Non Profit Wish Lists

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“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”   - Mr. Rogers

You can help local non-profit organizations by donating needed items so they can spend more of their fundraised dollars on programs or services for the people and causes they serve. Thank you for your generosity!


Benny’s Bodega
Benny’s Bodega is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, located in Newton NJ. Set up like a store, the Bodega offers hard working people who are struggling, a place to “shop” for basic needs items free of charge. Our target population is the A.L.I.C.E (Asset limited, income constrained, employed) population, the people working hard but not making enough to get by, while simultaneously making too much to receive any government assistance.

•    Monetary Donations
•    Shoprite/Walmart/Amazon Gift Cards
•    Laundry Detergent. Dish Soap
•    Deodorant, Shampoo, Body Wash
•    Perishable and Non Perishable Foods
•    Cleaning Supplies
•    Diapers
Contact: Benjamin Davey or Heather Davey, Founders
Phone: 973-531-7582

Birth Haven
Birth Haven is an independent, nonsectarian, 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, located in Newton NJ. We provide shelter, support and education for homeless, pregnant women and girls.
•    Gift Cards: Shoprite, Walmart, Kohl’s, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Amazon
•    Diapers size newborn to 3
•    Baby Wipes
•    Cleaning supplies, Laundry Detergent, Dish soap
•    Baby clothing size newborn-12 months

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Collecting brand new gift prizes or gift certificates for use in our upcoming fundraisers
•    Seasonal outdoor clean up, decorating and planting

Contact: Tina Magarino
Phone: 973-579-7979

Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad, Inc. (BARKS)
Our mission is to provide shelter, veterinary care and find permanent placement for our occupants of stray, abandoned and displaced cats and dogs. We are a no-kill shelter and promote alternative methods of reducing animal overpopulation such as affordable adoption and spay/neuter programs. Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad, Inc. (BARKS) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based, federally-designated 501c3 charity organization, subsisting fully on donations from the communities we serve. We have been serving our communities since 1973.

•    Gift cards to food stores to purchase cleaning supplies. 
•    Gift cards to Pet Stores to purchase pet foods, litter, treats and pet supplies. 
•    Gift cards to Lowes or Home Depot for repairs and upgrades needed for the shelter.
•    All monetary donations are appreciated--we exist on the public’s generosity to continue our mission.
•    Please consider BARKS if your company matches contributions or donates work hours to benefit our organization.  
•    Our current goal is to expand our shelter so we can help more cats and dogs in need.  This means we are in need of sponsors, foundations and grant opportunities to assist in funding this endeavor.  We are looking for a new location with more property to allow us more area for dog runs and for additional cats with special needs.  This plan will require community support through corporate contributions, sponsorships for specific projects, individuals, giving programs, matching grants, products, services, volunteers and any other funding opportunity.

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Volunteers needed: to assist on adoption days, help care for cats and dogs at the shelter and cats at Pet Smart in Newton.  
•    Volunteers needed to assist with painting, re-fresh the shelter, small handyman repairs, maintaining the grounds. 
•    Volunteers needed to assist with seasonal fundraisers, mailers and transport for large items throughout the year (box truck, pick-up truck).
•    Perhaps you have a special skill or trade you would like to share.  Specific professional experience such as legal, computer expertise, engineering, architect, planner and renovations/construction.
•    We also love to have young adults, over 18 or with an adult, offering volunteer hours.

Contact: Darlene O’Connell

Phone 973-300-3185

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Paterson (Catholic Family and Community Services Program, Franklin, NJ)
Since 1946, CFCS has been serving people in need throughout Sussex, Morris, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. As a multi-social service agency, we serve to provide professional social services to those who are marginalized, in crisis, and struggling to achieve self-sustainability. By meeting the basic human needs of food, shelter, and clothing, and providing  education, advocacy, and community building, CFCS fulfills our mission to serve those in need in our communities. 

•    One-meal canned food--such as ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.
•    Sweetened box cereal
•    Pasta
•    Pasta sauce
•    Canned beets/potatoes/black beans/kidney beans
•    Dried beans
•    Canned soup
•    Side dishes--such as Knorr, Rice-a-Roni
•    Peanut butter and jelly
•    Pudding/Jello
•    Crackers

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Food pantry- we need help to stock shelves in pantry, walk clients through pantry
•    Meals on Wheels program - we need volunteers to deliver meals to seniors in Sussex County
•    Thrift Shop- we need help in sorting clothing, pricing items, checking out customers
Kathy Talmadge:
Barbara Gaschler:
Phone:973-209-0123 (Ext. 1 Meals on Wheels and Thrift Shop, Ext. 2 Food pantry)

The Center for Prevention and Counseling
The Center for Prevention and Counseling, a non-profit agency situated in Newton, NJ, has been delivering services for half a century. Our mission is to promote health, hope and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. Our range of services spans prevention, clinical counseling, and recovery support teams. These services are trauma-informed and accessible to individuals of all cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, ages, genders and sexual orientations.

•    Markers
•    Card Stock
•    Lamination sheets
•    K-cup Coffee Pods
•    Bottled water (cases of individual bottles)
•    Disposable coffee cups with lids
•    Healthy snacks (individually packaged) 
•    Gift certificates to local supermarkets, produce stands, gas stations, local restaurants/eateries, Walmart/Amazon
•    Perennials and mulch for entranceways 
•    Cash donations for client/participant needs not funded by grants

Volunteer opportunities:
•    Painting
•    Photographing events
•    Clean up crew – parking area
•    Recycling 

Contact: Michele Wolf
Phone: (973) 383-4787

Family Promise of Sussex County 
Family Promise of Sussex County has been serving the community for over 25 years.  Our vision is that every individual and family shall have a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.  It's our mission to secure housing sustainability for those in crisis because everyone deserves a home.   
•    Monetary donations are always welcomed! 
•    Volunteers needed to assist with events and everyday tasks 
•    Brand new winter coats 
•    Brand new hats, gloves, and scarves 
•    Brand new toiletries 
•    Women’s hygiene items (including those for teens) 
•    Shelf-stable food items for our food pantry (especially individual serving items and pop-top cans) 
•    Need help shopping? Visit our DreamList! Items will ship directly to us.

Contact: Suzanne Streeter or Jamie Bills 

Email: or 
Phone: 973-579-1180

Father John's Animal House
For 25 years, our primary purpose has been to find homes for otherwise homeless animals. While in our care they will benefit from love, shelter, food, socialization, and medical care until permanent, loving homes can be found. We are combatting pet homelessness more than ever with our low-cost spay/neuter clinic and Lean on Leon program!

•    Monetary donations are always welcome!
•    Canned food for kittens and for cats (turkey or chicken pate)
•    Dry kitten food and dry adult cat food (turkey or chicken flavor)
•    Canine pill pockets
•    Paper towels
•    Tall kitchen trash bags

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Dog walking
•    Cat socializers
•    Kitten fosters

Contact: Garret Barcheski or Rhianna Montanez Velez
Phone: 973-300-5909

Foodshed Alliance
Paulins Kill Watershed Community

The Foodshed Alliance’s Paulins Kill Watershed Community welcomes volunteers for help building a healthy Paulins Kill Watershed.  It is a lot of fun for those who like the outdoors and to get their feet wet!

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Water Quality Testing: Is our water getting healthier?  Get your feet wet and become a community scientist to find out.  Our data is sent to NJDEP and used for Clean Water Act compliance reports.
•    Floodplain Forestry: Spend a few hours with your group or team caring for trees.  They are planted to create wildlife habitat, shade water and prevent erosion. Learn about riparian ecology.  Perfect for groups Spring or Fall.
•    River Friendly Farms: Calling all farmers!  Display RFF certification proudly on your farm and on products.  This free program rewards you for being good stewards of your land and our watershed.
•    NJDEP Road Salt Study: Each year more salt is put on roadways. It builds up in our waters and can harm folks drinking water and aquatic life.  Test your water with us.  
•    Paulins Kill Watershed Cleanups: Do some locations in your town always seem to need a little more TLC?  Let us know and we will help you plan a cleanup event.  
•    More available at 

Contact: Chris Dunbar

Ginnie’s House
Ginnie's House serves children in Sussex County. A CAC hosts a legally defensible forensic interview, and provides therapy and family assistance to victims of child abuse. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a nationally-accredited full member of the National Children's Alliance.

