The Ridgewood Community

Village of Ridgewood

Municipal Government
131 N Maple Avenue, Ridgewood NJ 07450
201-670-5500
Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday – closed
www.ridgewoodnj.net

See web site or phone for information on Events, Departments, Services.

Volunteer Fair Committee

Volunteer Fair Committee Pictured from left to right – front row Roberta Panjwani (Ridgewood Library), Marianne Bennett (Share House), Robin Ritter (Ridgewood Library), Kathy Cannarozzi (Ridgewood Library), Claudia Botz (Share House), Sue Ullrich (Ridgecrest Senior Housing), Back row – Sheila Brogan (co-chair Age Friendly Ridgewood), Kay Roelke (Ridgewood Library volunteer), Beth Abbott (co-chair Age Friendly Ridgewood) Not pictured: Alice Kann, Jim Sutherland, Gwenn Hauck

Community Programs

Ridgewood Community Center
131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-670-5500 ext 301
www.ridgewoodnj.net/village-government/departments/recreation/community-center

Open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed State and Federal Holidays)
The Ridgewood Community Center is located on the lower level of Village Hall. It consists of the Pat Mancuso Senior Lounge and Anne Zusy Youth Lounge. The Community Center falls under the Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department, offering a wide variety of exercise and intellectual programs for adults 55 years of age and older. Zumba Gold, Toning, Gentle Chair Yoga, Yoga Fit, Silver Strength and Motion, Men’s Fitness, Cardio Dance, No Aches/No Pains – Arthritis Class, Bridge, Mahjong, and Knit and Crochet classes are offered weekly. Exercise classes are offered at a discounted rate ($10 additional per class for non-residents). The HILT (Highlights In Leisure Time) Ridgewood Seniors Membership Group also calls the Community Center home. The HILT Seniors Group is open to Ridgewood residents only. Ping Pong, Billiards and Air Hockey are also available for open play for Ridgewood adult residents in the Anne Zusy Youth Lounge when exercise classes are not in session. Call the Ridgewood Community Center, telephone number above, to learn more about these programs or if you need further information.

Ridgewood Public Library
125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-670-5600
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/55-resources
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org

Numerous programs and services including computer and technology classes, cultural enrichment, film events, home delivery options, specialized discussion groups, books in foreign languages, 55+ resources and librarians eager to assist.

Northwest Senior Center
50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ 07450
201-445-5690
Open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

The Northwest Center is the regional senior center serving NW Bergen County. It offers a variety of movement and exercise programs for adults 60 years of age and older. Tap Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Social Dancing, Country Line Dancing, Arthritis Exercise, Cardio and Core Fitness, Silver Fit Exercise, Core Tone and Strength, Gentle Yoga, and Sun Yoga are offered weekly. Call the NW Center, telephone number above, to learn more about these programs and the schedule for classes. There is no cost to join the NW Center, free-will donations accepted for some of the dance and exercise programs.

SAVVERS Program

Bergen County SAVVERS Discount Program
One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-336-7400
www.co.bergen.nj.us/474/SAVVERS-Discount-Program

The SAVVERS Discount Program is a free program to provide discounts and services for Bergen County Seniors age 60 and over, military Veterans, Volunteers, Active Military Personnel, Emergency Responders, and their families. Each eligible person and family member who signs up for the program will receive a membership ID card to present to participating businesses and professionals in order to receive their discount. There is no cost to become a member of SAVVERS. The online catalog listing all participating businesses and professional services can be found on the web site listed above.

Education

Institute for Learning in Retirement at Bergen Community College
201-447-7100
Bergen.edu/community/institute-for-learning-in-retirement

Lois E. Marshall Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Bergen Community College, in cooperation with Elderhostel, serves the intellectual and social needs of a vibrant community of Lifelong Learners age 55 and older. Our members have a thirst for learning and intellectual stimulation. One fee entitles members to attend courses which are taught by members and experts from the larger community. Each semester’s offerings cover a broad range of academic and cultural topics. There are no tests or grades.

Ridgewood Community School
49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood NJ 07450
201-670-2777
ridgewoodrcs.ss10.sharpschool.com
email: rcs@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Offerings in subject areas: computer literacy, careers, creative arts, culinary arts, dance and movement, finance investments and the law, handcrafts, health fitness and wellness, home and real estate, languages, bridge and mahjongg, liberal arts studies, writing, music, sports, day tours, multi-day tours.

50 Plus card available for Ridgewood residents 50 and over which provides discounts on specific classes.

Elder Abuse

Adult Protective Services, Bergen County Board of Social Services
216 Route 17 North, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
201-368-4300
after hours: 1-800-624-0275

APS investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults living in the community. Reports may be made by anyone. When a report is received, APS investigates. If the report is confirmed and the person is willing to accept help, APS will identify and put in place services that can help the vulnerable person.

