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Volunteer and National Service

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
2018 New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards

Quarter in Review Archive

AmeriCorps Recovery Corps in Camden

AmeriCorps Recovery Corps in Camden

The program serves those in recovery from opioid and other additions. These AmeriCorps members made and donated blankets for the Mother and Child homeless shelter.

Jewish Renaissance Foundation of Perth Amboy


Please enjoy photos from our AmeriCorps MLK day of service, January 20, 2020. The event created care packages containing baby items to be readily available to offer women in both transitional housing and those fleeing domestic violence situations and living in DV shelters.

2019 AmeriCorps End-of-Year Event


Please enjoy photos from our AmeriCorps End-of-Year event, May 31. Each program presented their achievements for the year and received an expression of appreciation from the NJ Commission on National and Community Service. We are approaching the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps – so stay tuned!

Students in Action


Participated in three full day training conferences for the NJ Governor’s Jefferson Awards Students in Action Program. 250 students/administrators participated in the three day event. Trainings were held in Secaucus, Haddonfield and Trenton. Training provided was based on leadership training curriculum provided by the national office.

It Starts With Us!


“It Starts With Us! Together Towards Tomorrow” – October 31, 2018, in New Brunswick, NJ from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

The biennial New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism and Service Conference is New Jersey’s leading event for organizations and individuals making a difference in their communities. This highly-interactive one day conference draws together 700 participants of all ages and backgrounds, and features a diverse array of instructional workshops, networking opportunities and an on-site service project. We’d appreciate it if you could please share this notice with your colleagues, partners and members.

We hope you can join us!

Hurricane Michael

A message from the CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. 

Hurricane Michael

Volunteer Florida, the state's lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, is promoting donations to the Florida Disaster Fund to support the thousands of Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. 

Students Change Hunger

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has officially kicked off the 2018 Students Change Hunger food and fund drive! Students Change Hunger is a friendly competition among school and youth groups to donate the most amount of food between September 17, 2018 - December 10, 2018 to help individuals and families in need.

Hurricane Florence

NJ 2-1-1 is assisting the Hurricane Florence emergency efforts by covering the phone lines for North Carolina 2-1-1. They have requested volunteers to support with the extra call volume at the call center in Morris County.

AmeriCorps Logo

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall,the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and leads the nation’s volunteer efforts, remains committed to the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams, including FEMA Corps, remain on the islands even today and additional teams will deploy in the coming weeks. To mark the anniversary, the agency has released new photos and videos about the ongoing recovery efforts on the island.

June 2, 2018
2018 New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards

Each year the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service. 

The 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presentation ceremony and celebration of volunteerism was held at the War Memorial in Trenton at 3 pm on the afternoon of Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things were recognized as Honorees in two dozen categories of service at this event.  In addition, the achievements of over 5,000 New Jersey Students in Action were highlighted and top schools were saluted.

2018 NJS Governor's Jefferson Award Honorees

June 11, 2018
2018 Foster Grandparents Recognition Event

Foster Grandparent - Link -

Each Spring, The New Jersey Foster Grandparent hosts a Recognition Event to thank and highlight the achievements of its senior volunteers. The event, hosted at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Resort, recognized volunteers with various service awards congratulating them for one to 28 years of service, engaging children with special or exceptional needs in Pre-K to 12, and after school settings.

Additional photos

April 2018
Governor Murphy Proclaims April 15 - April 21 as Volunteer Week

April 4, 2018
“The King Year: Reflection in Action”

“The King Year: Reflection in Action”

AmeriCorps members came together to recognize the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The members were encouraged to continue their leadership in their communities by a powerful speech from the Secretary of State, Tahesha Way. A panel discussion on “How Dr. King’s Message Inspired My Journey of Service” highlighted the morning followed by workshop sessions on Conflict Resolution, King Year Calendar of Service, Poverty, and Oratory: Speak Up! Speak Out!

2018 MLK 50th Anniversary

September 7, 2017
New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service Awarded $283,333 to Strengthen and Expand Volunteering Across New Jersey

The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (NJ Commission) announced today that it has received a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $283,333 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and the nation’s volunteer initiatives. This funding will allow the NJ Commission to better support local organizations in recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers to address some of New Jersey’s most pressing challenges.

Press Release: September 7, 2017



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