The mission of the Governor's Office of Volunteerism is to support NJ's 1.6 million volunteers with training and recognition while matching community needs in partnership with volunteer centers, disaster response organizations, business volunteers, schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and community organizations.
Members of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service
Edward J. O’Malley, Chair
William J. Kettleson, Vice Chair
John Callahan, Chair Emeritus

William C. Applegate
Raymond R. Lill
Charles E. Archbald, II
Kim Saunders, Esq.
Captain Joseph M. Geleta
Patricia McKernan
Kathryn T. Gollotto, D.O.
Thomas R. Reilly
Hans Dekker
Morris M. Lenczicki
Janet P. Sharma
David C. Warshaw
Thomas J. D’Angelo
Brian E. Dean
Arlene M. Meyers
Elaine R. Sterling
Michael J. Bzdak
Carol A. McKinney
Sharon Nzwalla Ryan
Linda H. Michalski
Florence L. Demming
Walter S. Vincent, III, Ph.D.
Timothy Hearne
Kathleen Tontarski
Brandon J. Pugh
Alma D. Garcia
Lee A. Mrowicki, Jr.

Rowena Madden, Director
NonProfit Information

New Jersey's Nonprofit Information Center web portal serves as a one-stop shop for nonprofits in New Jersey seeking to utilize various funding sources and volunteer opportunities available through the State.
Contact the Governor's
Office of Volunteerism
Governor's Office of Volunteerism
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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Extreme Heat: What You Can Do?

Extreme Heat MapAcross the country, communities are actively experiencing extreme heat conditions. This week, the National Weather Service announced that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.”

Many of the communities supported by AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are part of the most vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and children, who need the most assistance in times of adverse weather.

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New Jersey Governor's Conference on Volunteerism and Service

Friday October 21, 2016
Regency Hyatt
New Brunswick, NJ

Presented by the New Jersey Department of State, Governor's Office of Volunteerism. In partnership with New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism.

For more information call 609-633-9627

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno Recognized the 2016 Governor’s Jefferson Award Recipients

On June 6, 2016, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno recognized the 2016 Governor’s Jefferson Award recipients at an awards ceremony at the Newark Museum. The 22 honorees, selected from 583 nominees, are among the 1.5 million New Jersey volunteers who provide more than 170 million hours of service each year. The Lieutenant Governor acknowledged the import of their work: “Whether working as individuals or as part of teams, volunteers have demonstrated the very meaningful impact of compassion and service to others. We celebrate and congratulate this year’s medalists who personify these qualities and serve as role models for their fellow citizens.”
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Help Needed For Animals Rescued from Monmouth County Hoarder

276 dogs were recently rescued from deplorable hoarding conditions in Howell, Monmouth County. For those interested in helping the dogs and the organizations now caring for them, the Monmouth County SPCA (MSCPA) advises the following:

Donate: Monetary donations are needed to provide vaccinations, microchips, spay/neuter surgeries, food, shelter and general compassionate care to the dogs. It costs around $20 per day, per dog. The MSPCA has set up a special page so ALL donations will go directly towards this case: To Donate

OR checks can be mailed to:
Howell Case
PO Box 93
Eatontown NJ 07724

Foster: MSPCA is in need of foster home for several of the dogs they are housing. Dogs, especially in cases like this, have a much easier time adjusting to their new surroundings in a home environment rather than in a shelter. If you are able to foster a dog, please email Fostering@monmouthcountyspca.org.

Shelter items: With the influx of dogs taken into the shelter, MSPCA is in need of blankets, towels, sheets, small/medium crates, dog toys, Science Diet dog food, and Purina ONE wet puppy food. Donations can be dropped off at either of the shelter locations (260 Wall St, Eatontown OR Freehold Mall Adoption Center) You can also visit our Amazon.com Wish List .

Adopt: These dogs are not currently up for adoption and MSPCA does not yet have information on when they will be. The dogs we currently have need to be medically cleared, spayed/neutered, and assessed behaviorally before they will be ready to meet potential adopters. With the amount of dogs we currently have, it may take 1-2 weeks before the dogs are available. PLEASE REMEMBER MSPCA has PLENTY of dogs and cats waiting patiently at our shelter already for their homes!

And thank you to the many individuals and organizations that supported MSPCA, including St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Associated Humane Tinton Falls, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Howell Township Police 911 Communications, Howell Township Police EMS Division, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS, MONOC – New Jersey’s Hospital Service Corporation, and the several other organizations.

MSPCA’s website, which includes photos of the rescued animals, is: http://monmouthcountyspca.org/276-dogs-rescued-howell-hoarding-case/

New Jersey is proud to have volunteers of diverse
backgrounds – and species.

The Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team

The Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team provides registered therapy dogs who attended this year’s conference of the NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, which brought together nearly 200 disaster volunteers (mostly human) on April 13. The K-9s visit children and adults who have been affected by disasters to offer kindness and to bring smiles to those who have lost so much. Their email address is info@tri-statecanineresponse.org

Governor Proclaims April 10th through April 16, 2016
as Volunteer Week

Image of the Governor's proclaimation
“… New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers provide more than 170 million
hours of service annually”

“… our volunteers make a lasting difference as they mentor and
tutor students, serve the elderly and people with disabilities, prepare
and distribute food to the needy, protect and beautify the environment,
sustain our arts, remember our history and preserve our cultural institutions”

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Trenton Digital Initiative —
Getting Computers to Trenton Families In Need

Trenton Digital Initiative Image Donations and Volunteers Needed

The Trenton Digital Initiative (TDI) empowers families and individuals by distributing free computers and providing low-cost, high-speed Internet access to Trenton residents in need. Computer training, and other important skills, are also provided. Approximately 10,000 Trenton families either do not own a computer or do not have access to one. To date, over 600 computers have been delivered to individuals and families in Trenton and more are on their way.
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Scholarships for Students Who Volunteer

Students Who Volunteer ImageScholarships for students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism are available from a variety of sources.

These tips will help students at all levels of their education locate and apply for scholarships and awards dedicated to students actively engaged in community service.
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11th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival 2016 Newark, NJ

Lincoln Park Music FestivalFestival Weekend: July 29th – 31st, 2016

The Lincoln Park Music Festival is a 3 day event in Newark, NJ that will highlight music rooted in African American tradition and include a Sustainable Health and Wellness Village and Kids Zone Village. The Festival is hosted by the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc., a non-profit 501c(3) organization with a mission to plan, design and build a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park/Coast area of the City of Newark. Volunteers are needed to work in various capacities to support the festival attendees, staff, fans, sponsors, and artists. Volunteers’ duties range from helping set up or break down the festival, collecting data, helping maintain a clean and green park, encouraging health and well-being or just greeting everyone as they come and go throughout the event.
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Volunteers Needed - 2016 PGA Championship

2016 PGA Championship logoLimited spots remaining to volunteer for the 2016 PGA Championship!

Volunteers will be members of the Merchandise Committee and will staff the 36,000 square foot merchandising facility known as "The Championship Shops." Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist PGA Staff in a variety of positions such as cashiers, stockers, greeters etc. as Spectators experience this unique shopping environment, purchasing exclusive items and limited edition gifts throughout the week.


To Register to Volunteer, complete an online application, by following these steps:

  • Visit the PGA Links website
  • Enter your birthdate
  • Select the MERCHANDISE Committee
  • Register as a new volunteer or sign-in as a returning PGA of America volunteer
  • Complete application

For more information on volunteering visit the PGA Website at: pgalinks.com/volunteers