15 Must-Know NJ Charity Events This April


Everyone knows the saying, April showers bring May flowers. So, in the spirit of a new season and making it rain, we can’t wait to shower NJMOMs with these must-know charity events happening in April. From yoga with goats for OASIS tlc and a craft beer Pints for Pets to a ferry boat relay event benefitting American Cancer Society and a community-wide spring cleanup to beautify Morristown, there are plenty of feel-good, fun activities for the whole family – your furry friends included.

Charity Events in NJ You Need to Know About This Month (April 2018)

1. Prom & Formal Dress Drive
April 1 to April 30, 2018 | 9:00AM to 5:00PM
All month long, you can help support The Unforgotten Haven by donating prom and formal items like gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry and new makeup during the month of April. Drop off at Brandywine Living in Moorestown. The Unforgotten Haven acts as the “wind beneath the wings of all living things” by assisting the homeless, those with financial hardship, terminally ill, domestic violence victims, and veterans.
Brandywine Living
1205 North Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Cost: Donations

2. Cars for a Cause
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 2:00PM to 7:00PM
Who got the keys to my Beemer? Montclair State Car Club’s spring car show will benefit Foster & Adoptive Family Services of NJ. Any and all cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome – it’s not just muscle cars! Bring your littlest car enthusiast or mini Tonka truck driver out for this family-friendly charitable event that will also have food, a DJ, prizes, and contests. Spectating is free, but showing off your wheels is $5 online or $10 at the door. The event begins at 2:00PM but please arrive an hour early if you are a show participant.
Montclair State University – Lot 60
147 Clove Rd, Little Falls, NJ
Cost: $5 online in advance, $10 cash only at door 

3. Step It Up for Research 5K / 1-Mile Fun Walk
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Put on your running shoes and get ready to take steps to help Thea’s Star of Hope find less toxic treatments for kids with brain cancer. The 3rd Annual Step It Up fundraiser will feature dance performances by All for Dance, face painting, live entertainment, bounce house, and Surf and Turf Truck grub. Medals for top 3 finishers in Men, Women, and Kids (14 and under.) CASH PRIZES for 1st place in each category. Registration/Check-in is from 9:00AM to 9:30AM; race starts at 10:00AM.
Pond Road Middle School
150 Pond Road, Robbinsville, NJ 

Cost: $25 Adult 5K, $15 Child 5K; $25 Adult 1-Mile Walk, $15 Child 1-Mile Walk

4. MDA Eats N Beats Food Truck and Music Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Music all day, food trucks galore, and tons of activities for the whole family make this a festival with heart that you can’t miss! All proceeds will go towards The Muscular Dystrophy Association in supporting local families in the area who are fighting the multiple diseases that afflict the muscular system, from Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Roebling Museum
100 2nd Ave, Roebling, NJ 08554
Cost: purchase of food and items from vendors

5. Morristown Annual Spring Clean Up
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Go green or go home. Join Morristown Beautiful, Inc. this Earth Day in a community-wide initiative to clean up Morristown’s parks, playgrounds, lots, and roadways. The nonprofit is dedicated to keeping Morristown clean and green through environmental protection, education, and litter abatement programs. Registration (and breakfast treats) begins at 9:00AM at the Morristown Municipal Building. Any age can participate in this spring clean up, the perfect family activity for doing a world of good.
Morristown Municipal Building
200 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: free

6. Relay Across The Bay & Bark on Board
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Make history by being part of the very first ever nautical Relay for Life! Join the American Cancer Society of South Jersey for a tour on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, onboard entertainment, memorable ceremonies, and an after-party at Cape May Brewing Co. The Ferry will set sail and travel 17 nautical miles to the Delaware Bay. This is a ticketed, non-traditional relay event that requires all participants to fundraise the minimum for their age group ($35 for adults, $25 for children under 18). Must be registered online AND have the minimum fundraising amount posted by 4/5/18 – there are no extensions to this deadline.
Relay For Life Across the Bay
1200 Lincoln Boulevard, North Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Fundraising minimum requirements are $35 for adults, $25 for children under 18

7. Pints for Pets
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM
Animal lovers, beer lovers, fun lovers – head over to River Horse Brewing Co. for a family-friendly Pints for Pets fundraiser. The popular brewery will showcase adorable, furry friends from EASEL Animal Rescue League who are looking for forever homes. In addition to adoptable pets, there will be Tower Dogs food truck and On Point Grub Taco Truck for all the #eeeeeats, as well as live music from Between Sleep and Awake, a photo booth, pet product vendors, and of course, delicious beer! Bring your own pup and test their smarts on the doggy agility course. Thirty percent of draft beer sales and tours from the day will benefit EASEL, a no-kill animal shelter in Ewing, NJ.
River Horse Brewing Co.
2 Graphics Dr., Ewing, NJ 08628
Cost: Free

