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Volunteer Opportunities

Food Bank – 824 Silvia Street, Ewing

food-bank

On site:

  • Assemble food orders (requires some heavy lifting).
  • Bag up fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Inspect, sort and box food donations.
  • Assemble weekend meal packs for children.
  • Take food inventories and label food supplies.
  • Assist with mass mailings.

Off site: Organize food drives and collections

    • Transport food donations to the Food Bank.
food-bank
  • Translate nutrition messages into Spanish.
  • Plant a garden and donate the crop.
  • Participate in advocacy calls to action.
  • Write letters to the editor.
  • Organize or host fund raising event.
  • Monitor stores and replenish Check Out Hunger materials.

Contact Brian Peterson at bpeterson@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-406-0503.

Preschool – 1201 West State Street, Trenton

  • Group volunteers (no more than 6) are welcome to spend a morning at the center assisting with classroom and outdoor activities.

Unless supervised in a group, volunteers must be 18 years of age.

To plan a visit, contact Lisa Banks at lbanks@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-656-5220.

Youth Programs – 7 Dunmore Avenue Ewing and off-site locations

  • Semester term internship opportunities are available for college seniors or master’s level college students.

Contact Anneisha Walker at awalker@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-656-5204.

Trenton Digital Initiative

Trenton Digital Initiative

On-site

  • Test donated computer, remove data and install Ubuntu, the free operating system we are using.
  • Teach computer skills in one of our GED or Techno Kids programs.
  • Write tech support documents or FAQ sheets.

Off-site

  • Collect donated computers. Volunteers can bring in computers from home or from their place of business to a central collecting point.
  • Pick up donations of computers and bring to the collecting point.
  • Deliver and setup refurbished computers in the homes of end users.

Contact TDI@mercerstreetfriends.org or call Dave Zboray at 609-278-5520.

Adult Education – 222 North Hermitage Avenue, Trenton

Adult Education
  • Instruct and assist students who are attending adult basic skills and exam prep classes. Minimum commitment is two hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
  • Watch over young children while parents/caregivers are in the classroom. Minimum commitment is two hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.

Contact Gay Egan at gegan@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-278-6904.

Parenting Programs – 222 North Hermitage Avenue, Trenton

  • Provide childcare for children ranging in age from 3 weeks old to 5 years old while parents participate in activities.
  • Run craft classes, sewing groups, or book clubs.
  • Individuals and groups are welcome to plan and conduct one-time activities such as a mother-child music/art program, parent make-over, mother-child exercises, massages for moms, scrap booking, resume building, or other inventive program.

All volunteers must undergo a background check prior to beginning service.

Contact Karen Hoppock at khoppock@mercerstreetfriends.org or call 609-278-6906.