Volunteer Opportunities


At this time we have regretfully suspended all non-essential volunteer activities until further notice. We feel this decision is a necessary step in protecting our dedicated network of shelter guests and volunteers.  Please note our essential volunteer cooking groups are still proceeding as scheduled.  Thank you for your interest in participating in our volunteer program, we hope to see you soon! 

For further information and updates please contact our Volunteer Manager at TamalaReynolds@hsinj.org 

We couldn’t do it without our volunteers!

Join our amazing community of volunteers to help our homeless neighbors in need. 

There are many ways you can help make an impact. If you are interested in volunteering with us, complete the form at the bottom of the page to register. If you need additional information, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Tamala Reynolds at TamalaReynolds@hsinj.org.

Volunteer Opportunities


Help entertain and look after our children while parents attend monthly meetings and workshops. Days vary, but typically Wednesdays from 6:50pm – 8:30pm. 16 years or older. Must enjoy working with children. No experience is necessary.

Birthday Buddies Host

Help make a memorable party with fun and games for the children in our program celebrating their birthdays.

Buddies Mentoring Program

Being a mentor is not only rewarding but also fun and the children in this program are thriving! Mentors are matched with a child in our program and go for monthly outings (or more if you’d like!) and provide long-term social support.  Learn more here.

Dinner Prep and Serve

Our volunteers help provide dinner each night for our shelter guests and they appreciate it!  Our dinner volunteers purchase the food, cook the meal in our kitchen, and serve it to our shelter guests.  We can provide tips and menu suggestions to make it easy.

NOTE:  Winter and Spring cooking dates are full.  We are now scheduling dates for the summer.

Evening Greeter/Host - List Closed

This an evening opportunity where you’ll greet volunteers coming in to work with the children. You’ll also stay with the volunteers to offer assistance as needed. Days will vary, from 6:45pm – 8:30pm. Must be 15 years or older.

Game time with kids

Just like the job says – come and show the kids a fun time with games, arts & crafts, or outside play. This is an evening opportunity.

Host a cookout

Make dinner extra special and host a summer cookout at our Main Shelter, Transitional Housing Program, or Mt. Kemble Home.  Bring music and games to add to the fun.  The number of guests varies by program.

Kitchen Trainer

Show new lunch or dinner volunteers the “ropes”. We’ll train you. 16 years or older. Dinners are all week, lunches are weekends only.

Lunch Prep and Serve - List Closed

Volunteers get a chance to prepare and serve lunch to approximately 25 of our shelter guests. 

Moving Solutions

Help our graduates move in to their new home.  It's easy!  Just provide your contact information to get added to our "call list".  Click here to find out more.

Office Assistant - List Closed

Work with the Main Shelter and Transitional Housing staff to help with administrative tasks like filing, data entry, shredding, and bulletin board design.  Daytime hours available.

Run a Donation Drive

Help us cross off the items on our "wish list"  and organize a donation drive.  Check in with us for our current needs list and the drop off details.

Share Your Time on Knowledge

The workshops are invaluable for our shelter guests.  Do you have a special skill that you would like to share?  Contact us to learn more how you can lead a workshop on things like reading comprehension, budgeting, stress management, cooking, and more.

Young Professionals

Be part of a group of community-minded individuals under 40 who live and/or work in Morris County. Our Young Professionals offer networking and educational opportunities, with a chance to impact the community by giving back through fundraising and volunteerism. Click here to find out more.

Sign up to be a Volunteer

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