Donate to the Period.Project Amazon Wish List here.

Click here to watch the NCJW/Essex Period.Project 2020 Year in Review video.

NCJW/Essex recognizes menstrual inequity as a global issue and is working locally to do its part to address the problem in Essex County. As a progressive women’s organization, the NCJW/Essex Period.Project fits in with our goal of improving the lives of women, children and families.

The NCJW/Essex Period.Project focuses on the issue of menstrual inequity through the following initiatives:

  • Raising awareness and educating the community about the barriers women face in obtaining menstrual products.
  • Relationship building with non-profit agencies, with the long term goal of making access to menstrual products more attainable. Through our continuing partnership with the Community Foodbank of NJ, we have been supplying agencies with a year’s worth of menstrual products.
  • Providing community service activities to help distribute menstrual products to those in need.
  • Community organizing, research and advocacy to promote legislative changes to address inequities.

Join us in our mission to fight for menstrual equity!

Please email to: 

  • Find out more information about or to get involved with the Period.Project.
  • Join the NCJW/Essex Period.Project Committee.
  • Advocate for menstrual equity.
  • Organize a collection for our “Time of the Month” initiative.
  • Donate menstrual products.
  • Donate to our Amazon Wish List here.

Center for Women

Volunteerism = The Essence of NCJW/Essex Center for Women

We are pleased to offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities that fit any schedule and any interest. Whether you have evenings, weekends or weekdays free, a few days a year to offer or you’d like to help on a weekly basis, NCJW/Essex Center for Women offers a variety of ways for you to connect and contribute.

For all volunteer opportunities, contact Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership & Resource Development, (973) 740-0588 or email for more information.

Looking for something else? NCJW Volunteer Outreach

Pack the Pantry

Please consider purchasing grocery store gifts cards to help our food insecure clients and their families.
Gift cards can be sent directly to NCJW/Essex, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, Livingston, NJ 07039 to be distributed directly to our Center for Women clients.

Click here to purchase ShopRite gift cards

Click here to purchase Stop & Shop gift cards

In New Jersey, 1 in 10 people and 1 in 7 children live in households where there is no regular access to enough food to live healthy and active lives. The NCJW/Essex Pack the Pantry program is doing our part to help.

According to Feeding America, with rising unemployment and stay-at home orders in effect, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted many individuals’ already fragile ability to put food on the table. We know that many of our Center for Women clients have had to use all of their resources to pay rent, choosing hunger over homelessness.

At this time, while the physical NCJW/Essex office is closed, we are looking for other ways to address need. Pack the Pantry is joining with other NCJW/Essex committees and community partners to increase collection of food items and grocery store gift cards. 

Starting in September, volunteers will be holding monthly food collections with donations being collected at specified drop off locations. Please contact Ellen Staple at for information. Please also continue to check the NCJW/Essex Facebook page for information about upcoming food and gift card collections.

Pack the Pantry is always looking for volunteers committed to helping to alleviate hunger for women and families in the communities where we reside. We need your help now more than ever! To volunteer please email

Eskow Volunteer Awards

Recognizing students who make a difference

The Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW/Essex Volunteer Award is bestowed annually on graduating high school seniors from Essex County who have demonstrated a commitment and dedication to making life better for others locally or globally. The award winners reflect the mission and values of NCJW/Essex through their community service projects and advocacy experience during their high school careers. Students recognized as award winners are honored with an award certificate and a monetary award to be used towards their college expenses.

The Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Award was established to reflect the mission and values of The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a nonsectarian, grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Click here to read about the 2020 winners.

Applications for the 2021 Eskow Awards will be available in January.

To find out about joining this committee, please email Ellen Staple at

Creative Hands

Join a creative group of volunteers to create projects such as baby blankets, hats and face masks to donate to hospitals, nursing homes and community organizations. Creative Hands always welcomes new knitters, crocheters, and sewers or you can help with projects by working independently.

As a Covid precaution, we are offering drive-by collection of completed projects.

To volunteer please email Ellen Staple

Teen Dating Abuse Awareness

Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Project (TDAA)

TDAA volunteers are a dynamic group of people who have been trained to go into high school classrooms within Essex County to make students aware of the warning signs of an abusive relationship, safely end an abusive relationship and know where to go for help. Two volunteers, one Presenter and one Assistant, are needed for each class.

