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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities in Essex County

by Jordan and Joelle Hernandez
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Giving back to the community benefits those in need and those helping. In Essex County, there is no shortage of opportunities to give back to the community. From food delivery, clothing drives, mentoring opportunities, or fundraising, there is something for everyone. Read on to learn about the dozens of food pantries, shelters, support groups, and more in the area to give back to.

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Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry | 275 West Market Street, Newark + 58 Hartford Street, Newark

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11AM-1PM, the Bethany Baptist Church Food Pantry is open to the community. Volunteers are needed to support. Learn more here.

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Blessed Sacrament Pantry | 19 Van Ness Place, Newark

For over 28 years, pantry manager Helen Brooks has been committed to helping students in her classroom beat hunger — one bowl of cereal at a time. Today the pantry is able to provide even more resources than just food such as toiletries, diapers, and clothes. Volunteers are needed to work alongside Ms. Brooks to ensure the community in need receives the donated items. Learn more here.

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Broadway House for Continuing Care | 298 Broadway, Newark

Broadway House offers comprehensive support for those with acute illness or injury. Their program for those living with HIV/AIDS has been nationally recognized. Volunteers are needed to help guests of Broadway House socialize by playing games, mentoring, and just spending quality time. An application is needed to be a volunteer. Learn more here.

Church of the Eternal God | 190 Highland Avenue, Newark

On the second Saturday of every month, the Church of the Eternal God hosts its food pantry. The community can come for food. Delivery of food is available upon request. Volunteers are needed for food distribution and delivery. Learn more here.

Covenant House | 330 Washington Street, Newark

The Covenant House supports at-risk youth from homelessness and human trafficking. Volunteers are needed to spend time with the youth. Most volunteer positions are two-hour shifts with a three-month commitment of coming weekly or bi-weekly. The most immediate volunteer needs are listed on their site. Learn more here.

First Hopewell Baptist Church Food Pantry | 525 Orange Street, Newark

In partnership with over 20 other food pantries, the First Hopewell Baptist Church hosts a food pantry for those in need. Volunteers are welcome to support the effort or even host their own food drive to collect items in need. Learn more here.

First Seventh Day Adventist Church | 15 Elmwood Avenue, Montclair

On the second and last Sunday of every month, the First Seventh Day Adventist Church food pantry is open to the public. From 12PM to 5PM, guests can come to receive food if in need. Learn more here.

Franciscan Charities — St. Ann’s | 212 Hunterdon Street, Newark

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11AM-2PM, meals and snack bags are distributed to the community. Volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute the bags. Franciscan Charities is known as a staple in the community and often allows for relationship-building between the volunteers and the clients. Learn more here.

Hombres y Mujers De Valor Par | 347 6th Avenue, Newark

Hombres y Mujeres De Valor Par welcomes volunteers to its food pantry. Volunteers are needed to support. Learn more here.

House of Love Kitchen/Pantry | 589-595 Central Avenue, Newark

The House of Love Kitchen/Pantry is run mostly by the support of volunteers. Those in the community who have spent time giving back to House of Love in various ways share the blessings they have felt while serving. 


Human Needs Food Pantry | 9 Label Street, Montclair

The Human Needs Food Pantry is always in need of volunteers to serve the community. Volunteers are needed to pack fruits and vegetables, pick up food from suppliers, sort donated items, and deliver food to homebound clients. Those interested in volunteering should fill out the interest form here. In addition to volunteering, individuals can host a drive for needed items. For more information on how to start a drive, click here.

Inner City Emerg (Joi’s Angels) | 114 South Arlington Avenue, East Orange

Youth, food, housing, and life essentials are the core offerings of Joi’s Angels. The organization provides various resources for the community of all ages and is always looking for support. They are currently looking for public-minded volunteers who “aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty”. Learn more here.

Isaiah House | 238 North Munn Avenue, East Orange

Isaiah House has been providing resources to the community at large such as food distribution, HIV/AIDS program, shelter, community development, and more. Donations of food, cleaning supplies, technology, and trash bags are always welcome. Volunteer opportunities are available. Learn more here.

Little Zion U.A.M.E. Church Food Pantry | 154 Stephens Street, Belleville

Every third and fourth Saturday of the month, volunteers are needed at 10AM to help with food distribution to the community. Those in need are welcome to come to receive perishable and non-perishable food items. Donations of food are also welcome. Learn more here.

Love of Jesus Ministries Food Pantry | 448 Highland Avenue, Orange

Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated at the Love of Jesus Ministries Food Pantry. The pantry is taking donations and help is needed to distribute and organize food. Learn more here.

Nutley Family Service Bureau | 155 Chestnut Street #169, Nutley

Nutley Family Service offers resources to those in need to help enhance family life. Services such as grocery delivery for seniors, nutrition education, clothing resources, and more. Volunteers are needed to help this organization run. Learn more here.

Roseville Presbyterian Church Food Pantry | 36 Roseville Avenue, Newark

Every second Monday of the month, the Roseville Presbyterian Church Food Pantry distributes groceries. All patrons are welcome. Donations and help for the pantry are accepted. Learn more here.

Salem Seventh Day Adventist | 10 South Oraton Parkway, East Orange

Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, the Salem Seventh Day Adventist hosts its food pantry. Guests can come from 9AM-12PM for food. Learn more here.

Salvation Army | 430 Main Street, East Orange

The Salvation Army has no shortage of volunteer opportunities. In Essex County specifically, opportunities to field calls for the organization, fill out local food vendor forms, create client referral packages, and more. The opportunity allows for a chance to meet others as volunteers work in tandem with 1-2 others at the same time. Learn more here.

Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s Church | 73 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

Food prep, serving, bagging, driving, food delivery, and pickups are needed at Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s Church. Walk-in volunteers are not welcome, please pre-register online before volunteering. Learn more here.

Toussaint Food Pantry | 528 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark

For the past 23 years, the Toussaint Food Pantry has been serving the community of Newark. Today, their services reach over 300 families, totaling over 700 people monthly. The pantry is open every Saturday from 9AM-11AM. Volunteers are needed for the distribution and organization of food. Learn more here.

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The Apostles House | 24 Grant Street, Newark

The Apostles House is dedicated to providing life resources to women, children, and at-risk families in Essex County. Their mission is to end homelessness while encouraging self-sufficiency and a great quality of life. Volunteers are welcome to help with many of the services at the shelter such as food and clothing distribution, reading to the guests, teaching life skills workshops, and more. Learn more here.

Zion United Church Food Pantry | 17 Alexander Street, Newark

The Zion United Church has a food pantry and soup kitchen in operation. Every Friday at 5PM, those in need in the community can come to receive food. The pantry asks that guests call ahead if they are in need. Learn more here.

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