and country with ten days of compelling independent films, comedies, documentaries, panels, family events and work by emerging artists. The festival will provide a platform for talented filmmakers from around the world and give special recognition to New Jersey artists. Sign up here.

Healing the Divide: Race, Medicine, and the Covid-19 Vaccine Event Hosted by NJPAC

Monday, April 5th | 7:00PM

Join NJPAC for a conversation with medical experts examining the history of racial discrimination in health care, and how the shadow of medical apartheid will impact the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. From the Tuskegee experiments of the 20th century to the multiple barriers to appropriate care Black people still encounter today, this panel will discuss the origins of the deep mistrust of the medical establishment felt by many in communities of color, and how that lack of trust might be mitigated in order to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. The event will include a greeting from Mayor Ras Baraka, and will be moderated by Dr. Denise Anderson, founder and CEO of Denise Anderson & Associates, an independent public health and health care consultancy business, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Department of Health’s  Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, and Principal of the COVID Rapid Mobile Response Team at the New Jersey Department of Health.
Sign up here.

Savion Glover: Dance, Resistance and History Hosted by NJPAC

Tuesday, April 6th | 7:00PM

Join NJPAC for a conversation with Savion Glover and NJPAC President + CEO John Schreiber for a conversation that will trace the history of tap through historical performances by the likes of Jimmy Slyde, George Hillman, Lon Chaney, Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis and Fred Astaire, examining not just their artistry, but the cultural and historical context in which these timeless works were created. This virtual conversation with music and dance is part of a new series at NJPAC. Every month, a special guest visits the virtual theater to share the work of performers they love. NJPAC’s John Schreiber joins the featured guest in a wide-ranging discussion, taking a deep dive into the history of music, dance and theater — and the legendary artists who brought these genres to life. The event is free. Sign up here.

Eating Healthy on a Budget Event Hosted by Act Now Foundation

Tickets available now | Event: Tuesday, April 6th | 2:00PM-4:00PM

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The Act Now Foundation will host Eating Healthy on a Budget event on Tuesday, April 6th at 2:00PM. Learn how to make a plan that can help you get organized, save money and choose healthy options. The Act Now Foundation is always looking for volunteers + donations. Sign up here.

Richard Thompson & Elvis Costello ‘Words & Music’ Hosted by Montclair Literary Festival

Tickets available now | Event: Tuesday, April 6th | 8:00PM

The Montclair Literary Festival’s event series continues with a live conversation between two music legends. Join legendary U.K. singer and guitarist, Richard Thompson, for the launch of his memoir Beeswing: Losing My Voice and Finding My Way 1967-1975 with iconic singer-songwriter, Elvis Costello on Tuesday, April 6th at 8:00PM. Tickets cost $30 and include a copy of the book {value of $28}. The first 100 people to register will receive a signed copy of the book. The event will be held on Crowdcast and a sign-up link will be sent after ticket purchase. Books can be picked up at Festival partner Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, or shipped to your home address {additional cost, select option when selecting ticket; shipping available within the US only}. Register here.

Holistic Lamaze Course Hosted By Montclair Baby

Registration Now Open | Thursday, April 8th-Thursday, April 29th | 7:30PM-9:30PM

This virtual course, Holistic Childbirth Education, is inspired by the book, Birthing from Within and based on The Six Care Practices that Support Normal Birth. It is a compassionate, evidence-based approach to birth preparation and a great alternative to hospital-based classes. Register here.

#RIFT Play Hosted By Luna Stage Company

Tickets Now Available | Friday, April 9th | 12:00PM

Two real-life brothers: one a convicted murderer, the other a playwright; a member of the Aryan Brotherhood versus an A.O.C. type progressive. #RIFT is a durational play over text messages exploring the ideological divide in America and asking, “Is love enough?” This experience consists of a play-over text message sent to the audience member’s phone. Participants can enroll and or/disenroll at any time during the three-month experience of the Stages Festival. This performance is free. Register here.

