• Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken + Jersey City {April 2018}

    April Showers don’t only bring May Flowers, they bring a ton of volunteer opportunities! This may be our most packed volunteer guide yet. Read on to check out how to get involved in April {including Hoboken Girl’s 2nd Annual Wellness Crawl}. From Earth Day to Autism Awareness to workouts and paint nights you’re bound to find a way to give back. Remember to come back throughout the month for added events. Here is the list of April 2018 volunteering opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City, so you can get involved.

    TRUE Mentors Volunteers’ Night Out at Stewed Cow: Tuesday, April 3rd from 8:00pm – 10:00pm

    Swing by Stewed Cow to party with TRUE Mentors volunteers and learn more about how you can make an impact through their mentoring programs. New in town or just new to TRUE Mentors? Stop by the Enrichment Club volunteer orientation beforehand at 6pm and join up for a cocktail afterwards. The event is open to the public and the more the merrier – so bring a friend or two! Get more info here.

    CASA Information Session at the Hudson County Admin Building: Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm

    Interested in making a difference in a child’s life? Volunteering with CASA might be right for you. CASA volunteers are paired with a foster child and get to know them through monthly visits. Learn more about Hudson County CASA’s work and how to become a volunteer at the first of two information sessions this month. Parking is available in the lot behind the Admin building. RSVP and get more info, here.

    Jack Rabbit Charity Pub Run: Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm

    If you’re the type of runner that needs a little motivation to get started – this event is for you! Help JackRabbit Hoboken support the American Cancer Society at their April 2018 Charity Pub Run. The run kicks off at the Hoboken store and all runners who buy at least one $5 raffle ticket will drink for free at all three stops – Dorrian’s Red Hand, HUB Hoboken and Union Hall Hoboken. Each raffle ticket gets you the chance to win free shoes, apparel, accessories, and more including swag from On. On will also be demo-ing their new Cloud X and Cloudflyer kicks. FYI – Raffle tickets are cash only. Get more info and RSVP, here.

    Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M Spring Break Event at 220 Adams Street: Wednesday, April 4th from 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Wondering what to do with your little ones during Spring Break? Get them giving back to the community from a young age with Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M. Kids ages 5 – 12 will learn how they can support their community, celebrate Earth Day by beautifying the neighborhood, craft with seniors, enjoy lunch with friends, and take part in other fun service activities. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.

    NJ Devils Play for a Cause Autism Awareness Day at the Prudential Center: Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm

    Spring may have sprung but there’s still plenty of time for hockey! Watch the NJ Devils take on the Toronto Maple Leafs and support Play4Autism. Tickets are available in various sections here.

    Hoboken FC Spring Bar Night at Mulligan’s: Friday, April 6th from 9:00pm – 12:00am

    Did you know Hoboken is home to one of the oldest continuously playing soccer clubs in the United States? Hoboken FC 1912 was founded in {you guessed it} 1912 and has been thriving ever since. Come out to learn more and help raise funds for the team – $40 gets you open bar from 9:00pm to midnight and a portion goes back to Hoboken FC. More details on their Facebook page, here.

    World Autism Month Open Bar Fundraiser at Willie McBrides: Saturday, April 7th from 8:00pm – 11:00pm

    KFM Making A Difference and Hoboken Special Needs Parents Group are co-sponsoring a fundraiser in honor of Autism Awareness Month and the 1 in 68 people diagnosed with autism today in the US. Show your support at Willie McBride’s for a 3 hour open bar and light snacks; a portion of event proceeds will help provide scholarships for students with autism to attend college via the nonprofit KFM Making A Difference, run by Kerry Magro, a professional speaker who is an adult on the autism spectrum! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

    Kittens @ Kanibal with JerseyCats: Sunday, April 8th

    Find a new furry friend at Kanibal & Co. Come meet adorable, adoptable kittens from JerseyCats looking for their forever homes. More info here!

    Comedy Night for Autism at Willie McBride’s: Sunday, April 8th at 7:00pm

    Join Play4Autism for a night of comedy and awareness hosted by Patrick Holbert. Laugh away the Sunday Scaries with comics Samantha Bednarz, Sam Mushman, and Mark DeMayo. Tickets are $10 at the door and more info can be found here.

