Volunteers Needed for "JERSEY CARES DAY"

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Show New Jersey You Care By Volunteering in Your Community

New Jersey is your home; now show that you care by volunteering in the 14th Annual Jersey Cares Day!   On Saturday, May 5th, 2012, Jersey Cares Day will mobilize more than 2,500 volunteers from throughout New Jersey to spend the day revitalizing and beautifying communities in our state.

Volunteers are needed in the Newark area to donate just five hours at one of the service projects of their choice in the city.  Projects include painting murals, landscaping parks and playgrounds, and painting school classrooms.  Individual and teams of volunteers are needed.  This is a great team building opportunity for school clubs, fraternities and sororities.  Community service credit may be provided for high school and college students.  
There is no fee to participate, although volunteers are encouraged to raise pledges from friends and family, similar to a walk-a-thon.  The money benefits Jersey Cares’ mission of promoting and encouraging volunteerism through a wide variety of volunteer projects designed to make a positive difference in the community.

 When:    Saturday, May 5, 2012   8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Newark Projects:     
Branch Brook Park Alliance: Volunteers needed to maintain the park’s cherry blossom trees and performing general landscaping needs.

Boylan Recreation Center:   Volunteers are needed at this site to paint classrooms, paint indoor "dream" murals and performing general landscaping.

Clinton Avenue School:  Volunteers will be painting classrooms, offices, doors and door frames as well as painting the school logo in the classrooms and hallways

Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School:   Volunteers will be painting indoor and outdoor murals, painting line games and a world map, along with general painting and some landscaping.

Newark YMCA:   Volunteers are needed to spruce up this site by participating in painting projects.

St. Peter’s Recreation Center:  Volunteers are needed to paint outdoor signs and buildings, perform general landscaping and create a park pathway.

Sussex Avenue Elementary School:  Volunteers are needed at this site to paint indoor murals in classrooms, hallways and common areas.

University Heights Charter School:  Volunteers will be painting classrooms and hallways as well as painting indoor murals.

Register:   To register or sponsor a volunteer, visit www.JerseyCaresDay.org.  The deadline for team and individual advance registration is April 27th

Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to volunteer. Volunteers age 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signer by a parent or guardian.

About Jersey Cares: Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization, established in 1993, recruits and engages volunteers in rewarding, effective efforts that address community-identified needs. We partner with local nonprofits to identify needs and implement volunteer projects to meet these needs. We provide individuals, families, corporate employees and community groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that range from tutoring children to painting new murals in schools.   Jersey Cares is an affiliate of the Hands on Network, an innovative alliance of volunteer catalysts throughout the world



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