SAAFE, Save Abused AND Frail Elderly
Teaneck NJ
551-795-0471

Works to increase awareness, operate hotline, identify abuse, and refer cases to the proper resources.

Senior Haven for Elder Abuse Prevention
The Jewish Home Family

855-455-0555

Short term stays, discharge planning, medical care, nutrition, legal assistance. No self-referrals.

Bergen County Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)
One Bergen County Plaza. 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-7575
www.co.bergen.nj.us

ADV is Bergen County’s co-lead domestic agency, offering clinical and legal services to individuals and families struggling with domestic abuse. Also provides community outreach and education programs.

Legal Services

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Senior Citizen Law Project

Bergen County Division
190 Moore St. Suite 100, Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-487-2166

Provides free legal advice, assistance, and representation in a variety of civil law cases for eligible residents age 60 and over. Specialty areas include housing, family matters, public benefits, consumer issues and health care.

For Long Term Care Residents

State of New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly
For more information call (609) 826-5090 or 1-877-582-6995

To file a complaint:
Call Toll Free Intake Line: 1-877-582-6995
Email: ombudsman@advocate.state.nj.us
Write: The Office of the Ombudsman, P.O. Box 852, Trenton, NJ 08625-0852
www.nj.gov/ooie

The New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly is part of a national resident-focused advocacy program that seeks to protect the health, safety, welfare, and civil and human rights of older individuals in institutions. Staff and volunteers work with individual residents to help them address challenges they face.

Tax Preparation

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Toll-free Nationwide:888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)
Toll-free TTY: 877-434-7598
Email: taxaide@aarp.org

Bergen Volunteer Center Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
201-489-9454 or 2-1-1
By Appointment

NW Senior Center Income Tax Assistance
50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ 07432
201-445-5690

From early February to early April, AARP Vita trained volunteer income tax preparers are available two days a week by appointment only. Call the NW Center, phone number above, to schedule an appointment and receive a list of documents that should be brought to your appointment, so that your income tax return can be completed.

Organizations for Businesses in Ridgewood

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce
27 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood NJ 07450
201.445.2600
info@ridgewoodchamber.com
www.ridgewoodchamber.com

The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of individuals, businesses, professionals and organizations dedicated to advancing the commercial, professional, civic and general interests of our community.

The Ridgewood Guild
201-493-9911
info@ridgewoodguild.com
www.ridgewoodguild.com

Dedicated to making Ridgewood a more enjoyable place to shop, dine and visit.

Volunteer Opportunities

AARP Create the Good
www.Createthegood.org

Volunteer opportunities cataloged by AARP.

AARP Driver Safety
Zone1nj@gmail.com
www.aarp.org/ws/EO/driver-safety-programs

Teach or promote AARP Driver Safety in your local community.

Bergen County SHIP, the State Health Insurance Program/Bergen County Division of Senior Services
201-336-7413
LCross@co.bergen.nj.us
www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/sashipsite.html

SHIP is a Medicare Counseling Service. Must be people-oriented and have computer skills.

Bergen Volunteer Center
201-489-9454
info@bergenvolunteers.org
www.bergenvolunteers.org

Seeking mentors, chore volunteers, skilled volunteers and volunteer counselors for retirees.

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative-BVMI (Hackensack)
201-342-2478
www.bvmi.org

Looking for medical professionals, administrative help and volunteers that are bilingual in Spanish.

Big Brothers of Northern New Jersey
973-335-3044
information@northjeresybigs.org
www.northjerseybigs.org

Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic
973-279-3055 x250
wschwamb@bgcppnj.org
www.bgcppnj.org/volunteers

Volunteers needed to assist with arts, athletics, STEM and reading programs for children ages 5-18.

CAMP (Community Association with Ministry to People/Youth Development Program, Paterson, NJ)
973-790-0887
information@campyd.org
information@campydp.org

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
jfricke@ridgewoodnj.net

Linked to the Village’s emergency notification system and are asked to respond to emergencies if available. Training for disaster preparedness, rescue and emergency coordination is provided.

Children’s Aid and Family Services
Miannarone@cafsnj.org
www.cafsnj.org

Community Blood Services
201-803-8920
bschindo@cbsblood.org
www.communitybloodservice.org

Need helpful people to call blood donors or serve juice and cookies at blood drives.

Community Meals Inc.
201-447-8295
www.communitymealsonwheels.org

Volunteer drivers needed to deliver meals to clients who are elderly, ill or disabled (even temporarily) who cannot shop or prepare meals for themselves and who live in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ho-Ho-Kus, Allendale and Waldwick.

