A Day On! Not a Day Off.

Location: Rutgers-Camden Campus Center
Address: 326 Penn St, Camden, NJ 08102
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Each January, Rutgers–Camden answers a national call to service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers, families, and community members come together to participate in a day of action, both on the campus and in the community.

On this page you will find details about our campus’ plans for the 2014 Martin Luther King Day of Service and a schedule for the day of service.

January 20, 2014Martin Luther King Day of Service at Rutgers–Camden

Motivated by Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community, Rutgers–Camden seeks to create on our campus a space where people from all backgrounds can work and learn together. Activities are open to students, faculty, and staff of the university; their families; and children and adults from across the City of Camden and the State of New Jersey. While we sometimes think of service as one group of people serving another, this day of service involves individuals serving each other and the larger community.


Schedule for the Day:

8:30 a.m. - Registration begins (Campus Center Lobby, Rutgers-Camden)

9:00 a.m. - Family and Volunteer orientations (projects described below)

9:45 a.m. - Projects begin

10:45 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - Projects resume

Noon - Lunch and closing ceremony

Project Descriptions

The Day of Service aims to engage adults and youth from the city and the region. In some cases, adult volunteers will help facilitate activities for youth. In other cases, adults will engage in activities that aim to benefit the whole community.

We offered the following activities on campus, many of which we have named using words drawn from Dr. King. Participants selected up to three activities to participate in. Adults helped to facilitate youth-oriented activities or select from activities aimed at adults.

We Must Use Our Time Creatively, Time is Always Right to Do What's Right (aimed at youth in grades K-6): These workshops used themes of Dr. King’s speeches to create artistic representations of his words using recycled materials and art supplies.

The Seeds of the Tree of Peace (aimed at youth in grades 4-6): This workshop connected Dr. King's belief that non-violent action represents the seeds for the tree of peace. Youth planted and received a peace plant that they were challenged to nurture in rememberance of Dr. King. They also decorated a clay pot where their seed may flourish. Volunteers helped facilitate this workshop.

Nutrition workshops (separate workshops aimed at youth in grade K-3 and 4-6): Facilitated by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

The Audacity to Believe (aimed at youth in grades 7-8): This workshop connected King's belief that "people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies; education and culture for their minds; and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits." Volunteers and youth learned about the challenges facing our community and how a simple response can make an impact.

The Function of Education (aimed at youth in grades 9-11): This workshop connected volunteers and high school students in an exploration of higher education opportunities. Facilitated by the Hill Family Center for College Access at Rutgers-Camden.

Teen Leadership workshops (aimed at youth in grades 7-10): Facilitated by Teen SHARP.

Rise Up with a Greater Readiness (aimed at adults and older teens): Volunteers are called upon to learn strategies to be prepared for disasters and how to respond when others are in need. Space for 40 volunteers.

The Beloved Community (aimed at adults): Join the members of the Cooper Grant neighborhood in exploring the efforts of residents to create the beloved community here in Camden. Participants will tour assets of the community including Gallery 11 One, the Cooper River Distillery, and more.

Community information tables: (aimed at adults): Featuring information about financial literacy, free tax services, and the new healthcare law.