Creating Your America: A Master Workshop with Maggie Meiners

Registration Now Open | Saturday, April 10th + Saturday, May 1st | 2:00PM-4:30PM

Sign up for MAM’s Creating Your America: A Master Workshop with Maggie Meiners. Join artist Maggie Meiners for a month-long journey as you seek to understand American society, and create an artifact to reflect your message in a medium of your choice. On the first day, students will hear from the artist about her process, personal journey, and artistic influences, and examine other artworks in MAM’s collection that reflect contemporary issues, and have a group discussion about the collective experience and individual stories of America. Students will then begin the process of creating their own work, and determining the best media to express themselves. Students of all levels and abilities welcome; no prior experience required. The workshop takes place on Zoom. Register here.

American Heart Association + CPR Certification Course Hosted By Montclair Baby

Registration Now Open | Saturday, April 10th | 2:00PM-5:00PM

Each workshop participant will receive a two-year CPR certification card from the American Heart Association and special focus will be provided on Pediatric and Infant CPR. First Aid Basics will be discussed, our instructor will focus on First Aid Emergencies specific to Pediatric Patients and Infants. The instructor will encourage participants to provide situational emergencies and provide discussion on an appropriate response. Please note this class is limited to 5 couples. Covid safety protocols will be strictly followed including all attendees must wear face coverings. Register here.

American Sign Language Course Hosted By Montclair Baby

Now-Sunday, April 14th | 11:30AM-12:30PM

Jumpstart communication with basic American Sign Language through a fun combination of music, books, and engaging activities for baby. Caregivers will learn to help babies express their needs before they are able to convey them verbally. This program will teach signs for both daily routine and fun things that motivate the baby to communicate. Sign language accelerates verbal development, strengthens cognitive skills, reduces frustration and tantrums, increases self-esteem, and enhances child-caregiver bonding. Get ready to learn, have fun, and make new friends. Register here.

Run Toward a Better Future Virtual 5k or 1 Mile Run/Walk

Now-Sunday, April 25th

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Complete a virtual 5k or 1 mile walk/run to support Waves of Education. With your help, they hope to raise at least $30,000 which will be put toward building a primary school in central Uganda. Sign up here.

Volunteer + Donate to The Act Now Foundation

Ongoing

The Act Now Foundation is always looking for volunteers + donations. By partnering with Act Now Foundation on its mission, you as an individual or your company can have a profound impact on the movement to end Alzheimer’s and improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. You can stand up as a leader in the battle against this disease and demonstrate to your community that you are making an active effort to ease their burden. Donate + learn more here.

Free Community Knitting Virtual Class

Every Wednesday | 7:00PM-9:00PM

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Join a free community knitting virtual class every Wednesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. All fiber crafts are welcome. Register here.

Register for a Free Dance Class

Available online

Classes are available online every day and include Salsa, West African, Hip-Hop, and more. Classes are hosted by Alvin Ailey Studio. Register here.

In-Person Events

Register for Adult + Kids Dance Classes at Beyond the Boogie

Available online + In Person

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Learn how to dance at Beyond the Boogie Dance Company. Classes are available online + in-person. Register here.

Point of Action: New Art Installation at Crane Park

Starting Thursday, March 25th | Ongoing

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Head over to Crane Park for a new art installation! Montclair residents and artists Nina Cooke John and Charlie Spademan are bringing the installation to Montclair at no cost to the township for about four to six weeks. The installation consists of nine aluminum-framed pavilions on six-foot concrete circles — illustrating the social distancing we have been adhering to — with ropes that are intertwined and part to allow people to step into the frame. In the center, a “spotlight” illuminates the person and creates a safe connection to others inside other frames, as well as passersby. Cooke John is the designer, while Spademan will be installing Point of Action. During the holidays, the public art installation was at the Flatiron Public Plaza on 23rd Street in New York. Point of Action addresses connectivity and community building. Crane Park is located at 1-9 Greenwood Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

Morgan’s Farm’s Earth Day Kits + Support Monarch Butterflies

Pick-ups in March + April

Stop by Morgan’s Farm to purchase some Earth Day Seed Kits, and support local efforts to help monarch butterflies, important pollinators whose population is endangered. Choose from a variety of kits including Sunflower, herbs and Milkweed which come with pots, potting soil and more. The kits range from $10 to $20. Morgan’s Farm is located at 903 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove. Learn more here.

Family Meal Program

Every Wednesday | 2:30PM-3:30PM

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If you or someone you know is in need of food, The Family Meal program is available every Wednesday from 2:30PM-3:30PM. The event is located at the Geyer Family Y Parking Lot at 159 Glenridge Avenue in Montclair. Learn more here.