For more information about the program visit our Center for Women

To volunteer please email

Kids Emergency Closet

The Kids Emergency Closet provides school-age children lacking basic essentials with the items they need to stay in school or day care, such as winter coats and clothing. We have closets in five schools throughout Essex County. The Kids Emergency Closet is designed as a year-round resource, and can respond to emergency situations during the school day or while children are in day care. The program meets the children’s evolving needs as the seasons change and the children grow.

To volunteer please email Ellen Staple at


This volunteer opportunity is currently on hold. We are in the process of reinventing this program.

NCJW/Essex VolunTeens help at the Boys and Girls Club of West Orange, which runs an after-school program at the Gregory School in West Orange. The Teens will help students, ages K-5, with homework for the first 1/2 hour and then do everything from play in the computer lab, indoor gym, arts & crafts room, etc., for the remainder of the afternoon program. Parents are responsible for transportation. There are two sessions, Fall and Spring. Teens will be able to set their own volunteer schedules.  Teens are asked to sign up for a minimum of eight volunteer slots (Monday – Thursday 3:45-4:45).  They will have the option of being sent text and/or email reminders.

Register online for the 2019-2020 VolunTeens. Participation fee is $25 for children of NCJW/Essex members and $45 for non-members.

Choice of afternoons (Mon-Thurs), 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
After registering for the program on our website, you will be sent an email invitation from Sign Up Genius where your teen will select the volunteer days that work best for his or her schedule.

CONTACT: Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership & Resource Development at

Registration is not currently open.


This volunteer opportunity is currently on hold. We are in the process of reinventing this program.

Volunteer program for students in grades 6 through 8

Our VolunTweens mentor young children, ages 3 to 5, in an after-school program in East Orange, NJ, where they are partnered with a teacher in a supervised Head Start classroom. The afternoon activities include playtime, arts & crafts projects, reading time, circle time and music, as well as holiday parties. VolunTweens volunteer  on Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for an eight-week period. The first session is from November through January. The second session is from February through March. Parents are responsible for transportation and are required to serve as a chaperone at least one time per session.


  • fulfill requirements for community service credits, mitzvah projects, and other similar volunteering commitments
  • make a big difference in the lives of young children
  • make a big difference in their community

Registration is not currently open.

Registration information will be available later this fall for 2019-20 VolunTweens. The participation fee is $25 for children of NCJW/Essex members and $45 for non-members.

CONTACT:  Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership & Resource Development at


Mitzvah-in-a-Minute (MIM) is a program which focuses on providing community service opportunities for NCJW/Essex members while helping women, children, and families in need of assistance in our region. We choose an agency or group that is of need and try to provide our volunteers with a one time, two-hour opportunity.

Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a mitzvah project by donating food to help combat food insecurity in Essex County.

NCJW/Essex is collaborating with the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair, to stock their shelves with the following items:
  • Dry cereal
  • Plastic jars of peanut butter
  • Cans of soup
Please drop off these much needed items on:
January 18, 2021, between
10:00-11:30 a.m. or 3:00-4:30 p.m.
at 70 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Donations will be collected outside of the NCJW/Essex building at the front oval.
Details Price Qty
Free 10-11:30am Drop Offshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Details Price Qty
Free 3-4:30pm Drop Offshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

To add a warm touch, please help create a colorful message to include with your food donation. Click here to print the coloring page.

Feel free to contact Ellen Staple for more information at Click here

Our projects include:

  • Fill the Freezer – Help create a week’s worth of ready-to-go meals for NCJW/Essex Center for Women clients. This event happens two to three times during the year.
  • Holiday Shop and Wrap – Help NCJW/Essex brighten the holiday season by donating gifts for economically disadvantaged children in Essex County. You can shop before the event, and/or attend to wrap gifts.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Mitzvah Event – Families will assemble “winter warm-up” packages for NCJW/Essex Center for Women clients. Appropriate for families with children ages 10 and younger.
  • Pediatric Care Packages – Family Mitzvah event. Volunteers will create care packages to be delivered to pediatric patients while they are in the hospital.
  • Celebrate Women MIM – Volunteers package gift bags for NCJW/Essex Center for Women clients. We collect brand new toiletries and a few luxury items as a way to say “we appreciate you” to a group of women who have been struggling.

CONTACT:  Ellen Staple, Manager of Membership & Resource Development, (973) 740-0588 or email