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  estaple@ncjwessex.org.