8th Grade Community Service


GW will be offering community service to our 8th graders, who missed out on the opportunity to make a difference last year.  We need 2 parent volunteers to help coordinate this.
Contact HSA President, Tasneem Patrawala at:

SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022.

All below information will be updated soon!

8th Grade Students, CLICK HERE to log your hours

Research shows that performing community service with peers makes people feel happy and fulfilled!  

The GWMS community service program is provided to connect our students with the community and the world through acts of service.  By participating, students bond with their classmates, discover new interests and abilities, learn to work collaboratively, take on leadership roles, and learn the value and benefits of helping others.

Each GWMS 8th Grader is required to fulfill ten hours of community service throughout the year, though students often complete many more.  Students may choose from one of the organizations listed on the website, or any other not-for-profit organization.  Organizations will reach out to students who express interest during the Community Service Fair, held in October.  Students are also encouraged to follow their interests and seek opportunities that are not listed.  These may be opportunities presented through elementary school events, religious organizations, scouting, athletics, and personal connections.  The best community service is the community service that students will return to long after their ten hours have been completed.

After participating in any service, students should complete the Google Form.  Please be aware, these hours will not be visible in Skyward, so students should retain a copy of the completed Google Form for their records.  Students must log their own hours from their school accounts.


8th Grade Community Service Opportunities 

See below for a list of community service programs. This list is not all-inclusive. Students may also fulfill hours with a non-profit organization of their choice.  No signatures or approvals are necessary. If you have a service organization that would like volunteers, please contact

 George Washington Middle School.



Mission to support cutting-edge research that helps advance the cure for MS and to enhance the lives of those affected by MS.  

Volunteer Opportunities:  None for 2019-2020.  Assist with opportunities as they arise next year.

Timing:  2020-2021 school year

Contact:  Christine Giacopelli at



Helps schools get what they need.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Organize and promote a drive to collect box tops and then prepare the box tops for submission to earn education dollars.  Assist with collections in school.

Timing:  September to June

Contact:  Mr. Piacenza at 


Provides year-round programs for children and young adults with disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Students can participate and assist in activities, such as arts & crafts, games, and activities. 

Timing:  Camp Snowflake runs Saturday afternoons from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, from September to May. 

Location:  1133 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood 

Contact: Cathy Talerico at

CareOne Assisted Living Facility @ The Cupola

The Cupola provides an assisted living community for seniors.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Engage residents with games, current events discussions, and crafts.  Assist with transport, dog walking, and special events.  

Timing:  2019-20 school year (weekends - ideally Saturday mornings)

Location:  100 West Ridgewood Avenue (Paramus, NJ)

Contact:  Nathan Kim at (senior at Ridgewood High School

CHILDREN’S AID AND FAMILY SERVICES  (Baby Basics & Group Homes) Preserves, protects and, when needed, provides for families. Motivated by compassion for vulnerable children, young adults, frail elderly and their families, we provide high quality and innovative services that meet their social, educational and emotional needs. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  

  • Run a drive to collect baby items and personal care items for kids living in group homes and seniors (i.e., diapers, wipes, formula, shampoos, soaps, deodorant, etc,). 
  • Assemble and deliver care packages. Determine the frequency of delivery— weekly, monthly, etc.
  • Plan and prepare a meal and deliver it to a group home. Due to privacy issues, students will not be able to deliver to group homes.  

Timing:  On-going

Location:  Children’s Aid Office- 148 Prospect St, Ridgewood.  In evenings, Center for Food Action- 175 Knickerbocker Rd, Englewood 

Contact:  Christina Diomede, Volunteer Coordinator, at (201) 261-2800 or



Started by GW graduate Jack Trevisan.  Provides food and toiletry items for local food banks, including Social Services of Ridgewood. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Students can use their skills to convince shoppers to purchase things like soap, toothpaste, rice, cereal, and mac & cheese for families who are going through tough times. Volunteers stand at the entrance of a supermarket and hand out flyers requesting shoppers “donate one thing”. Listed on the flyer will be the item needed by the food bank. 

Timing:  Saturday, November 17, 2019, from 1-3 PM

Location: Kings Supermarket in Midland Park

Contact: Colleen Sullivan at


A peer advisory program for GW girls to work with 5th-grade girls to help them transition to middle school. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  The GW girls meet once with each of the 5th-grade classrooms in the spring for a 1-hour workshop.  They share their own transition experiences across 4 main topic areas: school smarts, self-esteem, technology and social.  Eighth-grade girls that volunteered last year will help train the new 7th grade volunteers to provide useful tips and lead fun, interactive games across each of the topic areas.

