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Random Acts of Kindness in Parsippany

Use the hashtag #PatchRandomActs on Facebook or Twitter to spread the word about a selfless act you witnessed or experienced in your town.

Have you noticed your friends or neighbors making a difference in the township? Patch wants to know about it!

Whether it's taking a stray dog to a shelter, taking out trash for a sick neighbor, making a contribution to the local Girl Scout troop or helping out in a community garden, every random act of kindness is appreciated by the community.

We want to see how many random acts we can inspire across the United States in the 905 communities Patch covers. If you know of someone who has done a good deed in or near Parsippany, tell their story in the comments section below. Also, be sure to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #PatchRandomActs.

To keep the momentum going and it pay it forward yourself, here are some ways you can help others in the community:

  • Offer your volunteer services to area seniors at the Parsippany Community Center.  The town's Human Services office can tell you what's needed, be it donations to the local food pantry or spending time with a lonely senior citizen. Call 973-263-7163 to see how you can help.
  • Morris Habitat for Humanity can always use assistance from residents who want to make a difference for those in need of affordable housing. For information go to the website at www.morrishabitat.org  or contact Melissa Ailiff, Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Coordinator, at 973-891-1934.  
  • Parsippany has a number of service-oriented organizations that provide lots of opportunities to do kind acts for the community. Among them are the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, the Woman's Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills and the local Sons of Italy chapter. Contact the group that most interests you and tell them you want to get involved.
  • Similarly, area nonprofits and community service institutions consider it a massive kindness when citizens offer time and treasure to help their efforts. Volunteering your time is invaluable and needed, but pulling out one's checkbook can be an act of kindness too. Here are a few suggestions of the community oriented nonprofits serving Parsippany:

    • Furnishing Solutions
    • 2nd Hand Rose Thriftique
    • Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Lakeland Hills Family YMCA
    • Lake Parsippany Rescue & Recovery
    • Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad
    • Parsippany Education Foundation
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Parsippany
    • Bright Horizons Family Solutions

  • Additionally, area houses of worship provide a wealth of ways to give back to the community. Just contact the church, synagogue or mosque of your choice and surely they'll give you ideas for ways to do a mitzvah for one or many of your neighbors in need. A short list of faith communities includes:
    • Temple Beth Am
    • St. Ann Church
    • St. Andrew Lutheran Church
    • United Methodist Church of Parsippany
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Congregation Shaya Ahavat Torah of Parsippany
    • St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Temple Adath Shalom
    • Parsippany Presbyterian Church
    • Jam-E Masjid Islamic Center, Boonton
    • Parsippany Christian Church
    • Gospel Korean Presbyterian Church
    • BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
    • St. Christopher Church
    • Bethel Assembly of God
    • Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey
    • St. Peter the Apostle Church
    • St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
    • First Baptist Community Church
    • New Apostolic Church
    • Parsippany Baptist Church

Want more ideas for making kindness your path toward creating a better world? Check out the Random Acts of Kindness website.

NoraJ February 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM
This is a nice article. If anyone is looking to give back to their community via volunteering, the Community Emergency Responce Team (CERT) is a great way to go. For the person who loves their community and does not have a lot of time to devote because of family or work obligations, CERT could be the perfect opportunity for you to give back to your community without having the time consuming obligations that are required for fire, rescue or ambulance volunteers. You would be a valued asset to your neighborhood by volunteering for CERT. Think about it! You will be better equipped to help your community with CERT training, but be in an even better position to help your own family, home and neighbors in time of disaster. This is a great opportunity! Check it out by contacting the Mayors Action Hotline for the Township of Parsippany.
JM February 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Yes, this truely is a wonderful program. The teen in one of the pictures above wearing an office of emergency management jacket is on the Parsippany CERT team and just one of the wonderful caring people you will meet when you join CERT.
Mary Giannetti February 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I am a member of CERT and have learned invaluable information and safety guidelines. I am forever grateful to our leaders, past and present. I am thankful I was trained to be able to help my neighbors and give back to our community. I have also made some terrific friends along the way. Mary Giannetti
Adam Sonzogni February 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I have served my town since 1986 as a volunteer on Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad, and then the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department where I had the privelage to serve as Chief. This town has hundreds of volunteers in Fire, EMS & CERT who volunteer 24/7, oddly most of those people already sacrificing their time also volunteer with their church, as Scout Leaders or coaches for the myriad sports programs in town or they are in one of the fine Civic minded organizations like the Rotary, Kiwanis and Elks. My wife and I grew up in this town, and chose to raise our children here because of people like this. That is the best possible way for me to express my thanks.
Lajos J. Bartucz February 26, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Most CERTainly CERT is the way to go for me as I have been a member for the past 3 + years! -It is a terrific way go give something back to the people of the wonderful Township we live in! -Let us expand our membership by getting in touch with the Mayor's Office! -Great way also to getting to know now better your good neighbours and to make some fantastic friends too! -With kind regards, -see you at CERT! -Lajos of Rainbow.

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