Getting Involved

Roots & Wings offers a variety of volunteering opportunities including mentoring, volunteering directly with the young adults served by Roots & Wings, fundraising, and office work.  If you are interested in a list of volunteering opportunities, please view and complete the Volunteer Interest Form.

Volunteering through mentoring is a great way to directly have an impact on the life of an individual. Each young adult in the Roots & Wings program is assigned a mentor, who provides consistent support and assists the young adult in accomplishing his/her goals.

All mentors must first complete the Mentor Training Class offered by the United Way Mentor Training. Once completed, an interview will be conducted to see if we have an appropriate match for you. This volunteer position requires one to four hours of time per week for two to three years.

Interested in hosting a fundraiser to benefit Roots & Wings?  Other individuals and small groups have hosted garage sales, cut-a-thons, item drives and other fundraisers in support of Roots & Wings. Click here to download our Independent Fundraising Guide, packed with a variety of ideas for groups and individuals, groups, and businesses. Contact Emily La Iacona, Executive Director, at 973.453.6668 x 101 to discuss information in the packet or to share your own fundraising ideas.

Get Your Children Involved!
We welcome any youth organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other youth groups that would like to assist us by means of a community project.

For example, past groups have held food drives at local stores, collected items needed for a new apartment, etc.

Food Pantry
Volunteering for the Food Panrty is a great way to directly have an impact on the life of an individual. If you are interested in donating or volunteering your time to help collect and monitor our food pantry, please contact Jenni Briggs, Program Director at 973.453.6668 x 102.

Amazon Wish List
When our clients come to us, they normally just have the clothes on their back and a few personal items. We at Roots & Wings provide them with all the everyday items that they may need. Help them feel at home by making a donation of an item on their wish list! All of the items are for our current clients to address their immediate needs. Search for Roots & Wings NJ under Amazon Lists & Registeries.

Join our Sharing Network

Receive monthly email blasts from Roots & Wings updating you on our needs, special events and volunteering opportunities. Roots & Wings has set up a Sharing Network to match the needs of our clients with a network of volunteers. When a specific need is recognized, an email will be sent to all those participating in the Sharing Network. Each participant can evaluate the need and determine if he/she might be able to help. This might include donations of various items, pickup or drop off of outside donations, or perhaps even volunteering time to help with a project. The Sharing Network is an easy and efficient way to join the Roots & Wings community and to give back to these deserving youth.

Please fill out the following form to join our Sharing Network:

Fields indicated with an asterisk ( * ) must be filled out to complete the submission process.