JFCS of Southern NJ

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1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003(856) 424-1333

Contact Information

Volunteer Coordinator: Sherri Jonas
Phone: (856) 424-1333
Email: sjonas@jfedsnj.org

Volunteer

We need strong men and women to help pick up food from local area donors and businesses. These volunteers must also be willing to bring the donated food back to our pantries and sort it and put it either on the shelves or in our refrigerators.

We need drivers to volunteer their time to assist driving those clients who no longer drive to their doctor appointments. This service is only available to our veterans, clients who need to come to our agency for counseling, and for seniors who are full clients of the agency. We collect food throughout the year from the community, once a year we have a community wide food drop off and sort. Approximately 10 trucks of food come in and we need 200 strong volunteers to help sort, box, and reload the trucks to move the food from the sorting location to one of our pantries. We also engage 100+ volunteers to assist local veteran groups to flag more than 2,000 graves every May.

Donate

Non-perishable food items scrip (gift cards) to ShopRite, Wawa (for gas), Walmart, and Target (these are given to clients in need).

What services do you provide to the homeless or to those at risk of homelessness?

We have 3 food pantries. We give groceries and frozen meals to any client who is in need. We also offer budget guidance, case management, crisis intervention, domestic abuse assistance, legal assistance, resource referrals, and vocational assistance. We also provide transportation for veterans to doctor appointments if they do not drive. These programs are free to our clients.

What population do you serve?

We serve all clients regardless of race or religion in Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden counties.

Please describe any opportunities you have for volunteers to assist your mission.

We need strong men and women to help pick up food from local area donors and businesses. These volunteers must also be willing to bring the donated food back to our pantries and sort it and put it either on the shelves or in our refrigerators.

We need drivers to volunteer their time to assist driving those clients who no longer drive to their doctor appointments. This service is only available to our veterans, clients who need to come to our agency for counseling, and for seniors who are full clients of the agency. We collect food throughout the year from the community, once a year we have a community wide food drop off and sort. Approximately 10 trucks of food come in and we need 200 strong volunteers to help sort, box, and reload the trucks to move the food from the sorting location to one of our pantries. We also engage 100+ volunteers to assist local veteran groups to flag more than 2,000 graves every May.

Is this opportunity for individuals or groups?

individuals.

Is there an age restriction for volunteers?

For ongoing opportunities, they must be able to drive. High school and up; drivers must be 17 or older; for our annual food sort, children should be 8+. The children must be able to read the items to help sort.

Is this a one time or recurring opportunity?

recurring.

Are there any special experience or skills needed?

Volunteers must go through our vetting process, have valid car insurance, and a good driving record.

Will training be provided?

yes.

How far in advance should someone reach out to sign up?

For ongoing opportunities, they can sign up now to be vetted. For the annual food sort, anyone can come. Sign up will begin in August. Drivers should call to become vetted now; other events have signups on our website when the event gets closer or interested parties can give us their email address and it will be sent to them directly.

Please add any additional information that is important to know.

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What type of in-kind donations would help you fulfill your mission?

Non-perishable food items scrip (gift cards) to ShopRite, Wawa (for gas), Walmart, and Target (these are given to clients in need).

How can someone arrange a drive for you to collect these items?

They can call our agency and we will connect them to our Family Assistance Director or Manager to arrange a drop off time after the food is collected.

What is the best time of year you need these items?

Summer.

Are there any other needs you have that you would like to share with potential volunteers or donors?

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