Volunteer Spotlight: John Bachmann teaches English to Syrian refugees

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI 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 (, a nonprofit organization based in Wayne....

Volunteer Spotlight: Allison Sargent finds blessings in helping the needy

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.newsAllison H. Sargent, 63, of Montclair, volunteers an average of three hours a week, when not in peak times, for the Salvation Army in Montclair. Sargent has been a volunteer for...

Photos: Gratitude on a day of service for those who serve

Partnering with Operation Gratitude, YMCA of Montclair children and family members sign cards to be distributed to our service members, part of an ongoing program supporting those who serve and have served.Operation Gratitude, since...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Robert Smith helps the homeless with a personal touch

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI 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...

Montclair nonprofits honored for their gifts to community

 By Wilma Hurwitz for Montclair LocalFive Montclair not-for-profits garnered Partners for Health Foundation awards and grants for the work they do in combating hunger and homelessness, youth resiliency, healthy aging and mental health.In total, 10...

COVID-19: Toni’s Kitchen rallies as services shutdown and need grows

Volunteers at Toni's Kitchen helped pack food for hundreds of children and their families on Saturday, March 21, during three shifts. 

Montclair Film to hold Arts Volunteer Fair

Montclair Film is holding an Arts Volunteer Fair on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m to noon at the Investors Bank Film & Media Center, 505 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.Members of the public are invited...

UPDATE: Father and son with ties to Montclair fight forest fires

Montclair’s Code Enforcement Supervisor and firefighter Mike Reed and his son, Noah, were on the scene over the weekend helping out fire departments from Burlington and Ocean counties battle a massive wildfire.

PHOTOS: BOUNCE gardens bring light, support

The Bounce Gardens Planting Hope Project engaged children, families and organizations throughout Montclair in decorating cheerful banners for essential service sites, senior residences and landmark locations.

Volunteer Spotlight: All you need is love and a cat

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI Jennifer McMillan, 48, of Montclair, volunteers her time at Montclair Township Animal Shelter. She spends seven days a week there tending to the cats and kittens. With her three kids in...