Current Projects

Done in a Day

Done in a Day is a multi-faceted project devoted to enhancing the community though a variety of short-term, hands-on volunteer opportunities.

Done in a Day reaches a large and varied audience through the organization and implementation of mini-projects and “done-in-a-day” events. In a League year, Done in a Day reaches out to approximately 1,300 children and 700 adults. Programs include:

Chop n’ Chats –  League members prepare and serve hot meals for those in need within our community.  To-go bags are also prepared to give recipients an additional meal. This program takes place at the Salvation Army building in Montclair.

Taste of Newark – This is an annual event held in November to raise funds for scholarships for children at Newark's Link Community School. JLMN volunteers help with set-up, registration, and both the live and silent auctions.

Read Across America – In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March, JLMN volunteers visit local nursery schools in the area. This event is League wide with members from all projects coming together on this day to read to children and also distribute new books to the participating schools.

Easter Festival – An annual event held with the Salvation Army that celebrates Easter with a fun and festive get-together for local children and their families.  JLMN members manage, plan and staff the party.

There are many other 'done-in-a-day' events that occur throughout the year. Our Done in a Day events are scheduled for week days, week nights and weekends, allowing for maximum flexibility for our volunteers.

Fostering Hope

The league partners with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to work with children in New Jersey's foster care system. League trained volunteers are supporting important CASA events where the children are present. Three of the events are Adoption Day, the holiday party, and the annual aging out of foster care event. This concrete work is helping to break the cycle of abuse and hopelessness for kids being adopted and aging out of the foster care system. It is also advancing the mission of an organization the JLMN co-founded 25 years ago. In a League year, JLMN volunteers impact more than 550 children through Fostering Hope.