Donations and Volunteering

Thank you for your consideration in donating to the Center.

Needed Items and Wishlist

  • Clothing donations are welcomed for new and unused clothing only
    • We welcome brand new men's and women’s clothing and, particularly, new unused socks, tee-shirts, and underwear in all sizes
  • New coats / jackets, sweatpants, and sweatshirts that are season appropriate
  • New footwear, especially sneakers
  • Toiletries in trial or travel sizes are always welcome as is a number of other personal care products
  • We desperately need feminine hygiene products and adult protection such as Depends
  • Watches that have alarms on them
  • Blankets that are twin size for all seasons

Our needs are subject to change, so please check in with us by contacting Gineen Brady at 201-336-6491 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Serve lunch as a group
  • Serving lunch at the center
  • Prepare 85 bagged lunches: build a bag or work at stations

Sample Menu

  1. Choice of whole wheat or white bread
  2. Choice of two different cold cuts and cheese combinations: turkey and cheese or ham and cheese or roast beef and cheese, just cold cuts no cheese, etc.(no high sodium cold cuts such as salami or bologna)
  3. Fresh fruit: either orange or banana or apple (soft fruit)
  4. Drink (juice or bottled water)
  5. Optional homemade or store bought cookies or chips
  6. Optional soup or salads (please bring appropriate containers for serving)
  7. Supply condiments / napkins / utensils appropriate for lunch being served

Please note:

  • We need three to four servers; no children under 14 years of age
  • Each station has one server:
    • Lunch bag (with choice of sandwich) server
    • Fruit server
    • Drink server
    • Optional chips, cookies, soups, or salad server
  • Each child server must have adult supervision
  • Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please arrive at 11 a.m. for set up
  • We handle clean-up

Additional Lunch Information

Additional ideas to make your lunch special:

  • If children are participating, draw designs on lunch bags or add notes in lunch bags (please write non-secular messages if possible)
  • Make centerpieces for the tables
  • Design placards identifying groups, and include the menu
  • Supplement lunch with a drive for needed items for shelter (please ask for details)

Thank you for making a difference. Please contact Gineen Brady at 201-336-6491 for more information.

Contact Us

Julia Orlando


Phone: 201-336-6475 • Fax: 201-488-9298

Address: 120 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

 Bergen County Department of Human Services

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7474 • Fax: 201-336-7450

Hours: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm (varies by division)