List of Community Organizations...


General Resources For Finding Volunteer Opportunities


United Way of Union County Volunteer Page

Directory of Volunteer Organizations in Union County

State of NJ Volunteerism and Community Service Page


Kean's list of community partners local listing for organizations seeking volunteers is yet another searchable database


Master UCC list of local organizations (Excel spreadsheet)


Organizations UCC faculty and/or students have worked with...


St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth.  908 352 2989 fax 908 354 1433.

Sister Jacinta Fernandez


 CEWD - Center For Economic and Workforce Development at UCC.  conducts occupational training and Adult academic education programs for the Union County Residents.


International Rescue Committee helps immigrants and refugees, local operations in Elizabeth, NJ.  Contact Rendy Grinblatt, 908-862-4350


Habitat for Humanity  seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world.                


Community Food Bank distributes food to the poor and hungry locally.  Hillside, NJ


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Union County    commited to advocating for the best interest of children in out-of-home placement. CASA of Union County, Inc. trains community volunteers who work to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available, in a timely fashion, to children in placement while helping to move them as quickly as possible toward safe and permanent homes.  Associated with CASA, the CPRB Child Placement Review Board reviews reports of kids in out of home placement, and makes recommendations to the judge.  There are several other judicial volunteer opportunities, municipal mediation, juvenile justice committee, etc.


Caring Hospice Services helps provide emotional support for a terminally ill patient during the last days of their life.  Based in Edison, operating throughout the area.  Contact Leah Mass, 732-522-0289,


Broadway House for Continuing Care

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Union County provides safe and positive places for children and families. 


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Union, Essex & Hudson counties is the nation’s leading youth mentoring organization.


Street Project is a volunteer organization that provides its members - busy young professionals in New York - with a variety of regular and flexible opportunities to give back to their community and connect to a network of other dedicated people .  (Soup kitchen, senior home visits and meal delivery in NYC).                     

contact: Brenda Wong


Ronald McDonald House    These homes provide lodging for families whose children are hospitalized in places often far from home and for an extended time.  Aside from volunteering time at these homes, sometimes they just simply need supplies to keep the house running.


New Eyes for the Needy   (Millburn, NJ)  New Eyes for the Needy purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States and recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide.            


Hope House in Dover  is a full service social service agency including an AIDS Center and Senior Services program. 


Plan New Jersey makes life plans for people with disabilities


Cerebral Palsy League of Union County  works with people with CP in different ways


Special Olympics - provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Women In Need provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance which allow our families to return to their communities and live independently.


St. Huberts Animal Shelter , a “no-kill” shelter in Madison, NJ

Angel Paws an all-volunteer cat adoption center in Colonia, NJ.  732-340-1199

American Cancer Society                    


Susan G. Komen Foundation      As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.             


American Heart Association aims to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.

 Girls Scouts of New Jersey  (Washington Rock Girl Scouts, Grove St, Westfield, NJ)

HomeFirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services based in Plainfield.                                      


Bowery Mission         The Bowery Mission & Kids With A Promise is called to minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.                                  


Literacy Volunteers of Union County  provide tutoring in basic literacy, as well as tutoring, classes and conversation groups for ESL. 


The Theater Project - UCC's Professional Theater Co.


Agape Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth run by the Presbyterian Church of Westfield. 

This is an all volunteer program that serves meals to 300 homeless people per week on Wednesday evenings.


4-H    The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring, and contributing citizens of the world.


New Dimensions Community Development Corp  serving Union, Essex, Hudson Counties.


Salvation Army                                           

 Deborah Foundation

Prevention Links works to present prevention programs in schools etc.   Programs for youth self esteem, parenting, grandparenting in addition to addiction prevention.   

Al Hein, Pres. – 908-232-5098 


Contact We Care is the 24-hour caring and crisis hotline offering the gift of listening to callers in need throughout New Jersey.  Part of a nationwide network of crisis hotlines affiliated with CONTACT USA and, internationally, with Lifeline International, CONTACT We Care is dedicated to preventing suicide and making a positive difference in people’s lives. The service, provided by highly trained volunteers, is free and confidential.

CONTACT’s local hotline number is (908) 232-2880.


Woman's Space serving the needs of women in crisis.


Hackensack Riverkeeper            

Portside New York  (Red Hook, Brooklyn)  We will create a waterfront hub with visiting vessels, arts and boating events, jobs, historical products and policy—programs for diverse economic groups and individuals. 

South Street Seaport nautical museum in Manhattan.


Mental Health Association of Union County       908-272-0300


Cranford Soccer Club


National/International Organizations:

Doctors without Borders                   

Local hospitals

Mercy Corps


American Red Cross

Mercy Corps

American Breast Foundation

Children’s Hunger Fund

The Smile Train

International Hug ( support a child’s education for one year in Uganda)

Amnesty International                               

The National Arbor Day Foundation

American Cancer Society

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

The Simon Weisenthal Foundation

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Red Cross 

Salvation Army                                

Peace Corps




Autistic groups listing                                  (Lawrence Hogan)

can be gotten from Crossroads School, 45 Cardinal Drive, Westfield  232-6655


St. Mary's Parish                                             (Teresa Cosmos)

6th Street in Plainfield

does a lot of work in the area with soup kitchens and other services


National Organizations to promote Volunteerism


Action Without Borders maintains an internet database "idealist" which currently boasts the most detailed community of non-profit and volunteering resources on the web.  212-843-3973


Campus Outreach Opportunity League - COOL is a national non-profit organization devoted to the education and empowerment of college students to strengthen the nation through community service.  COOL offers a database of searchable volunteer projects, as well as resources, conferences, and scholarships for volunteers.  617-695-2665 


The Heart of America Foundation is a national humanitarian network that celebrates, honors, and empowers both young people and adults.  One of their initiatives, Heart Corps, is a college scholarship program that rewards students with financial credits for their future education based on time volunteered for community service.  202-546-3256


Keep America Beautiful is a non-profit organization whose network of local, state, and international affiliate programs educates individuals about litter prevention and ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and properly manage waste materials. 202-323-8987


National Wildlife Federation - Campus Ecology Program has become a cornerstone conservation initiative in higher education.  The program works to transform the nation's college campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society, to train a new generation of environmental leaders, and to ensure a strong future for America's environmental movement.  703-438-6000


Points of Light Foundation's mission is to engage people more effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems.  202-729-8000


Seattle Works has developed several innovative volunteer programs that mobilize people to get involved in their community.  It is locally based in Seattle, but has lots of good models and ideas.


Student Conservation Association volunteers and interns annually perform more than 1 million hours of conservation service in national parks, forests, refuges, and urban areas in all 50 states.  603-543-1700


US Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Clearinghouse is a nationwide, toll-free hotline for individuals who want to volunteer their time with the Corps.  1-800-865-8337


Youth Serve America (YSA) is a resource center and alliance of more than 200 organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities from young Americans to serve locally, nationally, or globally.  202-296-2992


Service Vote 2008 is a website/organization attempting to engage young people in the political process, especially in the 2008 elections.


Brevard CC's list of community partners