Be of Service: Community Service

 “Building Community Partnerships”

Our Community Service programs, in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement at The Career Development Office, designed a range of co-curricular service learning opportunities that targets local, state, national, and global needs.  These programs have scheduled and completed park cleanings, food drives, walkathons and fund raising events for disasters and emergencies. They have helped business entrepreneurs succeed all around the world, and from this we know that because of their service experience, our NJIT students grow into more well- rounded citizens in an ever-changing global society. 

While thinking globally, we must also be present locally, by creating lifelong partnerships in our home, the City of Newark, and making a difference in the lives of so many residents.  With over 10 years’ experience, we have partnered with non-profit and faith-based organizations, local schools, governmental agencies, and civic associations to uplift our communities by extending a helping hand.  This deep commitment goes back to the core of our University mission when it was founded as a premier technical school, The Newark Technical School, established in 1881, now New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 Due to the efforts of so many students, faculty and staff, we continue to be recognized nationally; NJIT has repeatedly been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Some of our Community Programs to get you engaged as a Highlander:

  • NJIT Go Green (Fall and Spring): Students participated in an array of clean up activities on and around campus.  Students also planted flowers and bushes in targeted areas on campus.
  • Care of the Park Days:  Care of the Park will host smaller groups of 10-12 or larger groups of 25-30 NJIT student volunteers throughout the year, with the exception of December, January, and February.  A community service day lasts 3.5 hours. Larger groups can be accommodated by splitting into smaller teams that will work simultaneously in different zones of the park. After multiple work days during the year, the newly forged park stewards emerge from their experience with a better understanding of how the park’s landscape, infrastructure and utilization patterns transition throughout the seasons, something that cannot be fully appreciated in a one day volunteer event,   while learning environmental stewardship.  We usually target the following Months: August / September, October, March and April/May.
  • Breast Cancer Walk:  For over 15 years, NJIT Faculty and Staff have engaged in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  The Newark Breast Cancer Walk is a celebration of survivorship - an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer's last century. You can help finish the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with The American Cancer Society Making Strides of Newark, NJ.  Join more than one million people each year who are helping to end breast cancer.  Make a Pledge, Donate and join us for the Walk in October 2015.
  • Toys for Tots: In partnership with the US Marine Corp, NJIT Students host The Toy for Tots Campaign.  We encourage student clubs, organizations and departmental offices to host a Toy for Tots event.  All toys collected are dropped off at the Toys for Tots New Jersey HQ, bringing a smile and sharing in the joy of the holiday season. 
  • Celebrity Read: In partnership with the United Way, CSI and the Office of Civic Engagement recruits faculty, staff and students will participate in the Celebrity Read initiative that recruits volunteers who model their love of reading and the pursuit of education as a pathway to success for young learners. Volunteers visit a local elementary school site for a morning or afternoon, read aloud with students and answer questions about their profession while encouraging youth to read and get an education. 
  • Alternative Spring Break: NJIT students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends via the Alternative Spring Break (ASB), have provided services to communities that were affected by Super Storm Sandy from Newark to the Jersey shore and New York.  Years later, we continue with our mission to help and support the community in need in partnership with many non-profit agencies around the state of NJ.
  • The Big Give:  April was designed as the Big Give Month. It is a program that engages NJIT Students, Faculty, Staff and community organizations in a variety of civic engagement activities (planting trees, promoting literacy in schools, painting murals, feeding the homeless, assorting food at the food banks, participating in walkathons), in order to create positive change in our communities; especially our home; Newark.
  • Earth Day: Newark’s observance of Earth Day involves an array of activities that promote environmental education both on- and off-campus.  Working with Rutgers Newark and the Greater Newark Conservancy, NJIT students, faculty and staff continue to enhance the landscape of the city while learning environmental stewardship.
  • NJIT Alumni Service Days:  NJIT’s commitment to service is better showcased by the long tradition of service from our alumni who continue to give back to Newark, NJIT and to the many needs of our community at large.
  • National Volunteer Week: “Inspire By Example” Celebrate volunteerism by participating in our week-long observance to promote and engage students, faculty, and staff in local and regional community service projects.
  • Jersey Care Day: NJIT Students, Faculty and Staff participate in Jersey Cares Day.  It is a day of true partnership and community building!  Community service projects will include painting murals on classroom walls, planting gardens, beautifying community parks, organizing classroom libraries and so much more!

Civic Engagement Programs @ CDS

Want to find out about Service Learning, Civic Engagement, Community Service Work Study Programs, The Civic Engagement Programs in Career Development Office (CDS) can assist you!  They link students, alumni, faculty, and staff directly to community service activities with non-profit organizations located in and around Newark, and throughout the state of New Jersey.

Vivian Lanzot, Acting Director, Civic Engagement
Career Development Services