8. Third Annual Miracle Art Show
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 5:00PM to 9:00PM
This annual family-friendly art show supports the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their mission to help kids fight cancer, injury, and illness. 100% of ticket proceeds, art sales, and raffle tickets go towards the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of Mountainside, NJ.
Victory Nightclub
1 Racetrack Dr, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Cost: $20 

9. REED Foundation for Autism Breakfast
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 8:30AM to 10:30AM
The REED Foundation supports individuals with autism and their opportunity to thrive. They aim to maximize charitable giving in order to positively impact the community and bring about social change. This breakfast supports and creates awareness for all the good light the REED Foundation shines on the autistic community and will honor the DoGood Award Recipient, Dr. Peter Mercer, President of Ramapo College.
REED Academy
25 Potash Road, Oakland, NJ 07436
Cost: Breakfast tickets are free, donations to the Foundation are welcome

10. Paint To Empower
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 6:00PM to 8:30PM
April is National Autism Awareness month and Empower U. is hosting a paint-a-glass event to support children on the spectrum. This cheers-worthy event will show you how to paint on your choice of a wine or beer glass. Jennifer Sena from Origami Owl Custom Jewelry will also be selling gorgeous jewels. All profits from jewelry and event ticket sales will go to Empower U’s “Aspire to Inspire” grant which helps those on the spectrum who are unable to afford extracurricular activities. Light refreshments and of course, wine and beer will be served. If you can’t make this event, you can still donate here.
Empower U.
78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032
Cost: $30 

11. Fun with Farro’s Tees
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Design and screenprint your own t-shirt at Farro’s Tees to benefit the Jersey Shore Council – Boy Scouts of America. Maybe you want to make matching family shirts for your next reunion or come up with your own design – either way, this fun shirt-making extravaganza is a family-friendly after-hours event and includes light refreshments to fuel your night.
Farro’s Tees
873 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ 08753
Cost: $20 admission and $10 for shirt 

12. Paint a Wish for Jack’s Kids
Friday, April 27, 2018 | 6:00PM to 10:00PM
Sip, sip, hooray! At this fundraiser event hosted by Mimosas & Masterpieces, you will sip on mimosas, snack on hors d’oeuvres, shop local vendors, and paint for a good cause. Children 10 and older are welcome to attend the event as a paid guest. All proceeds from this event will benefit Jack’s Kids, an organization that aims to help families dealing with childhood illness or disabilities through financial support.
Somerville Elks Lodge 1068 & Charitable Trust
375 Union Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: $45 (+ $4.56 online ticket fee) for Paint & Shop ticket

13. ALS Benefit Concert
Friday, April 27, 2018 | 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Jam out to classic country hits with After the Reign band. Proceeds from the concert will go towards benefitting ALS. A cash bar, taco and slider bar for purchase, and riveting rounds of corn hole will fill the night with added fun.
The Atlantic Club
1904 Atlantic Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: $20

14. Yoga with Goats
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Lay your mat in the field. Then try to pay attention to yoga while baby goats climb on you, push you over and generally cause a ruckus. Why? Because they’re goats. Join teachers from Hot and Soul Yoga and Synergy Hot Yoga as they teach Yoga with Goats at OASIS tlc. This unique fundraising event benefits the nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establishing environmentally exemplary farm centers that provide meaningful work, healthy residences, and community interaction. Reservations/advance ticket purchase required here.
89 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: $30 per person per session (plus $2.19 online registration fee)

15. Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk + Pet Fair
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Adopt, don’t shop. Head to the Monmouth County SPCA 24th Annual Dog Walk + Pet Fair, where you and your family can play with adorable adoptables, learn about animal welfare, enjoy live music and delicious food (including vegetarian options), and do kid-friendly activities. All proceeds from the event go directly to rescuing, protecting, feeding and caring for the thousands of animals who enter the MCSPCA shelter every year!
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: Walker with No Dog $0, Walker + 1 Dog $25, Walker + 2 Dogs $35, Walker + 3 Dogs $45


About Author

Nicole Sodano is a student at Elon University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Visual Art. She lives in Morris County, NJ with her parents and younger brother. Nicole has turned into a bit of a foodie as a result of all the restaurants her hometown, Morristown, has to offer. You can find her eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at Urban Table, but nothing beats a homemade milkshake for dessert from the South Street Creamery. Each summer, Nicole makes it a priority to visit her favorite place on Earth: the Jersey Shore. Between visiting Island Heights, Seagirt, and Chadwick Beach, if Nicole's not in Morristown, she's down the shore soaking up the sun and strolling on the boardwalk. Nicole has had a lifetime love of children and family. Babysitting her brother and the neighborhood youngsters since middle school, Nicole looks forward to coming home from college to spend evenings with the kids that make her feel loved.