Volunteer Opportunities

SOMERSET COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

TO SERVE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR NEGLECTED

Children’s Hope Initiative

www.childrenshopeinitiative.org

childrenshopeinitiative@gmail.com

908-998-3654

Contact Person: Tom Dilts

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

www.casashaw.org

150 Boulevard, Suite 4B Washington, NJ 07882

908-689-5515

Local Office at Peoplecare Center in Bridgewater

Contact Person: Tracey Heisler

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by family court judges to ensure that the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected and are in DYFS care are met. In order to do this, the CASA volunteer advocate must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor the progress toward the established goals. CASA SHAW serves children in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties in central New Jersey.
  • Serve on the Board of Trustees.
  • Volunteer to help on Fund Raisers and community outreach to spread the news of CASA’s good work and ways to help children in “out-of-home” placements.
  • Family search and connect–help us to locate children’s relatives and encourage those relatives to visit with and support the child while the child is not living at his/her home.

 

Catholic Charities

www.ccdom.org

540 Route 22 East Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-722-1881

Contact Person: Luann Dias, Executive Director

ldias@ccdom.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Catholic Charities Connections Program is actively recruiting volunteers to work as mentors with children ages 5-17. Mentors offer support, guidance, and education as a youth goes through a difficult time, faces new challenges or opportunities, or takes on an important task. A mentor is a person who is willing to share their life-long expertise to provide support to the youth. Mentors can play an important role as the youth develops mentally and emotionally to help a youth understand their goals and personal needs. Mentors must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Prospective mentors will undergo an intensive screening process consisting of: application and informal autobiography.

 

Family and Community Services of Somerset County

www.fcssomerset.org

339 West 2nd Street Bound Brook, NJ 08805

732-356-1082

 

Family Support Organization

            http://fso-hsw.org

114 South Second Street Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

908-213-9932

Contact Person: Erika Deusinger,Michelle Soriano, Stanley Croughter, and Alicia Stevenson

msoriano@fso-hsw.org, scroughter@fso-hsw.org, astevenson@fso-hsw.org, edeusinger@fso-hsw.org

 

Jewish Family Services

www.jewishfamilysvc.org

150 W. High Street #A Somerville, NJ 08876

Contact Person: Jerry Starr

Phone Number: 908-208-7444

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Adult volunteers of all backgrounds, male and female, are sought for matching with Somerset County families with preschool and elementary age children. The volunteer provides support by offering parenting strategies and a good listening ear. The mentor and family meet in the family’s home to build on the family’s strengths, foster positive changes, and learn new ways to interact and have fun as a family. 9 hours training (3 hours for 3 weeks) in the evenings. Ongoing supervision provided by JFS licensed social work staff. Volunteer may indicate geographic preferences.
  • Adult Volunteers to work with and mentor parents whose children have been returned to them by the Division of Youth and Family Services

 

Middle Earth

www.middleearthnj.org

520 North Bridge Street (Near Richard Hall Community MHC) Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-725-7223

Contact Person: Maria Strada or Michelle Mazaggatti

mmazzagatti@middleearthnj.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteers to help supervise the youth that attend the Somerville or Bound Brook Community Youth Center program and help those young people who are in need of extra attention with homework, employment readiness skills, etc.
  • Work with staff to consider ways that the young people may give back to the community by doing community service and be involved hands-on in helping to make it happen.
  • Expose our kids to more creative arts and expressions by doing workshops with our youth
  • Board of Trustees membership
  • Volunteers to help with fund raising activities and special events

 

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey

103 Church Street, Suite 210 New Brunswick, NJ 08512
Contact Person: Kelly Steve
(732) 246-8060
http://www.preventchildabusenj.org/

Somerset Community Action Program

900 Hamilton St., Somerset, NJ 08873
Contact Freda Ofori
732-302-0700
http://www.somersetcap.org
 
 

Somerset Treatment Services

www.somersettreatmentservices.org

118 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876

908-722-1232 ext 3011

Contact Person: Barbara Schlichting

barbsts@aol.com

 

Parents As Teachers

www.cnjmchc.org (& locate Somerset PAT under Programs Link)

27 Warren Street (in Offices of Youth Services) Somerville, NJ 08876

908-285-2951

Contact: Caren Guardabascio

guardabascio@co.somerset.nj.us (e-mail)

www.parentsasteachers.org National Website

 

Safe + Sound Somerset (Formally Resource Center of Somerset)

www.Resourcecenterofsomerset.org

427 Homestead Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844

908-359-0003

Contact Person: Veronica Finlay

vfinlay@safe-sound.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to supervise, and play with, children while their mothers are in counseling. There is also a periodic need for administrative volunteers. Positions requiring a 40-hour training include: legal advocates, hotline counselors, members of the Domestic Violence Response Team, and shelter support volunteers.   

 

United Way

www.unitedwaynnj.org

1011 US Route 22 West, 2nd Floor Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908-725-6640

Contact Person: Lisa Galonardo

lisa.galonardo@unitedwaynnj.org

 

Women’s Health & Counseling Center

www.womenandhealth.org

71 Fourth Street Somerville, NJ 08876

908-526-2335 ext. 111

Contact Person: Fran Palm, President & Director

fpalm@womenandhealth.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Advocates for our Sexual Assault

  • Support Services program.  This program does works with adolescents and adults, no children 12 and younger.  To become an advocate, a volunteer needs to complete a 40 hours training course.  Their role is to
    answer hotline calls and be available to go to the hospital if a victim arrives and agrees to receive an advocate.

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Child Abuse Statistics

Children who experience abuse and neglect are 11 times more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 3.1 times more likely to commit a violent crime. (1)

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. (1)

Five children die every day as a result of child abuse in America. (2)

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. (3)

245 Somerset County children were in out-of-home placements and not in their own homes during the last court year because of abuse or neglect. (4)

NOTES:

(1) http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/long term consequences.cfm

(2) http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11599.pdf (at page 1)

(3) www.childhelp.org

(4) New Jersey Judiciary Court Management Report Year End June 30, 2012

US Government Statistics on Child Abuse & Neglect
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, child abuse, and neglect.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/can/statistics/

New Jersey Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services), including kids who are served in the homes of their birth parents and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families.
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/ (look at “Data” tab)