Spring into Action! Saturday, April 22

We are so pleased to welcome eager volunteers to Spring into Action! Our annual volunteer day has been on hiatus since 2020–but now it’s back, on Saturday, April 22. We hope you can join us! 

Making a difference in the greater Camden community is a whole lot of fun! Children are welcome. 

There are lots of different kinds of jobs at many different community partners. April 22 is Earth Day, so some of the projects involve planting and gardening, weather permitting.

Here’s how the day goes:

8 am: Welcome breakfast at Cathedral Kitchen. Enjoy a hot breakfast, mingle with other volunteers, get your Spring into Action T-shirt.
9 am to 12 noon: Service projects

  • Travel to your partner site. We’ll help you hook up with a ride from Cathedral Kitchen if you need one.
  • Tour the partner site and learn about its work.
  • Dig into your chosen project! See the project descriptions below. There’s something for everyone! 

Partner sites and projects

When you fill out the registration form, please choose the partner site where you would like to volunteer.

Cathedral Kitchen uses food to nourish people, train people, and employ people toward its mission to end hunger.

  • Volunteers: 20 (good for kids!)
  • Project: Preparing meal-to-go bags: assembling utensil packets, making PB&J sandwiches, decorating placemats


Joseph’s House of Camden seeks to holistically and individually engage people experiencing homelessness in gaining stability and control of their lives. 

  • Volunteers: 10
  • Projects: Help prepare and serve lunch, engage in conversations with guests, clean inside and out (weather permitting), do some gardening for Earth Day, sort and organize donations


Heart of Camden works to enhance the quality of life of the South Camden community through programs for housing restoration, economic expansion, and community development.

  • Volunteers: 15
  • Project: painting and spring cleaning at the MJD Fieldhouse


The Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Center fosters community in the Cramer Hill section of Camden and beyond by providing opportunities for connection, enrichment, and empowerment.

  • Volunteers: 6 (good for kids!)
  • Earth Day project: readying the 19 outdoor community garden beds for planting


Camden County Pop Up Library / Free Book Project provides open and direct access to books in impoverished or underserved communities.

  • Volunteers: 5
  • Project: Giving out books, sorting and displaying books, talking to guests at the Dollar General at 525 MLK Blvd


The NJ Tree Foundation is dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most urban neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. 

  • Volunteers: 20 (good for kids!)
  • Earth Day celebration at Gateway Park (2798 Admiral Wilson Blvd, Pennsauken Twp): plant 30 trees; engage in trail stenciling, art projects, and more.


LUCY Outreach empowers youth to form healthy relationships, make good choices, and develop into compassionate and socially responsible adults.

  • Volunteers: 20+ (good for kids!)
  • Projects: setting up and decorating the new parent/guardian alumni building, landscaping, cleaning & organizing, painting, cooking meals


Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey provides hope, help, and home for families of seriously ill children.

  • Volunteers: 12 (good for kids!)
  • Projects: planting, weeding, and cleaning up the outside grounds; readying rooms for guests, baking treats for guests


St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society promotes affordable housing and neighborhood development, encouraging people to take charge of their lives and become active community members.

  • Volunteers: 15
  • Project: Begin the process of rehabbing a former elementary school into new homes by emptying the classrooms, cafeteria, and other rooms of furniture, books, etc.