Agape Community Kitchen

Mission: To serve those experiencing food insecurity a hearty meal in a loving environment every Wednesday in Elizabeth.

Volunteer opportunities: High school and middle school students are needed to lead the meal service each week, and adults are needed to assist with food preparation, shopping, and laundry.  Adults are also welcome to attend Agape on Wednesday afternoons.  Volunteers meet at 3:15pm in the PCW parking lot; transportation is provided to Elizabeth and back.  

Contact: Kristin Pirich,


FISH Hospitality

Mission: To serve homeless women and families by providing shelter and other assistance, in order to give clients a new opportunity to live independently in the community. 

Volunteer opportunities: PCW will be hosting the FISH guests in Lower Westminster Hall for a week in October.  Volunteers are needed to help set-up, prepare dinners, serve as dinner hosts, overnight hosts, and weekend hosts in Lower Westminster. 

Contacts: Carole Cook,,  Margo Seaman,


Furniture Assist

Mission: To serve as a stepping stone to self-sufficiency by providing those with limited means the furniture and household items needed to establish a stable home.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed on Sunday mornings to help clients identify the furniture and other household items they need.  Volunteers are also needed on Sunday afternoons to receive donations, and on Mondays and Wednesdays to help sort donations. 

Contact: Dawson Yeomans,, 973-868-6007


Roots and Wings

Mission: To provide young adults who have aged out of New Jersey’s foster care system with safe housing, education, counseling and life-skills training necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and successful assimilation into society.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed to assist with mentoring, tutoring, organizing special events, and maintenance of a food pantry. 

Contact: Emily Marchese,, 973-453-6668


Caring Contact

Mission: To promote emotional well-being and prevent emotional crises by providing opportunities for people to express themselves to compassionate listeners in a safe environment. 

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer listeners are needed for the caring and crisis hotline. The next training will be held September 18 – December 11, 7 – 10 p.m. one evening weekly, plus one full weekend, at the First Baptist Church in Westfield. 

Contact: Janet Sarkos,, 908-301-1899


CASA Union County

Mission:  To recruit, screen, train and support community volunteers who advocate for the needs of children from birth to age 21 removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and placed in foster homes or residential facilities. 

Volunteer opportunities:  CASA of Union County uses a 30-hour national CASA curriculum in its training of community volunteers to serve as child advocates.  The next training will be offered starting in mid-September.  Volunteers are also needed to serve as board members, fundraisers, and event volunteers, to help raise awareness in the community.

Contact: Marla Higginbotham,, 908-527-7041


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