    EPTG + Jaclyn Fulop Liberty Humane Society Fundraiser at Corgi Distillery: Wednesday, April 11th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm

    In honor of their therapy dog, Chloe, Exchange Physical Therapy Group and Jaclyn Fulop are hosting a fundraiser to support Liberty Humane Society’s mobile spay and neuter program. {You’re not having deja vu – this event was rescheduled from last month due to snow} What better way to spend hump day than supporting a good cause? Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

    Liberty Humane Society Yappy Hour at Ale House: Friday, April 13th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Friday the 13th can’t be bad luck if you’re hanging out with your pup! Enjoy drink specials and an extended happy hour with the purchase of a $5 wristband at the door. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the animals of Liberty Humane Society. RSVP here.

    Volunteer Gardening Day at Liberty State Park: Saturday, April 14th from 10:00am – 12:00pm

    Do you have a green thumb? If so, join fellow gardeners to beautify the gardens around the Nature Interpretive Center at Liberty State Park just in time for spring. This opportunity is open to kids and adults alike so if you have budding {pun intended} nature enthusiasts at home – bring ‘em along! For more information or to register, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.

    Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children Cocktails for a Cause at Marty O’Brien’s: Saturday, April 14th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

    Eat, drink, and network at Cocktails for a Cause sponsored by the Board of Associates of the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children. Enjoy a three hour open bar and free buffet with proceeds supporting much needed scholarships for deserving children. Tickets are $40 and will be sold at the door. More details on the SFIC and the event can be found here.

    NJCU’s 3rd Annual Save the Youth Event: Tuesday, April 17th from 4:00pm – 6:30pm

    Help prevent youth violence this month with NJCU at their 3rd Annual Save the Youth event. Participants will receive free resources, education, and skills development for stopping youth violence as well access to meaningful volunteering opportunities, prizes, and networking with local legislators and community leaders. Stop by the first floor of NJCU’s Gillian Student Union Building and join forces to Save Our Youth! More information can be found here.

    CASA Information Session at Little City Books: Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00pm

    Interested in making a difference in a child’s life? Volunteering with CASA might be right for you. CASA volunteers are paired with a foster child and get to know them through monthly visits. Learn more about Hudson County CASA’s work and how to become a volunteer at the second of two information sessions this month RSVP and get more info, here.

    Art e Vino Paint and Sip JerseyCats Fundraiser: Thursday, April 19th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Love cats but your landlord has a strict no pets policy? Then this event is purrfect for you. Get your paint on and mingle with other cat lovers at paint night supporting JerseyCats, a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cats and kittens. Tickets are $45 and you can register a group as well, so bring your friends! Snag tickets, here.

    Rotary Legacy of Service Awards at Liberty Prime Steakhouse: Thursday, April 19th at 6:00pm

    Celebrate 101 years of the Rotary Club of Jersey City and 30 years of Women in Rotary at the Legacy of Service Awards! Three distinguished women in the community will be honored: Amy Lin-Rodriguez {Principal of Explore 2000 Middle School} for Service to Youth, Monique Smith-Andrews {Founder of Monique’s Techniques + the Mohair Foundation} for Service to Community and Carol Mori {Executive Director, Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation} for Service to Rotary. Tickets are $101 in advance or $121 at the door and include valet parking, hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, three hour open bar, and dancing. All proceeds help fulfill the Rotary’s mission of service above self. Get tickets, sponsorships and more info, here.

    City of Hoboken Second Annual Spring Fling at Church Square Park: Saturday, April 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Come together with your fellow Hoboken Girls {and guys! and kids! and families!} for a community wide day of service dedicated to cleaning up the Mile Square’s parks and public spaces. Projects will include cleaning up litter and debris, planting, painting and more to beautify our city. You can register individually or with a group here, last day to sign up is April 13th.

    Spring Fever Silent Disco Fundraiser at Antique Bar and Bakery: Saturday, April 21st from 10:00pm to 3:00pm

    Break out your 70s best and dance the night away at a Silent Disco Fundraiser to support Family Promise and their work to provide housing and resources to those affected by poverty in Hudson County. Tickets are $40 at the door and include one free drink and a headset rental {silent disco means everyone gets their own headphones, groovy!} and a prize will be awarded for foxiest outfit. Snag tickets here.

