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Special Events

Jersey Shore Jacket Drive
Donate your gently used coat at our studios at 8 Robbins Street in Toms River or Laurita Winery in New Egypt during regular business hours.


January

Wednesday, January 24

Blood Drive
The Waretown Elementary School Citizenship Club hosts a NJ Blood Services Blood Drive in the gym of Waretown Elementary School on Railroad Ave in Waretown from 3:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Call 609- 693-3131 for more information.


Saturday, January 27

Alison Wray Fund Hockey Game
The New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association and Navesink face off in a charity hockey game at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown starting at 7 p.m.  to benefit the Alison Wray Fund. Alison was a Berkeley Township police sergeant who passed away following a stroke she suffered while on duty in the fall of 2017. She is survived two children, 2-year old Harrison and 4-year old Henry, as well as two step-children 11-year old Cole and 15-year old Regan. Call 732-232-6293 or check their Facebook page for tickets and more information.

Comedy Night
The Manasquan Elks Club hosts a Comedy Night at their lodge on Stockton Lake Boulevard starting at 7 p.m. Call 732- 903-4386 for tickets and more information.

Spaghetti Dinner
The Forked River Presbyterian Church hosts a Spaghetti Dinner at the church located at 131 North Main Street in Forked River with seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Career Discovery Day
The Ocean County Vocational Technical School holds a Career Discovery Day at their Brick Center located at 350 Chambers Bridge Rd from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Explore different careers through hands-on interactive activities plus enjoy fun activities for the entire family. Call 732- 473-3100 or click ocvts.com for more information.


February

Friday, February 2

National Wear Red Day
The American Heart Association holds their annual National Wear Red Day to support Go Red For Women and to fund research as part of American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Click GoRedForWomen.org for more information.

Brick Hero Awards
Enspirited Projects & the  Brick Mayor's Teen Advisory Councils present the 4th annual Brick Hero Awards at Brick Township High School on Chambersbridge Road starting at 7 p.m. The goal of the Brick Hero Awards is to create a school and community effort to award acts of kindness and put those who actively do good deeds in the spotlight. Ticket sales will benefit Lounge 270, Brick’s new teen center. Click brownpapertickets.com or call 732-773-5062 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 3

Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus
The Lupus Research Alliance holds their Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus at Convention Hall in Asbury Park starting at 1 p.m. Friends, family and co-workers of those affected by lupus can plunge into the frigid ocean to increase lupus awareness and raise money for lupus research. This event is not recommended for lupus patients unless cleared by your physician. The Point’s Nicole Murray is plunging in honor of a close family friend named Erlyn who is affected by lupus. Click support.lupusresearch.org to support Nicole’s team and for more information about the event.

Night at the Races
The Southern Regional HS Golden Rams Marching Band hosts their 6th annual Night at the Races at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company firehouse on Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Call 609- 597-9481 for tickets and more information.

Valentine Plunge
The Valentine Plunge to benefit Joan Dancy & People with ALS Foundation (PALS) takes place at the Main Beach in Manasquan located at the end of Main Street at 12 noon with a post plunge party at Leggett’s Sand Bar & Restaurant. Click ValentinePlunge.com for registration and more information.


Thursday, February 8 –Saturday, February 10

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The Eastside Theatre Company at Toms River High School East presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the school auditorium Thursday, February 8 –Saturday, February 10 at 7 p.m. each night. Call 732-505-5665 ext. 210080 for tickets and more information.


Thursday, February 8

Stretch and Sip
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce hosts Stetch and Sip, A Night of Wine, Yoga, Heart Health & Networking at Bacchus Winemaking Club, 1540 Route 37 West in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Click tomsriverchamber.com for tickets and more information.


Sunday, February 11

Art & Soul Brunch
The OceanCares Foundation presents their Art & Soul Brunch at the Grunin Center at Ocean County College from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. showcasing the tremendous talent OceanMHS has discovered from individuals suffering with mental illness. Call 732- 269-4849 for more information.


Saturday, February 17

Pipes & Drums of Barnegat Bay Fundraiser
The Pipes & Drums of Barnegat Bay host a fundraiser for the Jersey Shore Piping & Drumming Classic at the Christ Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Toms River starting at 6 p.m. Call 848-333-9784 for tickets and more information.


