Community-Based Initiatives

Samantha has volunteered at her local church to bring non-perishable goods and clothing donations for families in need in the greater Somerville, NJ area. She has also helped organize the hosting of housing-insecure families with Interfaith Hospitality Network at her church. 

Samantha co-founded Acting to eXtinguish Invisibility in Society (A.X.I.S.) in 2012, a GLBTQI safe-zone group for teens and adolescents in the Monmouth and Ocean County areas with a 24/7 crisis hotline staffed by undergraduate and graduate students from New Jersey's higher education institutions. The organization was merged with QSPOT to extend services and reach to youth and adolescents in 2013.

Samantha facilitates no-cost, extracurricular technology-based programs  and literacy building workshops for students to help them prepare critical life-skills such as computer as a tool, and Girls Who Code based in Watchung, NJ. To contact Samantha for your child or to ask questions, please click here. 


Literacy Volunteer

Samantha has tutored adult ESL students in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties for the past two years. She has formally volunteered with the Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, Ocean County Division at Ocean County College for three years, teaching pre-GED, citizenship, drivers license, job promotion or application, and financial, family, and health literacy to adult ESL individuals.

Samantha has also volunteered as an adult literacy coach to help persons develop their writing skills, draft and revise resumes for employment, fill out applications, prepare admissions essays for college, and write professional letters. 


Raising Awareness

Samantha has partaken in a host of community, state, and national campaigns to raise awareness, funds, or champion for equity with a variety of organizations. She has participated with:

  • Jersey Pride, Asbury Park, NJ
  • North Jersey Pride PrideFest Volunteer, RAD Family Supporter
  • Peddle for the Puzzle, WHPW Challenger League
  • Day without Latinos
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk, Belmar, NJ
  • Carteret Conquers Cancer Annual Walk
  • Seeing Eye Dog Foundation, Morristown, NJ
  • GLSEN, Central NJ Chapter
  • Latino Institute, NJ
  • City of Newark Urban Youth Conference
  • Polar Bear Plunge, NJ benefiting Special Olympics
  • National Night Out, Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • The Anti-Carceral Coalition of Engaged Students (ACCES), a national network of advocacy for inmates and their families. 
  • Princeton University's SPEAR--Students for Prison Education, Abolition and Reform

Click here to watch a video of the SPEAR conference chat with death-row inmate Kenneth Reams, and Q&A with Samantha and other members.