Timing:  Contact Mr. P in January for Spring workshop

Contact:  Mr. Piacenza at

Habitat For Humanity - Bergen Youth United

Bergen Youth United is the youth-led volunteer arm of Habitat for Humanity Bergen County whose mission is to help those needing affordable housing. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Participate in fundraising efforts such as bake sales, garage sales and movie nights.  Attend monthly strategy meetings of the Steering Committee. All meetings and events are entirely high school student-run.

Timing:  2019-20 school year (meetings held monthly on weeknights; dates of events TBD)

Location:  meetings held Paramus, NJ; events held in Bergen County 

Contact:  Zachary Kim at (a junior at Ridgewood High School)


Inspired by Michael’s amazing attitude and positive outlook, Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever, Inc. was established in 2015 in Michael’s memory. Our mission is to provide opportunities that enable families with ill children to enjoy a “Best Day Ever”. With your assistance, we hope to achieve this goal by: Giving experiences that bring happiness to these children and their families, funding important medical research for cures and better treatments in the pediatric cancer and Type 1 Diabetes arenas, and by creating much-needed childhood disease awareness.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Assist at our big event - Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever.  This will be our 7th year. We have a huge carnival day, and students can run the carnival games. There are 2-hour shifts from 10 am-3 pm.  Also, if any 7th graders are in a band, we’d love to have them perform at the carnival’s Bandfest.

Timing: A Saturday in June (TBD) 

Location:  BF Middle School

Contact: Jill Feeney at 



A 14-acre woodland preserve. The Visitors' Center has an exhibit and a lecture room, winter bird-feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, and a gift shop, the proceeds of which benefit the Sanctuary.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Helping with outdoor clean-up projects and helping to organize and inventory arts and crafts cabinets and supplies. We can accept small groups of student volunteers and the adult chaperones must stay with them throughout their time here.  

Timing:  Spring 2020

Location:  790 Ewing Avenue, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Contact: Laurie Hagaman, Teaching Naturalist, at or (908) 481-4090 or (908) 396-6514 ext. 302


OASIS, a Haven for Women & Children

Our mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower women and children in need.  

Volunteer Opportunities: Conduct food and clothing drives on behalf of Oasis

Timing:  On-going

Location:  59 Mill St, Paterson

Contact: Singe Howard at or (973) 881-8307 x121



Home & School Association benefiting Orchard Elementary School.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with opportunities as they arise over the course of the year, like Orchard Fun Day

Timing:  Fun Day is Saturday, October 26th (Shifts are from 10 am-12 pm OR 12 pm-2 pm

to help with games or crafts.)

Location:  230 Demarest St, Ridgewood

Contact: Bonita Shimpfky at




A four-day clinic designed for children with special needs (ages 5 & up).  The program is designed so that each All-Star is matched up with at least two volunteers (ages 12 & up) to assist them through 6 baseball/softball stations.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Become a peer volunteer and get matched with a participant and assist them through baseball/softball stations (batting, throwing, base-running, etc.).  It really is a rewarding experience for all involved and we have enough adults around to assist the volunteers if needed. There is no need to have prior baseball or softball experience, but it helps. 

Timing: Sunday mornings in May

Location:  Vets Field, Ridgewood

Contact:  Brendan Buckley at  (Registration will be through Community Pass).


Program that benefits the community and Charities for Children in Paterson. It is an opportunity to donate unused bikes to a great cause and also bring in a bike that can be traded in for another one. This is especially beneficial for growing kids in the community.  

Volunteer Opportunities:

Pre-event day: check-in bikes and hand out tickets 

Pre-event day: help conduct minor bike repairs o 

Event day: check-in people and help them select bikes

Timing:  A Saturday in early May

Location:  George Washington Middle School.

Contact: Mr. Piacenza at GWMS at


Home & School Association benefiting Ridge Elementary School.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with opportunities as they arise over the course of the year, like: 

  • Back to School Picnic
  • Bingo Night 
  • After-School Set-up and/or take-down at Book Fair and Science Fair 
  • Monthly after-school opportunities to help teachers in their classrooms or the secretaries in the office 

Timing:  On-going

Location:  325 W. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood

Contact:  Barbara Dowling at



Ridgecrest Apartments is part of an independent living community for low income older adults age 62+ and people with disabilities.  Ridgecrest Apartments opened in 1984 and are owned by The Ridgewood Senior Citizens Housing Corporation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization, that is run by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  Their mission is to provide good quality, affordable housing to low income older adults and people with disabilities. Ridgecrest is subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under section 202 and managed by the Housing Authority of Bergen County (HABC). 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Have parent contact the program director and schedule an appointment to have a mini-tour of Ridgecrest with their child/family.  The tour gives our potential volunteers a good understanding of the needs of our community and also our participation as a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award.  The appointment usually lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. 

