Service Learning, Volunteerism and Community Engagement

Freshmen Connection

Rowan University’s Freshman Connection Program gives freshmen a jump start on learning new skills and establishing long-lasting friendships. Entering students arrive on campus for fall semester five days early and participate in group activities run by University staff members and upper-class student leaders. Through participation in one of the three program tracts – Adventure, Service, and Arts & Entertainment – students can engage in different experiences, interact with new people, and make discoveries about the world and themselves.

The Connect through Service tract is organized by the Service Learning, Volunteerism & Community Engagement Office and is designed to introduce students to meaningful volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community. Each day students engage in projects at local non-profit agencies whose mission it is to help others. Examples of activities are renovating homes for Habitat for Humanity, painting murals at local agencies, cooking and delivering meals for a soup kitchen, and spending time with senior citizens.

The activities vary year to year, but they are always followed up by discussion and reflection on the service experience. Upper-class leaders facilitate the activities and answer questions on issues and apprehensions that are most often on the mind of volunteers. The team leaders also share information on campus services, clubs, and ways to get involved in campus life. Additionally, social activities are held during the evening so that students have a chance to relax, unwind, and have fun.

 

Freshman Connection Service Program 2012 - plans so far - are working with:

a retirement community

an autism group

a nature preserve & animal refuge

children

preparing dinner for parents of sick individuals

Community Partners dinner

 

Link for information and registration: FC information brochure '12

FC Registration form '12

 

Freshman Connection 2011 students volunteered with the following partners during their week of service:

Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity

Cardinal Village Retirement Community

SAIL (Supports to Achieving Independent Living)

Rowan University Glassboro Campus Daycare

Gift of Life House (dinner preparation)

Community Partners dinner