Saturday, February 24

Seaside Polar Bear Plunge
Special Olympics New Jersey holds their 25th anniversary Seaside Polar Bear Plunge as thousands jump into the icy Atlantic Ocean to support over 25,000 athletes statewide. Check in is at 9 a.m. for the 1 p.m. plunge. Click seasideplunge.org for registration and more information.

10th Anniversary Gala
Exit 82 Theatre holds its 10th Anniversary Gala at the Atlantis Ballroom on Route 37 in Toms River from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. to celebrate 10 years of quality arts programming in Ocean County and look ahead at its future. Click exit82theatre.com for tickets and more information.


March

Saturday, March 3

Bowl for Kids Sake
Big Brothers of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties hold their 36th annual Bowl for Kids Sake at Brunswick Zone in Hazlet from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Help saise funds and bowl with friends, family or coworkers to support the BBBS 1-to-1 mentoring programs. Click bbbsmmc.org or call 732- 444-3539 for more information.


Saturday, March 10

Dinner and Comedy Show
The New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company hosts a Dinner and Comedy Show at their firehouse located at 59 Main Street. Check their Facebook page  or call 732- 903-4386 for tickets and more information.


Monday, March 12

Chef’s Night Out
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education holds their 22nd annual Chef’s Night Out at the Toms River Athletic Arena. Sample the best from Shore area restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and beverage distributors in the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. Call 732-473-3100 X3157 or click ocvtsfoundation.org for tickets and more information.


Sunday, March 18

Keep it at the Track and Off the Streets
Ocean of Love holds their 4th annual Keep it at the Track and Off the Streets fundraiser takes place at Atco Raceway with a police escort from the Kohls store on Route 37 in Toms River at 7 a.m. Click oceanoflove.org for more information.


Around The Shore 

Literacy New Jersey - Ocean County

Nearly 20% of adults in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher train or bus schedule or understand verbal instructions at work or at a doctor’s office. If you are 18 years or older and want to help these people, please contact Literacy New Jersey - Ocean County Programs. They need Volunteer Tutors to teach basic reading, writing and English comprehension skills to residents of Ocean County. Call 732-864-9646 or click LiteracyNJ.org for more information.

Lacey Township EMT Seeks Members

Have you always wanted to help others, be an important part of your community and gain invaluable experience while truly making a difference in the lives of others? They can't offer you a pay-check but can offer rewards and experiences beyond what you would ever receive elsewhere. Lacey Township Emergency Medical Service is looking for new members who are at least sixteen years of age or older to volunteer and staff one of our ambulances. Training provided and no experience is necessary. Instead of watching EMT's and ambulances on television become one today. Click LTEMS23.com for an application & or call 609-693-9510.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

The the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. accomplish this through professional in-home counseling, advocacy on behalf of the families, material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items and emergency financial relief. Call 908-322-4323 or click EmmanuelCancer.org for additional information.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors USA

Neighbors HelpingNeighbors USA is a free, peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvgorating their job search.Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed, underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit, and education, as well as persons re entering the job market, struggling small business owners and anyone looking for part-time or volunteer work. Click nhnusa.org for meeting locations around New Jersey.

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since their inception in 1992, their mission has remained resolute to create innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF’s welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit clf4kids.org or call 732-920-8860 for more infomation.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) holds volunteer training throughout New Jersey. The goal of the CASA volunteer is to facilitate placement of a child into safe, permanent home. They are looking for individuals with a desire to help children – no special background is needed. Call 732-270-6803 or visit oceancountycasa.org for more information.

The Hope Center at the House of Hope of Oceans County, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides help and hope for those who are in need. Their mission is to provide resources, referrals, food and targeted financial assistance to clients as they work to overcome life crisis. Clients come to them with a variety of needs, including shelter for the homeless or to help with other urgent needs, which are paid through their Human Needs Fund.

What if it was your friend or family member who needed life saving blood? Would you be there? TheCommunity Blood Council of New Jersey is there, a not-for-profit blood center helping save lives. Help save lives by donating blood or setting up a blood drive in your area. For more information call the Community Blood Council at 877-244-8365.

