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Volunteer Opportunities for New Brunswick High School Students

In your RU Ready class we learned that there are many ways to improve your community. One of the best ways is to volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about. President John F. Kennedy told us to, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” You don’t need to wait for somebody to ask you to get involved. If you see a need in the community, you can take the initiative and help bring the change that is needed! Here is a list of some great local organizations that could use your help.


Elijah’s Promise

Address: 18 Neilson Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Phone: (732) 545-9002

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Organization Description:

Elijah’s Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives

The Salvation Army

Address:287 Handy St New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: (732) 545-1477

Organization Description:

Committed to serving the whole person, body, soul and spirit, with integrity and respect, The Salvation Army uses creative solutions to positively transform lives.

Women Aware

Address: 250 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732-249-4900

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Organization Description:

Our mission is to end domestic violence in the lives of women, children, and men, and to change societal attitudes and institutions that promote and condone violence through public policy, advocacy, education, and programs and services that promote lives free of abuse.

Catholic Charities

Address: 165 Somerset St New Brunswick, NJ 0890

Phone: (732) 545-1789

Organization Description:

CCUSA represents agencies across the country who serve the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable regardless of faith. Our collective efforts focus on a collection of core areas that we believe can make a difference in the lives of people in need.

Edison Municipal Animal Shelter

Address: 125 Municipal Boulevard, New Brunswick NJ 08817

Phone: 732-248-7278

Organization Description:

Volunteering to help foster cats and dogs.

United Way

Address: 32 Ford Avenue Milltown, NJ 08850

Phone: (732) 247-3727

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Organization Description:

Volunteers give their time, talent and treasure to build a stronger, healthier Central Jersey community. The goal is to create lasting change by preventing problems from happening in the first place.

New Jersey Courts

Address: 56 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Phone: (732) 519-3344

Organization Description:

◾Child Placement Review Board (CPR)
◾Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
◾Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP)
◾Municipal Court Mediation (MCM) (Volunteer roster is full; your application will be added to Waitlist)
◾Juvenile Conference Committee (JCC)
◾Volunteers in Probation (VIP)
◾Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns

East Brunswick Public Library

Address: 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Phone: (732) 519-3344

Organization Description:

Public library offers volunteer opportunities, call for more details.

Karma Cat and Zen Dog Rescue Society

Address: 29 South Main Street, MilltoWN, NJ 08850

Phone: (732)568-4694

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Organization Description:

The mission of the Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is to provide a safe and peaceful haven for homeless, abandoned or abused animals. We will help decrease the number of cats and dogs being destroyed in kill shelters through the work of our foster, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return, and education programs.

Misfits Angel Network

Address: 65 Kimble Street Edison NJ 08817


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Organization Description:

The Misfit Angels Family also prides itself in Our Dylan Thomas Project. Through the support of volunteers we have been able to grant funds to children who have a passion for the arts. Children who needed a little extra support to continue to spread their wings through following the passion of their gift.

Everas Community Services

Address: 24K World’s Fair Drive Somerset, NJ 08873

Phone: (732) 805-1912

Organization Description:

Our mission is to provide innovative services that support independence and community inclusion for people across a broad spectrum of ability and specialized needs

The Thomas Edison Center

Address: 37 Christie Street Edison, NJ 08820

Phone: 732-549-3299

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Organization Description:

The mission of the Thomas Edison Center is to honor the memory of Thomas A. Edison and educate the public about Edison, his significant accomplishments at this site, and his impact on modern research and development. Located in Edison Township and within Edison State Park, the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park consists of the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and a small museum and education center devoted to Thomas Alva Edison’s time of immense creativity at Menlo Park.

Habitat For Humanity

Address: 100 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08901

Phone: (908) 704-0061

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Organization Description:

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County offers working families a hand up on the path to homeownership. We engage volunteers, donors, advocates, and sponsors in our efforts to build homes, communities and hope.


Address: 77 Church Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: (732) 246-4449

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Organization Description:

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to standing up for the needs of children living in foster care. We advocate for kids through the hard work of volunteers who are assigned to a child or sibling group.

Hyacinth Aids Foundation

Address: 317 George Street, Suite 203 New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732- 246-0204

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Organization Description:

Our mission at Hyacinth is to help people live with HIV, slow the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey.