Volunteering

Each year, Elijah’s Promise works with over 2,500 volunteers from our community to enact our mission of food changes lives! Interested in volunteering as an individual or group? We would love to host you! 

Please register and select your shift at Volunteer Hub. Sign up for available volunteer shifts at one of our three locations in New Brunswick, NJ!

Register to Volunteer

Community Kitchen

Location: 18 Nielson St, New Brunswick

Serving over 100,000 meals a year is a lot of work, and we need your help! Sign up to volunteer at the Community Kitchen where we can host up to five individuals at a time. Your volunteer shift will help us to: prepare ingredients and cook meals, serve meals to kitchen guests, and clean and prepare the kitchen and dining room for our guests to have enjoyable eating experiences.

Individuals must register for shifts at Volunteer Hub!

Please refer to the following materials before your volunteer shift to ensure that you know our policies and procedures beforehand:

  • Volunteer Policy and Procedures (PDF)Click Here
  • Volunteer Dress Guide (PDF) – Click Here
  • Welcome Student Volunteers (PDF)Click Here
  • Student Volunteer Hour In / Out Tracking Sheet (PDF)  Click Here

Still have questions for registering and preparing for your volunteer shift? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. We will get you squared away and ready to go for your shift at the Kitchen!

Bagged Breakfasts and Lunches

Looking for a convenient team building volunteer opportunity for you and your group? Preparing bagged breakfasts and lunches for guests at our Community Soup Kitchen is a excellent way to larger teams to offer their time and service to benefit our community!

Bagging meals is a great and flexible volunteer activity for youth groups, corporate teams, churches, and schools. Bagged meals can be prepared off site and delivered to 18 Nielson St. at a scheduled date and time.

Ingredients for bagged lunches to be purchased by volunteer group. Additional details for preparing bagged breakfast and lunches can be found at the links below:

Bagged Breakfast DetailsClick Here
Bagged Lunch DetailsClick Here

To sign up for a bagged meal volunteer opportunity, please email volunteer@elijahspromise.org. Thank you for your support!

Promise Garden

Location: Across from 52 Tabernacle St, New Brunswick

Community Gardening is a labor of love and offers a great opportunity for volunteers and residents to learn about food production, beekeeping, and composting in the heart of downtown New Brunswick!

Individual Volunteering

Register at Volunteer Hub as an individual for upcoming garden shifts!

Team Volunteering

The Promise Agriculture Team can host groups of up to 20 individuals at a time at Promise Garden. For groups over 10+ people, we suggest a team donation of $300 to cover garden and staffing expenses for larger group sizes.

To schedule a team workday, please contact Andrew Schlesinger with specific dates, times, and the size of your volunteer group. We look forward to gardening you soon!

Promise High Tunnel

Location: Behind 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick at Rutgers University Cook Campus.

Want to gain experience growing food for the Community Kitchen at Elijah’s Promise’s newest site? Sign up for a volunteer shift at Promise High Tunnel through Volunteer Hub. 

Learn how to grow food from seed to harvest, help us to maintain our rows of vegetables, and participate in food production workshops. All food from Promise High Tunnel goes directly to serving our Community Kitchen and Culinary Programs.

Individual Volunteering

Register at Volunteer Hub as an individual for upcoming high tunnel shifts!

Team Volunteering

The Promise Agriculture Team can host teams of up to 20 individuals at Promise High Tunnel. For groups over 10+ people, we suggest a team donation of $300 to cover farm expenses for larger group sizes.

To schedule a team workday, please contact Andrew Schlesinger with specific dates, times, and the size of your volunteer group. We look forward to farming you soon!

Register to Volunteer
You can register to volunteer online through Volunteer Hub: Register Now

Locations

You can volunteer with Elijah’s Promise at multiple locations:

Community Kitchen – 18 Nielson St, New Brunswick
Promise Garden – Across from 52 Tabernacle St, New Brunswick
Promise High Tunnel – Behind 14 College Farm Road, New

Instructions & Policies

Please read our policies and instructions before volunteering:

  • Volunteer Policy and Procedures (PDF)Click Here
  • Volunteer Dress Guide (PDF) – Click Here
  • Welcome Student Volunteers (PDF)Click Here
  • Student Volunteer Hour In / Out Tracking Sheet (PDF)  Click Here