Timing:  On-going

Location:  7-11 Ridge Road, Ridgewood

Contact:  Sue Ulrich, Program Director, at or 201-788- 4293


Initiatives in the Village of Ridgewood benefiting seniors in our community.  Includes: Elder Dinner- an opportunity for seniors to share with others while enjoying musical entertainment and a nutritious and delicious home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner; and Toiletry Tuesday- a toiletry drive benefiting residents of Ridgecrest senior housing.

 Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Elder Dinner-  Assist with set-up, service, and/or clean-up.  Choose from 2 shifts (12:45 pm - 2:30pm or 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
  • Toiletry Tuesday-  Assist with promoting the collection, creating bins, carrying, sorting and counting items.

Timing:  Sunday, November 10 (Elder Dinner) and early May (Toiletry Tuesday)

Contact:  Siobhan Winnograd, Volunteer Coordinator, at


Dedicated to providing information, education, culture, and inspiration. We encourage our community to pursue life-long learning and the enjoyment of books, programs, and resources in a variety of formats. We strive to offer the best possible library materials, staff, technology, and facility, with ready and equal access to residents of all ages. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Collection Specialist: organize library materials on carts, shelf read, straighten sections as well as retrieve items to fill loan requests.
  • Teen volunteer: select books to read with a child in a one-to-one session. Our teen volunteers can also assist with various arts and crafts and children/teen programs.
  • Bibliomaniacs: for those who cannot volunteer time in the library can earn hours by reading a book and submitting a review. Subject to guidelines and rules, teens can earn 30 minutes for each book review submitted.                                                                                                                                                               

Timing:  On-going

Contact: Justin Kontonicolaou, Young Adult Librarian, at 201-670-5600 x112 or


Provides basketball clinics for girls and boys ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school that have a wide range of special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Assist special needs players in organized basketball sessions. No basketball skills or knowledge of basketball are necessary— just a willingness to work with kids.

The program is very basic and emphasizes socialization more than the acquisition of specific skills. The goal is to assign a volunteer to every participant.  

Timing: Sundays in January (1/5, 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26) from 8:45 am – 10:15 am (Should be present all 4 Sundays. Consistency for these players is essential.)  *There will also be a 30-minute Orientation held at GW in late November. This will be counted toward your volunteer hours.

Location: Ben Franklin Middle School  (orientation at GW)

Contact: Cara Murray at

SHARE (Senior Housing Association of Ridgewood and Environs)

A nonprofit, tax-exempt organization providing an affordable housing option for independent senior citizens, 62 years old and up in two large shared living home-like residences in Ridgewood, NJ. 

SHARE, Inc. has two senior residences each with 14 individual bedrooms for 14 seniors in each house. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Help and support SHARE’s Weekend Guest Chef Program, assisting the Chef, facilitating activities with residents, gardening, assisting with special projects and serving food, etc. at special holiday and fundraising events.

  • Set up small volunteer groups (2-6 students at a time), e.g., to cook and serve a weekend dinner and visit SHARE residents with a parent chaperone; facilitate BINGO or board games, charades, trivia, a talent show, movie or party, etc.

Timing: On-going

Location:  104 Cottage Place and 130 Prospect Street, both in Ridgewood

Contact:  Marianne Bennett, Program Director, at or (201) 670-9605  


An organization of neighbors helping neighbors- on a mission to provide food, emergency rent, utility assistance, and support services to individuals & families in Ridgewood and surrounding areas.  

Volunteering Opportunities:  Student volunteers can stock shelves at the pantry (located at the Ridgewood train station) for 1 hour after school (about twice a month) from January to April.  Students may also be contacted with other volunteer opportunities that may arise throughout the year.

Timing:  January - April (pantry) and On-going (for other needs that may arise)

Contact:  Judy Saydah at


TABLE TO TABLE; Bag a Lunch and Help a Bunch  

A community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties. This fresh food is delivered free of charge to more than 50 agencies throughout the area, including elder care facilities, drug rehab centers, homeless shelters, homes for victims of domestic violence, HIV day centers, and pantries serving the "working poor."  Families donate what they would normally spend on lunch for one day, or families can certainly donate more. The money is then put in a paper bag and sealed. All the money raised goes directly to help feed those who need it most— hungry friends and neighbors right here in northern New Jersey. 

