How You Can Help
Upgrading to a New Smartphone or Tablet?
Please consider donating your older model to a group home in our area. Residents are neurodiverse, experiencing visual and/or audio challenges and/or have physical/emotional needs. Email Jan Philips if you would like to make a donation.
Baby Basics of Ridgewood
This program of Children's Aid and Family Services is requesting diapers, wipes and other supplies for struggling families in Bergen County. Click here to see their Amazon wish list.
Center for Food Action
When you're at the supermarket, please pick up some extra canned, jarred or boxed nonperishable items - tuna fish, peanut butter, vegetables, pasta, cereal, etc. Donations may be dropped off at West Side from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
City Relief, formerly New York City Relief, needs volunteers to serve the homeless in Paterson on April 9. Participants will meet at Grace Redeemer Church in Glen Rock at 9:15 am and return at 3:15 pm. Transportation will be provided from Glen Rock to Paterson. Click here to sign up and find out about the precautions that New York City Relief is taking to keep volunteers, staff and guests healthy.
City Relief also is in urgent need of travel-size items for hygiene kits: toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, combs and deodorant. Other items needed include toothbrushes, soap, washcloths, disposable razors and sanitary napkins. Donations should be sent to New York City Relief, 495 Walnut Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201.
Eva's is in need of volunteers to package “pick-up-and-go” meals for the Paterson community on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. All volunteers will be masked, gloved and socially distanced in Eva’s large dining hall. Email Angela Vance for more information and to sign up.
Eva's also needs a number of items to continue to serve clients: Huggies Little Snugglers diapers, size 2; baby wipes, unscented, flip-top packs; Secret and/or Lady Speed Stick deodorant; Dove Men + Care and/or Speed Stick deodorant; Dove soap, individual bars; Ivory soap, individual bars; toothpaste.
Orders placed online can be delivered to Eva’s Village, Attention: Curtis Carson, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.
Family Promise of Bergen County
New City Kids
New City Kids offers a wide range of innovative offerings for low-income youth in Paterson, including after-school programming, internships for teens and summer day camp. There are many opportunities to volunteer - reading buddies for first graders, teen tutoring, college essay helpers, preparing and serving snacks, and more. Click here to get involved.
Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children
Oasis' adult students are back in the building, and after-school programs are up and running, which means there are many opportunities to serve women and children in Paterson, including serving lunch, helping in the kitchen, tutoring, volunteering in the childcare center and much more. To get involved, email Signe Howard.
Oasis also is seeking donations of nonperishable food, personal hygiene items and school supplies. Click here for a list of items and drop-off locations.
Social Service Association of Ridgewood
SSA is having a tough time keeping up with overwhelming demand for food and personal care items for their clients. Click here to make a donation through Amazon.
West Bergen Mental Healthcare
West Bergen is seeking volunteers to provide ready-to-eat meals for the residents of its 11 group homes. Email Barbara Hand if you can help. Keeping the chronically mentally ill residents engaged also is challenging for West Bergen. Click here to donate an item from their Amazon wish list.