The Bonner Foundation and The College of New Jersey sponsors a multi-site collaboration involving institutions of higher education (The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rider University) and six non-profit organizations in Mercer and Middlesex County, New Jersey to have 55 AmeriCorps members who provide services related to youth literacy, college access, job preparedness, and food security.


Formerly the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Arm in Arm provides resources such as food and financial support to individuals and families in the surrounding community who are facing significant financial challenges. Alongside existing staff members at Arm in Arm, AmeriCorps members assist the clients of Arm in Arm to welcome more than 4,000 families to their food pantries, work with 600 at-risk families to prevent homelessness, and offer on-the-job training and job search assistance.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member position: 

  • Hunger Prevention Coordinator


Elijah's Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate hunger, and change lives. Elijah's Promise fights to end hunger by serving good food for all at the Community Soup Kitchen, providing education and jobs in the food industry through the Promise Culinary School, a community garden, community education, and creating social enterprise food businesses that further social good.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member positions: 

  • Sustainability & Community Agriculture Manager

  • Community Baking & Pastry Class Coordinator

  • Vocational Counselor & Job Developer

  • Vocational Counselor & Alumni Coordinator


HomeFront has worked to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in central New Jersey, and has served thousands of Mercer County families by looking to lessen the immediate pain of homelessness and help families become self-sufficient. Over the past 25 years, HomeFront has developed a holistic array of services for clients who are either homeless or at high risk of becoming so. Services provided through HomeFront include case management, homelessness prevention services, emergency food, free clothing and household goods, affordable housing searches, job placement and readiness skills.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member positions:

  • Parent/Child Literacy Instructor with the Atkinson Child Development Center


Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Mercer County is dedicated to strengthening families and individuals by providing a wide range of social services and programs including therapy, information and referrals, support, education and advocacy.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member position: 

  • Case Management Coordinator


Mercer Street Friends honors the equality of all people and strives for a just, prosperous and peaceful society for all. This organization responds to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing issues of poverty. Since 2006, Mercer Street Friends has been providing a High School Equivalency Exam preparation program for New Jersey residents ages 16 and older with the goal of assisting students achieve a basic education to them towards post-secondary education and successful employment.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member positions(s): 

  • Community School Youth Assistant

  • Instructional Aide


The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen's mission is to feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons. As a part of TASK's larger goals to promote self-sustainability and success for members of the Trenton community, the Adult Education Program assists TASK patrons to achieve their academic goals. This program provides one-on-one tutoring and individualized curriculum to meet the academic needs of a student. The SHARE project is another separate program within TASK that helps increase the economic opportunities of participants by building their self esteem and offering them the opportunity to learn life skills such as anger management and working with others as well as other tangible marketing skills such as social media and other computer skills, and methods of commination and self-expression.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps members positions: 

  • Adult Education Program Assistant

  • SHARE Project Assistant


Originally founded in 1865 as Trenton Business College, Rider University commits itself to providing students an education that satisfies not only their intellectual curiosity, but also provides a vibrant, holistic experience in and outside of the classroom. The Rider Bonner Program began in 1999 and strives to engage the passion and talents of Rider Bonner Students to address social issues of hunger, homelessness, adult literacy, and the academic needs of at-risk youth.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member positions: 

  • Urban Education Coordinator (Full-Time)

  • ESL Support Mentor with The English School

  • Youth Enrichment Assistant with El Centro and Every Child Valued (at Everts Crossing Village)

  • Education Enrichment Assistant with HomeFront's Family Preservation Center

  • Academic Enrichment Assistant & Mentor with HomeFront's Joy Hopes & Dreams Program

  • Academic Support Assistant with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen


Established originally as Queen's College in 1766, Rutgers University in New Brunswick promotes the engagement of students, faculty and staff to actively contribute to the local communities that Rutgers calls home. Since the late 1980's Rutgers has been recognized for their commitment to citizenship, service and diversity. Currently, the Rutgers' Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service supports collaborations from the campus to the community in an effort to further positive impact in the New Brunswick area. The Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program, held within the Collaborative Center, gives students the opportunity become leaders while serving local communities and addressing issues of hunger/homelessness, and educational equity.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps members serve out of the Collaborative Center to engage resources on campus, Rutgers students, and the New Brunswick community together to serve in the following capacities: 

  • Food Security Team Leader (Full-Time)

  • College Access Coordinator (Full-Time)

  • ESL Team Leader with the Conversation Tree (Half-Time)


Founded in 1855, The College of New Jersey strives to be a national exemplar to educate those who seek to sustain and advance the communities in which they live. Through the Bonner Institute, TCNJ fulfills its civic mission by engaging students, faculty and staff in service activities through the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR). From 2008-2013, TCNJ was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. AmeriCorps Members serving out of TCNJ utilize campus resources to further promote a campus culture of community engagement in the city of Trenton under the issue-areas of education, economic opportunity, and food security.

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps member positions: 

  • Adult Education and Job Readiness Program Assistant (Full-Time and Minimum-Time)

  • Literacy and Mentoring Program Assistant (Full-Time)

  • Youth Academic Assistant (Minimum-Time)

  • TCNJ Bonner Food Security Program Assistant (Minimum-Time)