Covenant House NJ – Dove Learning Center
973-621-8705
www.nj.covenanthouse.org

Looking for volunteers to help with art, job coaching, tutors, musicians and nutritionlists.

Covenant House – Raphael’s Life House
908-354-4750
www.raphaelslifehouse.org

Provides an enrichment program for young homeless mothers called The Reading Hour. Readers needed!

Depot Gift Store
201-444-6120
depotgiftstore.com/volunteer-with-us/

Family Promise of Bergen County
201-833-8009
mheller@bergenfamilypromise.org
www.bergenfamilypromise.org/bfp/

Volunteer applications will be provided, looking for help in the office and other.

First Friends of New Jersey and New York
908-965-0455
info@firstfriendsnjny.org
firstfriendsnjny.org/volunteer-2/

Friends to Friends Community Church
201-652-6952
friendstofriendsCC@gmail.com
www.friendstofriendscc.org/visit_us

Gilmore Memorial Preschool, Paterson Alliance
973-977-8977

Halls that Inspire, Inc., Paterson Alliance
973-767-4912
dthompson@hallsthatinspire.org

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
201-457-1020
info@habitatbergen.org
www.habitatbergen.org

Volunteers for our construction worksite. No skills or experience is required. Tasks will vary from framing, painting, installing doors/windows/flooring, insulating the walls, sheetrocking, etc. Join our Greyhead volunteer group which is comprised of men and women ages 55 and older who volunteer on Wednesdays on our worksite.

Health Barn Foundation
201-444-2955
Stacey@healthbarnusa.com
www.healthbarnusa.com

Our organization is seeking volunteers with culinary skills and support with fundraising.

Hermitage Museum (Ho-Ho-Kus)
201-445-8311
www.thehermitage.org

Museum offers many volunteer opportunities. Those opportunities include helping with events and working with collections, docents to lead tours of the museum, friendly, enthusiastic and outgoing individuals who enjoy history/storytelling/historic preservation and working with the public; vast costume collection-anyone who is interested or has experience in textiles; gardening program.

Home Care Options, Paterson Alliance
973-523-1224 x242
Mcannarella@homecareoptions.com
www.homecareoptions.com

Looking for volunteer shoppers for the House Call Groceries for Seniors program. Also need volunteers for CHEER program for partner agency, visiting Homemaker Service of Bergen County, serving residents in Passaic and Bergen Counties and in general Northern NJ.

ITN North Jersey
201-398-6885
www.ITNNorthJersey.org

Volunteer to drive for ITN and help seniors and the visually impaired stay connected, healthy and independent.

Medicare Rights Center
212-204-6242
smorales@medicarerights.org
www.medicarerights.org

Volunteers needed to serve on a national helpline whose mission is to assist those with questions and issues related to Medicare. Located on Eighth Ave, NYC.

Neighborcare, Inc.
201-491-3333
www.neighborcare.us

Local light chore service; telephone reassurance; pet therapy service.

New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly, Volunteer Advocate Program (VAP)
609-943-4023
Deirdre.Mraw@ooie.nj.gov
www.nj.gov/ooie/

Volunteer advocates needed in nursing homes across the state.

Passaic County Court Appointment Special Advocates
973-832-4002
Erica@passaiccountycasa.org
www.passaiccountycasa.org

Looking for caring adults to advocate, facilitate and influence life changing decisions for children in the foster care system. Part of the Paterson Alliance.

Paterson Alliance
973-519-3655
ThePatersonAlliance@gmail.com
www.patersonalliance.org

The Paterson Alliance is a member-led and member-engaged organization that represents 75 Paterson nonprofits. All organizations are in need of board members. Skills for volunteers include reading program, tax preparation, advocacy and board of director’s work.

Paterson Public Library
973-321-1217
www.patersonpl.org

Summer Reading Outreach Program will recruit volunteer readers for a six week program, reading to children in Paterson.

Project Linus-Hudson/Bergen Chapter
732-553-0753
www.projectlinus.org/volunteer/volunteer.php?StateKey=NJ

The group meets at the Secaucus Public Library to make blankets and quilts for children in medical or emotional trauma. Skills needed include sewing, knitting and/or crocheting.

Read to Know
201-445-3176

Volunteers needed to read to children in day care centers; help with special events; help with acquisition; sorting and shelving of books, mainly for preschool children; people to collect books.

Ridgecrest Senior Housing
ridgecrestactivities@gmail.com
www.ridgecrestseniorhousing.org

Intergenerational volunteer opportunities are available.  Bilingual Spanish, Korean, and Russian speaking volunteers are especially needed.

