• Volunteering Opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City {January 2018}

    Happy New Year! Did you know that volunteering increases your confidence, self-worth, and connection to your community? Beat the winter blues by checking out our list of how to get involved and volunteer in Hoboken and Jersey City this January. Make a meal, pick up a paintbrush, raise a glass, or get your sweat on to help those in need. Here is the list of January 2018 volunteering opportunities in Hoboken and Jersey City.

    Liberty Humane Society Yappy Hour at the Ale House: Friday, January 5th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Raise a glass to making it through the first week of 2018 at Yappy Hour with the Liberty Humane Society. Purchase a $5 wristband at the door for drink specials and extended happy hour all night. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Liberty Humane Society. Best part? Your pup can come too! Registration and more information can be found here.

    Cycle FTK Penn State THON Ride at CycleBar Hoboken: Saturday, January 6th at 2:00pm

    Feel the burn and be part of the fight against childhood cancer when you sign up to Ride For The Kids! All money raised that day will support the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to help with costs not covered by insurance for children and their families battling pediatric cancer. Book a bike with a $30, $40, or $50 donation here and receive raffle tickets for a chance at over $3,000 worth of prizes from Hudson Yoga Project, MAC, Washington General Store, Jo Malone and more! Bring your A-game because top male and female riders win a prize! Post class treats will be supplied by Breyers Delights, Insomnia Cookies, Corgi Spirits, and Hoboken Brewing Company. Busy this Saturday but want a chance to win those prizes? Purchase $10 raffle tickets here.

    American Legion Building Homes for Heroes Event at Kolo Klub: Thursday, January 11th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm 

    Be a part of an exciting night of food, drinks, and dancing to support homeless veteran housing and a community center in Hoboken. Try your luck at the silent auction featuring Devils, Giants, Jets and Yankees tickets, electronics, and more unique prizes. All proceeds from this evening will go towards the American Legion Post 107 capital campaign to rebuild and develop their existing site at 308 Second Street. Help them fully serve the men and women of Hudson County who have proudly served in the armed forces through the furnishing of the new center and creation and support of critical veteran programs. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased here. Have a business? Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

    East Side Paint Party at East Side High School in Newark: Monday, January 15th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

    Are you off from work for Martin Luther King Day? Spend your day out of the office doing good by brightening the halls of East Side High School in Newark with a fresh coat of paint. You must be 18+ to participate and you’re welcome to sign up solo or as a team. Registration is here and more information will be sent via email once signed up. Grab your girls and get painting!

    Boys and Girls Club Gym Jamboree at Hoboken Boys and Girls Club: Monday, January 15th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

    Want to get your paint on but don’t have a lift to Newark? You’re in luck! There will also be a paint party at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club. Spend the morning helping to spruce up the gym and feel good the rest of the day. Registration is here and more info will be sent via email once signed up.

    Hoboken Girl Helps Warm Clothing Drive {Benefiting York Street Project at Hoboken Girl HQ}: Thursday, January 18th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Join us for our 1st Hoboken Girl Helps Event of 2018! Check out the brand new Hoboken Girl Office on River Street, meet other Hoboken girls interested in giving back, learn about Jersey City-based organization York Street Project, and indulge in some hot chocolate from Sunnyside Cafe and Eatery with the HG team. Please bring new items for women and children {underwear, socks, coats, gloves, scarves, hats, etc.} to benefit York Street — they must be NEW. Socks and underwear and especially needed. Coats can be GENTLY USED {but *must* be dry cleaned with no stains or rips}. Check out our event post here and RSVP to be let in with your donations here. Email hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com with any questions. See ya there!

    Liberty Humane Society Pulls for Pups at 150 Bay CrossFit: Saturday, January 20th from 9:30am – 1:00pm

    Need motivation to keep your New Year’s resolution to get fit? What better than knowing your workout is helping homeless animals that come into the Liberty Humane Society’s care. Participants will be divided up into groups of 6 to row a half marathon so get your hustle on! Local food and draft beer will be provided post-workout. Register and get more information here.

    TRUEMentor 7th Anniversary Party at the Boys and Girls Club: Saturday, January 20th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Happy 7th birthday to TRUEMentors! Celebrate seven years of providing mentors to children in Hoboken with mentors, mentees, family and friends. There’ll be pizza, ice cream, games and prizes. A short recognition ceremony will also honor their Matches of the Year. The event is free! Get your party hat ready and find more information here.

    Mama Mare Foundation Drink for Pink Pub Crawl: Saturday, January 20th from 1:00pm – 7:00pm

    Save the date for the 6th annual Drink for Pink Pub crawl sponsored by the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Kimberly B. Zander and Mary Ellen Pernice. The first stop is Texas Arizona at 1:00pm {where you can also register day of} followed by Tally Ho, then McSwiggans and wrapping up at The Shannon. The crawl includes drink specials, DJs and an event tee, all while raising awareness and money for a great cause! The mission of the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation is to provide support services to breast cancer patients and their families, and raise funds for biomedical research being conducted in search for a cure. Preregistration is coming soon and more information can be found here.

    Circle of Light Fundraiser for Family Promise of Hudson County at Sattva Yoga Jersey City: Friday, January 26th at 7:00pm

    Wind down from a busy week and help support Family Promise of Hudson County at Sattva Yoga’s monthly circle of light gathering. The session features breathwork, soothing movement, guided meditation and deep relaxation. Best of all, 50% of the proceeds will go to support Hudson Family Promise, a local organization focused on helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Learn more about their work here and register for the workshop, here. Stay tuned for more exciting volunteer opportunities with Family Promise to come!

    2018 Mutzfest Benefiting the Hoboken Family Alliance at the Elks Lodge: Sunday, January 28th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm

    Is there anything better to Hoboken Girls than fresh mutz?! Fresh mutz that also gives back, that’s what. Mutzfest returns this year with entertainment, a cannoli eating contest, Frank Sinatra sing-a-long and of course, fresh mozzarella from local faves like Frankie & Ava’s, M&P Biancamano’s, Margherita’s, Tony Boloney’s and Vito’s Deli. VIP tickets are on sale for $50 now, GA for $25 go on sale January 11th, admission is free for kids 12 and under. The event benefits the Hoboken Family Alliance. Snag your VIP tickets and stay up to date here.

    Ongoing Opportunities:

    St. Mathew’s Trinity Lutheran Church: Stop in to help serve lunch Monday through Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm
    JC Shovels: Volunteer to shovel and salt for senior citizens in need!
    Hoboken Shelter: Volunteer to cook, serve, sort donations, and more.
    Earth Keepers: Various opportunities to help maintain Jersey City parks.
    Liberty Humane Society and New York Bully Crew: Donations for shelter pups are still being accepted at Intrepid Gym, Cork Wines and Acai Ya Later!

    Have a volunteer event in January or ideas for the future? Hit us up at hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com.


    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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