Skillsets and interests are matched with the volunteer work involved. All volunteer hours can count towards community service. Volunteers from middle school and up are welcome to apply to volunteer with Community in Crisis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always thrilled to hear from you!
If you only heard some of what Lauren Luik has accomplished working in the healthcare field, you would immediately be impressed. As an experienced health communication professional, Lauren continues to lead the conversation in the importance of mental health resources throughout northern New Jersey.
Lauren currently serves as a Trustee for Community in Crisis and has dedicated her time in numerous ways. She volunteers on the fundraising committee and, as the Chair of the Governance Committee, hosts the CiC executive board appreciation dinner, helps with public outreach, connects CiC with US Congressman Tom Malinowski, and chairs a project that encourages physicians to implement routine screening of youth for substance use disorder (SUD).
When you meet Alison Schreiner, you are immediately taken by her warm personality. The more you get to know her, you realize that she is one of the most caring people you will ever meet.
Alison has witnessed first-hand the effects substance misuse can have on people. One of her close friends’ sons is fighting substance use disorder (SUD). Alison attended Al-Anon meetings to help her friend cope with the challenges she faced because of her husband’s SUD – who later passed away. Around the same time, Alison and her sons saw a sign for the Community in Crisis bimonthly Acoustic Coffee House, a substance-free open-mic night for musicians and young adults in recovery; they knew that this is how they could get involved and help.
Chris S. understands what people with substance use disorder endure from an experiential level. As a person in long-term recovery, he has dedicated his time to multiple organizations to share his experience with substance abuse and misuse.
He is active in recovery programs and is a recovery speaker for substance use disorder (SUD) recovery and has spoken on the national level. He has also been a board member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 2008.
As a mother of three sons, Danette Lewis wanted to become more involved in the community where her kids attend school. She lives 15 minutes away from their school, which sometimes makes her feel disconnected from what is going on in their school’s community.
Although Danette only joined CiC last fall, she says that her involvement has helped her gain a better understanding of what happens in the community. She paid attention to social media and saw a post one day that caught her interest. It was about the Community in Crisis Hub Club, a 6-week after school program for middle schoolers where kids do fun community service projects related to CiC’s mission while learning about making healthy choices and staying risk-averse to drugs at the same time, It was this program that she decided she’d like to volunteer and help run.
Some people are blessed with creative abilities while others are more analytical; however, Jean O’Connell possesses both of these qualities.
As a Trustee and Treasurer for Community in Crisis, Jean showcases her analytical skills by handling accounting, bookkeeping, and budgeting needs in addition to financial management of grants. Her creativity and flair for interior design made the Community Hub, home to CiC, what it is today – a relaxing, beautiful space that welcomes all. In addition to these roles, she has been active in the development of recovery support and family programs, serving on the Recovery Support Task Force and helping create parent and peer support networks. She volunteers a minimum of 10-15 hours per week.
To say that Laurie Albee is involved within the local community would be an understatement. Words like committed or devoted best describe her involvement in the local organizations she serves.
She is a mother of three who loves to dedicate her time to her kids and her local community. Laurie serves on the Municipal Alliance Board, which also involves substance misuse prevention work, and acts as a liaison between this committee and Community in Crisis. She is the President of the Touchdown Club where she is able to spread CiC’s mission at football games. Laurie has also devoted her time to the Hub Club, a 6-week after school program for middle schoolers where kids partake in fun community service projects related to CiC’s mission while learning about making healthy choices and staying risk-averse to drugs at the same time. Lastly, Laurie helps at the vaping information tables at parent and school events.