The Montclair Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday | 8:00AM-1:00PM

The market takes place every Saturday at the Walnut Street Train Station located at 86 Walnut Street in Montclair. The Montclair Farmers’ Market brings you an array of local farmers and food artisans offering fresh fruits & vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, cheeses, gluten-free baked goods, prepared foods, condiments, honey, flowers, wine, pickles, and so much more. Learn more here.

Stony Hill Farms Winter Market Curbside Pickup

Multiple times + locations

Stony Hill Farms is offering curbside pickup for their online winter market. There are multiple times and locations available. Learn more here.

Volunteer + Donate to The Act Now Foundation

Ongoing

The Act Now Foundation is always looking for volunteers + donations. By partnering with Act Now Foundation on it’s mission, you as an individual or your company, can have a profound impact on the movement to end Alzheimer’s and improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. You can stand up as a leader in the battle against this disease and demonstrate to your community that you are making an active effort to ease their burden. Donate + learn more here.

Visit the Montclair Art Museum

Virtually + in-person

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The Montclair Art Museum has officially reopened its doors with over 3 new exhibitions including Fragile Freedoms. MAM was founded in 1914 and was the first museum in New Jersey to grant access to the public + focus only on art. It has preserved American and Native American Art since its inception and contains over 12,000 pieces of artwork including sculptures, ceramics, artifacts, and more. Dream Act by Maggie Meiners is on display now until June 13th. Tickets to the museum must be reserved prior to entering and Fridays from 11AM to 12PM are reserved for immunocompromised persons as well as seniors. MAM’s artwork can be enjoyed virtually on the website as well. Learn more here.

Tour Van Vleck House and Gardens

Open daily | 9:00AM-6:00PM

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Take a free tour of Van Vleck House and Gardens which is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Montclair. A center for horticulture, education, music, art, and quiet contemplation, the gardens are open to the public for their enjoyment and the house is available to non-profits for meetings and events. The grounds are open every day from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. Virtual tours are also available online. Van Vleck House and Gardens is located at 21 Van Vleck Street in Montclair. Learn more here.

Attend an Exclusive Viewing Dinner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 19

Every Thursday | 7:30PM

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Attend an exclusive viewing dinner of the new season of Hell’s Kitchen at MC Hotel’s Allegory in Montclair, located at 690 Bloomfield Avenue. Show participants and chefs will be in attendance. The viewing dinners will be offered until both chefs are eliminated, or crowned victorious. Space is limited. To book, call Allegory at 973-329-5600. Learn more here.

Take a Hike at Eagle Rock Reservation

Open daily | 9:00AM-9:00PM

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Take a hike at Eagle Rock Reservation which has more than 400 acres along the Watchung Mountains ridgeline located between West Orange, Montclair, and Verona. The 40 mile Lenape Trail {yellow blazes} skirts the eastern edge of the park. The hiking trails and footpaths that crisscross the woodland {and sometimes boggy} areas of the park are friendly for hikers of all ages and abilities. The Eagle Rock Reservation is located at Eagle Rock Avenue and Prospect Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.

Kid-Focused Events

Books on the Move Hosted by NJPAC

Virtual + Ongoing

Join NJPAC Teaching Artist Wincey Terry for a free reading of Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa written by Veronica Chambers and illustrated by Julie Maren, Nighttime Symphony written by Christopher Myers and illustrated by Kaa Illustration, Chato’s Kitchen written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Susan Guevara, and many more stories. Register here.

Illustration for Teens Hosted by Montclair Art Museum

Registration is now open | Classes Every Wednesday: April 14th-June 2nd | 4:30PM- 6:00PM

Join MAM for their Illustration for Teens classes every Wednesday starting April 14th-June 2nd. Students explore visual strategies for communicating concepts and individual expression with a professional illustrator. In addition to technique-based instruction, there will be a variety of assignments reflective of the range of approaches and possibilities in the field of illustration. Students must provide their own materials. Register here.

Take and Make Saturdays

Every Saturday | Now-June 12th | 11:00AM-4:00PM

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Register for a craft project each week, pick it up on Saturday during the library’s Public Browsing Hours, and do it at home! While supplies last. One kit per child. For all ages. Sign up here.

