Montclair Salvation Army helps homeless get back on their feet

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.news Last November, sick and tired of living out of his car after alcohol and heroin had taken his marriage, his job and apartment, Jack Smith walked into the Salvation Army on...
Amit Kundra

Volunteer Spotlight: Amit Kundra combines basketball with tutoring

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news Amit Kundra, 17, of Montclair is a junior at Newark Academy in Livingston and is currently spending his semester in Washington, D.C., volunteering his time helping underprivileged kids. In a semester-long...

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Sylvan finds camaraderie at library

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news Mike Sylvan, 72, of Montclair volunteers about nine hours a week at the Montclair Public Library branches. He can be found on Mondays at the Upper Montclair Bellevue Avenue branch and...

Volunteer Spotlight: John Lytle cooks up compassion with MESH

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news John Lytle, 64, of Montclair, volunteers an average of three hours a week on Wednesdays for Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless. Lytle has been a MESH volunteer for seven and...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jana Joyce creates more than just meals at Toni’s Kitchen

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news Jana Joyce, of Montclair, has been volunteering at Toni’s Kitchen, located at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on South Fullerton Avenue, for the last four years along with her daughter, Maya. Joyce...
Porch on Walnut

PHOTOS: Come sit awhile on the Porch on Walnut

“Porch on Walnut” opened on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Volunteer Spotlight: John Bachmann teaches English to Syrian refugees

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news John Bachmann, 55, of Montclair, volunteers two hours every Wednesday evening, teaching English as a Second Language to Syrian refugees at NJ Rebuild’s Program (gera-ngo.org/esl), a nonprofit organization based in Wayne....
Robert L. Smith

Volunteer Spotlight: Robert Smith helps the homeless with a personal touch

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news Robert L. Smith of Montclair is one of many of his congregation at Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair who recently gathered and sent gifts to 25 children of incarcerated parents this...