Donate your time, skills, passion, and experience to the cause and become a volunteer. We have volunteer opportunities at all sites currently.  If you wish to volunteer, please click on the button below to start the process.

Make an Impact

Volunteers who will be directly working with our youth, most positions involve a one to two hour shift, once a week, bi-weekly, or monthly for a three month commitment. This time frame provides a more stable environment for our people and optimizes our resources.

Some of our most important opportunities include:

  • Meal Services Volunteers at Atlantic City and Newark.
  • Youth Empowerment Instructors are needed in Atlantic City, Elizabeth and Newark. We welcome volunteers to help in many areas such as music, science, art and more.
  • Boutique Clerks in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Elizabeth and Newark.
  • Babysitters at Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth.
  • English Second Language tutors in Newark.


Volunteer FAQ’s

What is a Meal Services Volunteer?

Serve food, set up and clean tables, and most importantly, welcome our young people at lunch. (Cooking is done by our kitchen staff.)

What is a Youth Empowerment Instructor?

The Youth Empowerment instructor will assist and support our youth with a variety of tasks empowering them to reach their educational and employment goals at our Dove Learning Centers (DLC). The DLC focuses on education, employment, financial literacy, physical and mental wellness, and social navigation (life skills).

What is a Boutique Clerk?

Will help maintain the clothing inventory for our youth by organizing and grouping items by size and gender, caring for the appearance of the boutique.

Is there an age requirement for volunteers?

We require that all onsite volunteers and guests be 23 years of age or older. If you’d like to engage your family, we hope you will consider doing an offsite drive or project to advocate for and benefit the youth of Covenant House NJ.

What is the process for becoming a volunteer?

To volunteer as an individual at Covenant House NJ, you will need to be at least 23 years old and apply using the Apply Now button above. Thereafter, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator to go through a screening process, including background checks, and on online orientation program. If you would like to participate in our Prepare and Share a Meal Program, orientation is not required.

Is there a fee for the background check?

We charge a fee of $30 for each background check. The fee can be paid by cash, check made out for Covenant House New Jersey, or by donating online.

Can I go to my local police department to order my own background check?

No. All volunteers must submit to a background check that we conduct in-house in accordance with Covenant House policies.

Can I complete court ordered community service with Covenant House?

Unfortunately, Covenant House NJ cannot approve court ordered community service.

Want to become a Volunteer?

Nabijah Shabazz
Statewide Volunteer Coordinator