Local Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for giving. Here are some non-profits that will help you give back to South Jersey. 

Sponsor a Family 


This holiday season, Oaks Integrated Care is again asking for volunteers to sponsor families’ holidays. Once you fill out the holiday sponsorship form, you’ll be sent a wish list for one family that you can fill and schedule a time to drop off the items at Oaks. And as always, Oaks is accepting monetary donations of any size. 

What’s Oaks Integrated Care: OAKS offers 230+ health and social service programs for adults, children & families in New Jersey. 

Donate your time 


No matter your skill set, Urban Promise has an opportunity for you to give back to the community. The organization is always looking for people to help out in roles like lunchroom aides, library volunteers, special event volunteers, tutors and more. 

What’s Urban Promise: Built on a holistic framework of care, cultivated by relationship-based, experiential learning, and guided by Christian faith, Urban Promise proudly stands as a beacon of hope for the families of Camden. 

Support teens fighting cancer 


Help the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation support children and teens battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by donating items to include in their teen kits, which are distributed to hospitalized teens awaiting treatment. Items accepted include: socks, lip balm, fabric markers, playing cards and more. A full guide is available on the website

What’s Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation: ARVF provides age-appropriate programs and activities for children and teens receiving treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. 

Give to mother nature 


Join Cedar Run to clean up the refuge, support the organization as well as supporting Marketa’s Journey, a foundation founded in honor of Marketa McCabe, who passed away in March 2021 due to a Covid-related heart problem. During the special event on Nov. 18, volunteers are invited to help clean the refuge, and each $10 registration fee will be donated to Cedar Run. Volunteers can also enjoy free admission and environmental workshops and activities. 

What’s Cedar Run: Cedar Run is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation.

What’s Marketa’s Journey: The nonprofit awards scholarships to women of diverse backgrounds entering STEM fields. They promote the importance of nature and its conservation while also raising awareness of Covid’s effects on the hearts of young adults.  

Helping your community  


JFCS is always looking for volunteers to help support the community, especially through the holiday season. Sign up to deliver groceries and household products, deliver meals to seniors and homebound people, provide free rides for veterans to medical and wellness appointments in addition to countless other opportunities. 

What’s Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey: JFCS helps SJ residents overcome life’s challenges through quality, affordable, and accessible social services that empower people to help themselves.

November 2023
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