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Volunteer

Volunteer

You can join in the effort to build a promise neighborhood where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. There are many ways your volunteer involvment can make an impact. 

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Activity LeaderApply Now

Do you have a skill or hobby that you are interested in sharing with the community? We are in need of volunteers to lead activities or lend their skills at our Family Success Centers and residential programs.

The Family Success Centers, located in Clementon, Blackwood, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway, and Camden, are community-based, family-centered neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for family support, information, and services. Through the Family Success Center, we provide families with convenient access to a wide array of services and family friendly activities offered on a daily basis.  Here are a few ideas  of activities that can be led by volunteers in our Family Success Centers:

  • Tutoring children
  • Coordinating arts and crafts activities
  • Leading workshops
  • Offering computer skills training

 

Our residential programs provide safe and supportive housing to young people as well as mothers and their children in need of a safe place to live. These programs in Camden and Gloucester Counties provide residents with a stable foundation and strengthen their ability for self-sufficiency. Here are some ideas  of activities that can be led by volunteers in our residential programs:

  • Assist with playtime while mothers participate in educational workshops
  • Baking cookies every Sunday
  • Leading a sewing or tailoring workshop
  • Leading a workshop for poetry, creative writing, singing, or another form of artistic expression
  • Creating and leading a fitness, wellness, or nutrition  class

Baby's Best StartApply Now

We are in need of volunteers to assist the Baby's Best Start program with a variety of tasks while the sessions are taking place on Thursday evenings in Camden and Clementon. Tasks include:

 

  • Leading themed activities 
  • Assisting the group facilitator
  • Translating sessions and materials to Spanish 
  • Reading with one child or a group of children during childcare session as part of our Born to Read initiative
  • Assisting with dinner 

Born to ReadApply Now

Born to Read includes a high impact volunteer component.  We are training and placing volunteer readers in our Head Start classrooms to read with children one-to-one. Reading volunteers help increase exposure to literacy among our preschoolers. As a Born to Read volunteer, you can play an integral role in improving grade level reading outcomes for children in Camden City.

If you love reading, enjoy working with children, and can commit to one hour of volunteering per week, then this is the perfect volunteer position for you....and your time and energy will make a real difference in the lives of the children we serve!  Reading Volunteers are placed in the same classroom for one hour a week for the course of the school year.  Volunteers read with children one-to-one promoting literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading.

We are currently recruiting parent volunteers and community volunteers to commit to one hour a week of volunteer time in one of our Head Start classrooms (we have 9 different Head Start locations in Camden City and Camden County) to read one-to-one with children.  A one hour volunteer training is provided and background checks are required for all volunteers.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group Projects & One-Time Events

One time group projects are an excellent team building opportunity for companies or to fulfill volunteer hours. Come with your family, friends, company or team, roll up your sleeves and help your community!

Corporate Volunteer Partners

Program Descriptions

Annual 5k Run & Walk

Each year in September, Center For Family Services hosts a 5k Run & Walk to benefit our Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program and to take a stand against sexual and domestic violence. Volunteers assist with various facets of the event such as setting up the course, directing traffic, registering runners, directing participants on the course, operating the snack and water stations, and cheering at the finish line! To learn more about the Empower Run & Walk, click here.

Holiday Gift Project

Each year in December, Center For Family Services organizes our Holiday Gift Project, a donation drive that provides children and families in our programs with gifts and necessities during the holiday season. Volunteers sort and organize thousands of donated items to fulfill wish lists from the children we serve with the gifts they most want and need to celebrate the joy of the holidays. Volunteers can also organize donation drives in their workplace or community or they can provide donations by sponsor individual children and families. To learn more about the Holiday Gift Project, click here.

Hope Mobile

Each month, Center For Family Services, along with the Food Bank of South Jersey and community residents, hosts our Hope Mobile food distribution. With food insecurity being such an issue for the children and families here in Camden City, you can join us to provide fresh and healthy foods to the families we serve. Volunteers unload, sort, and distribute food to families. Hope Mobile takes place in Camden City on the morning on the third Wednesday of every month. 

Project Backpack

Each year in August, Center For Family Services hosts Project Backpack, a donation drive that equips local students with the supplies they need to return to school prepared, confident, and ready to learn! Volunteers sort all of the donated school supplies we receive and fill new backpacks with everything students will need for the new year. Volunteers can also organize donation drives in their workplace or community to support Project Backpack. To learn more about Project Backpack, click here.

Stand.Speak.Empower.

Each year in April, Center For Family Services’ SERV program hosts outreach and awareness events as an ongoing initiative to stop the spread of violence in our community. Volunteers can participate in Denim Days to take a stand against sexual violence by wearing denim on Fridays and making a $5 donation to the Denim Dollars Campaign. Volunteers can be outreach ambassadors by starting a denim dollars campaign in their office, school, or organization. To learn more about how you can participate in Stand. Speak. Empower, click here. 

Building & Landscaping

Currently, we have opportunities for volunteers to build a shed and participate in gardening and landscaping projects at our locations in Gloucester County. These opportunities change throughout the year. For many of these projects, we will ask volunteers to assist with providing tools or supplies for the project.

Participation

If you would like to participate in one or more of these events or if you have a new idea for a volunteer project, please fill out the information below.

Camden Promise Neighborhood Team

  • Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Camden City School District
  • Camden County College
  • Camden County Police Department
  • Camden High School
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Center For Family Services
  • City of Camden
  • Community Planning and Advocacy Council
  • Community Residents
  • Cooper Foundation
  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Cooper Medical School at Rowan University
  • Cooper Lanning Civic Association
  • Food Bank of South Jersey
  • Girls Inc.
  • Holman Automotive
  • Hopeworks
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square Primary  
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Lanning Square Middle 
  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Whittier Middle 
  • Lanning Square West Residents in Action
  • Nicholson Foundation
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University - Camden
  • Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative
  • Subaru of America
  • United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ
  • U.S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab Family School
  • YMCA of Greater Philadelphia