Ways to Help


Become a Volunteer


Make your mark by volunteering

Mercy Center is blessed to have over 70 volunteers that passionately dedicate their time and expertise to our various projects and programs.

Benefits of Volunteering

How to get started


Submit your personal contact

Fill out the the small contact info below. 


Receive and fill out application

We will email you the application form for you to fill out. Once completed, send it to acostello@mercycenternj.org.


You're ready to help and be apart of team

We will review your application and call to discuss the best times for you to help.

Interested in becoming our volunteer?

Mercy Center
1106 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

What they say

Mercy Center is a phenomenal organization working diligently to help those in need in the Asbury Park area. Everyone I've met through Mercy Center is enthusiastic and helpful. Please consider Mercy Center when making charitable donations or if looking for volunteer opportunities.
Cheryl Berman
Volunteer from NJ
Working in the Food Pantry, I quickly discovered the immediate need to help feed our community and offer other social services. Running a pantry takes a village. Our families trust us and know we treat them with dignity and respect!
Marci Perri
Volunteer from NJ

Host a Food drive

Food drives not only provide much-needed food for families in need, they are also a great way to raise awareness of hunger here at home.

Types of Food Drives

Fund Drive

Raise funds as part of a food drive, or at a separate event. We can accept cash, credit/debit cards and personal checks.

Traditional Food Drive

Organize a collection of non-perishable food items from our Most Needed Items list to help us keep our shelves stocked.

Virtual Food Drives

Organize a virtual food drive and donate money using our online tools, instead of buying groceries.

Shop our Amazon Wishlist

Head over to our Amazon Wishlist to shop our most urgent needs and have items delivered directly to Mercy Center. Click here

Host a Fundraiser

Help to raise funds and awareness for Mercy Center by hosting your own event.


Fill out a registration form

Please complete and submit the form on our website.

 Once done, we will contact you all the need information. 

We will work to ensure that our supporters are aware of your event through our website and social media networks whenever appropriate and within context of our food drive initiatives. 


Organize Your Event

Recruit people to help plan and organize your drive or event, as well as to get the word out and motivate your community

Decide on the dates for your drive and the location for collections. A drive can last for a specific day or 1-2 weeks.


Donate your proceeds

Once your food drive or event is over bring your proceeds to the appropriate location. Please use sturdy boxes, bags, or bins. Ensure they are not too large to lift easily and tape the base of each box securely before use. 

For cash donations, please collect the donor’s contact information so we can acknowledge their donation and send a thank you letter. 

Interested in helping?

Mercy Center
1106 Main Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712