Residents-Helping-Residents: More Local Volunteer Groups come Online – We’ve Got This!

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In the local Lake Hopatcong region, we are witnessing the communities that communities drawing together to help and support each other, as we continue our all-important social distancing.

In the last two days, we have seen two new volunteer groups coming online to provide services and supplies to help anyone who needs assistance. Hopatcong is adding its third service called FOOD & SUPPLY DRIVE launching, and Jefferson has launched its first with the SURPLUS AND SERVICES EXCHANGE.

That brings the total number of local volunteer groups to five.

Summary of Services:


Name / Services

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Volunteer Services (Errands etc.)


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Donations & Delivery to Residents


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Community Center Assistance

Donations & Delivery to Residents


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Surplus and Services Exchange

Donations & Delivery to Residents


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Mount Arlington

Volunteer Hotline

Volunteer Services (Errands etc.)


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After successfully launching the Hopatcong School Lunch delivery service in Hopatcong. Hopatcong Board of Education President Alex McLean and Dawn Bocchini launched the HELP HOPATCONG! - FOOD & SUPPLY DRIVE.

McLeanGroupThis service has setup two drop boxes listed below within Hopatcong, and are delivering the food and supplies as the requests come in.

“When I put out a request for volunteers for the School Lunch program, I was so impressed by the number of people that responded, I knew we were able to leverage their assistance with this program. I really have to credit Dawn Bocchini who drove this project and wouldn’t take no for an answer.” Stated Alex McLean

Alex continued by stating, “What we are witnessing is Neighbors-helping-Neighbors, which just shows the kind and caring people we have in this area.”

McLeanGroup In1Donation Boxes at High School Front Doors



DropBox Locations:

  • Hopatcong High School: 2A Windsor Ave, Hopatcong, (By Front Doors)
  • 6 Willis Ave, Hopatcong
  • Pick-up Services Available

Donation ideas: non-perishable food items, student supplies (pencils, notebooks, art supplies, etc.), household supplies, care package items. Please no used items. These items will be delivered to those in need.


Requests for Assistance:

Contact Alex McLean or Dawn Bocchini by Facebook.


Jefferson Township Quarantine 2020 Surplus and Services Exchange

Jefferson GroupJefferson Residents have launched a Facebook group that will serve only as a 'bulletin board' for neighbors who can help neighbors in the Jefferson Township Community and surrounding areas. Post your surplus items, ability to serve those in need, or post your request for essential items or services. If you are willing to pick up grocery items, please post here!  All memes, jokes and unrelated content is not allowed. 

Contact: Jefferson Township Quarantine 2020 Surplus and Services Exchange on Facebook


Mount Arlington Volunteer Hotline

According to Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis, the Volunteer hotline was the idea that was pitched over a week ago by several members in the Borough and fellow residents. According to the Mayor, the theme was constant in that “Mount Arlington wants to come together as a community and help those that need assistance.” So, we proceeded with the idea and appointed the clerk’s office as the focal point.

Mount Arlington Mayor In1“The residents of Mount Arlington really look-out for each other and care for each other in times of need. This idea flows directly from the community’s desire to look after each other.”

Announcement from Mount Arlington

Many in our community have asked how they can assist those in need. For example, some of your neighbors may not able to get to the grocery store and you would be willing to shop and deliver for them.

If you are interested in being added to our list of Volunteers, please provide your contact information to our Clerk’s Office at


Hopatcong Community Center

Hopatcong Community Center In1The Community Center is closed to the public but is still operating by phone and email. They have been busy taking in donations and then personally delivering them to Hopatcong residents in need. For more information contact the Community Center by phone (973 810-3238) or email (


Hopatcong Residents-Helping-Residents - Volunteer Hotline

This was the first service placed online last week by the Mayor of Hopatcong as he is personally working on collecting names of people that can help, and matching incoming requests to the closest person able to help. Stated Hopatcong Mayor Michael Francis.

Mayor MF“The governing body of Hopatcong is working hard for our residents, and we will be providing accurate information as it becomes available. Stated Mayor, Michael Francis.

“In the meantime, I’m spearheading an effort to organize residents that are able to help, to residents that need some type of assistance. If someone needs assistance in my community, I’m going to make sure they get it.”

Contact Information:

Mayor Michael Francis


Phone: 973-770-1200


What to include:

Provider of Services:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Cell Number
  • Hours Available
  • Services you are able to provide

Request for Services:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Cell Number
  • Hours Available
  • Services / Assistance Required
  • Timeframe needed, if any


The Mayor also emphasized that these requests should be beyond the services that are currently provided by the county or state.



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