Charities/donations in Jersey City


Written by Bianca kirschner


The holiday season is upon us! It’s always nice to receive during this time of year, but it is the season of giving after all. Gifting your loved ones socks, a new gaming system or a necklace is great, but what about those who may not be as fortunate as you? Celebrate the true meaning of the holidays by donating your time, money, old clothes or food to some amazing causes. We’ve created a  list of the places you can give back to in Jersey City.

November & Ongoing

Whether it’s packing or delivery dinners for families, these organizations and churches have great volunteer opportunities around Thanksgiving!

Angela CARES, Inc.

696 Ocean Avenue, Jersey City

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, AngelaCARES, Inc. is having its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Seniors dinner. Last year with help from 250+ volunteers (youth to wiser), they packaged and delivered 1100+ Thanksgiving meals to homebound and seniors living alone throughout Hudson County. More info here. 

Fountain of Salvation Church

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City

St. John the Baptist Church

3026 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. John the Baptist will be hosting on November 28th Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM.  Located 3 blocks from Journal Square, this is a great opportunity to volunteer locally! The goal is to have 400+ meals delivered to those in need!

They are also looking for volunteers to assist with putting together take-out meals, delivering the meals, serving and providing hospitality to those who come, helping with the shopping, loading and unloading supplies, food preparation and cooking, setting-up the night before & morning of, and cleaning up. Volunteers will be needed on Thanksgiving Day anytime from 8 AM to 2PM. Monetary donations for food also needed! Make check payable to St. John the Baptist Church and note “Thanksgiving Dinner.”

Please contact Jimmy King at 201-438-0741 for more information!

December & Ongoing

Spread some holiday cheer with these volunteer and donation opportunities around the December holidays!

Jersey Cares

Frosty’s Friends

Every year during the holiday season, Jersey Cares gives volunteers the opportunity to give back directly to a child in need through our annual gift-giving program. Frosty’s Friends aims to spread holiday cheer to children in shelters or transitional housing facilities. Volunteers will receive a note from a child with their agency information and gift ideas. Corporate and civic groups are highly encouraged to register. We also recruit volunteers to wrap gifts that are purchased via our Amazon Wish List – check the Jersey Cares Project Calendar in December for dates and times. Please send your gifts in time to reach the respective agency no later than Wednesday, December 13th, 2019. For more information, contact Meagan at (973) 533-1993 or [email protected]

22nd Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive

For the past 22 years, The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of “gently used” winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. Last year, with the help of sorting and donating, Jersey Cares collected more than 30,000 coats throughout the state of New Jersey. Get involved by registering here! Coats may be dropped off between Thursday, November 1, 2018 and Wednesday, December 11th, 2018 at all participating public collection sites. You can even host your own online coat drive!

Liquid Church

Phone: (973) 879-8655

Christmas Outreach

This December, join Liquid Church as they work towards packing one million meals to serve the hungry around the world! The Christmas Outreach will take place across 6 locations over the course of 2 days, December 6th and 7th.

York Street Project

89 York Street, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 451-8225

The mission of the York Street Project is to weave innovative programs that shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing and independence of persons in need, especially women and their children. There are many opportunities to get involved with York Street Project including donation drives, working with children, internships and more!

Family Promise of Hudson County

Family Promise addresses homelessness by utilizing the resources of volunteer congregations.
Congregations provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes for homeless families. Each Family Promise affiliate also has a day center, where families can take showers, receive case management and look for housing and jobs. You can donate funds, donate items or volunteer. You can read more here.

About the author

Bianca kirschner


  • I have a bunch of unopened Legos that my son totally forgot about and is no longer interested in them. Where can I donate and/or drop these Legos off?