TIPS FOR SETTING UP A SUCCESSFUL SERVICE PROJECT

 

Hello ladies! Many of you commented on how inspired you were when you heard some of the great things our students are doing for their service project. Don't fall into the trap of "Oh, those are the OTHER people, not ME!" The first step in doing a great service project is really simple - BE STRONG and ASSERTIVE. YOU are the creator of your project which determines the impact you make, and the impact the project will have on you. If you get scared to call adults on the phone or take initiative, this is a GREAT opportunity to face some of your fears.

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REMEMBER - YOU are POWERFUL!

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YOU CAN make a DIFFERENCE!

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You DON'T have to keep doing the same old tired project that you know doesn't inspire you.

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BE WILLING to do some legwork.

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BE WILLING to go beyond your comfort zone.

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DO THIS, because it is just who you are.

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REMEMBER - make sure whatever you choose satisfies the Service Requirements for IHA! (see Areas of Focus link)

1. Make sure you look at the Area of Focus Link and Service Project Instructions Link

2. When setting up your project make sure you HAVE A CONVERSATION with the Volunteer Coordinator and EXPLAIN to them your criteria of working with people. An example of this would be:

Hi, my name is ___________________ . I am a student at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, NJ. Part of my school service program involves me spending ________ hours committed to a specific community or cause. I am required to do interactive service working with people to satisfy my school service requirement.

3. DON't sit around waiting for people to call you back. Call more than one place! Your project is not set up until it ACTUALLY IS!

4. Make sure at the BEGINNING of your project that what you are doing can satisfy your hour requirement

5. If you are unclear about anything, email Ms. Licata immediately

POSSIBLE SERVICE SITES

Eastern Christian Children's Retreat, Wyckoff  
Phone No: (201) 848-8005   |   www.eccretreat.org  
Provide companionship to residents - read, sit and talk with them.  
Minimum age: 16
  YWCA of Bergen County, Ridgewood, Ridgewood  
Phone No: (201) 487-2224   |    
Work one-on-one with children and adults with disabilities in the pool, Mon., Wed., Fri., 4:30 - 5:15 pm. Training is provided. Moderate swimming skills are needed.  
Minimum age: 12
Regent Care Center, Hackensack  
Phone No: (201) 646-1166   |   www.regentcare.com  
Visit and socialize with elderly residents.  
Minimum age: 13
Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home, Englewood  
Phone No: (201) 871-8882   |   www.actorsfund.org  
Help with group projects such as decorating the halls for the holidays, providing art work for bulletin boards, organizing game nights and parties.  
Minimum age: 14
Spectrum for Living, River Vale  
Phone No: (201) 358-1685   |   www.spectrumforliving.org  
Visit a client at one of the residential facilities. Go for a walk, talk or involve him/her in social/recreational activities.  
Minimum age: 16
Spectrum for Living, River Vale  
Phone No: (201) 358-1685   |   www.spectrumforliving.org  
Help adult clients improve basic academic skills (numbers, writing, reading, spelling etc.) Great for Special Ed. majors.  
Minimum age: 16
Share Inc./Cottage Place & Prospect Place, Ridgewood  
Phone No: (201) 670-9605   |    
Prepare and serve a meal for 14 seniors. No need to be a chef; a healthy- well presented homemade meal prepared by a warm caring and sociable person would be welcomed.  
Minimum age: 17
Bright Side Manor, Teaneck  
Phone No: (201) 692-1000   |   www.brightsidemanor.org  
Visit with the residents and socialize. Young children accompanied by adults are welcome.  
Minimum age: 14
Literacy Volunteers of Pascack Valley, Westwood  
Phone No: (201) 664-7597   |    
Spend 1 hour per week tutoring an adult in English. Hours are flexible: Mon, Tues. & Thurs. from 10 am to 9 pm and Wed. & Fri. from 10 am to 5 pm.  
Minimum age: 17
  Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff  
Phone No: (201) 848-5797   |   www.chccnj.org  
Transport wheel-chair bound residents to and from various daily activities. Time commitment usually about 2 hours.  
Minimum age: 13
Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff  
Phone No: (201) 848-5797   |   www.chccnj.org  
Make a difference in the lives of room-bound residents by visiting them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Visits need not be any longer than 15 or 20 minutes.  
Minimum age: 13
Dr. David Goldberg Child Care Center, Westwood  
Phone No: (201) 664-4013   |    
Volunteer must possess: patience, ability to take initiative, love and understand children, energetic, enthusiastic, positive, lively and flexible.  
Minimum age: 13
North Jersey Developmental Center, Totowa  
Phone No: (973) 256-1700   |    
Provide friendship by visiting clients of NJDC who have limited family and community contact. Must be able to visit assigned client at least once a month. Training is provided.  
Minimum age: 17
Shelter Our Sisters, Hackensack  
Phone No: (201) 836-1075   |   www.shelteroursisters.org  
Assist teachers with children of all ages. Baby-sit after school and evenings.  
Minimum age: 16
Bergen County Health Care Center, Rockleigh  
Phone No: (201) 750-8310   |    
Visit with the residents and give manicures. Volunteer should be a good listener and enjoy working with the elderly. Once a week, flexible hours.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen County Health Care Center, Rockleigh  
Phone No: (201) 750-8310   |    
Pick up mail and read to recipient. Also write letters if help is needed.  
Minimum age: 14

