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SPECIAL EVENTS

United Way of Ocean County Spring Food Drive
The United Way of Ocean County is collecting non-perishables for their Spring Food Drive through Friday, May 1. Donations of toiletries such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste are also accepted. Click uwocnj.org  forvdrop-off locations and additional information.

MODOC Education Foundation Raffle
The Monmouth-Ocean Development Council (MODC) Education Foundation is holding its annual 50/50 Raffle fundraiser to fund local college scholarships to students at Monmouth University, Georgian Court University, Brookdale Community College, Ocean County College, and the Ocean County & Monmouth County Vocational-Technical Schools. The Foundation is a non-profit organization established to assist youth in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Its mission is to support an educated, skilled and competent workforce by providing funding for scholarships, mentoring, and education programs.  Call 732-974-6100 for information on purchasing tickets.

Prom Dress Giveaway
All branches of the Ocean County Library will accept donations of gently used gowns and formal dresses through Monday, April 27 for its annual Prom Dress Giveaways. Dresses can be both long and short styles for teens and can include bridesmaid’s dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome. Click theoceancountylibrary.org for more information.


April

Thursday, April 23

Chefs Extraordinare
Chefs Extraordinare, a culinary and wine tasting, takes place at the Spring Lake to benefit Common Ground Grief Center on Route 71 in Spring Lake Manor from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Point’s Liz Jeressi hosts and evening to enjoy cusine prepared by Monmouth and Ocean County chefs, savor wines and honor Joe Leone Introna . Click commongroundgriefcenter.org or call 732-606-7477 for tickets and additional information.


Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
Lakewood High School presents Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at the school Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Click lakewoodpiners.org for more information.

Central Jersey RV Show and Food Drive
The Central Jersey RV Show and Food Drive takes place at the PNC Bank Arts Center located at exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attendees are urged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties while taking in the large display of travel trailers, fifth wheels, gas and diesel motorhomes, big and small. Click centraljerseyrvshow.com for more information.


Saturday, April 25

Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair
The Monmouth County SPCA holds their 21st annual Spring Dog Walk & Pet Fair at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m for people and their pets with over 150 vendors, cutest trick contest, pet therapy demonstrations, adoptable pets, live music, dog wedding chapel and more. Click mcspcadogwalk.org  for more information.

5K Fun Run/Walk
Manalapan Township Police holds their inaugural 5K Fun Run at the Manalapan Recreation Center on Route 522 starting at 9 a.m. to benefit the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Call 732-446-8345 for tickets and additional information.

Beach Sweeps
Clean Ocean’s Actions 30th Annual Spring Beach Sweep will be held rain or shine on Saturday April 25th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at over 70 locations around New Jersey. Help pick up trash and help Clean Ocean Action collect data to help reduce marine litter. Bring gloves to your location and dress for the weather. Click cleanoceanaction.org for additional details and to pre-register.

Buying, Selling & Keeping Your Home—A Real Estate Seminar For Everyone
The Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce presents Buying, Selling & Keeping Your Home—A Real Estate Seminar For Everyone at the Jack Aaronson Conference Center at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 W. Main Street, Freehold from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn more about first time home buying, real estate investing and home ownership preservation. Call 732-462-3030 for more information.

Health & Wellness Fair
St. Pius X Church in Forked River hosts a Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Superstars of Wrestling
The Lacey Chamber of Commerce presents the Superstars of Wrestling Megaslam at Lacey Township High School starting at 7:30 p.m. featuring former WWE superstars Haku, The Patriot, Tony Atlas, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and more. Call 609-607-7670 or click laceychamberofcommerce.com for tickets and additional information.

Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
The Beachwood Volunteer First Aid Squad presents Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash at the Toms River High School North auditorium on Old Freehold Road in Toms River at 8 p.m. Click beachwoodfas.org for more information.


Sunday, April 26

ECF Spring Tea Fundraiser & Auction
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation presents its 7th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser and Auction at the Brick Elks Lodge on Hooper Avenue in Brick from 12 noon -3 p.m. The tea is an afternoon of live music, food and fun to benefit children battling cancer. Call 760-715-8092 for sponsorship information and tickets.

