As part of its larger goal to heighten civic and community engagement among members of the Red Hawk Community, the VRC provides several volunteer-based programs during the academic year, in addition to its other services. These programs include:
- the National Day of Service;
- Alternative Spring Break service projects; and
- the University-Community Partnership Fair.
National Day of Service
The National Day of Service is a nationally-recognized, annual service event commemorating the heroes of 9/11. Since 2009, Montclair State University has invited all its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in this special commemoration event - scheduled on or around September 11 - by coming together in community service, much like the victims, survivors, and first responders who joined forces in response to the Twin Towers attacks.
This event features a variety of different on- and off-campus service projects that engage members of the Red Hawk community in addressing issues of local community need or importance. Planning for the DOS begins annually in the summer.
* To learn more about the 2013 National Day of Service and what service sites will be offered at this year's program, click here!
Alternative Spring Break Service Projects
First launched in March 2013, the VRC's Alternative Spring Break program offers an opportunity for students to volunteer during their week-long break from school. Volunteer projects typically last a half day or less, and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
In March, 35 Red Hawk volunteers successfully participated in service projects for Paterson Habitat for Humanity and the Passaic County planning division, who organized a cleanup at the Morris Canal Greenway in Little Falls.
University-Community Partnership Fair
The University-Community Partnership Fair is an on-campus networking event that invites community-based nonprofits to connect with individual departments and students at Montclair State University. Launched in the Spring of 2013, it provides members of the Red Hawk Community - including all students, faculty, staff, and alumni - a unique opportunity to network with individual nonprofit organizations who may offer volunteer opportunities, voluntary internships, and fieldwork.