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 2015 Martin Luther King Day of Service and a schedule for the day of service.

January 19, 2015Martin 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, alumni, 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:

8:00 a.m. - Registration begins, breakfast provided
8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Program Start
9:00 a.m. - Volunteers leave for off-campus opportunities via buses (provided)
9:45 a.m. - Projects begin
12:30 p.m. - Project wrap-up, volunteers begin boarding buses
1:00 p.m. - Volunteers return to campus

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.

Neighborhood Center - This multi-function community center serves a daily meal through its urban farm and community kitchen, offers child care services, and teen programs. Volunteers will help serve the meal, organize donations to the center and other tasks to support the center. Volunteers may be outdoors and should plan to dress warmly.

Lanning Square Neighborhood Cleanup - Several groups and neighbors in the Lanning Square Neighborhood are planning to clean out a vacant lot in the neighborhood immediately south of the Cooper Hospital. Volunteers should plan to dress warmly, gloves and bags provided.

Cooper-Rowan Medical School - The medical students at Rowan Med School are planning volunteer activities for community members to participate in on their campus and have invited us to join them.

On-campus Disaster Preparedness Training - Volunteers are called upon to learn strategies to be prepared for disasters and learn how to respond when others are in need. Workshops facilitated by the Red Cross, this training opportunity will not involve direct service on King Day but prepare volunteers for future action.

Cooper-Grant Neighborhood Tour - 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 the Gallery 11 One, Cooper River Distillery, and others.

Lawnside Historical Society - A historic site that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad in Lawnside NJ is seeking to replace its fences surrounding the property. Volunteers for this project should dress warmly, work gloves provided.

On-Campus Youth-Serving Activities - Families are encouraged to join us for this opportunity! A variety of youth activities will be offered on campus for youth in the Rutgers - North Camden Ignite Program. Volunteers will help with the projects and help youth understand the importance of Dr. King's legacy through service.


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