More than 400 Montclair State students, faculty, staff and alumni joined community members to participate in the National Day of Service on Saturday, September 12. This was the seventh year that Montclair State has participated in this national event, which pays tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and also honors first responders and others who served in the days and months that followed.
Local first responders from Montclair State, Montclair, Clifton and Little Falls were honored and recognized for their service after the 2001 attacks at a breakfast ceremony held before the start of the community service activities.
According to Bryan Murdock, director of the Center for Community Engagement, the turnout was the largest yet and the volunteers served in 17 different community service projects at locations such as the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Montclair Farms, Paterson School Number 5, Morgan’s Farm, Hill Top Reservation, Eva’s Kitchen, the Salvation Army and the Montclair State Jump Start Program.
Service activities included stocking shelves and creating food donation bags at the food bank, helping to build a greenhouse at School Number 5, harvesting vegetables and cleaning up at local community farms, trail restoration at Hilltop Reservation, and making sandwiches and assembling bags of toiletries to be distributed to local homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
Montclair State’s National Day of Service was made possible in part by the collaboration of a number of University offices and units including the Volunteer Resource Center, University Facilities, Alumni Relations, the Center for Student Involvement, Residence Life, the Center for Community Engagement, Community Relations, and Fire Safety.
Murdock also expressed thanks to the community partners and donors whose generous support made the 2015 National Day of Service possible including: Chartwells, Fairway Market, Little Falls ShopRite, The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, and Liberty Mutual Insurance.