2012 Day of Service Site Descriptions

1. CUMAC: CUMAC feeds people and changes lives. It works to alleviate hunger and its root causes for those in need in Paterson, Passaic County and northern New Jersey. In 1985, CUMAC was incorporated as the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community Ecumenically Concerned Helping Others (CUMAC/ECHO) – a name meant to show that while we are an urban mission of the United Methodist Church, we serve all people in need without discrimination. Volunteers will participate and assist in food sorting and food bagging at this food pantry located in Paterson, NJ. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes and layers for service at this food pantry.

2. Bonsal Preserve: The Bonsal preserve is located and owned by the Township of Montclair, New Jersey and was purchased with NJ DEP Green Acres funds. The City of Clifton is located to the north, and residential development surrounds the preserve to the south, east and west. There are 9.12 acres of adjacent lands located to the north of the preserve which are controlled by the North Jersey District Water Commission for its Wanaque Reservoir Balancing Tank which provide additional habitat for wildlife. Volunteers will participate in a clean up/garbage removal at this park in Montclair.

3. Liberty Science Center: Liberty Science Center is New Jersey’s most-visited museum and one of the most popular science centers in the country. Located in historic Liberty State Park, across the river from Lower Manhattan, its mission is to provide an innovative learning resource for the lifelong exploration of nature, humanity and technology, strengthening communities, and inspiring global stewardship. Volunteers will participate in a clean up/garbage removal on LSC grounds in Jersey City, New Jersey.

4. Hillside Food Bank: 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 distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,500 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. Through their combined efforts, they 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 at this food pantry located in Hillside, New Jersey. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes to serve at this food bank.

5. Montclair Animal Shelter: The Township of Montclair Animal Shelter-Animal Control and Humane Law Enforcement Department is committed to providing assistance to the residents and animals of Montclair. Their goals are education, enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation. Volunteers will participate in a clean up of cages at this animal shelter located in Montclair, New Jersey.

6. St. Peter’s Haven: To respond to the needs of homeless families in the community, St. Peter’s Church began St. Peter’s Haven, a shelter for homeless families. While other homeless shelters serve the needs of either men or women, St. Peter’s Haven offers homeless families the opportunity to stay together as a family unit while getting on their feet to find housing, employment and opportunities for parents and children. The shelter program expanded from one family to three families. From a program to provide food for the homeless families under our roof, the Community Food Pantry currently serves over 1,000 persons a month. Volunteers will participate and assist in food sorting and food bagging at this food pantry located in Clifton, New Jersey. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes to serve at this location.

7. Clifton Public School #4: Clifton is a wonderful place to live and grow. School 4 is proud to be a contributing partner in Clifton’s reputation and future. School 4 is the smallest of Clifton’s 14 elementary schools. The school provides a safe, secure, consistent nurturing environment. School 4 is a wonderful school, rich in diversity, pride and enthusiasm. Their motto is “Today’s Treasures, Tomorrow’s Hope!” Volunteers will help paint a large mural for an outdoor classroom and redecorate the basement of the art room.

8. Covenant House: Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the mission to help homeless youth escape the streets. Today, Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless, throwaway, and runaway kids. Covenant House doesn't stop at offering an immediate safe harbor to homeless youth; it strives to move each kid forward down the path to an independent adulthood, free from the risk of future homelessness. Volunteers will be assisting with sorting clothing donations and cleaning up files in a storage room in New York, New York. Volunteers must use public transportation to reach this location.

9. St. Lucy’s Shelter: St. Lucy's Shelter is a supervised 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, year-round emergency shelter facility for single women and men offering emergency housing and food for those in need. Volunteers will assist with the daily functions of this shelter ranging from washing clothing to sorting food donations in the food pantry. All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes to serve at this location.

10. Project Street Sweep (Little Falls): The Little Falls Township is named for the Passaic River waterfall that formerly spilled downstream from the dam in front of the Beattie Mill. Volunteers will participate in a beautification project in Little Falls cleaning up the township's parks and streets with weed removal at the Morris Canal location.

11. Project Street Sweep (Bloomfield): Bloomfield Township 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. In Bloomfield, volunteers will participate in a clean up of the local streets.

12. Municipal Car Wash: The Haddon Heights Fire Department provides service to the residents of Haddon Heights and to surrounding communities to preserve and to protect life and property. The Haddon Heights Fire Department accomplishes this by providing highly trained fire fighters to the scene of a call for service in a timely manner on properly equipped and maintained apparatus. The Haddon Heights Fire Department will strive to protect the lives of our neighbors, ourselves and property of others; however, the protection and preservation of life will always be our priority. Volunteers will participate in a car wash of local municipal vehicles to show appreciation for all the hard work they do serving the Montclair State University campus. This car wash will take place on the Montclair State campus in Lot 23 North.

13. Campus Clean Up: With 18,500 students, Montclair State University is New Jersey's second largest university and we feel a special pride in our reputation for exceptional faculty, commitment to excellent teaching and the quality of our scholarship. We are proud that our mission of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body is being fulfilled on our campus every day. Volunteers will participate in a clean up of the University grounds beautifying their campus. The clean up will start by the Newman Center steps and work back towards Bohn Hall.

14. Letters for Veterans: Montclair State University's Student Veterans Association is a Class II organization of the Student Government Association. The organization is a "home base" for veteran/military students and works to assist members with the transition to college life. The Student Veterans Association also encourages community outreach and collaboration with other campus organizations and Veteran groups. Volunteers will participate in a letter writing effort to show appreciation to the veterans who serve our country proudly with dedication. This project will take place on campus.