Each year, there are over 2 million poison exposures reported to Poison Control Centers across the US. The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has been the state’s regional drug and poison information system for the past 25 years. NJPIES is a non-profit organization that offers poison emergency and drug information services to NJ residents via its hotline (1-800-222-1222). Trained health professionals (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to assist callers with poison emergencies, poison prevention information, drug information, food poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, treatment advice following bites/stings, medication side effects and interactions, etc. All calls are free and confidential. Services are available for the hearing impaired (973-926-8008) and for those who speak languages other than English.

New Jersey’s statewide 2-1-1 Help Line is a 24/7 one-stop, non-emergency call center operated by the United Way for people seeking help & information. Easily accessible by landline, cell phone and the internet at nj211.org, calls are free & confidential with multi-lingual specialists always available. Specialists can provide information & referral services to callers about a variety of issues including basic human needs resources, support for seniors & persons with disabilities, support for children & families, employment support.

You hoped it wouldn’t happen but it has. You’ve lost your job. You’ve got a family to support. Your skills may be out of date. What do you do now? You need the personal support and services of a unique organization. Professional Services Group is ready to help. They can help you with everything from resume writing to interviewing and everything else you need to showcase your valuable skills. If the unthinkable has happened, don’t hesitate. PSG is a no-cost New Jersey Department of Labor supported volunteer organization for professionals in transition. More Info

The County Connection, located near JC Penney’s at the Ocean County Mall, is a service of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. County residents can learn about programs, services and activities available to them in Ocean County. The County Connection is open regular mall hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. For more information, call (732)288-7777 or visit the County Connection web site at co.ocean.nj.us.

Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect - Einstein’s Alley Vet Career Connect is designed to match members of the New Jersey National Guard, a New Jersey veteran or the spouse of a veteran the veteran, to the career that is perfectly suited to them. This initiative focuses on the individual soldier’s strengths and motivations by using a proven Personality Assessment Profile that has been used by over 25K companies to assess over 2.5 million people. This Profile objectively quantifies an individual’s competencies as well as their strengths and potential and matches those core strengths to the requirements of a job. The expected outcome is a career and not just a job – with the employer needs matched to the employee’s career desires. For more information call (609)524-1200.

Dell’Omo Realtors in located at 3455 Route 66 in Neptune is teaming with the Monmouth County SPCA to find homes for people and pets. With every home sold Dell’Omo Realtors will sponsor a pet at the shelter. The office will also act as a drop-off location for blankets, towels other items for the MSPCA’s pets. For more information call (732)531-5008 or visit dellomorealtors.com

Ocean County Hunger Relief is collecting children's clothes, coats, & shoes (sizes infant to teen), book bags, and lunch boxes for needy children in Ocean County. There is a desperate need because the organization almost never has these items. Especially needed are baby items such as diapers, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, etc. The children receiving the donations are either very poor or homeless. Donations may be dropped off at the Hunger Relief office on North Main Street in Toms River or by calling (732) 505-HELP or by visiting ochungerrelief.org.

Jersey Shore Partnership - Did you know that bathing water quality at New Jersey’s ocean and bay beaches is checked at least once a week? Testing is done more frequently here than in any other state to make sure that our water is safe for swimming. New Jersey has set the standard for nationwide water quality testing. The Jersey Shore Partnership is New Jersey’s leading champion for beach protection and replenishment. To learn more, visit jerseyshorepartnership.com.

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non profit, charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with cancer seeks volunteers throughout the state to help them achieve this goal. Volunteer opportunities include providing material & emotional support, helping with parties & other fun activities for the children, helping with grant writing, public relations and media support, legal assistance, office help and printing services. Please call 732-458-4200 or visit ashleylaurenfoundation.org for more information.

Did you know nearly twenty percent of adults living in New Jersey cannot read a newspaper, fill out a job application, decipher a train or bus schedule, or understand verbal instructions in the workplace? Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach basic literacy and English as a Second Language to local residents in Monmouth County. There are presently students waiting for tutors. They need your help. Training classes are being conducted now and throughout the coming months. Contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit www.lvmonmouthnj.org.