Volunteer | United Way of Essex and West Hudson


United Way of Essex And West Hudson Depends on Volunteers Like You.

Volunteering can be a deeply rewarding experience where you can make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a stronger community.

Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. There is no shortage of opportunities to make a difference in our communities.

We believe in the ability to transform communities through the power of volunteers

Here are some great volunteer opportunities. Not sure where you would like to help? Just fill in the form at the bottom of the page and we’ll contact you to discuss what opportunities are currently available.

Lead Testing for Children – Newark

waterbottles for newarkThe City of Newark Health Department is setting up lead testing site locations so parents can have there children tested.  United  Way of Essex and West Hudson was requested to be one of those testing sites next week, the week of March 21 – March 25, 2016.


United Way of Essex and West Hudson is located at 303 Washington St., Newark, NJ. Volunteers are needed to assist parents/guardians register for the testing. Volunteers are needed for the following days and times.


Monday March 21:           8am – 6pm      and      8am – 4pm.
Tuesday March 22:          8am – 6pm      and      8am – 4pm.
Wednesday March 23:     8am – 6pm      and      8am – 4pm.
Thursday March 24:         8am – 6pm      and      8am – 4pm.
Friday March 25:           8am – 6pm      and      8am – 4pm   and 8am – 1pm.


If you are interested in volunteering  please complete the form at the bottom of this page, or if you have any questions please contact:
Claire Roudette, Community Health Specialist
Phone:        973.854.2262
Email:       croudette@uwewh.org


Celebrity Read

United Way believes that everyone can be a “celebrity” in the life of a child and we encourage those who want to be positively engaged with our communities’ youth to become Celebrity Readers.

For single-visit readers, the commitment can be anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on the school site.

One reason why the Celebrity Read initiative has been so successful is because our readers tell us time and time again what a wonderful time they have reading in the schools!

For more information about how to become a volunteer celebrity reader please contact Machelle Lassiter at  mlassiter@uwewh.org or (973) 854-2231.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) 

VITAVITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $52,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible.  During the 2013 tax season, locally, VITA prepared more than 4,000 tax returns, bringing approximately $4.2 million in tax refunds to the our in-need community members. 

Free training is provided. Flexible scheduling. Great way to give back.For more information contact Gavin Taylor at (973) 854-2244 or gtaylor@uwewh.org


Night at the Museum

PreschoolersIn June, United Way of Essex and West Hudson in partnership with Newark Public Schools, the Newark Museum and the Nicholson Foundation host a Night at the Museum. Our partners have invited parents and pre-schoolers to attend a summer learning fair, in which teachers and other school staff present mini-lessons with strategies to help pre-schoolers engage in math and reading over the summer.

We are looking for volunteers for two shifts 12PM-4PM and 4PM-8PM for set up, participant flow, distributions and clean up. Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with NPS staff, parents and students. Join us!

For more information contact Catherine Wilson at 973.624.8300 or cwilson@uwewh.org

United Way Day of Action

icon form other uw programEvery year United Ways across the United States come together for a Day of Action on June 21. Local United Ways provide volunteer opportunities to help impact our neighborhoods in education, health and income. Our location for this year is still to be determined. Stay tuned for our Day of Action and how you can register to volunteer!

For more information contact Catherine Wilson at 973.624.8300 or cwilson@uwewh.org



Spring into Action –  Restoring the Mind, Body and Soul
formerly  “Doing Good on Good Friday

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This year, the program formerly referred to as “Doing Good on Good Friday” has changed its name to Spring into Action –  Restoring the Mind, Body and Soul.

In the past the event was held on Good Friday.  This year, it will be held on the day after Good Friday, Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10:00am – 12:00pm in the United Way parking lot at 303 Washington Street in Newark.  Parking is available across the street for a nominal fee.

Since 2003, volunteers from Agape Family Worship Center  and United Way of Essex and West Hudson, and the community at large come together to distribute pre-packaged boxes of food and personal care items to families in need. Typically over 100 volunteers take part in this heartfelt and healthy activity.  In the past, families have received various items such as non-perishable food, clothing, household items, and shoes to name just a few. To date the program has served over 4,800 families.

United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Agape Family Worship Center, in an effort to maximize resources, work with community partners such as Community Food Bank of NJ, Shoprite, Dollar Tree, and Gifts In-Kind International to purchase items for the families at a reduced cost.

For more information about this program  please contact Quinnetta Anderson at qanderson@uwewh.org.

United Way Community Health and Wellness Fair 

winningwithwellnessUnited Way of Essex and West Hudson hosts aFREE community health and wellness fair. Participants have an opportunity to connect with community agencies that will provide resources, educational workshops and health screenings. There are fun activities, prizes and raffles. Volunteers are needed to help set up, manage various stations and interact with the community.

For more information contact Machelle Lassiter at mlassiter@uwewh.org or 973-854-2231


Not Sure where to volunteer?
Just fill out the form below and we’ll contact you to discuss opportunities throughout the year.

Volunteering can be a deeply rewarding experience where you can make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a stronger community. Join us!




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