What is the Oasis Volunteer Center?
The Oasis Volunteer Center is the central location for our outreach programs in Irvington, NJ. Community Church works in partnership with the Irvington school district and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to coordinate the three programs that are housed in the Oasis Volunteer Center: the Food Pantry, the Diaper Bank, and the Period Project.
What programs are part of Oasis?
Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is a food and groceries distribution for families in Irvington.
Diaper Bank: The Diaper Bank is a diaper distribution program for families in Irvington with children who qualify by age and birth certificate.
Period Project: The Period Project is a feminine hygiene supplies distribution for women and girls who don't have adequate access to these items
Where is the Oasis Volunteer Center located?
The Oasis Volunteer Center is on the property of University Middle School in Irvington (255 Myrtle Ave, Irvington). The Oasis building, which is heated for winter and air-conditioned in the summer, is in the parking lot behind the school on Delmar Place. Parking is available within the fence of the school parking lot.
Who can help at the Oasis?
Oasis is staffed by volunteers from Community Church, high school students from the Imani Program in Irvington, and security guards from the Irvington school district. Children are welcome to volunteer with their parents. Student volunteers can receive community service hours for their time onsite.
What do volunteers do?
During setup (which begins at 1:30pm), volunteers collate groceries into family-sized bags at the Food Pantry, divide diapers into bags for babies at the Diaper Bank, and pack supplies into discreet personal bags at the Period Project. When the distribution line opens at 4:00pm, volunteers register clients and pass out the bags to individuals and families. After the distribution ends at 5:00pm, volunteers clean up and pack away all the supplies, heading home around 5:30pm.
Do I have to choose to volunteer at only one program?
No! Many of our volunteers like to float between programs so they are helping where they're most needed. On the registration form, you can indicate if there's a particular place you'd like to help, or if you would prefer to volunteer where help is most needed at the time.
How should volunteers dress?
Volunteers should dress to be outside, whatever the month or weather forecast. Although the Oasis Volunteer Center is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer, much of the work takes place outdoors, so winter coats, rain gear, or sunscreen may be appropriate, depending on the time of year.
What are the upcoming dates to volunteer at Oasis?
Distributions through Oasis are held once a month on a Friday. Setup begins at 1:30pm, the distribution is from 4:00-5:00pm, and clean up ends around 5:30pm. Volunteers do not need to be onsite the whole time, but are asked to arrive no later than 3:30pm. Remaining dates for the 2020-2021 school year are:
2020 Dates: September 25, October 30, November 20, December 18
2021 Dates: January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 21, June 18
How can I sign up?
Use the form below to indicate who is coming and when you will be onsite. If you have any questions, please reach out to Church@CommunityChurch.org.