Dungeons and Dragons Club at West Orange Library

Every Friday | Now-June 18th | 3:15PM-5:15PM

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Join an epic quest awaiting teens who join the DnD club. DnD features role-playing, storytelling, strategic thinking, math skills, problem-solving, and teamwork all rolled into one. The event is open to teens living in West Orange. Sign up here.

Visit the Turtleback Zoo

Open daily | 10:00AM-3:00PM

Take a trip to the Turtleback Zoo to catch their incredible Sea Turtle Recovery exhibit, Sea Lion Sound, and much more. Virtual tours are also available through the website. The Turtleback Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Learn more here.

Ways to Give Back Locally

Toni’s Kitchen {73 S Fullerton Avenue}

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2020 provided a challenge for many, especially when it came to hunger and food insecurity. Toni’s Kitchen, an organization that has provided the community in need with food resources, shifted its response to accommodate those rising numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Toni’s Kitchen now provides 20,000 meals every week which is an increase of 4,300 pounds per week since 2019. Because of the support of generous donors and volunteers, 800+ families are no longer worrying about the next meal. Learn how to get involved here.

Human Needs Food Pantry {9 Label Street}

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on the highest rates of hunger in the United States ever. In New Jersey alone, over 1.1 million people are food insecure. The Human Needs Pantry has been able to add over 1,000 additional homes to service during this time of need. Through the help of generous donors and volunteers’ residents in need in Montclair and neighboring Essex County towns are able to pick up food or have a home delivery grocery service. Close to 3,000 groceries are donated weekly through the area. Learn more here on how to get involved.  

Jazz House Kids {347 Bloomfield Avenue}

Founder Melissa Walker was prepped to be a lawyer before opportunities in music kept showing up all around her. She attributes her ability to follow her heart and be a jazz artist to great mentors in her life. Now, through Jazz House Kids, Melissa is providing students the opportunities she had by mentoring them. Jazz House Kids combines music, mentoring, education, and leadership to help serve students in the community who may face a financial gap to being involved with music. Her program opens opportunities to learn and grow with music. Support from donors is needed to keep her “little wishes” going. Learn more here on how to get involved.

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris {33 South Fullerton Avenue}

Mental health is often highly stigmatized in society and the media. Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is working to reverse this stigma and provide support to those living with mental illness as well as the caregivers. Through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and services, the organization is working to achieve its mission. Case management services, suicide prevention work, and housing opportunities are just a small sample of the community work of this organization. Learn more here on how to get involved.

Montclair Fund for Women {41 Watchung Plaza}

Originally known as the Young Colored Women’s Christian Association, this organization was founded by African American women who came to Montclair in search of education, employment, and opportunity. As time passed, the organization not only changed its name, it joined forces with women of all backgrounds and became a prominent force in the community. Since its inception, the Montclair Fund for Women has given over $800,000 in grants to provide opportunities to women. Learn more here on how to get involved.  

Pound Animal Welfare Society {PAWS} 

Hundreds of animals need adoption across the state of New Jersey. For over 41 years, the Pound Animal Welfare Society has been helping place homeless animals. PAWS does not have a facility to house animals in need, but the support of generous volunteers makes the work possible. In addition to fostering animals, supplies are needed. Learn more here on how to get involved.

Covenant House New Jersey 

Covenant House began more than 40 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In 1989, Covenant House began its work in New Jersey by providing basic services to homeless youth on the streets of Newark and Atlantic City. Outreach staff travel in vans to these areas offering food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for shelter. All of the services are free. There is no cost and people do not need insurance. Covenant House New Jersey is there for young people for as long as they need help, which includes even when they are living completely on their own. Learn more here.

Junior League of Montclair-Newark 

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark {JLMN} is a volunteer organization of women committed to Promoting Volunteerism, Developing the potential of women, and Improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLMN is a nonprofit organization of trained volunteers. Through hands-on projects and partnerships, members build a better community by promoting education, health and wellness, literacy, and the arts for children at risk each year. Learn more here.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, is the leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization in the state. What started as a modest enterprise in the back of our founder Kathleen DiChiara’s station wagon in downtown Newark in 1975, became an incorporated non-profit in 1982 and has grown to two warehouse facilities in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township, the combined size of five football fields. These locations serve area programs and community partners- over 1,000 in 15 of 21 New Jersey counties- within which 760,000 food-insecure neighbors in need reside. Learn more here.

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