Volunteer for Rainbows in Monmouth County

Rainbows welcomes the opportunity to meet new volunteers. However, it may not be possible for everyone who wishes to volunteer, to get that chance.

The site coordinators of each site maintain the responsibility of the selection of volunteers. The coordinators work within the policy guidelines of the site, which states whom may, or may not be allowed to work with children. The site may require background checks, fingerprinting, and additional classes, in order to protect children.

Rainbows has additional requirements which must be met in order that the site.  Our volunteers are "Loving Listeners", not therapists.

Volunteers who work directly with the children must:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Have previous experience working with and enjoy being with children
  • Have the ability to listen to and communicate feelings
  • Have a deep love, respect, and concern for grieving children
  • Have the ability to accept tension and painful emotions without becoming personally defensive, or incapable of response.
  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Work well with other adults
  • Have the confidence to admit they may not have the answers, but instead have a willingness to help the children find their own answers
  • Have the ability to separate personal opinions and values, and assist the children without prejudice
  • Have a willingness to listen without giving advice
  • Willing and able to volunteer 1 to 2 hours a week for each of the 16 weekly meetings, including arriving early for preparation time, and attend a 4-hour advance training available on the Internet
  • Not have experienced a death, separation, or divorce within the past 2 years

If you are not able to meet this criteria, you may still be able to volunteer in another capacity. You may contact the local site coordinators (see home page on the left panel) or contact the Monmouth County Rainbows coordinators, Mike & Marie Meriton, for details.


Contact Us - Monmouth County Site Coordinators
Mike & Marie Meriton
(908) 720-7044


RAINBOWS - Monmouth County Locations Below


Monmouth Beach - supports ages   5-18 / K-12 at the Parish Center at Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ (map) - weekly Monday nights 645-745/8p starting September 25, 2017. Site coordinator questions contact Mike & Marie Meriton at     908-720-7044 monmouthrainbows@gmail.com 

Freehold - supports ages 5-14 / K-8 at St Robert Bellarmine facilities, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold (map) - meet weekly Wednesday nights 6-730p starting September 27, 2017. Site Coordinator questions please contact Joanne Mercadante at joannemerc.rainbows@gmail.com

Belmar - supports ages 5-14 / K-8 at St. Rose facilities, 603 Seventh Av, Belmar (map) - meet weekly Wednesday nights 630-8p starting September 27, 2017.  Site coordinator questions please contact Maryann Trez at rainbows@strosebelmar.com

Keansburg - ages 5-14 / K-8 St. Ann's school facilities located at 285 Carr Avenue, Keansburg (map) - - meet weekly Monday nights 630-8p starting October 9, 2017. Site coordinator questions contact Theresa Kelly at rosebudnnj@aol.com