Volunteer Work — Who We Helped

Each semester the students are presented with a list of different nonprofit groups to vote for, based on the class votes we organize our volunteer efforts. We strive to give the students a wide array of choices; ranging from social, economic and environmental issues. Each organization we volunteer for presents an opportunity for us to educate the students about that particular cause/issue which in turns helps to create a greater sense of self within the community and the world. Below is a list of the organizations we have helped thus far.


The H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools class conducted a morale boosting effort for our U.S. Troops. The students learned about how something as simple as writing a letter to a Serviceman or Servicewoman can cheer up their day. That with just a few words of kindness, a heartfelt thank you, sharing of thoughts and details from life at home in the States can serve to raise the spirits and warm the hearts of those brave souls that are fighting on our and others behalf to make the world a better and safer place for all.

We would like to thank Any Soldier (Marty Horn) for making it possible for us to get these letters out to the Troops. By providing the addresses to us as well as others, Mr. Horn's organization works tirelessly to contact the troops and maintain an updated database of their locations and needs. Thank you again for all your help.

The students constantly amaze me with their passion and willingness to help others. I am proud of all of you!

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the Service Men and Service Women for everything they have done for our way of life and defending our freedoms. If anyone is "fighting to make a difference" it is our Troops!

Fall 2009 UPDATE: Our students sent out over a dozen letters and care packages to the Soldiers.

Spring 2010 UPDATE: Our students sent out over two dozen letters and care packages to the Soldiers.

Fall 2010 UPDATE: Our students sent out over a two dozen letters and drawings to the Soldiers.





Fall 2009 UPDATE: Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students lend the Newark First Avenue Boys and Girls Club a hand. We were all very happy to help Miss Curry and her team with putting together an amazing amount of food for two families that have found themselves in need of a little help to get them through a tough set of circumstances.

I am very proud of how quickly the students stepped up to help the Boys and Girls Club. The students constantly amazes me with their generosity and spirit. Keep up the amazing work!

Fall 2010 UPDATE: Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students spent the afternoon teaching Newark First Avenue Boys and Girls Club students. Fun was had by all as the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students along with Sensei Jim had a chance to teach the Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students the Martial Arts.  The H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students did a great job teaching back what Sensei Jim showed them in the months prior.


















www.branchbrookpark.org


Fall 2010 UPDATE: 
Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students spent the afternoon at Branch Brook Park
helping Alyson Nash and Dan Salvante clean up nearly 2 acres of land. The students work together as a team cleaning the weeds and garbage from the Lake Street side embankment along with the Little League Fields and the tree beds throughout the area. In addition Miss Nash took the time to inform the students about the various activities and events  the park offers to the community. We would also like to thank Miss Nash, Dan Salvante and Jim Lecky for making this wonderful afternoon in the park possible, the students enjoyed being outside in the fresh air in a beautiful park! Also Thank you for the candied apples! YUM!






The NJ Food Bank is one of the organizations that the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools students voted for and they were/are fast at work creating donations boxes and flyers that will help get the word out about the food drive we are conducting on behalf of the New Jersey Food Bank. We will be collecting can food and dry goods from now, October 20, 2009, through December 15, 2009.

Fall 2009 UPDATE: The students were able to collect 72 containers of applesauce, 50 packages of top ramen noodles, 36 cans of vegetables, 12 jars of peanut butter, 4 bags of almonds, 1 bag of flaxseed... the list goes on!

Fall 2010 UPDATE: Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students set up a school wide Can Food Drive for the New Jersey Food Bank. A client of Sensei Jim's (Mally Beauty) was so impressed with what the students set out to accomplish they decided to donate an X-box 360 Kinect to the causem where one lucky winner chosen at random from the homeroom class that collected the most cans of food! This spurred the students on to collect an amazing 730 pounds of food which we delivered just in time for the Christmas Holiday. Way to go H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools team! an extra special thank you to all of the staff at Citizen Schools and to Miss Jackson the Principal at First Ave. THANK YOU!




 The JAC is one of the organizations the Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students voted for and they were/are fast at work creating donations boxes and flyers that will help get the word out about the Animal Shelter drive we are conducting on behalf of JAC. We will be collecting can food, dry food, treats, new or used toys, new or used collars and leashes even new or used clothes and animal beds.

Fall 2009 UPDATE: Our students were able to provide the JAC with 100 pounds of dog food, 75 pounds of cat food and 50 pet toys. The Citizen Schools team even made it possible (along with the JAC) to have to students go on a field trip to the shelter. The students learned about how their contributions helped the shelter. As an added bonus we got to spend some time with the animals. Thank you JAC and Citizen Schools!

Spring 2010 UPDATE: Our students:

                                                    - Created over 50 handmade toys for the JAC Animal Shelter

                                                    - Collected over a 100 pounds of dog food for the JAC Animal Shelter

                                                    - Collected over 50 pounds of cat food for the JAC Animal Shelter

The students put their H.E.A.R.T.s into the volunteer work for Salvation Army. The H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts Program kids kicked their volunteer work into high gear! Salvation Army is one of the organizations the students voted for and they were/are fast at work creating donations boxes and flyers that will help get the word out about the clothing drive we are conducting on behalf of the Salvation Army. We will be collecting new or gently used clothing items from now, October 20, 2009, through December 15, 2009.

Fall 2009 UPDATE: Our students amassed over 300 pounds of clothes that were delivered to the local, 
                              Newark, Salvation Army.





TH.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools students worked togehter as a team to help create a three course meal for the Sierra House residents to enjoy. I am so proud of all the hard work the students put into accomplish this meal. One of our showcase videos gives you a glimpse into how much everyone truly enjoyed the food but more importantly the company.

Spring 2010 UPDATE: Our students created a 3 course meal for the Sierra House Residents and their Guests. The meal included 3 trays of salad, with all the fixings, 5 pounds of Ziti, 8 pounds of fresh strawberries along with 2 pounds of blueberries and 4 pound cakes to complete the desert not to mention a large case of Snapple Ice Tea to wash it all down!





Soles 4 Souls is one of the organizations that Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students voted for and they were/are fast at work creating donations boxes and flyers that will help get the word out about the shoe drive we are conducting on behalf of Soles 4 Souls.

Fall 2009 UPDATE: The students were able to collect 100 pair of shoes for those in need.

Spring 2010 UPDATE: The students were able to collect 60 pair of shoes for those in need.






The H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts and Citizen Schools students gave the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) a helping hand with their year end mailing to all NJSO supporters. Before setting off on our volunteer work for the NJSO the students learned about the services that the NJSO provides to the the community. In addition, the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts class learned about what opportunities exists in the performing arts world for employment as well as enjoyment.

The students worked quickly to finish the task at hand, saving the NJSO team hours of work. Way to go team!!! Keep up the great work and know that I am very proud what you have accomplished.