 

POTOMAC GROUP HOMES CO., Ramsey  
Phone No: (201) 368-7070   |    
Talk with residents, do simple activities and play games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing. Volunteer opportunities available in Cresskill, Hillsdale, Montvale, Ramsey, Park Ridge, Paramus, and Mahwah.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus  
Phone No: (201) 967-4289   |    
Patience to work with long term care patients who, because of disabilities, are unable to do their own correspondence. Good hand writing, grammar and spelling a must. Those able to write in a second language are greatly needed.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus  
Phone No: (201) 967-4289   |    
Help feed patients in a gentle, loving manner being considerate of the feelings of people being fed. Willingness to understand when the resident is having problems.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus  
Phone No: (201) 967-4289   |    
Must be able to read with clarity and at a speed easily comprehended by older adults and patients.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus  
Phone No: (201) 967-4289   |    
Escort ambulatory patients or push wheelchair-bound patients for walks around the grounds or within the hospital.  
Minimum age: 14
Appropriate Living for the Autistic, Waldwick  
Phone No: (201) 444-5084   |    
Assist staff in providing the appropriate recreation and socialization experiences at weekly programs in Ridgewood.  
Minimum age: 16
Camp Sunshine & Camp Snowflake, Ridgewood  
Phone No: (201) 652-1755   |   www.sunshine-snowflake.org  
Work one-on-one with campers with multiple disabilities in the areas of arts & crafts, games, etc., and on monthly field trips. Saturdays from 12:30 - 4 pm. Training is provided. Volunteer may start any time during the year and volunteer for as many Saturdays as they choose.  
Minimum age: 12
Sunbridge of Oradell, Oradell  
Phone No: (201) 967-0002   |    
Visit elderly residents.  
Minimum age: 10
Jewish Family & Children's Service of North Jersey, Wayne  
Phone No: (973) 595-0111   |   www.jfcsnj.org  
Visit elderly people in their own homes or take them out for walks, coffee, etc. on a weekly basis. Telephone support also needed.  
Minimum age: 16
Daughters of Miriam, Clifton  
Phone No: (973) 253-5205   |    
Loneliness is a major problem in long-term care facilities so volunteers can make a HUGE difference by just visiting with residents.  
Minimum age: 14
Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck  
Phone No: (201) 833-3217   |   www.holyname.org  
Prepare meal trays, visit unit rooms, adjust TV/radio settings, converse with patients.  
Minimum age: 14
Interreligious Fellowship for Homeless (IRF), Teaneck  
Phone No: (201) 833-8009   |   www.irfhomeless.org  
Group Project: Provide, cook and serve a one pot meal to 40 people at homeless shelter. Once per season or on a more regular basis.  
Minimum age: 14
Bergen County Health Care Center, Rockleigh  
Phone No: (201) 750-8310   |    
Spend time playing cards with residents; patience with the elderly a must.  
Minimum age: 16
Bergen County Health Care Center, Rockleigh  
Phone No: (201) 750-8310   |    
Sit outdoors with residents and discuss nature around them, weather permitting.  
Minimum age: 14
Potomac Group Homes @ Cresskill, Cresskill  
Phone No: (201) 567-0508   |    
Talk with residents, do simple activities and play games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing.  
Minimum age: 14
Potomac Group Homes @ Hillsdale, Hillsdale  
Phone No: (201) 722-2990   |    
Talk with residents, do simple activities or recreation games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing.  
Minimum age: 14
Potomac Group Homes @ Paramus, Paramus  
Phone No: (201) 368-7070   |   www.potomacgrouphomes.com  
Talk with residents, do simple activities or recreation games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing.  
Minimum age: 15
Potomac Group Homes @ Park Ridge, Park Ridge  
Phone No: (201) 391-4310   |    
Talk with residents, do simple activities or recreation games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing.  
Minimum age: 14
Potomac Group Homes @ Mahwah, Mahwah  
Phone No: (201) 848-8088   |    
Talk with residents, do simple activities or recreation games. Must be patient, warm, friendly and outgoing.  
Minimum age: 14
Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Emerson  
Phone No: (201) 261-6662   |   www.armenianhome.com  
Run group games such as Bingo, horseracing, coin toss, etc.  
Minimum age: 16
Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels, Westwood  
Phone No: (201) 358-3086   |    
Drive 1.5 hours per month, using own vehicle to pick up food from Pascack Valley Hospital at 11 am and deliver to area shut-ins.  
Minimum age: 17