Service Learning, Volunteerism and Community Engagement

On-going Volunteer Events and Clubs

These programs are offered throughout the year and are great ways to become involved in our local community. For more information, please email: volunteer@rowan.edu.

Adopt a family for Thanksgiving - This project entails an individual or group to purchase Thanksgiving food items according to the list linked above. 6o families are up for adoption. You may email our office at: volunteer@rowan.edu with your preference of family size. We will assign you a family number. All food must be placed in boxes and marked with your assigned family number. If you cannot adopt an entire family and would like to donate a few items, just drop off the items to the Office. We are also accepting any frozen turkey that we will donate to the Food Bank of SJ. Donations of family holiday food will be distributed to Families of Division of Child Protection and Permanency, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Glassboro & Paulsboro and Volunteers of America. See suggested food items lists: Suggested food items per family size

After school Tutoring Programs - Many opportunities are available,please email volunteer@rowan.edu for information.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Drives - held every 56 days at the University. Students may sign up online to donate blood at www.redcrossblood.org or sign up at any student sign up tables. Student groups also volunteer to sponsor blood drive sign up tables to encourage students to donate blood as well as provide adequate information about blood donation. Other volunteers may be trained to help out the entire day of the blood drive.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters - First Mentor's Program
Become a "Big to a "little" grades K-6. One hour a week at a local elementary school. Application and interview process required but will be matched quickly. One hour training is mandatory. Training workshops are offered a few times during the school year. This program runs the entire school year. Only accepting application for the 13-14 school year.

Cathedral Kitchen - is the largest Soup Kitchen in Camden, NJ. Thousands of meals are provided to the poor and hungry each month. The mission of the Cathedral Kitchen is to provide essential life services that support the health and well-being of those in our community. Our program runs mostly on Saturdays, where we will be serving brunch.

Center For Environmental Transformation - directs its efforts to all people, particularly those who live in the neighborhood of Waterfront South and the City of Camden, NJ. They seek to educate people into a more environmentally responsible way to live on our planet. Equally important, they seek to engage in sustainable modes of food production, storm water management, and waste recycling for the benefit of the people of the neighborhood and the residents of the entire city. Volunteers are needed to care for many urban gardens through out the city of Camden. They will be helping care for those gardens by doing various activities from weeding to planting new crops.

Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) is an animal shelter which serves as a refuge for thousands of stray, unwanted, abused, abandoned and sick animals. Volunteers are needed for animal socialization, walking & grooming dogs and playing with cats. This is also opportunity to work in the small animal room. All volunteers must first complete training before volunteering.

Gateway Community Action Partnership - Reading Enrichment Program (Formerly Tri-County HeadStart Program) GCAP - is a social service organization that provides childcare, WIC, and other services to moderate and low-income families. Their mission is to provide services that improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency. Our volunteers plan a reading program which requires reading a book to children and then helping them with a craft project that is related to the book's theme. Volunteers are also needed to plan the reading/craft programs. The program runs one Wednesday a month from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 am. Transportation is provided.

Glassboro Child Development Center
Glassboro Child Development Center is a state licensed, private, non-profit childcare agency that provides year-round childcare programs for infants, toddlers, elementary, and teens. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, reading books, computer education, and arts and crafts instruction. Volunteers mainly spend time reading books, playing with blocks, coloring with crayons or just playing with the children. It’s a very friendly environment. This is a monthly project and transportation is provided.

Gift of Life Donor Program - Family House - The GOL House is dedicated to nurturing the caregivers of transplant patients, by providing temporary lodging and supportive services for families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment at area health care facilities in Philadelphia, PA. Student volunteers participate in the "Home Cook Heroes Program" which is where students cook and serve meals to the families residing at the house. Food ingredients for meals are provided by the SLVCE Office.

Hurricane Sandy Relief - there are still many areas affected by Hurricane Sandy that could use some volunteers to help with the restoration and clean up. Please contact Andrew Perrone - volunteer@rowan.edu for further information.

Juniper Village is an assisted living community in Washington Township, NJ. Volunteers will be doing bingo and crafts with the residents. This is a one hour program once a month. Transportation is provided.

March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March for Babies Walk is held on the Rowan Campus on the last Sunday of April, every year. Volunteers are needed to help fundraise, as well as, volunteer to be a part of the planning committee or just help out the day of the walk.

Martin Luther King Child Development Center

This is a non-profit agency whose purpose is to provide services and support to the children and families of Southern New Jersey in areas relatead to Early Care and Education, School-aged Child Care, Positive Child Growth and Development, Positive Parenting, and Enriched Community Participation. THey serve children whose parens are working, attending school or job training programs, and children identified as having certain special needs in an effort to respect, support and maintain the sanctity of all families.This is a one hour program once a month with trasnportation provided.

Relay For Life/Colleges Against Cancer

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Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey serves as a "home-away from home," for over 17,000 families who children are being treated at nearby hospitals for critical illness or traumatic injuries. While the main house is located in Camden, there are 11 family rooms located in children's wings of various South Jersey Hospitals. Volunteer groups are needed to plan, prepare and cook brunch or dinner for families staying at the house. Food ingredients for meals are provided by the SLVCE Office.This is a monthly project and transportation is provided.

Rowan University Clean & Greens (Fall and Spring)

Students are assigned areas on campus to help pick up trash. Greening projects are also planned in many targeted areas on campus.