Ridgewood Community School and Public Schools
201-670-2777
sstanton@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

The community school hires older adults to teach their classes. In the Public Schools help needed to read to students, help students practice their math facts, work on marketing campaigns with high school students, and help students with developing organizational skills.

Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration, Inc.
201-445-2684

Day-of volunteers, help with pre-event preparation.

Ridgewood Historical Society/Schoolhouse Museum
201-447-3242
ridgewoodhistoricalsociety@verizon.net
www.ridgewoodhistoricalsociety.org

Volunteers needed for a variety of things such as a docent, fundraising assisting at special events, data entry, work with artifacts, storage and repair.

Ridgewood Public Library ESL Volunteer Program
201-670-5500 x133 Victoria Hilditch
vhilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org

We need tutors for adults. No teaching experience needed.

Ridgewood YMCA
201-444-5600
clivingstone@ridgewoodYMCA.org
www.ridgewoodymca.org/volunteer

Volunteers needed to assist with specialty classes for cancer survivors and Parkinsons patients, aqua classes for people with mobility issues, kids sports and fitness classes, marketing, membership and general office help, outreach to members and fundraising.

SCORE Northeast New Jersey
201-336-6069
contact.northeastnj@scorevolunteer.org
northeastnj.score.org

Volunteers needed for business, training, organization, administration.

Share Houses, Share Inc.
201-670-9605
shareofficeinfo@yahoo.com
www.shareridgewood.org

Share is looking for a variety of volunteers including working with senior citizens. Must be good with people, computer skills welcome, guest chefs, gardeners, writers and discussion leaders, yoga instructors and arts and crafts leaders.

Social Service Association of Ridgewood and Vicinity
201-444-2980
administrator@ssaridgewood.org
www.ssaridgewood.org

Needs volunteers for transporting food from local markets to our pantry at Ridgewood train station and shelving food in the pantry.

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation: AmeriCorps Program
973-710-3900 x488
egrote@stpaulscdcnj.org
www.stpaulscdcnj.org

Members serve as after school youth program assistants, mentors, case manager aids and beyond. This volunteer opportunity requires a one year commitment.

United Way of Passaic County
973-279-8900 x205
leslies@unitedwaypassaic.org
www.unitedwaypassaic.org/volunteer

Volunteer in a number of ways including reading to a classroom in Passaic County, helping with food drives, assisting in toy and mitten collection in November/December, FAFSA volunteers, tax prep volunteers or even pitching in to help with annual fundraising event dinner.

Valley Homecare and Hospice
201-291-6000
lgaliot@valleyhealth.com
www.valleyhealth.com/

Volunteers needed to provide companionship to homebound patients and their families in Bergen and Passaic Counties. Talk to patients about their families, play cards or games, offer respite to families so they can take a break from caregiving. Office volunteers, pet therapy and bereavement visits and assist with Journeys Program.

Valley Hospital
201-447-8137
LTORTOR@valleyhealth.com
www.valleyhealth.com

Caring and compassionate volunteers needed. Skills needed include clerical/computer skills, talented crafters, knitters, crocheters and musicians.

YWCA of Bergen County (Ridgewood)
201-444-5600
www.ywcabergencounty.org

LGBT Resources

Sage
212-741-2247
www.sageusa.org
email: info@sageusa.org

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders
New York, several locations

General Support and Information

NJ 211
Phone 2-1-1
www.NJ211.org
info@nj211.org

NJ 2-1-1 can help you find solutions to personal needs by informing you of resources in your community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.

NJ Foundation for Aging

www.njfoundationforaging.org/aging-insights
Broadcasts 30 minute TV programs about the issues that impact the lives of seniors, boomers and caregivers. Can be viewed online or on some TV stations.

www.njfoundationforaging.org/renaissance-magazine
Quarterly digital magazine accessible to all on website.

Autumn Years Magazine and periodic Expos of Bergen County opportunities and services
www.AutumnYearsMag.com
Autumnyearsmagazine@gmail.com

Bergen County Division of Senior Services
1 Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-7400
877-222-3737
www.co.bergen.nj.us

If you are an adult 60 or over, an adult with a disability 18 or over, or a family member/caregiver contact the Division of Senior Services for information on available services through the county and the state.

Bergen County United Way and NJ 211
6 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
201-291-4051
www.bergenunitedway.org
www.nj211.org

211 is a 24/7 information/referral and intakes for various government programs including LIHEAP for energy/utilities assistance.

Center for Food Action
192 West Demarest Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631
201-569-1804
www.cfanj.org

Emergency food, housing, utility assistance, advocacy, and other services for low-income individuals and families in Bergen and upper Passaic Counties.