Montclair State Gives Back

University takes part in National Day of Service

Photo: Mike Peters

Some of the nearly 300 Montclair State University volunteers who worked on service projects in neighboring communities for the National Day of Service.

Nearly 300 Montclair State University students, alumni and staff participated in the National Day of Service on Saturday, September 14. This was the fifth year that Montclair State has participated in the National Day of Service, a day during which volunteers from across the country serve their communities in memory of the victims and first responders of the September 11 attacks.

It was the best year yet, according to Bryan Murdock of Academic Affairs, who organized the event: “It went off without a hitch.”

Volunteers met on Saturday morning and departed campus for seven community service projects in Little Falls, Montclair, Hillside, Verona, Cedar Grove and Bloomfield. Montclair State volunteers sorted and packed food donations at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, restored a meadow and hardened trails at the Hilltop Reservation, worked in the garden at the Montclair Historical Society, helped the Bloomfield Public Works Department clean up streets, painted and repaired parts of the Little Falls Recreation Center and School No. 1, cleaned and organized Hillside Elementary School’s media center and drama department storage, created greeting cards for nursing home residents and wrote letters of thanks to veterans and soldiers overseas.

Senior Shannon Sengstack volunteered to work on the Bloomfield Street Sweep project. Reflecting on her day of service, Sengstack said, “I love lending a helping hand to my community which has treated me so well.”

Montclair State’s National Day of Service was made possible in part by the collaboration of the Center for Student Involvement, Alumni Relations, Residential Education and Services, Service-Learning and Community Engagement, University and Community Relations and Parking Services.

Murdock also expressed thanks to all the community partners who helped give students the opportunity to volunteer. The spirit of cooperation between the volunteers and the community partners made this year’s National Day of Service a fine tribute to the heroes of September 11.