Volunteering with Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities relies on the generosity of volunteers to help us fulfill our mission of helping those in need.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers lend us their gifts of time, talent and resources to help us meet critical human service needs in the six southern counties of New Jersey. We work with volunteers to match their skills, talents and interests to one of the many areas of need we have throughout South Jersey. Explore the various ways you make a difference in someone’s life and perhaps even your own.


Step One:

Browse our current needs for volunteers below and find one that interests you, your group or your family.

Opportunities for Direct Service

The Community Resource Warehouse provides donated home furnishings to Catholic Charities clients and members of the surrounding community on a pay-what-you-can basis. Catholic Charities clients who are accessing services through any of our programs – particularly newly arrived refugee clients, veterans, victims of fire and victims of domestic violence – are given furniture free of charge. Learn more here. Current needs include:

Truck Driver Coordinator/Scheduler

Work with drivers, donors, and Catholic Charities caseworkers and clients to determine a pickup and delivery schedule based on driver availability and needs of donors and clients. Special skills include: proficiency in English, computer literacy; experience in Microsoft Excel a plus

Truck Drivers

Donations pick-up drivers travel to locations throughout Southern New Jersey to pick up furniture from donors and transport it to the Community Resource Warehouse in Camden. Special skills include: Licensed to drive, ability to lift and move heavy items, proficiency in English

Truck Driver Assistant

The truck driver assistant travels in the truck with the driver to the donations locations to assist with pick-up, delivery, directions, and any other tasks.

Timing: Weekdays during business hours and weekends for pick-ups only

Age Restriction: 18 years or older

Location: Community Resource Warehouse 2201 Mt. Ephraim Avenue Building #7 Camden, NJ 08104

Contact:   856-426-2375   Jose Sanchez

Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Healthcare Services ministers to those who may have exhausted their personal resources to overcome barriers to personal happiness, by providing them professional, spiritually-competent, strength-based, systems-oriented psychotherapy, supportive services, and opportunities for personal growth, healing, and reconciliation. Learn more here. Current needs include:

Evening Receptionist

The evening receptionist would welcome counseling clients to the office and contact their counselor to alert them that the client has arrived. Provide a welcoming waiting environment for the clients.

Babysitter

Care for child/children during parent’s counseling session. Specific Need on Wednesdays, 4:30- 6 p.m.

Timing: Weekdays, 4:30-9 p.m. on an as-available basis

Location: Camden County Family and Community Services Center 1845 Haddon Ave. Camden, NJ 08103

Contact:   856-342-4162   Sylvia Loumeau

As a member agency of the Camden Asset Network (CAN) we offer free tax filing services to low-income families. Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are located at our Camden and Salem County offices and staffed by volunteer IRS-certified tax preparers. Learn more here. Current needs include:

Free Tax Filing Program Coordinator

Work with program director to coordinate volunteers, logistics, and scheduling of tax preparation services program. Begins in November.

Tax Preparer Volunteer

Volunteers receive training and certification from the IRS to become free tax preparers in November. Work in Catholic Charities free tax filing clinic during tax season to help low-income individuals and families file their taxes, claim their earned income tax credit, and quickly receive their full tax refund.

Timing: Saturdays and weeknights during tax season, approximately beginning of February through April 16 (coordinator position begins immediately)

Location:

Camden County Family and Community Services Center 1845 Haddon Ave. Camden, NJ 08103

Contact:    856-342-4193

“Walk with Me” Mentorship Program

Our “Walk with Me” Mentorship Program coordinates one-on-one mentorship matches between volunteer adult mentors and youth mentees in Camden and Gloucester counties.

We are currently seeking mentors and mentees for the program.

Our Mentorship Program facilitates the formation and growth of safe, constructive, and meaningful relationships between youth at-risk of juvenile delinquency— with an emphasis on youth affected by Opioid abuse— and carefully-matched volunteer adult Mentor that positively impact the youths’ present and future well-being. The mentoring experience is a healthy and trusting interaction that exposes the Mentee to beneficial life experiences, care, support, and a lasting influence in their lives.

Our vision is for each mentor and mentee to form a genuine, influential friendship with each other that increases Developmental Assets in the mentee’s life and empowers them to overcome the “at-risk” factors that threaten their present and future well-being.

Fore more information about the Mentorship Program, click here or contact Cristina Chillem, Program Director, at:

Cristina.chillem@camdendiocese.org

856-281-0025

 

ESL Assistant

Assist ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in daily class with refugee English learners. Or, work with refugee children while their parents are in class.

Timing: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. as available

Medical Appointment Driver

Drive refugee clients to medical appointments. Requires a valid drivers license.