Rebuilding Warriors Fundraiser
Rebuilding Warriors holds a fundraiser at the Headliner on Route 35 in Neptune from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rebuilding Warriors provides service dogs for veterans who suffer from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and amputations. Call 732-859-0325 for more information.

Pancake Breakfast
The Tri Boro First Aid/Seaside Park Vol. Fire Company hosts a Pancake Breakfast at the First Aid Squad Building on J Street in Seaside Park from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to benefit the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company and Tri Boro First Aid Squad. Call 732- 830-3236 for tickets and more information.


Monday, April 27

Autism Awareness Fundraiser
Matt Rohrer’s 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser benefitting Piece of the Puzzle, Inc. takes place at Villaggio Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza/ Restaurant  in Manahawkin from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Check the Facebook event page for more information.


Tuesday, April 28

Soccer Shots
The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation holds their Soccer Shots program for children of ages 2-5 at the Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Pt. Pleasant. From 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. A second session will be on Tuesday May 12 at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood. For more information call 732-506-9090 or click oceancountyparks.org 

Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore host a Recruitment Night at Lacey Community Hall on Route 9 at Lacey Road in Forked River from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with information about being a scout and becoming a leader. Call 732-349-4499 for more information.


Wednesday, April 29

Student Skate for the Zane Family
The Wall Business and Finance Academy hosts Students Skate for the Zane Family and Cause Caden Can at Howell Ice World on Squankum Road in Farmingdale from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Matt and Jill Zane educators in the Wall Township school district whose son Caden, is a medically complex, chronically ill, disabled child. Jill has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and two organs.


Thursday, April 30

Save The Seraphs Benefit Concert
Mater Dei Alumni present the Save The Seraphs benefit concert at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank starting at 8 p.m. Scheduled to perform are Brian Kirk & the Jirks with special guests and fellow Seraph alumni The Magic Taxis.  Tickets on sale through Count Basie Theatre only at CountBasieTheatre.org or through the Basie box office.

Trooper Assisting Troops Fundraiser
Enjoy a meal at the Cabin on Route 33 in Freehold from 4 p.m – 11 p.m. and 20% of the bill will be donated to Trooper Assisting Troops in order to purchase a service dog.


May

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3

Monmouth County Park System Spring Arts Festival
The Monmouth Park Spring Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Thompson Park, Lincroft from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Click MonmouthCountyParks.com or call 732-842-4000 for more information.


Saturday, May 2

Walk to Defeat ALS
The Walk to Defeat ALS takes place at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws starting with registration at 9 a.m. The Walk helps bring hope to people living with ALS and to raise money for a cure. Click kintera.org for more information.

Toms River Food Fest
The 5th annual Toms River Food Fest takes place in downtown Toms River along Washington Street from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best local food trucks, arts, crafts and vendor booths, free children’s rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting and live music from four great bands including: Shorty Long & the Jersey Horns, The Cherry Jam Band, Strictly 60’s Band and After the Reign. Click TomsRiverTownship.com For more information.

Gift Auction
The Beachwood Soccer Club hosts a Gift Auction at the Intermediate School South starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 732-278-1134 for tickets and additional information.

People’s Choice Car Show
Poricy Park Conservancy hosts their People’s Choice Car Show at Poricy Park on Oak Hill Road in Middletown starting at 11 a.m. Call 732- 842-5966 or click poricypark.org

 


Sunday, May 3

March for Babies
The March of Dimes holds their March for Babies on the Asbury Park boardwalk starting at 11 a.m. to support research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Click marchforbabies.org or call 732- 952-9010 for more information.

