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Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

Serving New Jersey's Children and Their Families Since 1983

Volunteer Opportunities

Service Clubs and Organizations
ECF receives support from a variety of service clubs and organizations. There are numerous opportunities to partner with us, including conducting a food drive, hosting a fundraiser, granting holiday wishes, or sending a group to volunteer for the day.

We will be happy to send a representative to speak at your next meeting.

Kids Helping Kids
Kids are never too young to learn about philanthropy. Here are some ways to help kids with cancer in your area:

  • Have a yard sale. Sell the toys and clothing you no longer need. Do this with the neighboring kids for even more fun!
  • Collect donations at your birthday party. Many kids have plenty already, and have chosen to ask those who are attending their birthday parties to make a contribution to ECF instead of bringing a gift.
  • Open a lemonade stand. It’s a time-tested business that never goes out of style!
  • Be creative! There are lots more ways to help!

Local Opportunities
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and help out at ECF. We are always in need of volunteers for a variety of projects. Opportunities are available at all four Regional Centers:

    • Food Pantry – includes assisting in the Regional Centers’ food pantries (stocking shelves, packing groceries for families, etc.) and making food deliveries to families*
    • Administrative –  includes light typing, data entry, filing, answering phones, internet research, bi-lingual writing and other translation services for Spanish-speaking clients
    • Material Assistance – coordinating food and toy drives in your community, working a booth at our annual holiday party, creating birthday bags, helping with the regional Holiday Wish Lists, etc.
    • Events – Organize a Dress Down Day, concert, raffle, or another creative fundraiser in your community. Our Regional Directors have lots of ideas, or suggest one of your own.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please call or email the Regional Director in your area. Download the Volunteer Application Form here.

Dollars for Doers
Corporate volunteer grants, also known as Dollars for Doers grants, are programs established by companies to encourage their employees to get involved in community service.

Through volunteer grant programs, a company gives money to nonprofit organizations based on how many hours its employees spend volunteering. Nonprofit organizations benefit from the employee’s service and from the additional grant the company awards them.

Check with your Human Resources Department. Some companies that offer this program include: Verizon, Wal-Mart, Wachovia, Best Buy, Becton Dickinson, Kohl’s, Time Warner, Sam’s Club, Morgan Stanley, and many more!

Host a Fundraiser
Community events are a great way to raise awareness and collect material goods or financial contributions for ECF while enjoying the company of neighbors and friends. To share your ideas and discuss the possibilities, call or email your Regional Director.

Suggestions: Encourage guests at your wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or sweet sixteen to make a contribution to ECF in lieu of gifts Concerts, fairs, and wine & art nights (designate ECF as a recipient of part of the proceeds).

Dress Down Day
Dress Down Day is an easy and fun way to fundraise and build awareness at your school or place of work. Also known as “tag days” or “denim days”, Dress Down Days are designated opportunities for faculty and students or employees to dress more casually in return for a charitable contribution.

Recommended Contribution for Students/Faculty: $1 – $3
Recommended Contribution for Business Employees: $5 – $10

If your school or business would be interested in participating in a Dress Down Day, please email or telephone your nearest Regional Center.

Parties at your home: Host a dinner, game night, or Cash for Gold party to raise funds for a good cause. You can find any reason to host a party!

Donating to Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

One-Time Gift
Your gift for general support demonstrates a personal commitment to children with cancer and to helping families in need. ECF appreciates gifts of any size.

Memorial or Tribute
Pay tribute to someone or honor a special occasion, or honor the memory of someone special through a Memorial or Tribute gift to ECF. An acknowledgement of your charitable gift will be sent to the individual you designate, but we never reveal the amount.

Employee Giving/Matching Gifts
Many companies offer matching gift programs that double the impact of your financial contribution. Check with your company’s Human Resource Department for policies and procedures on matching gifts.

Planned Giving
Identify ECF in your will or living trust; make a charitable life insurance gift; or donate real estate, artwork or other marketable securities.

   Donate your vehicle

Often, when we learn that a friend, family member, or neighbor has a child who has been diagnosed with cancer, we don’t know what to say or how to begin to help. This list, compiled from experience and from suggestions given by Julia Reichert, director of A Lion In the House, offers 10 ways that you can help.(Please also remember that cancer treatments can span a long stretch of time–even years–so extend your hand to help as often as you are able! And, don’t forget to let them know about the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. We are here to help.)

1. Lend a hand with household chores: Offer to rake the leaves or weed the garden, take the car to the shop, pick up groceries, take a pet to the vet, etc. Families often don’t have time to take care of their chores, and having a trustworthy friend help out can be an incredible relief.

2. Volunteer to cook a meal: Even better, offer to make a bunch of meals that can be frozen and heated up quickly in a microwave or oven as needed. Find out what the patient and his/her family really like to eat. Also remember that chemotherapy can cause painful mouth sores, so in that case try to make a couple meals that are not acidic.

3. Arrange for limo vouchers or taxi vouchers (Great solution for co-workers, church/synagogue members, other group members): Whether a family has to commute two hours or 20 minutes to the hospital, an on-call limo service or taxi vouchers can help alleviate the added problem and often high cost of parking a car for several hours in a hospital parking lot.

4. Offer to babysit: Caregivers need a break, so offer to sit with the child and read, watch a movie, or keep them company while they sleep at the hospital or at home. Also, parents may need babysitters for siblings while their child is at the hospital or clinic receiving treatment.

5. (For teachers) Arrange to send notes/drawings home: Receiving mail from classmates and friends can really brighten a child’s day and warm up a stark hotel room. One homeroom teacher arranged to have paper and markers in the front of the classrooms, so that the child’s friends could write a card for her at any time. The child received a batch of cards from her friends every week, and it always cheered her up!

6. Ideas for gifts:

  • Extra pairs of soft pajamas (flannel or cotton are good for air-conditioned hospitals); button-up fronts and low pockets make it easier to deal with IV lines and spontaneous doctor exams.
  • Slipper socks.
  • A special, soft blanket or squishy pillow (the blankets and pillows at the hospital aren’t the most comfortable).
  • Activity or storybooks: there’s a lot of hurry up and wait on treatment days or while the patient is hospitalized. Find out what the child likes to read and do for fun.

7. Appoint a spokesperson: Families are often bombarded by calls to check up on the child’s condition. Work with the family to appoint a spokesperson to be the go-to-person for information and updates.

8. Siblings need attention, too: When the sick child is confined to the house, offer to take the other siblings on a walk, window-shopping, or to the movies. Find out what the siblings like to do. Don’t pry with questions about the family, but be ready to listen and reassure.

9. Listen and Be Sensitive: Don’t wear the parents out with questions. Don’t bring up tough questions unless the parents/caregivers offer to go there. If a parent has lost a child, don’t say “Well, she/he is in a better place now.” or “I know how you feel.” Most parents feel that there is no better place for their child than with his/her family, and unless you really have lost a child yourself, you can’t possibly understand.

10. Stay in touch! Don’t avoid the family because you don’t know what to say or do. If you’re nervous, send a card! If you want to help and don’t know what to do, ask someone who is close to the family.