This weekend marks your chance to get out and show just how much "Jersey Cares."

Island Beach State Park (Photo by Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media)

Saturday, May 3, 2014 is the 16th Annual "Jersey Cares Day," and Executive Director Brian Dean says it's a great opportunity for the whole family to spend a day giving back to the community.  Thousands of volunteers will be at work at locations throughout the state, including Island Beach State Park and Long Beach Island.  Dean says registration is open to ages 4 and up, and all you need to bring - is you.

"We buy it all, we have everything waiting for all of the volunteers when they arrive," Dean said.  "It's always helpful if they want to bring something with them, but they can expect when they show up that we'll have all of the shovels, the gloves and the garbage bags, the things that they'll need."

Dean says that kind of organization is part of why the group got started in the first place.

"We knew that volunteers were having a tough time volunteering," Dean said.  "They would go to a nonprofit organization, maybe they didn't have a volunteer coordinator.  The organizations didn't really know what to do with volunteers, so volunteers would have a bad experience."

Saturday's event will help beautify communities in 16 New Jersey counties.  For information on how to register or to sponsor a volunteer, just click here.