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Local Ministries: Mendham and Morris County

Table of Hope
Family Volunteer Opportunity

The Spring Street Community Development Corporation (CDC), associated with Bethel AME Church, is sponsoring the Table of Hope in Morristown. The Table of Hope is a community kitchen offering dinner at no cost Monday through Friday to needy residents in the area. It is located at the Church Fellowship Hall on Spring Street in Morristown. The Spring Street CDC is looking for volunteers to serve the dinner meal.

Hilltop's Mission, Service and Benevolence Committee has enthusiastically embraced this opportunity. Our Church will be serving dinner on the 3rdMonday of each month. Volunteers will be needed to work from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Church members participated two evenings this summer and we are reaching out
for additional volunteers.

If you are interested in serving the dinner, you can sign up for one or more times. A minimum of 6 volunteers will be needed on our designated date. Families are welcome to participate, but children must be at least 10 years old.

Please contact Hope Swarts at or by phone at 908-955-7727, if you wish to be part of this worthwhile effort.


Morristown Neighborhood House (MNH) was founded in 1898 as a settlement house that helped Italian immigrants become acclimated to a new culture.  Their mission is to promote community stability and economic growth by helping transition immigrant families into their communities, fostering cross-cultural awareness, and assisting working and impoverished families to maximize their educational, social, physical, and economic potential.  Through programs in Morristown, Dover, Randolph, Denville and Frelinghuysen Middle School on an average day over 1,500 children, youth and adults receive services from MNH. Through our continuum of programs, Neighborhood House provides services for; infants and preschoolers, children and youth from elementary school through high school and adults of all ages.

Hilltop is involved with the new MNH Tutoring Program which is a Saturday morning tutoring program at the Morristown location.  





You are invited to join the 2016-2017 Tutoring Program. We are looking for students (grade 8-12) and adults to serve as tutors to elementary students from Neighborhood House, a community social service program located in Morristown that serves a diverse population. The 2016-2017 tutoring program will be led by experienced teachers using an enriched curriculum. 

The 2015-2016 Tutoring Program at Neighborhood House was a huge success. Everyone had fun – the young students, the tutors and the staff. And everyone learned a lot! Many thanks to the 21 2nd-5th grade students who faithfully attended each Saturday morning, the 24 tutors from Hilltop Church and surrounding high schools, the program staff at Neighborhood House – Elise Bryant, Jessica Tello, and Dayjahnae Martin – and our own Doug Beal who designed and led the new Science program. The year-end party, held on May 30th, was a celebration of all the good times the students and tutors had together as they improved in reading and math and learned about the Scientific Method by building and testing Balloon Racers. The parents reported the advances their children showed over the year-long program.  

The tutoring program meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon from September 2016 through May 2017 (not on holidays or vacations). We understand that today's student is often engaged in sports, music or other activities that make a school year-long commitment on Saturday mornings extremely difficult. The tutoring program has been structured so that conflicting obligations can be resolved with the help of substitute tutors or by a family “sharing” one child.

Very few volunteer opportunities available to high school students provide a chance to make a direct positive impact on a child's life. Tutoring not only provides a valuable service to the community, it is recognized universally as a commitment to the common good.

We will be recruiting tutors for the 2016-2017 school year during June--August, so please ACT NOW if you are interested in serving as a tutor. Call or e-mail: Catherine Malman @

Last year's tutors not only gained the experience and joy of helping others, but were able to use this experience to satisfy community service requirements and as part of their resume in applying to colleges.

Morris Habitat for Humanity - is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing ownership for low-income families. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat for Humanity (MHFH) builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat houses are affordable for these families because there is no profit included in the sale price and no interest is charged on the mortgage. The family’s monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund which is used to build more houses. MHFH offices are located in Morristown at 51 South Street. Their phone number is 973-605-5804. Volunteer opportunities include construction, feeding construction crews, office work and serving on committees. For more information, contact Mission Liaison Russ Hall at 973-895-3143 or visit the Morris Habitat website at


The Interfaith Food Pantry - In late 1994, four local Morris County churches, faced with increasing demand at their individual emergency food pantries, combined their food resources in the basement of the First Baptist Church in Morristown and started the Interfaith Food Pantry. By the end of 1995 they had distributed 19 tons of food. In 2005, the Interfaith Food Pantry, now operating out of both a Speedwell Avenue distribution center and a Morris County warehouse and office facility, distributed over five tons of food to 250 families per week. Demand for food is increasing at the rate of about 15% per year. To respond to this need, the Pantry’s staff of six is augmented by almost 1,000 volunteers who receive, sort, bag, distribute and transport donated and purchased food, as well as perform office administrative duties. A home delivery program which, also employs volunteers, now serves over 100 families. The Pantry offices are located at 540a West Hanover Avenue, Morristown. Visit their website at

Volunteers are needed to serve as a food handlers or deliverers. You can donate food or conduct a food drive. Monetary support has become increasingly important because food must now be purchased to supplement donations.

To volunteer, contact the Food Pantry at 973-538-8049. For further information, contact Mission Liaison, Althea Lowe at 973-543-3861.



The Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, Inc. is an ecumenical effort supported and run by 29 congregations from the greater Morristown area. Their mission is to provide nutritious meals in a safe, warm, and caring environment, free of charge, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment. Further, access is provided to community services and resources for those in need while providing opportunities for volunteers to give of themselves in service to others. The Soup Kitchen is located at the Church of the Redeemer, 36 South Street, Morristown. Their phone number is 973-267-0709. As our congregation is one of the supporting congregations, a member of our church serves on the board of this ministry. Hilltop volunteers serve a meal once each month at the Soup Kitchen. Visit their website at

Lovelines/Family Intervention Services - Lovelines is a ministry of the Deacons which supports the Family Intervention Services (FIS) of Morristown Memorial Hospital. The goal of FIS is to enhance family functioning while promoting the protection of children. Lovelines mobilizes the congregation of Hilltop Church to provide assistance to needy families and foster children in Morris County. Major initiatives include Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, and food certificates. Lovelines also helps meet special needs throughout the year such as help with rent, car repairs, and utility bills.

The contact for Lovelines is Rev. Bob Heppenstall 973-543-4012 x12.

Morristown Memorial Hospital Protestant Chaplain Service - Along with other area churches, Hilltop supports the Protestant Chaplain Service at this hospital. The service involves spiritual contacts from a trained full time chaplain, a part time chaplain, weekend student pastors and volunteers. Even so there is a need for additional help. Visits are made to talk and pray with as many patients as possible. An experienced chaplain is available to help pastors and family members with end of life and ethical issues.

For more information, contact Mission Liaison Sharon Betz at 973-543-5557. To volunteer, contact the hospital administration at 973-971-5170 (Debbie Grec).

The Good Samaritan Fund – Mendham Hilltop members and others in the community are invited to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund. It provides a source of emergency funds for individuals and families who suffer a medical, housing or other temporary need.

For more information, contact Rev. Bob Heppenstall at 973-543-4012 x12.


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