Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Every Jersey County

Whether it’s giving the gift of time, donating goods or contributing money, volunteers are the backbone of organizations across the state.


Hunterdon County: Teach Art Appreciation to Grade Schoolers
Hunterdon County’s Art Goes To School program invites anyone over the age of 18 to teach art appreciation in the public school district. Whether you’re an art history major or a retiree passionate about Picasso, pass your knowledge on to eager young learners. Each volunteer begins with a workshop on a specific period or style of art, and are then invited to relay what they’ve learned with their own unique enthusiasm. Volunteers even get a chance to visit museums and galleries to deepen their understanding. Perhaps take a page from history during the holidays and enlighten students about Christmas in the 1860s, when illustrator and Jersey native Thomas Nast popularized the iconic red-suited Santa we still delight in today.

Courtesy of: Conserve Wildlife Foundation

Courtesy of: Conserve Wildlife Foundation

Mercer County: Advocate For Endangered Species With Conserve Wildlife Foundation
New Jersey’s imperiled species need your help. Although many of Conserve Wildlife’s animal-specific volunteer opportunities around the state don’t kick off until March, office volunteers at their Trenton facility and special events helpers are always in demand. In preparation for their 11th annual Women & Wildlife Awards on November 30, volunteers will reach out to sponsors and attendees for this event honoring female leaders in conservation. The winter is also an important time for spring project planning. Volunteers contact schools and companies who may consider installing birdhouses, bat houses and pollinator gardens on their property.

Middlesex County: Extend A Hand to the Homeless with the FISH Hospitality Program (FHP)
FISH has dedicated their resources since 1990 to assisting homeless community members by providing shelter and meals, transportation assistance for medical appointments, job interviews, and any other needs. Volunteering to assist the homeless with their needs during the holidays will do more than provide them with shelter or a ride across town. It’s also an opportunity to show your respect for those less fortunate, making a difference- and maybe even a lasting connection- during the season of giving.

Courtesy of: Monmouth County Historical Association

Courtesy of: Monmouth County Historical Association

Monmouth County: Become a History Guide for The Monmouth County Historical Association
Consider yourself a Jersey history buff? Volunteers for the Monmouth County Historical Association help preserve the culture of the region. Historic home docents dress in colonial period clothing during tours, cooking guides make cornbread on an open-hearth and traveling presenters bring educational programs to schools and community organizations. Specifically during the winter, volunteers also give gallery tours for the public and library archivists file documents.

Somerset County: Bring a Bowl of Cheer to the Homeless with the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program
Volunteer to assist with preparing and serving holiday meals for the homeless at the their center in Somerville, or with their mobile soup kitchen which makes rounds in different locations around the county. If you don’t have enough time to pencil in their volunteer sessions, simply collect donations from friends for SHIP’s holiday meals. These meals bring warmth and cheer to the lives of those less fortunate, and all it takes is a donation of some simple ingredients. Take a look at their list of holiday-specific needs and get going!

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