HOPES enables volunteers to have a stake in their community and make a positive impact in the lives of their neighbors. HOPES provides opportunities to volunteers in a variety of ways for the many programs and services the agency offers. Volunteers support HOPES with carrying out its mission through hands-on assistance or by sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Volunteers also have opportunities to participate on committees, councils and boards as appropriate. Additional volunteer activities include the following:
(Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
HOPES is looking for volunteers interested in helping their neighbors prepare their income taxes. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), an IRS supported program, volunteers are trained how to prepare simple federal and state tax returns. VITA trainings begin in December and opportunities to become a volunteer are available throughout tax season (January through April). Each volunteer is asked to provide at least 5 hours of tax assistance per week and flexible hours for completion are offered at various locations throughout Hudson and Union Counties.
Volunteering with Early Childhood
There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Early Head Start (Infant and Toddler) or the Head Start Program (Preschool age) programs including in and out of classroom activities. All individuals volunteering complete more than 5 hours per week go through criminal and child abuse background checks.
Volunteering with Adult Programs
Volunteers interested in teaching Adult Basic Education (ABE) and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes for adults; must have previous experience teaching. Fluency in Spanish or Chinese languages is helpful but not required. Although a Teacher certification is preferred it is not required and training is provided. Volunteer opportunities may be available during the day or early evenings throughout the year.
Volunteering with Youth
Persons with specialized interests and skill sets relevant to youth, ages six through eighteen will have an opportunity to volunteer with HOPES as mentors, tutors and assistants overseeing activities such as open gaming/computer lab use. Additional opportunities for DIY projects in specialized topics including visual arts, dance, music, science, math and foreign languages are also available. Experience working with youth is beneficial but not required and the length and frequency of service can be tailored to suit each project and volunteer’s availability.
Volunteering with Senior Citizens
It is our goal to provide services that affirm the value and enhance the dignity of older people. The agency partners with the Easter Seals program to provide volunteer opportunities for senior citizens. Additionally, individuals are invited to volunteer to teach specialized classes or workshops throughout the year to the senior clients. The agency especially seeks volunteers during the bi-annual “Brunch and Learn” events.
Fundraising and Community Outreach
HOPES is actively seeking individuals and organizations to partner with for community outreach efforts.
For organizations seeking to engage employees/members in volunteer activities, HOPES has numerous opportunities ranging from “Done in a Day” events to long term collaborations.
For information about volunteering, please contact us at: