Centenary To Continue Community Plunge Tradition

Centenary University in Hackettstown plans to continue its longstanding commitment to community service when the Class of 2020 carries forth one of the institution’s primary missions by engaging in “Community Plunge” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 29.
Centenary University has long been known for its innovative approach to education, and in 1990, the institution became the first college in New Jersey to introduce community service as a required part of its curriculum.
On Aug. 29, there will be a wide variety of locations and activities where first-year students will volunteer their time.  Most of the locations are local nonprofits. 
“Community Plunge is an excellent opportunity for our students to get acquainted with the area and promotes good will with local organizations,” says Allison Galvin, director of Student Programming at Centenary University.  “It will also expose students to the benefits of community service, if they have not been involved with volunteerism in the past.”
 The community plunge sites include: America’s Grow-A-Row in Pittstown. Students will have a chance to help harvest and plant the crops that will eventually make it to the tables of families in NJ.  All produce is donated to food-banks across the state.
Bristol Glen Retirement Home in Newton. Take part in one of the multiple projects available at Bristol Glen, which includes running recreational programs with residents, overhauling the activity center where residents enjoy baking, quilting and painting or helping to paint the Gazebo.
Camp Merry Heart in Hackettstown. Students will work on the grounds of Camp Merry Heart to ensure that the grounds are ready for their fall programs.
Easter Seals in Blairstown and Hackettstown. Students will help run a BBQ and various outdoor activities for adults with disabilities.
Hackettstown Main Street through the Hackettstown BID. Students will clean and refurbish various communal spaces on Main Street.  In addition, the students will receive a mini-tour of the downtown businesses to help acquaint them with their new home.
Hackettstown Library. Students will spend the day at the local library helping with basic maintenance and clerical work.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown. Students will assist the staff at Trinity Methodist Church clean and maintain its food pantry, kitchen, thrift shop, grounds and church.
Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy. Students will maintain the historic site as they prepare for the upcoming fall.

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