Community Action Week.


Community Action Week


All Week April 16–22, 2018

A collaboration of Drew University’s Center for Civic Engagement, DEAL, Office of Sustainability, Student Activities, Drew Theological School, and the Volunteer Resource Center. The 2018 schedule is listed below. Check back soon for updates!

Monday April 16: Lunch and Learn: Alternative Spring Break Service Trips
The Space
Learn about Alternative Spring Break Trips to Puerto Rico and Appalachia. Pizza served or bring your own lunch.

Monday April 16: Campus Clean Up: “Grab Everybody’s Butts” — RESCHEDULED due to rain
Meet at front of Ehinger Center
Join the Drew Environmental Action League for the annual campus clean-up to pick up cigarette butts.

Monday April 16: Screening of Heroin(e)
Seminary Hall, Craig’s Chapel
Join the Theological School and representatives from local law enforcement for a screening and discussion of the film Heroin(e), a documentary following three women attempting to combat the opioid crisis in Huntington, W.Va., where the overdose rate is 10 times the national average.

Tuesday April 17: Theological School Community Garden Work Day
Gardens near Carriage House
Spring clean up and planting in the Community Garden. Wear comfortable work clothes.

Tuesday April 17: Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center
Strong and vibrant communities depend on the contributions of individuals and groups committed to improving the world around them. The Civic Engagement Awards recognize and honor the contributions of the Drew community to the world beyond the university.

Tuesday April 17: Freedom Schools: Human Trafficking with Shanel Garcia
LC 30
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, a crime committed nationally and internationally. In this training workshop we care to teach, inform and encourage action in ending human trafficking in the state of NJ. The Freedom School of Drew University proudly teams up with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking where we will be learning all we need to know on how to take action on this very important topic.

Tuesday April 17: Crafting for a Cause: Hearts for Hope
Welch Lounge
Decorate healing hearts for people in need through Hearts of Hope, an organization the benefits people in hospitals, cancer centers, the military and communities touch by tragedy.

Wednesday April 18: TERRA Lecture: “A CreatureKind Christianity”
Seminary Hall, 101
Drew University’s Transforming Ecological and Religious Resources into Action (TERRA) will offer a lecture with Dr. David Clough, founder of CreatureKind and Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester, UK. CreatureKind is an international organization engaged in creating new ways of thinking about Christian ethics, with a special focus on farmed animal welfare issues. Dr. Clough’s teaching and research focuses on theological ethics: the ethical questions provoked by the juxtaposition of the Christian tradition and the world as we find it. His current concern is on the place of animals in Christian theology and ethics, resulting in two volumes “On Animals,” one on systematic theology and one on theological ethics.

Wednesday April 18: Arboretum Nature Walk
Meet outside the Zuck Arboretum Gate (back of softball fields)
Join Tina Notas, of the Office of Sustainability, on a guided walk through the campus arboretum.

Wednesday April 18: Chapel Service and Meal
Seminary Hall, Craig’s Chapel

Chapel will feature David Clough and Sarah Withrow King of CreatureKind. TERRA will provide a “creaturekind” meal following the chapel service.

Thursday April 19: Action Hour: Knitting with the Volunteer Resource Center
1867 Lounge
12-1 pm
Join the VRC for service projects, knitting and community building fun!

Thursday April 19: Grow It Green Morristown’s Urban Farm Service Trip
Meet outside the EC
Come out to the Urban Farm in Morristown and get a first-hand experience in working on an organic farm. Transportation will be included. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

Thursday April 19: Green Vision Forum
Crawford Hall
What’s one thing Madison could do to be green? Come to a discussion with Madison Mayor Bob Conley, the Board of Education and Drew student groups.

Friday April 20: Earth Day Celebration
Brothers College Courtyard
Celebrate sustainability with the Drew EcoReps! Join in on upcycled DIY crafts, show your love for the Earth, decorate your reusable water bottle, and more!

Friday April 20: Drew Forest Fridays: Volunteer for Biodiversity in Drew Forest Preserve!
Meet at the Zuck Arboretum sign (SW corner of baseball field)
Drop in times are 12pm-3pm
Help pull out invasive “weeds in the woods” and expand native plantings. Wear long pants, socks, and closed shoes. All are welcome. Event is rain or shine! Questions or for directions: email Civic Scholar, Jillian Aldridge.

Saturday April 21: Fern Fest
Ehinger Center 
10am Fern Planting
11:30pm Native Plant Lecture

12pm Lunch 
1:00pm Workshops and Fern Fest Shirt Tie Dying
This annual reforestation of the Drew campus is a daylong celebration that kicks off with the planting of 300 native ferns and wildflowers in the fern beds in front of the student center. Enjoy lunch and workshops in the afternoon.

Sunday April 22: Flute Ensemble: How Lovely is Our Dwelling Place 
Concert Hall
Celebrate Earth Day with the Flute Ensemble as they perform works inspired by the beauty of our planet! L. Elise Carter, Director. Admission is free.