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.
- Weekday Programs
6:00 - 7:45 am
Calvary Espicopal Church
On April 18 the Breakfast/Lunch Program will move to the
United Methodist Church of Summit, located on 17 Kent Pl Blvd in
Summit due to renovations.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
2:45 - 4:30 pm
- 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:
- Clean up
- Soliciting items for, and organizing, Live and Silent
- Food Drives for SHIP
Your organization can conduct a food drive for SHIP.
Contact SHIP at firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Brownie Points
- Edible Arrangements
- Overlook Hospital
- Gargiulo Produce
- Junior Fortnightly Club
- SAGE Meals on Wheels program
- Summit Postal Carriers
- Outback Steakhouse (Springfield, NJ)