Federation seeks volunteers to fill backpacks in Paramus and Jersey City
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Federation seeks volunteers to fill backpacks in Paramus and Jersey City

Volunteers are needed for Reimagined Supplies for Success, a program hosted by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey that provides children with brand new backpacks, filled with back-to-school supplies and personal protective equipment, at the start of the school year.

The program is set for Sunday, August 16; the rain date is Monday, August 17. You can volunteer to work either at your home or at the offices of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey in Paramus. The goal is to pack and distribute 1,800 backpacks.

You also can pick up the supplies at the federation’s office and host a “Backpack Pop-up” in your own yard. You’d pick up the supplies at the federation’s offices and return the filled backpacks on August 16. There are limited spots. You also can schedule a time to volunteer in a reserved pop-up tent for you, your family, and your friends in JFNNJ’s parking lot — there can be no more than eight people per tent. Times will be staggered, so all tents can be sanitized between groups. Everyone must wear a face mask. Each option requires a $50 donation.

It costs $25 to buy a backpack and its contents; a donation of $360 will provide 20 students with brand new filled backpacks.

Sponsorships — at $500, $1,000, and $1,500 — also are welcome. Your family or business will be featured on all print and digital marketing materials for Supplies for Success.

For more information, call Shara Nadler at (201) 820-3947, email her at SharaN@jfnnj.org, or go to JFNNJ.org/supplies.

Volunteers also are needed for “Backpacks for Jersey City” in Congregation B’nai Jacob’s parking lot, on Tuesday, August 25, at 11 a.m. It is a partnership with JFNNJ and Jersey City’s Assemblywoman Angela McKnight. Of the 1,800 backpacks JFNNJ is assembling, 300 will be distributed to children in Jersey City. For more information, email Rabbi Bronwen Mullin at rabbibnaijacob@gmail.com.

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