Bluebird Festival
Nurture Environmental Stewardship Today (NEST) hosts the New Jersey Bluebird Festival featuring walks and talks with bluebird experts and local environmentalists from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m at Colliers Mills WMA located at the corner of E. Colliers Mills Road and Hawkin Road in Jackson and 10:30-12:30 at Good Tree Farm, 82 Jacobstown Road in New Egypt. A Live Bird of Prey exhibit takes place at Good Tree Farm from 9:30-1:30pm. Call 609-775-7134 for additional information

A Walk Down Memory Lane
The Lakewood Historical Society hosts A Walk Down Memory Lane, a fundraising luncheon hosting the history of Lakewood’s fire department to benefit the renovation of the Lakewood museum. Call 732- 330-5384 or click lakewoodnjhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Blessing of the Bikes
The 20th Blessing of the Bikes takes place at St. Stephen’s Church on Route 539 in Whiting from 12 noon – 4 p.m. to benefit St. Stephen’s Ministries including a barbeque, activities and more. Call 732-350-2121 for tickets and additional information.

Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk
The CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds their annual Paulette’s COLORECTAL Run/Walk at CentraState Medical Center on Main Street in Freehold starting at 8 a.m. The Run/Walk is part of a day of fitness, family and fun to support colorectal cancer awareness, programs and services available at CentraState. Click CentrastateFoundation.org for more information.


Friday, May 8

Pop-a-Cork for a Cure
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts their Pop-a-Cork for a Cure fundraiser at the Laurita Winery on Archertown Road in New Egypt starting at 6 p.m. Click mwoy.org  for more information.

Friday Night Out
The Michael Stacy Memorial Scholarship Foundation holds their inaugural Friday Night Out at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant from 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. featuring live entertainment, gift auction, games and a full buffet dinner to benefit their scholarship which provides scholarships and equipment to the Point Pleasant Borough High School Band students. Click msmemorial.com or call 732-597-3433 for more information.


 

Saturday, May 9

Mary’s Place By the Sea Walk-A-Thon
Mary’s Place By the Sea holds their 4th annual Walk-a-Thon at the boardwalk pavilion in Ocean Grove starting at 11 a.m. with registration and to help them continue to provide a place for women with cancer to heal. The Point’s Laurie Cataldo has formed a team to walk; click marysplacebythesea.org to support her team and for additional information about the walk.

Friends for Danny
The Friends for Danny Concert takes place at Bar Anticipation in Lake Cuomo starting at 1 p.m. to benefit the Melanoma Research Alliance. Artists scheduled to perform include Tommy Byrne, Projex Band, the Bob Polding Band, the Nick Clemons Band and former E Street Band member Vinnie “Maddog” Lopez. Click DannyFund.org for tickets and additional information.

Monmouth Beach PT10 Run
The Monmouth Beach School PTO hosts its 21st annual 5K Fun Run at the school on Griffin Street in Monmouth Beach starting at 9 a.m. with the 5K. Click raceforum/mp for more information.

NJ State History Fair
The 2015 NJ State History Fair takes place at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan from 11a.m. – 5p.m rain or shine. Enjoy period games and music and “meet” Ulysses S. Grant, Ben Franklin, his son William Franklin, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, Molly Pitcher and American General George Washington as portrayed by re-enactors. Click njhistoryfair.org for more information.

Color Me Belmar 3K & PossAbilities Walk
Family Resource Associates holds their Color Me Belmar and PossAbilities Walk on Belmar Beach at 1st Avenue and Ocean Avenue starting with the Walk at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities. Click frainc.org for more information.

Car and Truck Show
The Sentimental Cruisers host their Car & Truck Show at the Captains Inn in Forked River from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click sentimentalcruisers.net for more information.

Monmouth Beach PTO Run
The 21st annual Monmouth Beach PTO 5K Run/Walk takes place at the Monmouth Beach School beginning at 9 a.m. with a Kids Race (age 7 and under) followed by a Dolphin Mile for kids 12 and under) prior to the main race at 10 a.m. Check their Facebook page for more information.


Wednesday, May 13

GOTCC Business & Consumer Expo
The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce hosts its 30th anniversary Business and Consumer Expo at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 732-660-1888 or click gotcc.org for vendor and additional information.