Our current needs can be found here:
•    Board Games: NEW family-friendly board games are used for prevention and awareness events as well as with our clients during therapy.
•    Snacks: Single-serving snacks and mini water bottles.
•    We also have an Amazon wish list, which updates periodically – so keep checking!

Volunteer Opportunities:
Ginnie’s House is ALWAYS looking for volunteers and supporters! Our volunteers attend public events, and help with many awareness & fundraising activities. Contact Andrea if you’re interested in being a part of our FUN volunteer group!

Contact: Andrea Ryker, Community Resource Director
Phone: 973-579-0770
The Gunnar J. Bigley Foundation
The Gunnar J. Bigley Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that provides scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement, ROTC, armed services, and/or any other careers that serve our community. We also support local law enforcement by funding programs and promoting community service. Our nonprofit could not function without the support of the community. 

•    Monetary Donations are always welcome!    
•    Shoprite/Walmart/Amazon Gift Cards
•    Our Amazon list: 
•    Sponsors for 2024 to help fund events
•    Donations of food and drink items for specific events (2024 Psychic Medium Event   11/10/24). 
•    Donations of any kind for a tricky tray to be held at our 2024 Psychic Medium Event
•    We have opened an apparel store through f&t custom designs. Please consider supporting our cause by purchasing some great apparel items!
•    Sneaker collection- new and used sneakers can be dropped off at Alpha Fitness, Newton Recycling Center, Philly Pretzel Factory- Hackettstown, and Atilis Fitness in Panther Valley. Contact us if those locations do not work for you or you no longer see a donation bin at these locations. 

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    We are in need of volunteers who would be willing to reach out to individuals and businesses to obtain items that can be utilized at a tricky tray to be held at our 2024 Psychic Medium Event
•    We are in need of volunteers who would be willing to reach out to individuals and businesses in order to get sponsors that would be willing to sponsor our mission

Contact: Donna Bigley and Rachel Pier

Hardyston Historical
We are a brand-new historical society located in Hardyston Township looking to preserve, maintain and educate people on a variety of historical sites in Sussex County. 

Volunteer Opportunities:
Currently we’re looking to grow our team of volunteers, specifically on the following projects.
•    Franklin-Hamburg Trail - 2-mile trail section
•    Save the Zinc Co Palmer Plant - historical site preservation
•    Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg - historical site preservation
Please visit our project page for more information:

Contact: Bill Truran
Phone: 973-769-2361

League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

•    Monetary donations always welcome and so appreciated!
•    Envelopes
•    Post cards (plain or neutral images)
•    Forever stamps
•    Printer/copy paper
•    Portable Speaker
•    Portable microphone
•    InkJet Scanner Printer (color)

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Registering and educating voters at events (especially the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in Aug.)
•    Programs & Events organization
•    Fundraising/Sponsorship expertise
•    Video recording and broadcasting for candidate forums
•    Historical/archival documentation and digitization support – we have LWVSH records from 1950s till present that need categorization, digitization and labeling

Contact: Kimberly Noel, President
Phone: 973-919-6944

Peace by Piece NJ, Inc.
Peace by Piece NJ is a DDD approved 501c3 non-profit organization driven to enhance the lives of those faced with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. Our goal is to provide lifelong support and services through a community center as well as housing options that will promote lasting friendships and a superior quality of life for its precious individuals. 

