DENVILLE, NJ -- Looking for ways to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help combat the crisis and support your local community?

Denville Social Services is still open during the COVID-19 crisis. As for food pantry, however, clients cannot enter the town hall building, and donations cannot be accepted. Food pantry clients are asked to contact Social Services Coordinator Stephen Dublanica at 973-625-8300, ext. 269, who will meet with clients in the municipal parking lot for further assistance.

Furthermore, with food donations not being accepted during this time, Denville Social Services is asking for donations of gift cards instead to places like ACME and ShopRite. Gift cards and checks made out to Denville Social Services can be deposited in the mailbox at town hall.

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Township residents who wish to donate food may redirect their gifts to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains, or the pantry operated by the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover. To find other pantries and groups to donate food, contact Denville Social Services.

Among other activities, St. Clare’s Health System has also been coordinating volunteer opportunities with civic groups, such as PBA organizations, FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) and Denville Strong.

Denville Strong is a GoFundMe campaign that has currently raised more than $20,000 for health care workers since its creation a little over a week ago. To donate to Denville Strong, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/denville-strong.

As for the Denville Rotary Club, blood drives will no longer be hosted at this time. Yet, township residents are encouraged to make appointments directly with blood centers, such as Howell Donor Center, New Brunswick Donor Center, Raritan Donor Center, Keyport Donor Center, Paramus Donor Center and Scotch Plains Donor Center.

“Unfortunately, we are not sponsoring any other volunteer opportunities at this time,” said rotary member Janet Navarro.

“We will begin the process of donating to various causes shortly and will keep you apprised. For example, we just voted to give out twelve $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors. We just have to figure out whether we can give them out in person before the end of the typical school year.”

There is also the volunteer organization, the Denville Angels, that supports township residents by performing small tasks like checking in on the elderly, grocery shopping for those who are sick and quarantined, picking up prescriptions, etc. To get involved, visit them on signupgenius.com at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d44acab29a3f85-denville.

For more information on other volunteer opportunities, township residents are encouraged to attend council meetings or visit Denville’s municipal website or Facebook page.

 

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