Our Direct Service Volunteers work directly with our young people. They focus on enhancing the skills developed in our Dove Learning Center – education, employment, financial literacy, physical and mental well being and social navigation. Volunteers can lead workshops or other fun events for our youth, such as yoga, meditation, music, art, fitness, computer technology, GED Prep, job readiness, parenting, etc.
Sharing your interests and skills with our youth is a great way to expose them to new activities and ideas, while also connecting them with more role models in the community. We ask that you lead a workshop or activity anywhere from once a week to once a month.
For our direct service volunteers who will be directly working with our youth, we ask to commit to working with us for a minimum of a six-month period. This commitment provides a more stable environment for our young people and optimizes our resources. Volunteers for all on-site positions must be at least 23 years of age.
Our volunteers at Raphael’s Life House fill an essential role of support, helping our parenting youth and serve in various ways. Opportunities include babysitting, Baby Dove Club, providing a meal, and Job Ready programs. The Dove Learning Center (DLC) will also begin teaching on-site, so if you have a specific skill set that can help our moms on their journey of motherhood, we would love to hear from you. We all know it takes a village when raising a child, so we invite you to join us in being a part of this village, supporting moms who need it most.
We recognize that successful partnerships don’t generally fit a one size fits all model. We’d love to learn about the needs of your organization and create a partnership that is meaningful, rewarding and sustainable for all involved. We can work with you to engage your employees in multiple ways including (but not limited to): volunteerism, service projects, supply drives, in-kind donations, cause-related marketing, employee giving, job creation, special event participation, sponsorship, and programmatic investments.
Host a dinner for our residents! We love to have groups prepare or cater a meal for our youth and staff.
If you would like to host a meal, please contact Nabijah Shabbazz or Lennon Moore. Their contact information is at the bottom of this page.
Due to COVID, we are not able to have groups onsite for indoor projects. However, we have limited opportunities to assist with outdoor projects such as cleaning and gardening. If interested in available projects, please contact Nabijah Shabbazz or Lennon Moore. Their contact information is at the bottom of this page.
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Due to the worsening COVID situation, for our Newark Shelter only, we are temporarily halting onsite volunteer participation.
For all other NJ sites, we remain open for volunteer participation at this time. In an effort to keep you and our community safe we are requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for our on-site volunteers that work directly with youth inside the building. We are still practicing 6 ft distancing, new cleaning practices, and mask usage. All volunteers must also test negative before participating onsite.
Have questions? Please contact Nabijah Shabazz or Lennon Moore. Their contact information is included at the bottom of this page.
If you are a company or group seeking volunteer experience, please contact Mary Lonergen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (973) 493-3897.