Volunteer at Oasis

There are so many ways that you, your family, or your team at work can volunteer to serve the needy in Paterson through one of the programs of Oasis. Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details or to schedule a tour.  You can reach them via phone at (973) 881-8307x133 or 121. 


CLICK HERE TO VIEW A LISTING OF OUR CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS.


Parking is always a challenge in our neighborhood. Click here for some options we put together for our volunteers that detail additional parking in the surrounding area in case you can't find a spot right outside the building!


You can also download our volunteer applications:


   Adult Application

Student Application (under 18)



lunch volunteers

Join the Oasis volunteer force as a regular lunch server!

  • You can come with a friend or meet new people!
  • Use it as a team-building opportunity with your co-workers.
  • Serve once a week, once a month, or once a year!

Timeframe: 11am-1:30pm each weekday


Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details. 

Adult Education Volunteers

We work with over 300 adult education students each day at Oasis.  Our full time teachers can't do it alone!  You can serve as a volunteer in the classroom in many different ways.

  • Teach a subject (Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies) to an entire class or provide one-on-one tutoring in one of our high school equivalency classes on a weekly or biweekly basis.
  • Once a month, speak conversational English in one of our ESL classes so our students can practice.
  • Volunteer in one of our Computer classes, working with small groups of students as they learn Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Mentor our Workplace Readiness students on Fridays as they improve their resumes, job hunting, and interview skills.

Timeframe: varied and flexible


Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details. 

Nurturing Center and Children's Center

Want to spend some of your time holding babies, playing with blocks, singing songs and smiling more than you could imagine?  Then join the team of Nurturing Center and Children's Center volunteers who care for the children of our adult education students while mom is in class.


We encourage weekly or biweekly commitments so the children enjoy stability and feel comfortable with the volunteers.


Timeframe: 9am-12noon or 12:30pm-3pm.


Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details. 

Food Pantry and

clothing room

Oasis receives many donations of food, clothing, and other items that we distribute to the community through our Social Services department.


We can use regular help in our food pantry and clothing room, organizing donations so they can be distributed quickly and with dignity to our students and clients. 


Timeframe: varied and flexible


Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details. 


Want to run a food or clothing drive?  You can find more info on the Food-Clothing-Diaper page.

Youth development Volunteers

There are numerous opportunities to work with the youth of Oasis.


Michael Wagner After-School Program

  • Serve as a tutor to help out students with their homework
  • For those with an interest in science, engineering, technology, math, or the arts, volunteer to implement special academic programming.

TEEN Programs

  • Serve as a guest speaker in the girls or boys teen programs.
  • Be a mentor to an older teen as they plan for their future career/college journey.
  • Host the teens at your business to expose them to new opportunities.

Saturday Enrichment Programs

  • Tutor a child in math or reading.
  • Share your talents in photography, dance, or art.

Carl's Kids Summer Camp

  • Work alongside our Camp Counselors to share a particular special interest (soccer, craft projects) or to implement programming organized by the Camp Director on the days campers are at Oasis.
  • Great opportunity for teens
  • Camp is held at Oasis (59 Mill Street) from 8am-3pm.  Please see the list of dates below:
  • THURSDAY, 6/29 - 10 volunteers needed
  • THURSDAY, 7/13 - 10 volunteers needed
  • THURSDAY, 7/20 - 10 volunteers needed
  • THURSDAY, 7/27 - 10 volunteers needed
  • MONDAY, 7/31 - 4 volunteers needed
  • THURSDAY, 8/3 - 10 volunteers needed for field trip (to be determined)
  • MONDAY, 8/7 - 4 volunteers needed
  • MONDAY, 8/14 - 4 volunteers needed
  • THURSDAY, 8/17 - 10 volunteers needed
  • NO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 7/6 OR 7/24
All camp volunteers are asked to participate in a mandatory orientation on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:45pm.  Please register to volunteer through the Oasis volunteer office at volunteer@oasisnj.org

Email our Volunteer Coordinators, Barbara Loscalzo and Signe Howard,  for more details.