Ready to BOUNCE and Help Toni's Kitchen?


The director of Toni's Kitchen Anne Mernin sent out this letter asking for volunteers. Please consider supporting this incredible non-profit that feeds so many food-insecure families!

I am sure many of you have already heard about Bounce Montclair, the week-long, town-wide festival scheduled for May 31st through June 6th . Bounce Montclair is a community celebration of resilience and optimism, exploration of ways to brighten our days and strengthen our spirits, as well as a fundraiser to support the work of Toni's Kitchen and the Montclair YMCA.

Some of the key events will include a community meal on Church Street on May 31th, the transformation of the St. Luke's Sanctuary into an interactive art space for the entire festival week, a pre-festival cocktail party fundraiser, free fitness and wellness activities at the Y, speakers, films and special events for teens and families. In addition to the "signature" Bounce events there will be activities throughout town sponsored by partner organizations like the Montclair public Library, the Montclair Art Museum, local artists and other organizations and businesses. Go to to find out about all of the festival events.

Like everything at Toni's Kitchen Bounce Montclair cannot happen without our amazing volunteers. I know a number of you have been already been hard at work preparing "Happy Flags" and getting the word out through mailings, the Bounce website and social media. But to make this event a success it will take pretty much our whole village. Volunteer opportunities include food preparation on Thursday and Friday (5/30 and 5/31) for the community meal and at least one other event, assistance with the Sanctuary art exhibit, set-up and clean-up at events, transportation of food and equipment and much more.

If you'd like to help with Montclair BOUNCE, please reach out to us at

I am so excited about Bounce Montclair and this opportunity to celebrate resilience, optimism and the people whose willingness to help make all of this possible.

Anne Mernin

Director, Toni's Kitchen


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