The Center for Civic Engagement can help you to connect with communities beyond our campus through relationships with local non-profits, community organizations, government agencies, federal programs like Teach for America, and school districts within Madison and the broader Northern New Jersey area. Take a look below for opportunities for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to build your professional network.
Be sure to check our Events page frequently for annual and special events.
Now more than ever is the time to come together and help in any way we can! We can still assist our communities, support one another, and lend a helping hand where we are able. While we may not be able to serve in person, there are many opportunities to volunteer remotely, from the safety of our homes.
View our robust resource list categorized by activity, impact area, or beneficiaries here! If you see an opportunity that interests you, contact them to ask if it might be possible to do the work as an internship!
Community organizations play a key role in providing meaningful civic engagement opportunities that are reciprocal and mutually beneficial to both Drew students, faculty and staff and to the organizations. The Center for Civic Engagement develops and stewards partnerships with local community organizations to provide civic engagement opportunities and internships for Drew students and for faculty members teaching community-based learning courses. Listed below are some of our community partners with whom we work. Check out their websites for more information about the valuable work that they do. Get inspired! Get engaged!
You may direct any questions about our partners to our Assistant Director, Amy Sugerman, at email@example.com or 973-408-3069.
* Indicates that in addition to other opportunities, we work with this community partner to place our First Year Civic Scholars for their weekly community service hours.
You want to make a difference in the world. No matter what path you take after graduation – promoting social justice, advocating for environmental sustainability, or working in the business world –the Minor in Applied Leadership at Drew is designed to give you the know-how to do just that.
Learn to lead with integrity in the context of a community. Test this knowledge in the real world. Then develop a plan for putting your new leadership skills into action—at Drew and wherever your life path takes you.
Volunteer Without Borders (formerly known as the Volunteer Resource Center) was redesigned to focus on providing immersive educational service experiences (both domestic and international) to Drew students at a reasonable cost. Students travel beyond our geographical and experiential borders to gain perspective as a world citizen and engage with people from backgrounds unlike their own. Three one-week trips run per year over winter, spring, and summer breaks. Each trip has a different issue focus like homelessness, environmental action, access to childcare, or rebuilding after natural disasters. Students learn to engage in service in a meaningful and impactful way.
For more information and/or to be added to our mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Drew University Food Pantry promotes food security and connects students with other support services to promote student success. Check back here for more information.
The mission of the Drew Madison Ambulance Corp is to promote health and wellness within the Drew community as well as in surrounding communities through education and to provide a team of students to act as first responders in conjunction with Drew University Public Safety to help those in need of emergency medical services.
Advisor(s): Amy Koritz
The Drew Honduras Project is a student-run volunteer program with faculty advisement. Students make plans, develop community partnerships in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, raise funds and organize the trip. In the process, they refine leadership and interpersonal skills, organizational strategies, understanding of budgeting, and knowledge of fundraising methods. They live the “Drew and Do” credo, and learn what it means to share knowledge and use education with the highest of impacts. Applications due mid-September on their page.
Volunteer throughout New Jersey when you want, where you want, with no long-term commitment. Volunteering with Jersey Cares is easy; once you have registered and logged in, choose from hundreds of opportunities in our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar, participate in an Annual Event, or run a Collection Drive. Start making a difference today!
The mission of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is to support NJ’s 1.6 million volunteers with training and recognition while matching community needs in partnership with volunteer centers, disaster response organizations, business volunteers, schools, colleges, faith-based organizations and community organizations. Fill out this form to be contacted with volunteer opportunities as they arise.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans to heed the national call to service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. CNCS harnesses America’s most powerful resource: the energy and talents of our citizens.
Now more than ever, people are coming together and helping in any way they can out of the goodness of their hearts! Individuals and groups are continuing to assist our communities, support one another, and lend a helping hand where they are able. See how members of the Drew community have continued to serve others with compassion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:
Volunteered with Table of Hope Mobile Food Pantry in conjunction with the Community Food Bank to collect food and distribute the food out to over 100 families in her local community. She gave of her time during the COVID-19 pandemic simply because she wanted to help.
Organized a food drive in her hometown of Cranford, NJ, to benefit a preexisting relationship she had formed with the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown, NJ. She wanted to serve those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.
While we may not be able to serve in person, there are many opportunities to volunteer remotely, from the safety of our homes.
To encourage all of us to keep giving back, the Center for Civic Engagement has created a list of Virtual Volunteering Opportunities:
View the list of virtual volunteering resources here!
Community service is a tradition at Drew, producing the most altruistic students in NJ.