•    Monetary Donations
•    Healthy Snacks, gluten free snacks, water bottles, healthy juices
•    Gift Cards
•    Kitchen products: Paper towels, napkins, paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives
•    Notepads
•    Post it notes.
•    Printer paper
•    Expo markers
•    Scissors 

Volunteer Opportunities: 
•    Outreach Events
•    Monthly Fundraising Events

Contact: Michael Nebbia, Event/Fundraising Coordinator
Phone: 973-500-8408 extension 1004

The SMILE of Hopatcong
The Steven Milford Independent Living Experience (SMILE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities as they face the challenges of adulthood.

•    Couch/love seat combination for one of our homes
•    Gift cards to local attractions

Volunteer opportunities:
•    Volunteers for our weekly recreation activities
•    Special Olympics Track and Field Practice -Mondays- (starting March 25th through June 10th) 4:30 Hopatcong High School- weather dependent
•    SMILE Rec Night -Tuesdays- 5:30 pm- Hopatcong Senior Center 
•    Special Olympics Bowling practice- Wednesdays- 6pm -Circle Lanes

Contact: Susan Weiland, Director of Community Affairs
Phone: 862-707-8188

Sparta Education Foundation
The Sparta Education Foundation was founded in 2006 as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit NJ corporation dedicated to enriching the educational experience for students in Sparta's public schools. The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of trustees comprised of Sparta   residents.

•    Monetary donations are always welcome! Please Venmo us @SpartaEducation Foundation or send check to: 270 Sparta Avenue - Suite 104 PMB 126 Sparta, New Jersey 07871

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Events: 
o    4th Annual Cornhole Tournament on June 23rd
o    18th Annual Turkey Trot on November 28th at Lake Mohawk
•    Photographers for events
•    Board Members

Contact: Heather Egli, President 
Email: or (for volunteer opportunities)

Sparta Historical Society a/k/a Van Kirk Homestead Museum
Sparta Historical Society, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation whose Mission is to preserve local arts, history and natural sciences while presenting their wonder to the community through diverse museum exhibits and educational programs.

•    Paper
•    Printer ink

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Second and fourth Sunday open houses 1-4pm – greeter, room watch/guide
•    Weeding/working in gardens
•    Attend essential monthly committee meetings such as programs, exhibits, education, buildings/grounds.
•    Data entry for PastPerfect museum software
•    Data entry for QuickBooks
•    Housecleaner – twice a month
•    Insurance guru – annual task
•    Social media and marketing

Contact: MaryAnne Francisco
Phone: (973)726-0883

Sparta UNICO
The Sparta Chapter of UNICO International, established in 1998, is a true 501c3 non-profit organization based in Italian Ancestry that has provided funds to Sussex County children suffering with serious health challenges from heart problems to cancer to other health issues that make it difficult to have a normal life. We also provide scholarships to High School graduates only from Sussex County. We provide Food Banks and families in Sussex County with monetary donations and food.  UNICO is centered on ‘Service above Self’ and promotes our Italian Heritage and the good that is inherent in us and what we have done for this country.

•    Members with Italian Ancestry looking to ‘give back’ to the community. 
•    Monetary donations to help support the many charitable causes.
•    Auction Items for our events that will generate funds for our charities.

Upcoming Events:
•    Easter Egg Hunt – Mohawk School – 3/30/24
•    25th Anniversary Celebration - 4/25/24 - Perona Farms (All are Welcome).
•    Sparta Day – Station Park - Sat 6/8/24 
•    Italian Festival – Lafayette Village – Day of Games & Food – Fall 2024 
•    Golf Outing – 10/7/2024 – Lake Mohawk Golf Country Club
•    Columbus Day Monument Ceremony – 10/14/24
•    November 2024 – Turkey & Food Donations.
•    Other events where the public is always welcome.  

Contact: Ray Shupak, President
Phone: 862-266-7039

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council
Our mission is to foster and promote the artistic and cultural vitality of Sussex County. 

