For the third consecutive year, the Montclair State University community joined together to serve those in need by participating in the annual National Day of Service. More than 250 students, faculty, staff, and alumni spent Saturday, September 10 helping local community organizations, cleaning up neighboring community areas, or helping with local food drives.
This year’s event had special meaning since it coincided with the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a day when dedicated men and women answered the call and volunteered to offer their services to those in need. In the spirit of those dedicated volunteers, the Montclair State community joined hundreds of thousands of other Americans around the nation who volunteered in their own communities.
The Montclair State volunteers served in 18 different community service projects that were located in the towns of Montclair, Clifton, Little Falls, Bloomfield, Hillside, Newark, and Jersey City. The projects included: cleanup and beautification projects at Liberty Science Center, Yantacaw Brook Park, and Bonsal Wildlife Preserve in Montclair; street sweeps in the towns of Clifton, Bloomfield, and Montclair; stocking shelves at Hillside Community Food Bank; a painting project at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton; and a clean-up project of the Morris Canal in Little Falls.
Participants also served on the University campus filling backpacks with school supplies to be distributed to students affected by recent floods, stuffing envelopes for a United Way Northern New Jersey fund raiser, creating care packages with personal hygiene items for local residents affected by the recent floods, writing letters to military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and conducting a clean-up project across campus.
The day was a great success and many local community members and legislators including Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried and Little Falls Council President Louis Fontana joined in to help with the work. The volunteerism and service shown by all was a worthy tribute to the spirit of those who did the same ten years earlier. Thank you to the sponsors who helped make the day possible, and to all the participants who helped make the day a success!
See more photos from the National Day of Service.