It doesn’t seem possible at any time, but especially at the holidays, for a nonprofit that feeds and provides work-training and support services for the needy to suffer its own devasting crisis. But that’s what happed when Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton suffered a fire at its Trenton site on December 16. Its entire food pantry was burned and the offices were deemed uninhabitable.

Dave Davis, senior pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the church that helped found the Crisis Ministry, sent a widespread E-blast and E-newsletter, and donations of food and money started coming in. Postings on Facebook and Twitter reached even farther into the community, according to Sarah Unger, head of communications and development at the Crisis Ministry. Donations have come in from myriad churches, businesses, and individuals.

The organization lost an estimated 30 tons of food. Donations of non-perishable food and personal care items may be delivered to the McDade Building, 640 South Broad Street, Trenton; Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton; and the Mercer County Park Commission, 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington. Visit or call 609-921-2135 for information.

Volunteer Please

Womanspace seeks volunteers for its Domestic Violence Victim Response Team (DVVRT) and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) Advocate Team. Team members respond to area police stations or hospitals and meet with victims to provide them with support, information, and referrals.

Qualifications include the ability to communicate well with others, being a good listener, and maintaining confidentiality. Interested persons must be 18 years of age or older, as well as a resident or employee in the Mercer County area with a valid driver’s license, available transportation, and the ability to attend trainings and meetings. Volunteers may not have either a criminal history or prior history as a defendant in a domestic violence or sexual assault-related matter. Interested persons must submit to a background investigation, including fingerprinting.

Bilingual individuals (especially those fluent in Spanish, Polish, and American Sign Language) are encouraged to apply. Volunteers are also required to be fluent in English.

Volunteers will receive more than 80 hours of training on topics including the law, sensitivity to the needs of victims and their children, and how to provide appropriate responses at a very critical time. Trained volunteers must be available to respond to calls two to four shifts per month. The next training begins in March. Visit for an application. Deadline is Monday, January 30.

For more information contact Heidi Mueller at or Alison Daks at, or call 609-394-0136.

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties seeks volunteers to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Informational sessions will be held at 1450 Parkside Office, Suite 22, Ewing, on Tuesday, January 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Also from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18; Thursday, February 9; and Wednesday, February 15.

More than 30 hours of training are required to be a child advocate for one child or a sibling group. Spring training will be held in April. For more information or to register visit or call 609-434-0050.

New Jersey Blood Services seeks registered nurses with CPR certification to volunteer in donor rooms in New Brunswick and Scotch Plains. Contact R. Jan Zepka by E-mail to or call 732-616-8741 for information.

Duke Farms offers a certification program to become a Rutgers environmental steward. The 60 hours of classes include land and water stewardship practices, environmental public advocacy and leadership. An additional 60 hours of volunteer work is needed to receive certification. Weekly classes begin Tuesday, January 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit or call 908-243-3602 for information and registration.

Brunch for Cause

Princeton Community Works presents Brunch at Home on Sunday, March 25, to benefit the Princeton Senior Resource Center. The brunch basket includes bagels, quiche, smoked salmon, fruit, cider, and more for $37.50. The basket is delivered to the recipient’s home by 9 a.m. Visit, call 609-924-7108, ext. 20, or E-mail for information or orders.

For Dancers

Roxey Ballet has auditions for “Cinderella” on Saturday, January 14, Canal Studios, Lambertville. Ages 4 to 6, 3 to 3:30 p.m.; ages 7 to 10, 3:30 to 4 p.m.; ages 11 to 13, 4 to 4:30 p.m.; and ages 14 to 18, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Audition fee is $30. Participation fee (if chosen) is $175. Performances will be held May 12 and 13 in Flemington. Dancers must register 30 minutes before the scheduled audition. Dancers who dance on pointe should be prepared. Male dancers should prepare to partner. Dancers who do not have a driver’s license must have one parent present. E-mail or call 609-397-7616.

Pennington Dance offers a four-week contemporary dance workshop taught by Jenny Gladney. The class meets on Tuesdays, January 24 and 31, February 7 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Cyrus Lodge, 131 Burd Street, Pennington. $112. Dancers should have a foundation in contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, or modern technique. Contact Nancy Warner at or call 609-737-7596 for information. Deadline to register is Friday, January 6.

Montgomery Recreation offers ballroom dance lessons on Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, and 29, at Otto Kaufman Gym, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman. Candace Woodward-Clough presents the basics of partner dancing a fox trot, waltz, and swing for beginners at 7:30 p.m. Advanced dancers study rumba, meringue, cha-cha, mambo, samba, and tango at 8:30 p.m. $95 per couple. Call 609-466-3023 to register.

For the Young

One Yoga & Wellness Center offers yoga classes for ages 11 to 15 on Thursdays, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. 405 Route 130 North, East Windsor. Call 609-918-0963. $16 per class or $100 for eight class session.

Har Sinai offers a program of rhythm and music for children, ages 6 to 14 months. Wednesdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m., at 2421 Pennington Road, Hopewell. Sessions begin Wednesday January 4 and March 14. Contact Magda Reyes by E-mail at or call 609-730-8100.

College Credits

Mercer College presents credit courses at Hightstown High School beginning Monday, January 23. Courses are for all ages and high school juniors and seniors are eligible to begin earning college credits. Visit or call 609-570-3623 for information.

Calling All . . . Boys for Field Hockey

While central New Jersey parents may think of field hockey as a girls sport, that’s not the case everywhere. In fact, internationally more boys than girls play field hockey. It’s the other way around only in the United States and Canada.

Closer to home the Tiger Field Hockey Club is looking for boys to participate in two indoor field hockey programs. One programs, primarily instructional, is designed for students in grades 2-5. The other program is for students in grades 6-9 looking to play in games. Older players who have played basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or ice hockey may find that the experience of those sports will be a benefit in playing field hockey.

Girls also are welcome to participate in the Tiger Field Hockey Club. All sessions will take place in Mercer County on Sunday afternoons, January 8 through February 5. Details are available at

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