One act of compassion can have the power to change lives and bring hope to a family.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Family Promise of Essex County. FPE relies on approximately 800 volunteers to provide the services necessary to sustain families in crisis. Volunteers are always welcome at Family Promise of Essex County. We have volunteer opportunities for individuals with various gifts, skills and time availability. There are currently three main ways to volunteer at Family Promise Essex. You can be a Shelter Program Volunteer, a Youth and Family Program Volunteer or an Ambassador Program Volunteer.
- Shelter Program Volunteers participate in the rotational congregation program that houses our families nightly. Opportunities for this kind of volunteering include: shopping for pantry items; making meals; hanging with our families and playing with the children during the evening or on the weekends, and staying overnight at a congregation.
- Youth and Family Program Volunteers work with our children in FPE’s Youth and Family Program that runs from 3-5 pm from Monday through Friday at our Family Center located at 46 Park Street in Montclair. Opportunities for this kind of volunteering include: tutoring children in school subjects at all levels including Math, English, Social Studies, Science and Reading.
- Ambassador Program Volunteers work in all aspects of Family Promise Essex’s program except in the Shelter or Youth and Family Programs. Opportunities for this kind of volunteering include: helping our families celebrate holidays, using your skills to work in our office, organizing drives for backpacks, school supplies, pajamas or anything else you think our families might need. Ambassador Program Volunteer possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
For information about volunteering in any of the above referenced programs please fill out the form below so we can help you find your ideal volunteer opportunity.
Background checks must be completed by anyone who wants to volunteer with Family Promise Essex. If you already have a current background check, please forward it to FPE’s Manager of Community Engagement, Melissa Perales. If the background check is current there is no need to complete another one. If you do not have a current background check order one today. The cost is $13.00. If you cannot afford the cost, please contact our Manager of Community Engagement, Melissa Perales and let her know that you need assistance with the background check costs. If possible, Family Promise Essex will order one on your behalf.