Timing: Weekdays as appointments arise

Assist with sorting and organizing thrift store donations and work in the store during operational hours distributing items.

Current Locations in need of Thrift Store Volunteers and Timing:

Atlantic County Family and Community Services Center 9 North Georgia Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Mondays 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fridays 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Ministry to the Homeless  609-345-3448

Cumberland County Family and Community Services Center 810 Montrose St. Vineland, NJ 08360 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  856-691-1841

Salem County Family and Community Services Centers 114 State St. Penns Grove, NJ 08069 Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00  856-299-1296

Assist with packing bags of food, receiving and organizing donations, stocking food pantry shelves, and finding new opportunities for food donations.

Current Locations in need of Food Pantry Volunteers:

Atlantic County Family and Community Services Center 9 North Georgia Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401  609-345-3448

Cape May County Family and Community Services Center Village Shoppes 1304 Rt. 47 South, Unit C1 P.O. Box 232 Rio Grande, NJ 08242  609-886-2662

Gloucester County Family and Community Services Center 1200 North Delsea Drive Suite 1 Westville, NJ 08093  856-845-9200

We are always in need of volunteers to participate in Catholic ministry in the correctional facilities located within the Camden Diocese. Prison ministry volunteers serve in all nine institutions, leading Bible study, catechesis, communion services, rosary and enrichment groups. For more information, see the contact information below or visit the Prison Ministry webpage here.

Contact 

If you are interested in serving as a prison ministry volunteer, you can directly contact the Prison Ministry Coordinator, Sr. Mary Cronin.   856-342-4106    Sister Mary Cronin

Timing: Weekdays and Weekends, daytime and evening opportunities available

Pre-Screening Phone Specialist

Description and Requirements:

The primary task for the Pre-Screening Specialist is to contact potential clients via telephone to determine eligibility for assistance with various agencies throughout Atlantic County.

Requirements • Strong communication skills • Demonstrates cultural competence, awareness, and sensitivity • Ability to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions • Understands Privacy rules/Confidentiality • Proficient with Microsoft Office • The ability to navigate the internet • Strong verbal and written skills • Must have Personal Computer

Location: Mobile

Contact:   856-342-4156   Jeanetta Warren

Opportunities for Service Behind the Scenes

Assist during office hours by welcoming clients for appointments as a receptionist, returning phone calls and screening potential clients, filing, shredding and other office tasks.

Timing: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. on an as-available basis

Current Locations in need of Office Assistant Volunteers:

Atlantic County Family and Community Services Center 9 North Georgia Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401  609-345-3448

Camden County Family and Community Services Center 1845 Haddon Ave. Camden, NJ 08103  856-342-4100

Cape May County Family and Community Services Center Village Shoppes 1304 Rt. 47 South, Unit C1 P.O. Box 232 Rio Grande, NJ 08242  609-886-2662

Cumberland County Family and Community Services Center 46 Central Ave Bridgeton, NJ 08302  856-691-1841

Gloucester County Family and Community Services Center 1200 North Delsea Drive Suite 1 Westville, NJ 08093  856-845-9200

Salem County Family and Community Services Centers 114 State St. Penns Grove, NJ 08069  856-299-1296

25 Oak Street Salem, NJ 08079  856-339-4102

Opportunities for Service at Home

Our clients are always in need of particular items. Let us help you organize a donations drive in your parish, school, or community organization. Items we always need include:

  • Food
  • Diapers, wipes and other baby items
  • Gift cards for gas and food
  • Furniture
  • Household items

A complete list of the items on our “wish list” is available here. Or, visit your county’s family and community services center to see the current list of needs in your county.

Organize a Fresh Food Drive

One of our priorities is making sure those we serve not only have enough food to eat, but have healthy foods to eat. Our consultant is available to walk you through the process of organizing a fresh food drive in your community or at your local grocery store. Contact Samantha Astley for more information.    856-342-4156   Samantha.Astley@CamdenDiocese.org

Step Two:

Fill out Catholic Charities’ volunteer interest form and send it to Samantha Astley via e-mail (Samantha Astley@CamdenDiocese.org) or by mail:

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
Att. Samantha Astley, Volunteer Coordinator
1845 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103

Download Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Interest Form (Click and the download should begin automatically).

Step Three:

We will be in contact with you to walk you through the remaining process of becoming a Catholic Charities volunteer. Because of our desire to maintain a safe environment for our clients, particularly children, almost all volunteers will be required to undergo a fingerprinting process. The process can take anywhere from two to four weeks. (Our volunteers tell us it’s worth it!)

For more information, contact:

  856-342-4156
  Samantha Astley

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Catholic Charities volunteer!