CommUNITY First Day 2023

On Tuesday, September 12, 2023 OceanFirst WaveMakers will once again partner with nonprofits throughout OceanFirst Bank’s footprint for an afternoon of service.

2023 Application Process

OceanFirst Foundation accepts applications via its online Grant Request Portal. If your organization does not have access to technology or needs special assistance, we can work with you to submit via other means.

The deadline to apply for a 2023 CommUNITY First Day Project is Monday, July 10, 2023 at 12pm.  If you have questions or are unsure if your project is a good fit, please feel free to reach out to Julie, to discuss and receive planning updates! Projects of all types and scopes will be considered.

 Click here for the 2023 CommUNITY First Day application. Please note you will need your nonprofit’s Federal Tax ID to access the system. For instructions on completing the application click here.

CommUNITY First Day is a collaboration between OceanFirst WaveMaker volunteers and nonprofit organizations throughout OceanFirst Bank’s footprint. WaveMaker volunteers will set out for an afternoon of volunteering by completing various projects freeing up time and resources for your organization to better serve your mission.

CommUNITY First Day is on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 1-5pm.

Applications will open on Tuesday, June 20 at 8:30am and close on Monday, July 10 at 12pm.

Applications will be available through our grant portal.  If your organization does not have access to technology or needs special assistance, we can work with you to submit via other means.   

Organizations are asked to submit one project request. Due to the number of requests, we are unable to fulfill more than one project site/request per organization.

All types of projects will be considered for our WaveMaker Volunteers.  Some examples of projects completed during CommUNITY First Day 2022 include painting, presenting financial literacy education to school aged children, assessing technology needs, organizing donations, donor thank you calls, yardwork etc.

If you are unsure about your project request, please contact Julie at to discuss.

WaveMaker volunteers are unable to complete requests that would require a skilled professional–we are not electricians or plumbers!

OceanFirst has almost 1,000 WaveMaker volunteers across the bank’s footprint! We are excited to partner with organizations from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Jersey. With that in mind we ask that you request as many WaveMakers that you think your project and space will allow.


CommUNITY First Day grants of up to $250 will be available to help offset any costs associated with your project request.

All applicants will be notified no later than July 21 if your project was approved or denied. Complete teams and relevant information regarding your WaveMaker team will be provided later in August.

On M0nday, August 21st at 10AM and Wednesday, August 23rd at 10AM we will host Q&A calls. Each call is optional to attend, however, this would be a great opportunity to make sure you are ready to host a team of WaveMaker volunteers or have any last-minute questions answered!

Watch this video to see highlights from CommUNITY First Day 2022!  A huge THANK YOU to everyone that helped us make a BIG IMPACT!