Volunteer Opportunities:  A GW 7th grade team of volunteers will hang posters, make announcements, provide information, promote the event, and distribute and collect the bags.

Timing:  October

Contact: Mr. P. at GWMS to volunteer during school hours in early October at


The Thielke Arboretum of Glen Rock is a wetland forest, with nature trails, gardens, a spring-fed pond, and a sparkling brook.  The arboretum's eleven acres support many species of trees and plants and are a natural habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians, and waterfowl as well as other native inhabitants of the animal kingdom.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Join the stewards of the Thielke Arboretum to help take care of the scenic natural park.  Activities include trail maintenance, tree pruning, planting (in spring), litter clean up and more.  Learn and practice new life skills that help to steward our local community and our planet. 

We welcome all willing and able volunteers, but there are few things volunteers need to know before they come:  

- Regular volunteer hours are EVERY Tues. and Sat. 9 am-12 pm throughout the entire year (except holidays and weather permitting) 

- High winds, precipitation, storms, or severe cold cancels volunteer sessions.    

- No advanced registration is required, just show up at 9 am.  All volunteers MUST arrive by 9 am.

- Meet at the shed in the center of the Arboretum

- Parking is available in the pool parking lot

- Children under 14 must be accompanied by a guardian  

- All volunteers must dress appropriately to work outdoors (denim or canvas are most durable), insulated and waterproof boots are highly recommended, and long pants are a must (no sandals, shorts, shirts, or leggings are allowed as they are unsafe).  Wear layers to keep warm, dry, and safe.  

Timing:  This year any Tuesday or Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm 

Location:  460 Doremus Ave., Glen Rock (just down the street from Orchard School).  

Contact:  Jeannie Epiphan at


Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

Volunteer Opportunities:  Day of event volunteers (middle school and below need an adult with them).  Groups of friends can volunteer together. School clubs or sports teams are welcome to come and support as well.

Timing:  Sunday, Mid-October (this event has already passed for the 2019-2020 school year.)

Location:  Overpeck County Park- Ridgefield Park, NJ 

Contact:  Aaron DeNicola, Volunteer Coordinator Recruitment Flyer




A non-profit started by Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur. On Martin Luther King Day students from Bergen County’s diverse community will join to celebrate MLK’s legacy of community service.  The goal of the event is to promote “understanding that our diversity is our strength and that our similarities are greater than our differences.” For 2020, our goal is 1000 participants, double the size of last year.


Volunteer Opportunities:  Kids from around Bergen County will work together on multiple service projects such as making toiletry bags for the military, making clothes for the homeless, creating toys for animal shelters, assembling weekend snack packs for children in need, and working on art projects such as murals at an elementary school.  Current GW student, Eli Young, is recruiting 5th-8th Grade Students to participate with him.  

Timing:  This day of service will take place on January 20, 2020

Contact:  Deborah Steinbaum (Eli’s Mom) at


Home & School Association benefiting Willard Elementary School.

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with opportunities as they arise over the course of the year, like Bingo Night and End of Year Carnival

Timing:  Bingo Night- Feb 12 and March 25 from 5:30-8:30 pm, Carnival- June 19 from 5-9pm

Location:  601 Morningside Rd, Ridgewood

Contact: Michele Stewart at


A 501(c)3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization that supports charities and other organizations in Ridgewood, NJ and surrounding communities. All revenue generated goes towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, as well as its various local charities.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • House Tour- Help set-up and sell tickets on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am to 3 pm. 2-hour shifts. 

  • Garage Sale – Help with sorting and pricing Monday, February 24th to Thursday, February 27th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th, 2020 - as needed. 

  • Also, help with social media.

Timing:  December 7 (House Tour set up & ticket sales), Late February (Garage Sale)

Location:  215 W. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood

Contact:  Anita Srivastava at or (201) 444-5705



We're for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  We also offer free membership for all 7th-grade students.

Volunteer Opportunities:  

  • Two Halloween Events – students work with youth playing holiday-themed games, making arts and crafts, and assist trick or treaters around the building.

  • Healthy Kids Day – students assist with arts and crafts, fitness demos, set up and clean up

Timing:  Late October (Halloween events) and April (Healthy Kids Day)

Location:  112 Oak St., Ridgewood

Contact:  Megan Heller at  and Deyanara Gonzalez at