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Volunteer Opportunities Mercer Street Friends


Mercer Street Friends offers a range of volunteer opportunities. We help residents of Mercer County meet basic needs through food, education, job training, counseling and health care assistance. Our approach is a holistic one, designed to support families with few economic resources. At our centers, you can help others, make friends and expand your horizons. We are eager to work with youth groups, clubs, corporate groups and religious organizations, and will be happy to send a speaker to meet with your group. For information about volunteering with Mercer Street Friends, please contact Bianca Allen at ballen@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-656-5202. For specific interest in the Food Bank, please contact Brian Peterson at bpeterson@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-406-0503.


CHILDREN: Mercer Street Friends Children’s Services division needs you to interact with toddlers at our Early Childhood Education Center (for ages six months to five years) and in our after-school programs for special needs children. Volunteers must be eighteen years or older. Adolescents between fourteen and fifteen years of age are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

ADULTS: Mercer Street Friends Parenting and Adult Services division needs you to help clients master skills in our programs focusing on nurturing parenting, and instructing one-on-one in basic literacy skills and GED tutoring (including critical reading and math, through algebra and geometry. Volunteers must be eighteen years or older.

HUNGER: Mercer Street Friends Food Bank needs you to sort and distribute food, run food drives, SNAP ( Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) outreach, assist with advocacy and research. (Volunteers must be age sixteen or older. Adolescents between fourteen and fifteen years of age are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

ADMINISTRATIVE: Mercer Street Friends needs you to help with mailings, special events and clerical tasks, as needed. Adolescents between fourteen and fifteen years of age are welcome when accompanied by an adult.


IF YOU CAN ASSIST WITH ANY OF THESE ACTIVITES, MERCER STREET FRIENDS NEEDS YOU.

SPECIFIC VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS INCLUDE:

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

Volunteers are needed to inspect, sort and box food donations. The Food Bank, located at 824 Silvia Street in Ewing, is open Monday to Friday and two Saturdays a month.

Mercer Street Friends Early Childhood Education Centers Pre-school classroom aides are needed to assist children of single working mothers and low-income families by helping with indoor and outdoor playtime, arts and crafts, storytelling, singing and meals at our Trenton center. Minimum commitment is one day per week for two hours. The location is 1201 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey.

Mercer Street Friends School Age Childcare Enrichment program aids are needed to help with art music, science, etc. in our after-school programs for special needs children. The location is Mercer County Special Services School District, Regional Day School, Hamilton, New Jersey. Volunteers fourteen to seventeen years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Mercer Street Friends Parent Support/Adult Services
Instructors are needed to design and lead classes in personal growth such as Yoga, make-up and grooming and healthy cooking. The minimum commitment is one evening per month. The location is 222 N Hermitage Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey. Volunteers must be eighteen years of age or older.

Tutors are needed to assist students who are attending adult basic literacy and GED classes. Minimum commitment is two hours per week. The location is 222 North Hermitage Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey. Volunteers must be eighteen years of age or older.