On Saturday, September 30, Hoboken Grace will once again blanket our city with hundreds of volunteers for the annual 1Day Hoboken event. Each year, the number of volunteers grows, and the impact on the community is magnified.
“There is something that connects your hands to your heart when you are able to serve people in a way that actually takes muscle,” said Laura, who after years of serving as a volunteer is now part of the Events Team that puts the day together.
Projects are big and small, and in the past, have ranged from food collections to cleaning the beach, parks and playground equipment. Volunteers have painted fences and rooms in the Housing Authority and helped prepare a few classrooms for the new school year. The team reaches out to local businesses and organizations each year to see what projects could use a helping hand.
“Projects for organizations that help people throughout the city are the best, because we are helping out a group that is giving back to the community and able to reach those that most need support,” said Laura. “We are able to do it in a bigger way during 1Day than we normally do on an ongoing basis throughout the year.” 1Day is also a great way to establish relationships with other organizations and businesses around the city that hopefully lead to a continued impact.
You don’t have to be a part of Hoboken Grace to volunteer. People come from all over New Jersey and New York to help out, and it is the perfect opportunity to share what Hoboken Grace is all about with friends and co-workers.
“There is a great vibe the whole day,” said Laura. “And there are even some projects that families can do together, so we’ve had people bring their kids too.”
New to 1Day? Not a problem. Volunteers will be guided each step of the way from the signup process to getting started on a team. Each project has very knowledgeable leaders ready to answer any questions you may have, and you will be given complete instructions on what needs to be done. You just need to register to volunteer, and when you show up you will be able to pick from a variety of projects available.
To sign up to volunteer click here
For more information on 1Day go to HobokenGrace.com and select 1Day under the events section.
If you would like more information on how you can request volunteers for a project you may have, please email Anthony@hobokengrace.com