Thursday, May 14 –Sunday, May 17

Jersey Shore Festival
The Jersey Shore Festival is a free admission music and arts festival that kicks off the summer festival season with performances by over 250 artists from around the world. The Pros vs. Heroes Charity football game takes place on Sunday featuring former NFL players taking on the Toms River Police and Fire Departments. Click JerseyShoreFestival.com for more information.


Thursday, May 14

Superstorm Sandy Concert
The bands from Toms River North, South and East will combine for a concert to help raise funds for those still affected by Superstorm Sandy at the Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North starting at 7 p.m. The concert will perform a commemorative musical piece written by world-renowned composer Samuel Hazo that celebrates the township’s unity, tenacity and ability to endure and overcome the hardships that Sandy brought. The combined bands will also play music from New Jersey artists such as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and Frankie Valli. Call 732-505-5724 for more information.

Food and Wine Tasting Event
The Whiting Business Association hosts their inaugural Food and Wine Tasting Event at the Whiting Volunteer Fire Station located at 120 Lacey Road in Whiting from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Members of the Whiting Business Association will prepare their favorite recipes with wines and beers from around the world available for sampling. . Call 908-773-9424 for tickets and additional information.


Saturday, May 16

Chili and Salsa Cook-off
Downtown Toms River hosts their internationally sanctioned 26th annual Chili and Salsa Cook Off and state competition along Washington Street in Toms River from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, crafters, rides, chili sampling and more. Call 732-341-8738 or click downtowntomsriver.com for more information.

Moms Rock Family Fun Run
The G. Harold Antrim Elementary School PTO hosts their Moms Rock Family Fun Run at the school on Niblick Street in Point Pleasant Beach starting with a kids fun run at 8 a.m. and the 5K Run at 9 a.m. Click momsrockevents.com  for more information.

River Run
The Forked River Fire Department holds the River Run motorcycle poker run, an 80 mile ride through the Pine Barrens starting at 9 a.m. and ending at the Forked River firehouse with a live band and barbeque. Call 732-598-9414 for additional information.

Flea Market
Toms River Elk Lodge #1875 BPOE hosts a Flea Market at the Lodge located at 600 Washington Street in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fishing for Faith
Toms River EMS IAFF Local 4846 hosts Fishing for Faith, an evening of fishing on board the Big Jamaica in support of the Calvo family and their 1-year-old daughter Faith as she battles Neuroblastoma. Call 732-551-8838 for tickets and additional information.

NAMIWalks New Jersey
NAMIWalks New Jersey holds their annual walk on the boardwalk in Seaside Park starting with registration at 9 a.m . in support of their programs across the stat such as Family-to-Family Education, In Our Own Voice, Hearts & Minds, Multicultural Outreach & Support, School Outreach and Education, Law Enforcement Education, as well as county level support groups, education programs, and advocacy. Click NAMIWalks.org for more information.

Griffin Grand Market
Donovan Catholic High School hosts its Griffin Grand Market at the school located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine. Call 732-349-8801 X2433 for vending and additional information.


Sunday, May 17

Great Strides
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater New Jersey chapter holds their Great Strides walk at Point Pleasant Beach starting with check-in at 11 a.m. Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, or with friends and family to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. WOBM’s Justin Louis will be walking with a team in memory of our friend and colleague Kevin Collins whose life was ended far too soon by CF. Click fight.cff.org for additional information and to make a donation.

Fun Run/Walk
The Students for Global Citizenship, Phi Theta Kappa, Environmental Club and the Radiologic Technology Student Organization at Brookdale Community College host a Fun Run/Walk at Vonage America on Main Street in Holmdel starting with the Race at 10:30 a.m. and the Walk at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will support the Water Project to build a water well to provide a village of thousands with a clean water source. Click wherehopelies.org for more information. Rain date: May 23.

Garden Tea Party
Ronald McDonald House of Central & Northern New Jersey hosts their 3rd annual Garden Tea Party at their Long Branch house located at 131 Bath Avenue starting at 1 p.m.. Click rmh-cnj.org/ for tickets and more information.

