The Giving Network makes more than 1000 deliveries annually of food, furniture and household goods to needy families across Somerset County. This 100% volunteer organization serves individuals and social service organizations including Agape House, Somerville; Somerset Youth Shelter, Bridgewater; Passages, Bridgewater; Alternatives, Raritan; Project Outreach, Somerville; The Reformed Church of Bound Brook, South Bound Brook and the Food Bank Network, Bound Brook; My Place; the ARC group home; Senior Centers in Raritan and South Bound Brook, and the Division of Youth and Family Services, Somerville.
Founded in 1999 when the floods from Hurricane Floyd devastated areas in the towns of Bound Brook, Manville and Somerville, The Giving Network continued as an outreach program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills. It is now a 501 (c)3 organization with independent leadership, but we retain a very close relationship through volunteerism and financial support.
Volunteering for The Giving Network
Volunteers coordinate donor and recipient information, pick up donations, sort and repackage them, and transport them to needy recipients. These deliveries typically include household items like furniture, linens, kitchen wares and baby goods. Teen and adult volunteers are welcome! Come for a day or for a longer-term commitment.
Currently, we especially need help in these positions:
- Van drivers and helpers collecting and delivering furniture and household items.
- Food pickup from Wegmans grocery and distribution to local organizations and the Food Bank.
UUCSH Tricky Tray for The Giving Network — The State’s Best!
Each year, UUCSH hosts a Tricky Tray basket auction to raise funds for The Giving Network. The 2012 event raised more than $15,000!
UUCSH members and friends plan the event, from creating baskets for auction to soliciting business donations, baking dessert treats, handling logistics, to staffing the event. This is the major source of funds for The Giving Network.
To arrange for donation collections or deliveries:
call 908-927-9001 or email.