Volunteer Opportunities – Search Engines
External Resources for Volunteers
Service beyond the VRC:
There are a number of fun ways to get involved in community service as a Red Hawk at Montclair State University – not just through the VRC!
Service-Learning at Montclair State University is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized community-based service activity. This activity meets identified community needs, and provides a student with sufficient time to reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain a greater understanding of course content and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. Currently, the service-learning program has 500-700 students enrolled per semester.
For more information, visit http://www.montclair.edu/academy/servicelearning/ or contact Bryan Murdock (Director, Service-Learning and Community Engagement) at firstname.lastname@example.org, 973.655.6831.
Americorps programs at Montclair State University:
a) Bonner Americorps Leaders
The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education that students and members receive by asking them to engage in ongoing service work and helping them develop the experience, skills, knowledge and values necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting. Bonner Leaders commit to an average of 10 hours of service a week. These hours are primarily made up of service to a community agency or project, but also from activities such as in-service workshops, training sessions, and retreats that address pertinent issues and teach valuable, transferable skills. Bonner Leaders receive a stipend of $1,400, at minimum, through the Bonner program (or, if eligible, through the Federal Work-Study program). Bonner Leaders are also eligible to receive a $1,000 education award (scholarship) when they complete their one-year term of 300 hours of community service. This education award can be used to offset educational costs including tuition and student loans.
For more information on the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Program, please contact Krystal Woolston, email@example.com, (973) 655-4268.
b) EECO Americorps Leaders
The EECO AmeriCorps Program is a New Jersey-funded program based out of Montclair State University and the New Jersey School of Conservation. EECO members – of which there are currently fifteen for the 2012-2013 grant year – provide community outreach and support in state and environmental education. Members currently serve at the School of Conservation, in Montclair and Orange Public Schools, at the Montclair YMCA, and at Montclair State University. Besides serving at primary service sites, all EECO members must meet regularly to collaborate on additional service projects, as well as leadership and professional training.
For more information about the EECO AmeriCorps Program, please contact Bryan Murdock, firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 655-6831.
Alphi Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed community service fraternity. The organization was founded in 1925 in Easton, Pennsylvania and has since grown to over 350 chapters across the nation. The chapter at Montclair State University, Nu Psi, requires its members to complete 25 service hours per semester, but encourages them to go above and beyond that number by taking part in a variety of planned activities each year.
For more information, visit the Montclair State APO website at http://msualphaphiomega.wix.com/nu-psi#!home/mainPage.
National Day of Service
Each year, the Volunteer Resource Center coordinates and arranges a variety of service sites and projects for university students, faculty, alumni, and staff in honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service. On this day, we commemorate those who perished in the attacks by declaring our solidarity in service to our communities and the country at large. Those members of the campus community who are interested in participating in next year’s Day of Service will have the opportunity to pre-register online and learn more about individual service projects that will be offered that day. Planning for the DOS begins in the Spring semester.
For a complete list of service sites offered at the last Day of Service, please visit http://www.montclair.edu/news/article.php?ArticleID=10081.