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Gardening in Newark’s Urban Farm

Volunteer to help plant and maintain the Greater Newark Conservancy’s urban farm. Small groups of volunteers are permitted to work in-person on the farm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon or Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. COVID protocols must be adhered to and volunteers must sign up in advance. Sign up on the Greater Newark Conservancy website. You must register directly with the Greater Newark Conservancy.

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Meal Delivery for Holocaust Survivors

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is looking for volunteers to help deliver lunches to Holocaust survivors participating in the Virtual Café Europa Program on Thursdays. Volunteers pick up lunches at Rye Deli in Springfield (799 Mountain Ave.) between 11:15-11:30 a.m. and deliver the lunches to between three and six clients throughout Union County. Efforts will be made to make the routes as accommodating as possible.

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Gardening at the Community Urban Garden

Individuals/Families to help tend to the community garden at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ that produces over 1,500 lbs of fresh produce each summer to be distributed to people in need. Volunteers are asked to harvest produce, add and shovel soil to the beds, plant, weed, and more.

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Kosher Food Pantry of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ

Help with daily operations such as distributing food, stocking shelves, and making bags of food.

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Provide food for those in need

The Community Food Bank of NJ in Hillside is urgently in need of volunteers to help pack food for NJ citizens who are struggling with food insecurity. Volunteer sessions take place Monday through Saturday, from 9am-3:30pm. Volunteers must be 16+. You must schedule a volunteer shift directly with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

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Virtual/At Home

Rock Painting for the Newark Conservancy’s “Kindness Rocks” Garden

Paint rocks with words of inspiration for the Greater Newark Conservancy’s “Kindness Rocks Garden.” This rock garden greets visitors with bright colors and messages of hope and inspiration. Rocks can vary in size and shape. Acrylic paint or paint pens on smooth rocks seem to work the best.

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“Friendly Visitor” calls to seniors

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ is looking for volunteers to help with their “Friendly Visitor” calls to seniors program.

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Hold a food collection to donate to a Jewish Family Service of Central NJ food pantry

Items needed include: canned soup, tomato sauce, crackers, cereal, tuna, pasta, rice, applesauce, canned fruits and vegetables, etc. as well as toiletries such as sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and diapers. For more information about making a food pantry donation, contact Elie Bodner at or (908) 352-8375.

Check out PJ Library’s “A Mitzvah A Day

Challenge your family to complete one mitzvah for each day of the month!