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Get Involved

VSSJ has hosted some exciting activities, including a volunteer day at The Cow Sanctuary, where VSSJ provided a free lunch for all participants.

We hope you will venture out and join us at one of our upcoming activities.  You can view our current Calendar of Events.  Visit us on Facebook to see some photos of our events and to connect with other like-minded people.  You can sign up for our email list to receive notification of our events and other information.  And, visit our Veggie Dining Blog.

All VSSJ members are welcome to attend monthly business meetings where we plan upcoming events.  For more info, please contact us at or 609-848-8341.


Benefits to volunteering with VSSJ, or becoming a life member

  • The satisfaction of working with an organization that shares your ideals
  • Access to limited-admission events
  • Special discounts
  • Limited special offers
  • Volunteer-only events

    There are many different ways you can contribute - please see the list below (note that help for some of these may not be needed at any given time).  You can even volunteer for several of these opportunities virtually!  If you'd like to help with any of these, or have an idea for something else you'd like to volunteer for, please contact us at or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    If you want to get more involved and just can't find the time, you can support VSSJ without it costing you time or money!  Visit our Affiliates page and use the links there to do your online shopping - at no extra cost to you.  Several sites will give VSSJ a small percentage of your purchase price.  You can also do online searching at Goodsearch, and earn VSSJ a donation with every click!

    • Shop!  Goodshop lists the best deals at thousands of stores ranging from Vistaprint promo codes Apple deals and 1-800 Flowers coupons, and a portion of what you spend will go directly back to the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey.  Please be sure to check that VSSJ is set as your charity.  View instructions here.
    • Search!  Use Goodsearch as your search engine (it uses Yahoo's search engine) and for every search, VSSJ will receive a penny.  This may not seem like much, but think about how many searches you do in a week!  Please be sure to check that VSSJ is set as your charity.  View instructions here.
    • Emailing members:  Send out welcome emails, renewal notes, and periodic messages to VSSJ email subscribers
    • Calling members:  Make a monthly call to members lacking email to inform them of upcoming events
    • Volunteer Coordination:  Help coordinate our outreach and volunteer activites
    • Outreach/Tabling:  Help educate the public on the benefits of vegetarianism by handing out literature and speaking to people at festivals and other venues
    • Outreach Planning:  Help find libraries, festivals, and other venues for outreach, especially outside the Philly suburbs, and find speakers, films, etc. for the venues
    • Displays:  Help plan and set up tables for displaying VSSJ and vegetarian/vegan literature at libraries and other locations
    • Chapter Coordination:  Help organize and run VSSJ chapters.  Our chapters include Vegetarian Neighbors (Vineland area) and Shore Vegetarians (Atlantic City area).  We're also looking to start an Ocean County chapter, and chapters in northern NJ as part of VSNJ!
    • Hospitality:  Give a helping hand to VSSJ members in need
    • Distribute Postcards/Business cards:  Place VSSJ postcards in health food stores, veg-friendly restaurants, and other places
    • Volunteer Workdays:  Help animals at places like The Cow Sanctuary and Unexpected Wildlife Refuge
    • Potluck Assistance:  Help set up, run, and clean up at VSSJ potlucks
    • Bake Sales:  Bake vegan desserts for fundraisers to support various animal welfare and environmental organizations and charities.  VSSJ has raised hundreds of dollars every year since 2011!  View our fundraising efforts so far.
    • Soliciting Member Discounts:  Talk to restaurant owners and other vendors to solicit discounts for VSSJ members
    • Obtaining Coupons:  Contact companies to request discount coupons for veg-friendly products for VSSJ members
    • Affiliates:  Help find new affiliates and other ways to earn money for VSSJ, so we can fund VSSJ's outreach activities
    • Organizing Restaurant Trips:  Organize a trip to a veg or veg-friendly restaurant - especially if you are outside the Philly suburbs
    • Restaurant Reviews:  Suggest a vegan, vegetarian, or veg-friendly restaurant, or write about your recent dining experience
    • Blogging:  Besides dining reviews, contribute to VSSJ's blog on other relevant topics
    • Data Entry:  Help us transfer the VSSJ and dining guides to a new format in the VSSJ Veggie Dining Blog or a database
    • Website Assistance:  Help re-design and modernize VSSJ's website, update the site's content, and create content for VSNJ
    • Crosslinking:  Get VSSJ listed on other websites
    • Facebook:  Keep VSSJ Facebook group members updated on upcoming VSSJ events and other useful info, post pictures, or just participate in discussions on an array of topics
    • Tweeting:  Tweet about VSSJ
    • Google+:  Keep Google+ members updated on upcoming VSSJ events
    • Other Social Media:  Get VSSJ set up on other social media sites and post about the group
    • Activity Development:  Come up with contests, games, etc. (especially for children) for our outreach and social activities
    • Have an idea?  Is there something else you'd like to volunteer for?  Please let us know!

    Page last update:   June 22, 2017