Walk to Defeat ALS
The Walk to Defeat ALS takes place in Long Branch along the Promenade starting with registration at 10:30 a.m. The Walk helps bring hope to people living with ALS and to raise money for a cure. Click web.alsa.org for more information.


Thursday, May 21

CRAA Golf Outing
The Central Regional Alumni Association holds its 8th annual Golf Outing at the Cedar Creek Golf Course to benefit the CRHS Special Olympic Team. Click centralregionalalumniassociationbayvillenj.org for more information.


Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Weekend Festival
The borough of Bradley Beach hosts its annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25 starting with a parade on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. along Ocean Avenue. The New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Mobile Museum will be at the Festival along with 200 merchandise and food vendors along with kiddie rides, shipwreck miniature golf, live music and performers and more. Call 732-776-2999 X1050 or click bradleybeachnj.gov for more information.


Friday, May 29

G.I. Go Fund Charity Golf Outing
The G.I. Go Fund holds a Charity Golf Opening at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge starting at 11 a.m. Click gigofund.org for more information.


Saturday, May 30

Dancing With The Stars
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey hold their Dancing with the Stars event at La Bove Grand in Lakehurst from 6:30 p.m – 8 p.m. featuring WOBM’s Shawn Michaels and Sue Moll. Call 732-505-2273 for tickets and sponsorship information.

Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship presents their Rock for the Nurses Five-Year Anniversary Party with Kinderhook concert featuring the return of legendary New Jersey country-rockers Kinderhook at the Idle Hour Restaurant & Bar on Route 88 in Point Pleasant starting at 1p.m. The six hour long fundraiser will also feature performances from Jersey Shore icons The Mangos, Timepiece, Ned Ryerson and his new band The Groundhogs plus other special guests an all you can eat BBQ buffet, pig roast, outside tent party and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund which annually helps the nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center by providing nursing scholarships to nurses and nursing students looking to further their formal education in the nursing profession. For more information click forfarscholarship.org.


Sunday, May 31
The 6th annual Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk takes place on the campus of Monnouth University in West Long Branch to heighten awareness of this disease while raising critically needed funds for pancreatic cancer. For more information and to register, visit lustgarten.org or call 1.866.789.1000.

 


June

Saturday, June 6

Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza
The Ocean Gate Volunteer EMS hosts their Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza at their station house located on Cape May Avenue in Ocean Gate from 12 noon – 7 p.m. featuring music, a beer and wine garden,a mobile screening unit from Meridian Health for blood pressure, cholesterol and other tests and a corn hole tournament. Check their Facebook page at  for more information.

SSNY Walk
Someone Special Needs You (SSNY) holds their annual walk from 9:00 to noon at Divine Park at The Lake at Spring Lake starting at 5th and Warren Avenue. SSNY provides a social, recreational and creative outlet where children with special needs can express themselves. Click crowdrise.com/2015ssny to form a team and for more information.


Sunday, June 7

Walk with Ronald
The Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey hold their annual Walk with Ronald at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants receive a free day in the park and free parking. Click rmh-cnj.org or call 732-222-8755 for more information.


Saturday, June 20

Kevin A. Brue Father’s Day 5K Run
The Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club holds their Kevin A. Brue Melanoma Awareness Father’s Day 5K Run at Community Park in Point Pleasant starting at 8 a.m. with a 1 mile fun run. Click ptbororotary.com for additional information.

Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association hosts their 33rd annual Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show takes place along Ocean Pathway from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine. Click OceanGrove.org for more information.

 


July

Saturday, July 18

Summer in the Street
Downtown Toms River hosts Summer in the Street along Washington Street in Toms River from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. featuring live entertainment, street performers, inflatable rides, face painting,crafters, food and more. Click downtowntomsriver.com   or call 732-341-8738 for more information.

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Walk-A-Thon
Friends of Bradley Beach Library holds a Walk-a-Thon on the Bradley Beach boardwalk starting at 8:30 a.m. to benefit the library’s ADA compliant renovations and expansion. Call 732-556-6982 for registration and sponsorship 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.

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