|If you plan on attending, please register online by September 7. You may also register by calling 973-655-4141. Registration is required.|
The Fifth Annual National Day of Service is upon us here at Montclair State University! We will honor the heroes of 9/11 by inviting all alumni, students, faculty, and staff to join us on our National Day of Service. On September 14, 2013, we will come together to lend a helping hand in the extended Montclair State community. We hope you will consider participating and pay tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 by volunteering a few hours of your time in the local community in honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance.
All participants will meet in the Student Center Ballrooms for registration, breakfast, and welcoming remarks. Volunteers will then be directed to their assigned service sites to serve and show our support to the community. Service sites will be located throughout the surrounding community, both on-campus and off-campus. Transportation will be provided to all off-campus sites. Upon completion of service activities, all off-campus volunteers will be provided with transportation back to campus. The day will conclude by 12:00 p.m. Please note that project end-times will vary depending on the service project and may end earlier than 12:00 p.m.
Service Projects Available to Alumni
Community Food Bank of New Jersey - Hillside
The Community Food bank’s mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long term solutions. The Food Bank, located in Hillside, NJ, distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year to about 1,500 non-profit programs, including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. Through their combined efforts, the CFBNJ help to feed 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Volunteers will participate and assist in food sorting and food bagging.
Hilltop Reservation - Verona/Cedar Grove
The Hilltop Reservation, spread across 280 square miles of forests, meadows, and trees in Verona and Cedar Grove, is a local nature preserve that provides habitat for native wildlife and plant species, and a place of respite, enjoyment, and learning activities for members of the local communities. Maintained by the Hilltop Conservancy, the area relies on the help of volunteers to accomplish large-scale preservation projects that prevent trail erosion and the destruction of Hilltop’s natural habitat.
Volunteers will participate in one of two projects:
Montclair Historical Society - Montclair
- forest regeneration and invasive plant species removal; OR
- trail-hardening, a more work-intensive task that requires digging and burying large rocks to create a relatively smooth walking/biking surface
The Montclair Historical Society promotes the preservation, study, and appreciation of local history in and around Montclair, hosting an array of educational programs that educate the public about our area’s past. Its many demonstrations, classes, and lectures are held at the Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses on Orange Road, which also serve as a historic house museum, space for historical collections and artifacts, and a museum gift shop. Volunteers will assist MHS staff in maintaining the property’s community farm and weeding, trimming, and pruning the grounds.
Bloomfield Street Sweep - Bloomfield
Bloomfield Township, one of Montclair State’s four host communities, is a growing, suburban community offering an ideal environment in which families, as well as businesses, can grow and prosper. One of New Jersey’s more diverse municipalities (covering only 5.3 square miles and inhabiting nearly 47,000 residents), Bloomfield Township boasts an excellent public school system and first-rate recreational facilities including newly renovated parks and athletic fields.
Street-sweep volunteers will participate in a local community clean-up, providing much-needed assistance to the Bloomfield Department of Public Works.
Little Falls Painting Project - Little Falls
The nearby township of Little Falls is one of Montclair State University’s four host communities. It offers both newcomers and long-term residents the quality of life that makes suburban New Jersey a desirable address for home, career, and recreation, including quality education and a variety of year-round recreational programs for children, adults, and seniors. Volunteers will assist site coordinators with painting projects at Little Falls School No. 1 – grades 5 through 8 – and at the Little Falls Recreation Center.
Hillside Elementary School Cleanup - Montclair
Hillside Elementary School is one of seven public elementary schools in Montclair, serving more than 600 students, grades 3-5. Hillside offers a unique Gifted and Talented program, presuming that all children have special gifts and talents, which the school has a responsibility to identify and nurture. Its curriculum allows students to discover and develop new interests and knowledge, and sample new experiences and challenges through their studies. Volunteers will be tasked with three main indoor projects: a) cleaning out and reorganizing props, sets, and costume storage for the school’s drama teacher; b) assisting with the continued reorganization of the media center; and c) cleaning out the storage spaces off the school cafeteria.
Card Creations for Seniors - Montclair State University
This is an ON-CAMPUS service project. Volunteers will assist team leaders in creating birthday, holiday, or other greeting cards for nursing-home residents – many of whom lack the mobility or resources to buy these items themselves – to send to friends or loved ones.
Attire for service day is as follows: closed toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing for indoor or outdoor activities; please use discretion if you intend to bring valuables. We are not responsible for any lost items.
If you plan on attending, please register online by September 7. You may also register by calling 973-655-4141. Registration is required.
Montclair State is proud to partner with the community. Together we CAN make a difference.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (973) 655-4141. All participants are directed to park in the CarParc Diem Deck where parking will be complimentary.
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