2013 National Day of Service
The 2013 National Day of Service program will take place in the Student Center Ballrooms B&C on the morning of Saturday, September 14, 2013, beginning at 8am.
All members of the Montclair State University community - students, faculty, staff, and alumni - are welcomed to participate. Parking will be available in CarParc Diem, no permits required.
Participating volunteers will have the opportunity to register for one of the two-hour service projects offered on the morning of September 14. Registration will begin PROMPTLY at 8am. Projects are first come, first serve, and buses will begin leaving the university between 8:30 and 9am.
After registering, students will be offered a light breakfast before leaving for their individual service sites. Please note, work-appropriate clothes (close-toed shoes and pants) are a must!
* This program is presented by: Center for Student Involvement, Alumni Relations, Residential Education and Services, Service-Learning and Community Engagement, University and Community Relations, and MSU Parking Services.
*Note: the following information may be subject to change.
Community Food Bank of New Jersey:
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, located in Hillside, NJ, distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year to about 1,500 non-profit programs, including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. Through their combined efforts, the CFBNJ 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.
All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes to participate in this service project.
The Hilltop Reservation, spread across 280 square miles of forests, meadows, and trees in Verona and Cedar Grove, is a local nature preserve that provides habitat for native wildlife and plant species, and a place of respite, enjoyment, and learning activities for members of the local communities. Maintained by the Hilltop Conservancy, the area relies on the help of volunteers to accomplish large-scale preservation projects that prevent trail erosion and the destruction of Hilltop’s natural habitat.
Volunteers will participate in one of two projects:
- forest regeneration and invasive plant species removal; OR
- trail-hardening, a more work-intensive task that requires digging and burying large rocks to create a relatively smooth walking/biking surface
All volunteers must wear work-appropriate clothes to participate in this service project.
Montclair Historical Society:
The Montclair Historical Society promotes the preservation, study, and appreciation of local history in and around Montclair, hosting an array of educational programs that educate the public about our area’s past. Its many demonstrations, classes, and lectures are held at the Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses on Orange Road, which also serve as a historic house museum, space for historical collections and artifacts, and a museum gift shop.
Volunteers will assist MHS staff in maintaining the property’s community farm and weeding, trimming, and pruning the grounds.
All volunteers must wear work-appropriate clothes to participate in this project.
Bloomfield Street Sweep:
Bloomfield Township, one of Montclair State’s four host communities, 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.
Street-sweep volunteers will participate in a local community clean-up, providing much-needed assistance to the Bloomfield Department of Public Works.
Little Falls Painting Project(s):
40 SPOTS (Rec Center: 15, School No. 1: 25)
The nearby township of Little Falls is one of Montclair State University’s four host communities. It offers both newcomers and long-term residents the quality of life that makes suburban New Jersey a desirable address for home, career, and recreation, including quality education and a variety of year-round recreational programs for children, adults, and seniors.
Volunteers will assist site coordinators with painting projects at Little Falls School No. 1 – grades 5 through 8 – and at the Little Falls Recreation Center. School No. 1 volunteers will add a fresh coat of paint to the door sills of the school's classrooms, while Rec Center volunteers will be refurbishing the facility's outdoor sports shed.
Hillside Elementary School Cleanup:
Hillside Elementary School is one of seven public elementary schools in Montclair, serving more than 600 students, grades 3-5. Hillside offers a unique Gifted and Talented program, presuming that all children have special gifts and talents, which the school has a responsibility to identify and nurture. Its curriculum allows students to discover and develop new interests and knowledge, and sample new experiences and challenges through their studies.
Volunteers will be tasked with three main indoor projects: a) cleaning out and reorganizing props, sets, and costume storage for the school’s drama teacher; b) assisting with the continued reorganization of the media center; and c) cleaning out the storage spaces off the school cafeteria.
Card Creations for Seniors:
This is an ON-CAMPUS service project. Volunteers will assist team leaders in creating birthday, holiday, or other greeting cards for nursing-home residents – many of whom lack the mobility or resources to buy these items themselves – to send to friends or loved ones.