SHIP is a team effort by committed volunteers from the community.  Individuals, local organizations, and congregations are invited to volunteer.  SHIP has many opportunities for you to help in our breakfast/bag lunch program, the weekend dinner program, and our other special and annual events found below.
How You Can Help... Volunteer!!

There are many areas where we could use your help:

  • Help prepare meals at the breakfast or dinner programs
  • Pick up and deliver food items donated by stores, schools & restaurants
  • Provide baked goods such as cookies or brownies, left over party platters or banquet foods
  • Sponsor food collections to benefit SHIP
  • Donate produce from your vegetable garden
  • Help with events such as the Annual Dinner, Food Drives and other opportunities

SHIP provides community service hour opportunities for individuals and groups.  This is a great opportunity for students to fulfill their community service requirements.

Volunteer Opportunites
  • Weekday Programs
       6:00 - 7:45 am
       Calvary Espicopal Church

    • Administration
      • Volunteer Coordinator
        While SHIP has a core group of weekly volunteers, there are usually some gaps in the schedule which require the Volunteer Coordinator to fill by contacting existing volunteers and recruiting new candidates. Estimated time commitment: 2 – 3 hours per week.
      • Public Relations Specialist
        SHIP seeks one or more individuals with writing skills who are willing to prepare press releases, write articles for the SHIP website and generate publicity via local on-line media. Estimated time commitment: 1 – 2 hours per week.
    • Operations
      • Grill Chefs
        The weekday Grill Chef arrives at about 5:30 AM to start breakfast preparations. Breakfast made to order may consist of eggs and potatoes, a breakfast meat, and sometimes pancakes or French toast. The Grill Chef is welcome to adjust the menu as SHIP resources and time allow. Estimated time commitment per visit: 2.5 hours.
      • Sandwich/Salad Makers
        The weekday sandwich makers arrive at about 6:00 AM and prepare brown bag lunches for SHIP patrons to take with them. The typical lunch consists of two sandwiches, a piece of fruit, and a dessert item. The salad maker may prepare a large bowl of fruit salad for breakfast or a large bowl of tuna or chicken salad for lunches. Estimated time commitment per visit: 2.0 hours.
  • Weekend Programs
  •    2:45 - 4:30 pm
       Oakes Memorial
    • The weekend teams plan, prepare and serve dinner to patrons beginning at Oakes Center on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Teams may bring food or they may prepare dinner using items from SHIP’s pantry. Estimated time commitment per visit: Variable.
  • SHIP Annual Dinner
    This is SHIP's largest fundraiser and usually draws over 100 people from the surrounding community. Food for the dinner is generously provided by Outback Steakhouse (Springfield, NJ).  SHIP needs volunteers for the following:
    • Setup
    • Serving
    • Clean up
    • Soliciting items for, and organizing, Live and Silent Auctions
    • Publicity

  • Food Drives for SHIP
    Your organization can conduct a food drive for SHIP.
    Contact SHIP at shipofsummit@gmail.com for an up-to-date list of SHIP's current essential needs.


SHIP is grateful to many local organizations, congregations and individuals for their support including:

  • Starbucks
  • 7-11
  • Brownie Points
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Overlook Hospital
  • Gargiulo Produce
  • Junior Fortnightly Club
  • SAGE Meals on Wheels program
  • Summit Postal Carriers
  • Outback Steakhouse (Springfield, NJ)


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