    Earth Day 5K Run/Walk and Fair at Liberty State Park: Saturday, April 21st from 10:00am – 4:00pm

    Be cool and go green at the Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park. The day kicks off with a 5k Run/Walk at 10am followed by a fair with Earth Day activities, free rides,health screenings, entertainment and more! More information on attending, here, and if you’d like to volunteer to help out at the fair, sign up here.

    NY Red Bulls Autism Awareness Day at Red Bull Arena: Saturday April 21st at 3:30pm

    Enjoy a day out with friends and family and raise money to benefit Play4Autism. Cheer on the NY Redbulls as they take on the Chicago Fire. Also, in 2017 the Red Bulls introduced a permanent Sensory-Friendly room in their arena, available free of charge to anyone who needs. Tickets include a drawstring bag with purchase, get yours here!

    Hoboken Wellness Crawl: Sunday, April 22nd from 11:00am – 4:00pm

    Get hyped for Hoboken Girl’s Second Annual Wellness Crawl! Get your ticket today to get access to freebies, demos, giveaways, and more around town. Check out more information about the crawl here and grab your ticket here. This year, $1 of every ticket sold will go to The Water Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing African communities with clean water. If interested in volunteering for half the day, you’ll get a free entry ticket to the crawl — click here to sign up. See ya there!

    4th Annual Stevens Institute of Technology Take Back the Night: Thursday, April 26th at 6pm

    Be a part of the Take Back the Night movement with Stevens, CarePoint Health and Mayor Ravi Bhalla at the 4th Annual event. Since the 70s, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in the US. Thousands of organizations across the country hold events each year to raise awareness, share stories and honor victims. Head to the Babbio Patio on Stevens Campus to be a part of this powerful event.

    The Great Jersey City Clean Up: Saturday, April 28th from 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Roll up your sleeves to help keep Jersey City beautiful! This city-wide initiative aims to inspire people to take action every day to improve their communities. With six locations throughout Jersey City it’s easy to take part. More information on the event and ways to volunteer here.

    The Ethical Community Charter School Middle School Car Wash: Saturday, April 28th 11:00am – 4:00pm

    You can’t forget your car during Spring Cleaning! Get your ride scrubbed and support the Ethical Community Charter School. The wash will be at 95 Broadway in Jersey City – enter through Giles Street and Marion Place. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the event. More info here.

    Walk MS at Liberty State Park: Saturday, April 28th from 7:00am – 1:00pm

    Volunteers are needed in various capacities to help make this year’s walk a success! From checking walkers in to cheering teams on to setting up or breaking down tables there is lots to do. Photographers and entertainment {magicians, face painting, balloon artists etc.} also needed. The only requirement is a desire to see a world free of MS! Check out all the volunteer opportunities here!

    Headstands for Hunger at the Church of the Holy Innocents: Sunday, April 29th at 9:00am

    Headstands for Hunger’s mission is to unify local yoga teachers and their communities to aid in feeding homeless people and pets nationwide. All proceeds {donated money + food} will benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ and a local animal shelter. Keep an eye on their Facebook page here for more event details coming soon! …and don’t worry, headstands are optional!

    Ongoing:

    Red Bulls Arena: Volunteers needed for concession stands

    Goats of Anarchy: Long Term Midweek Caretakers needed! Tuesdays from 12:00 – 3:00pm. Contact Liz at liz@goatsofanarchy.com

    Family Promise of Hudson County: Many volunteer opportunities available, email volunteerFPHudson@gmail.com

    St. Mathew’s Trinity Lutheran Church: Stop in to help serve lunch Monday through Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm 

    Hoboken Shelter: Volunteer to cook, serve, sort donations, and more. 

    Earth Keepers: Various opportunities to help maintain Jersey City parks. 

    Have a new volunteer opportunity or know of one we missed? Let us know at hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com!

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    Written by:

    After graduating from Fordham back in 2010, Janine moved to Hoboken with her best friends “just for a year”. Five apartments and almost a decade later, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She’s worked in fundraising and events for nonprofits in healthcare, the arts, and higher education and is excited to bring her passion for giving back to the community to Hoboken Girl Helps. Janine loves a good dance class or run along the Hudson (does the view ever get old?!) but reserves equal if not more space in her heart for Biancamano’s sandwiches, brunch at Elysian, and iced coffee from Bwè. She never says no to a Target run or beach day. When she’s not out and about in the Mile Square, Janine enjoys hosting dinner parties with friends, True Crime podcasts, and prosecco – sometimes all at the same time!


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