•    Monetary donations
•    Exhibition/reception sponsors
•    UV Coating for front windows
•    Updated electrical
•    Updated Printers – professional grade
•    Printer Ink
•    Notepads & post-it notes
•    White copy/printer paper
•    Large format printer
•    New Cabinetry, and some with locking cabinets

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Grant writers
•    Volunteers for events and fundraisers
•    Potential Board Members
•    Marketing person(s)
•    Sponsors for events, exhibition/receptions 
•    Class & workshop instructors

Contact: Andrea Moore, Office Administrator
Phone: 973-383-0027

Sussex County YMCA
Our Mission: Strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Ongoing Needs:
•    Monetary Donations - Financial assistance keeps the Y accessible for children, adults, and families who need us most. When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
•    Volunteers for Y events
•    Board Members

•    Office Equipment:
o    Wireless printer/ink 
o    Flyer Display Stands
•    Sports Equipment:
o    Gymnasium benches for spectators
o    Regulation Basketballs 24
o    Youth basketballs 12
o    Pickleball equipment to include: rackets, balls, nets
o    Regulation footballs 6
o    Archery equipment: Bows for youth and adults, arrows, targets
o    Art and craft supplies for Adult and Youth programming
o    Obstacle course equipment
•    Offsite Mobile Fitness Equipment: 
o    Balls (stability/yoga)
o    Bands
o    Gliders
o    Sand bells 
o    Mobile     bluetooth sound system 
•    Miscellaneous:
o    8 ft. W x 10 ft. D Metal Outdoor Storage Shed 80 sq. ft.

Contact: Edith Lynch, Associate Executive Director
Phone: 973-209-9622

Sussex-Warren Human Resource Management Association
Sussex-Warren HRMA is your local chapter of SHRM, serving HR Professionals who live and/or work in Sussex County, Warren County and the surrounding areas. We offer our members relevant programming events, legislative updates, volunteer leadership opportunities, and of course, networking with colleagues.

Volunteers to help with mentorship, sponsorship, student outreach and more are needed. If you have any interest or talents you want to share, we will be happy to find a spot for you. We are also always looking for sponsorships to help make our meetings and events a great success. Volunteering with our chapter helps build your career. You'll develop new skills, expand your contacts, and feel good about contributing to the growth of chapter members--yourself included. Our goal is to help you develop your career as you help us provide vital services to our members. 

Contact: Jessica Getz, Chapter President
Phone: 908-894-8246

Tamerlaine Sanctuary & Preserve
The organization's mission can be divided into three key components: caring for abused and neglected farm animals; educating about animal protection and environmental ethics; advocating for a compassionate society.

•    cat food-wet
•    cat litter
•    towels
•    fitted twin sheets
•    blankets
•    pumpkins
•    produce
•    straw bales
•    gift cards
•    Financial donations can be mailed to: 141 Clove Road, Montague, NJ 07827 or made online via:!/donation/checkout

Volunteer Opportunities:
•    Volunteers accepted 7 days a week to clean, muck, paint, plant, and more! Sign up here:

Contact: Chrissy Romeo, Development Manager
Phone: 917-697-4513

The Weekend Bag Program Inc.
The Weekend Bag Program Inc. is a kid-founded and run 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to provide students going home from school over the weekend with food and hygiene items they otherwise would not have. The program is designed to be anonymous so as not to add any additional stress on the student. We are continuing to provide for students where the free assisted meal programs don’t reach.

•    Monetary donations
•    Walmart, Weis Markets, Shoprite and Amazon gift cards
•    Non-perishable food items from our list on our website
•    Hygiene items from our list on our website
•    Laundry Soap (pods preferred- lighter and easier to carry in the bags)

Volunteer Needs:
•    Packing & preparing weekly bags
•    Accepting, logging, and putting away product donations and deliveries at our warehouse space
•    Bulk order pickup
•    Website & social media content creator and maintenance
•    Fundraising & Event Committee
•    Fundraising help as needed

Contact: Olivia Costello or Magdalen Costello
Phone: 833-543-7224 (833-KIDSBAG)

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