Office of Volunteer Services

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Bill Crosby, Director

Phone:            908-704-6358
Fax:
908-575-3956
Mail:
27 Warren Street, First Floor, Somerville, NJ 08876
Email:
Crosby@co.somerset.nj.us

 

Recruits people of all ages who would like to volunteer their time and talents to assist various county departments and/or programs, and will assist anyone interested in volunteering in general.

  • Oversees the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
  • Conducts the Handyman Project, Money Management Program, Tax Filing Assistance Program, Tutoring Program, Fall Clean-Up Program.
  • Operation Freedom, a free legal-services program for active-duty military personnel and their families.
  • Recruits volunteers for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). 

 

Please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Bill Crosby at 908-704-6358 or Crosby@co.somerset.nj.us to volunteer for any of the following services we offer:


Fall Clean-up

In the fall, the Handyman Program sponsors an annual leaf clean-up. Volunteers of all ages donate their time on a Saturday in November to rake and bag leaves for frail elderly, homebound, or disabled residents.

Handyman Program

The Handyman Program provides support services, in the way of minor household repairs, to seniors and disabled citizens of Somerset County. The goal of this program is to provide support for residents who wish to live safe and independent lives in their own homes. Volunteers attend monthly meetings. Jobs are discussed at meetings and listed on a password protected website. For services call 908-541-5715.

Money Management

Working in conjunction with the NJ Dept. of Health and Senior Services, the Office of Volunteer Services recruits and trains volunteers to provide daily money management assistance to low-income seniors and residents with disabilities that have limited financial resources. The goal of this program is to develop and implement early intervention services as an alternative to guardianship for these residents. Oversight of the program is provided by the NJ Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

Operation Freedom

The Office of Volunteers Services works with a group of volunteer lawyers to provide free legal services to local servicemen and women and their families with legal problems that have arisen due to their military service. These may include employment, credit, and landlord-tenant issues, among others. The service was first activated in April 2003, shortly after the start of the Iraq War.

Somerset County servicemen and women and their immediate families are eligible for the free legal services program. This includes members of the National Guard and Reserves, as well as military personnel while on active duty.  

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national program funded by the Corporation for National Service, which helps people age 55 and older utilize their talents, time, skills, and lifelong experiences to help others in the community.

RSVP participants can choose to volunteer from just a few hours to over 40 hours per a week for a variety of programs. Locally there are more than 400 active volunteers working in over 80 agencies. RSVP volunteers receive Personal, Liability, and Excess Automobile Accident insurance for their volunteer activities. 

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions, about their health insurance. SHIP is a statewide program administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Volunteer counselors, trained in areas of health insurance coverage and benefits that affect Medicare beneficiaries, provide information and assistance for dealing with claims and in evaluating health insurance options.

Volunteer counselors do not provide legal advice, sell, recommend, or endorse any specific insurance product, agent, insurance company or plan. They provide information and assistance to enable an individual to make an informed decision. Counseling is free of charge.

The Office of Volunteer Services recruits volunteers for this program.  Volunteers of this program assist Medicare and Medicaid recipients to complete forms, choose prescription plans, and other tasks. Volunteers must attend training provided by the State of New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

For more information on how to access SHIP services visit the SHIP website .

Special Events

The Office of Volunteer Services coordinates volunteer assistance for county offices and non-profit organizations that need additional help for mailings, special events, or projects. 

Tax Filing Assistance

The Office of Volunteer Services recruits and trains volunteers to provide free tax counseling for eligible residents of Somerset County. Preference is given to seniors and disabled residents. Training is done the first full week of January. Volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Assistance is provided annually to eligible residents for federal and New Jersey state income-tax returns and for the New Jersey Home Rebate Program. The program is sponsored by AARP and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Appointments are scheduled February 1 through April 15 at convenient locations around the county. 

Tutoring Program

The Office of Volunteer Services recruits volunteers to be tutors for students in grades K-12 who are in danger of falling behind in their classes. Students must be referred to the program by a teacher or guidance counselor. Volunteers are needed for all subjects.