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It is a time of the year that we are grateful for what we have, and are looking for opportunities to give back to the less fortunate.  It is also a great way to teach our kids about kindness and how much we can learn from helping others.  We will continue to add opportunities to volunteer and help, so check back often.

Don’t forget that Tuesday, Dec. 2nd is National Day of Giving.  After we spend our day with our families for Thanksgiving and get in some holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it will be time to pay it forward and give back.

Bergen County

Action Against Hunger – A list of ten different food pantries located throughout Bergen County, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Center for Food Action – The organization provides emergency food, homelessness prevention, and utility assistance to individuals of Northern New Jersey.

Center for Hope and Safety  – (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) Not for profit agency is dedicated to victims and children of domestic abuse and supporting them to feel safe and enpowered.  Holiday shopping lists available.

Habitat for Humanity – Bergen County organization that helps in the building of affordable housing by volunteers.

Jersey Cares Coat Drive – 19th Annual Coat Drivethat collects men’s, women’s and children’s gently used coats.  Register to collect or even sort coats during this annual drive.

Jersey Cares Frosty’s Friends – Volunteers receive a wish list and fullfill the wish by purchasing for children in need.

Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels – They are a non-for profit organization that provides meals to people of Northern Bergen County who are unable to shop or cook for themselves due to age or disability.

Sebastian Saraiva’s Fourth Annual Toy Drive – Dec. 13th, 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lyndhurst Parks Dept., 250 Cleveland Avenue.  See flyer below.

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Tomorrows Children’s Fund – Supports families who children who are receiving cancer treatments at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack.  Wish lists available for volunteers.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund –  Helping local families with financial and practical support while battling childhood cancers.

Bergen County Animal Shelter – County shelter and rescue of homeless, unwanted and lost animals.   Volunteers are need for fostering at home, helping at the shelter in Teterboro and donations of food, blankets, newspapers, toys etc.

CLAWS (Closter Animal Welfare Society) – Volunteer opportunties that include, fostering, fundraising, transporting, administrative and care of animals.


Rockland County

Big Brothers Big Sisters – This organization pairs at risk children with a mentor to start a life long relationship.

Meals on Wheels Programs and Servies of Rockland –  Private and non for profit programs and services serving Rockland county for over 40 years.

People to People – Organziation provides food, gently used clothing and organizes Project Joy to fullfill holiday gift wishes for children in Rockand County.

Hi Tor Animal Care Center – Rockland county’s animal care center to adopt, donate or volunteer.  Volunteering includes the taking care of cats, dogs and other small animals, as well as, helping with their feeding, walking, grooming, fostering and so on.