Bergen Volunteers

Bergen Volunteers turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to improve lives and strengthen the community via a three-pronged approach: Volunteerism through our own and external community programs, community engagement, and civic leadership. 

Nina Bachrach

nbachrach@bergenvolunteers.org

201.489.9399


We provide…

  • Critical services to youth, families, veterans, seniors, and those who are economically disadvantaged in our community. We connect volunteers with our own programs and those offered by the nonprofit community. 

  • Individuals and businesses with networking and service opportunities and training that address community needs.

  • Leadership and professional development opportunities for individuals living and working in Bergen County, educating people about our community and training them to be civically active. 


Visit us on our website at www.bergenvolunteers.org for volunteer opportunities and ways to become active in the community.


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YWCA Northern New Jersey


Empower women, girls and families, eliminate racism 


Lori Murray

lmurray@ywcannu.org

201.345.1888


Clients in need of the following services: sexual violence counseling and support, job readiness, racial justice training, senior fitness and health


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Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative


Powered by passionate volunteers, BVMI meets the medical needs of low-income, working, uninsured adults in Bergen County by providing free, comprehensive, patient-centered primary healthcare


Amanda Missey

amissey@bvmi.net


  • Medical professionals and laypeople who want to volunteer, especially those who speak Spanish or Korean.  

  • Individuals interested in serving on boards or committees, especially those with financial and marketing backgrounds.  

  • Uninsured residents earning up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level who do not have health insurance.  

  • Donors/funders who are interested in supporting the provision of healthcare for the uninsured.


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Hackensack Riverkeeper


We work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River for the benefit of the people and wildlife that depend on it by engaging in a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and citizen enforcement. Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan.


Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director

hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org 

201-403-1992 (call/text)


  • Seasonal adult employment available (April-October) at our two Paddling Centers: Overpeck County Park in Teaneck and Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus.

  • Environmental Education programs – in the field, on the water, and in the classroom – available for students, groups and individuals ages 4 and up.

  • Corporate River Stewardship program offers team-building service opportunities and projects for companies large and small


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Boys & Girls Clubs of Lower Bergen County


Mission- To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. 


Contact Information:

Joseph J. Licata, MPA- Chief Executive Officer

JLicata@BGCLBergen.org 


Melissa McKinney– Resource Development & Marketing Manager

Melissa.McKinney@bgcoflodi.org 


Leads that would be useful:

  • Donors/funders who are interested in supporting the mission of our organization

  • Inkind donation of goods or services

  • Individuals interested in serving on boards or committees

  • Staffing and Volunteers

  • Cost savings

  • Marketing and Fundraising support 

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Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) Center for Independent Living


Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to achieve independent living through outreach, advocacy and education. 

hip offers a wide range of services in Bergen and Hudson Counties including:

  • Information and Referral

  • Peer Support

  • Individual and Systems Advocacy

  • Independent living skills training

  • Transition into the community from institutional settings


hip participates in several government  funded programs offering services that enable people with disabilities to remain independent in their communities.


Contact Information: Brian Fitzgibbons, MPA, CRC – President/CEO

 bfitzgibbons@hipcil.org         Website www.hipcil.org

                                                                                           

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Displaced Homemakers Center @ the Bergen Job Center


Mission:  Empowering Women through retraining and job seeking services


Contact Information; Anne Wallman, 201-329-9600 X 5510 annwall@bergen.org


Leads that would be useful:  Job or internship leads for clients who are looking for work.  Information about services that can help our clients with: Child care, Legal Advice (specifically Family Court), Living expenses, Rental Assistance, DV resources, Access to technology.


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CBH Care


CBH Care is a mental health agency with primary locations in Hackensack, Westwood and Lyndhurst.  We offer after school programs for adolescents, school clearances, day programs for adults and our senior populations, out-reach programs for people living with mental illness and the homeless  and residential services for all ages.  Our emergent mental health center for 18 years and older is located in Westwood.  Our Out Patient Department works with people of all ages.  Our mission is to provide the optimum in behavioral healthcare that is responsive to the community’s needs.


Nikki Chiarello 201-775-6349


Leads: Donors/funders who would be interested in our organization and mission. Collaborators.

  • Bergen Volunteers turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to improve lives and strengthen the community via a three-pronged approach: Volunteerism through our own and external community programs, community engagement, and civic leadership.  

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Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bogota Post


  1. To provide a social gathering place for Veterans that are members to include a social room and bar.

  2. To assist Veterans and their families when qualified and requested as resources are available.   Advocate for Veterans.

  3. Rent out a meeting/party hall 

Alex Hernandez, Post Commander. 201-906-7292.  BogotaVFW@gmail.com

Leads:  Veterans receiving awards for being in combat zones, resources for Veterans, and Hall rentals to the public for 100 seated.


The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties, Inc.


The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties is a private not-for-profit organization for families, self advocates, professionals and community members dedicated to assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc has been, and continues to be, a consumer and family driven organization and is the first of its kind in New Jersey. It is a multi-service agency  providing a wide range of high quality services and support programs to over 1,400 individuals with disabilities and their families annually without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Most services are provided at no cost or on a sliding fee scale basis. 

Contact Information:  Marianne Balazs, Director of Development, mbalazs@arcbp.com. Cell 201 965 7302


Leads that would be useful: Participants, sponsors, and donors for our annual Walk, Golf & Tennis Classic, and Silent Auction events.

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Garden Club of Hackensack


Mission:  The objective shall be to provide community outreach through:

  • Monthly meetings with instructive speakers on relevant topics. 

  • Providing programs, workshops, activities for residents of all ages. 

  • Offering volunteer services that help improve the appearance of the community and preservation of the natural environment. 

  • The organization will obtain its income from dues, donations and fundraisers. It will be formed as a non-profit 501c3 and follow those IRS guidelines


Contact Information:  Janet Wicka – Vice President    jawicka@gmail.com   201-805-3739


Leads that would be useful :  Members, Volunteers, Speakers for workshops


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Greater Bergen County YMCA


Mission: Strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


  • Premium Programs for Children and Youth: including childcare, after school care, Summer Camp, STEAM Camp, and Youth Sports.

  • Focus on Health and Wellness: Wellness center and group exercise classes for teens, adults and seniors. 

  • Aquatic Programs and Swim Lessons: swim lessons for ages 6 months to 100+, Water Safety programs, American Red Cross Certification classes.


Y for All Fund: The Y strives to make Y programs and services more affordable for everyone, so that kids and adults can receive the educational, physical, and social benefits of our programs, while reducing the stress on adults juggling work and household responsibilities with the uncertainties of life. Through our Y for All Fund, qualifying families and individuals can receive a reduced rate on Y programs and membership.


Contact Information: 

Julie Morrow; Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Community Engagement

jmorrow@metroymcas.org  201-487-6600 x206


Leads that would be useful: Members, Donors, Employees, Community Partners