The Center for Civic Engagement holds impactful events on and off campus throughout the year to connect students with community partners, alumni and employers. Find volunteer opportunities, career connections and ways to make new friends and traditions at Drew.
Saturday, January 19: Service Saturday
The Center for Civic Engagement partnered with the following local organizations for off-campus service:
Monday, January 21: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Award Luncheon Celebration
CELEBRATION: From 11:30am to 1:30pm at the EC Crawford Hall, we celebrated students, staff, and faculty members who uphold the values that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. promoted and modeled.
SERVICE PROJECTS: In the Space and Lounge, we held on-campus service projects immediately following the MLK Program. The service activities were co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Residence Life, Student Activities, the Volunteer Resource Center, the Black Student Union, the Feminist Intersection, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Student Government and Drew Changebuilders.
These service projects consisted of:
Representatives from over 30 local and national organizations visited campus on Wednesday February 20, 2019 for the Fifth Annual Nonprofit Opportunities Fair from 12-2 p.m. in the Ehinger Center. This event provided students with the opportunity to practice interview skills, expand their professional networks, find a job, summer internship or resume building volunteer position.
This event was sponsored through a generous grant from Enterprise Rent A Car, the largest recruiter of entry-level college grads in the country. It was co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Internships and Career Development, the Equal Opportunity Scholars Program and INTO. We were also pleased to welcome the College of St. Elizabeth as a partner at this year’s fair.
Clean Water Action
Cornerstone Family Programs
Dress for Success Northern New Jersey
Entrepreneurs Small Business Network
Great Swamp Watershed Association
Grow It Green Morristown
Homeless Solutions, Inc.
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
Madison Area YMCA
Monarch Housing Associates
Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Spring Street Community Development Corp.
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
Students 2 Science, Inc.
The Learning Path
Tri-Town 55+ Coalition
United Way of Northern New Jersey
Visions and Pathways
Willow Lake Day Camp
The Center for Civic Engagement in partnership with the Center for Internships and Career Development and the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations hosted the Civically Engaged Alumni Networking Event on October 11, 2018. This event was an opportunity for Drew University students in their junior and senior years to meet alumni who have continued to serve their communities in their professional or personal lives. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Last year, one student said, “Thank you again for allowing me the incredible opportunity of attending the Civics Alumni Networking event yesterday evening. I had a fantastic time and made many outstanding connections. My experiences yesterday offered such an eye opening perspective to not only different networking skills, but also a different perspective of the professional world as a whole.”
FilmBoot24 is a Young Filmmakers Weekend Bootcamp & Film Festival. This program is a collaboration of community educators and artists that focuses on at-risk students. High school students from Orange, NJ, are matched in teams with Drew students, staff and faculty, along with professional writers, filmmakers and artists who will act as mentors. Each team has 24-hours to produce a short film, based on a theme assigned to them. Judges review submissions and select finalists which are presented at the film festival and screening.
On October 12, Drew University Center for Civic Engagement and Monarch Housing Associates, Inc. hosted a public policy forum on the housing crisis at Drew University. Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer prize winning author of Evicted, and Senator Cory Booker led a discussion on eviction in the US and in the state of New Jersey. “Eviction is not just a condition of poverty, it’s a cause too,” Desmond said. “We can’t fix poverty without fixing housing. Without a stable shelter, everything falls apart. Shouldn’t access to affordable housing be part of what it means to be an American?” In New Jersey, one in every six tenants experience an eviction. It’s the second most common cause for homelessness in the state. “This is not a problem bigger than us in the country,” Booker said. “We have the capability to solve it.”
Our office depends on the help of our work study students and volunteers. Thank you!