COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities
First and foremost, we here at Jersey City Ties hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe during this challenging time. Due to social distancing and the quarantine, we have had to postpone programming, including our signature event that happens every April - Career Night at the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County. We are currently working with the Club's leadership in an effort to have a virtual version of the event, so please stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, we have gathered together some of the following opportunities for Jersey City Ties members to help out in the community. Help support local restaurants that are offering discounts and allowing customers to donate meals for health care/medical staff on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis here in Jersey City.
Latham House is offering 30% off of orders for healthcare workers. http://www.lathamhousejc.com/
Ghost Truck Kitchen (https://www.hellogtk.com/) and Nukkad (https://visitnukkad.com/) are offering people the opportunity to place donated orders for meal deliveries to Jersey City Medical Center's staff.
The Sharing Place at the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (https://www.stpauljerseycity.org/the-sharing-place) needs monetary donations for its food pantry, which is experiencing higher than usual demand for its services. All donations will be used to buy fresh produce, milk, eggs, etc.
Old Bergen Church, a long-time partner of Jersey City Ties, continues to hold its monthly food pantry, and the next distribution is this Saturday, April 25th. However, in order to keep volunteers and clients safe, the food pantry has reduced the number of volunteers present at any given time. Their immediate need is in the days leading up to the food pantry distribution to sort and bag the food - again in smaller groups of volunteers. They need two to four volunteers for a couple hours any day this week, and may make use of about three volunteers on Saturday. Email Pastor Brown at email@example.com for more details.
The folks at Jersey City Rapid Maker Response Group are collecting materials and monetary donations to furnish Jersey City hospital workers and first responders with face shields. Learn about their efforts and volunteer opportunities at https://jcrmrg.org/.
We will keep you all updated as we learn about more volunteer opportunities. As always, we remind everyone that safety comes first, and that any participation in volunteer events involving physical contact are at your own risk. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe.