Ways to Give Where You Live

Looking for ways to serve outside of volunteering?  Check out our suggestions for other opportunities to help the community.  For more specific ideas and information, connect with Student Volunteer Engagement at volunteer@echo.rutgers.edu

On-Campus Service Projects

Planning an on-campus service project is a great way to involve a large number of volunteers in a service activity without having to travel off-campus.  As always, reach out to your community partner and ask about their needs before you plan your service activity. 


Tabling is a great way to recruit students for volunteer opportunities or to fundraise for an organization. Tabling can be done in student centers, dining halls, and various outdoor locations.  Information on reserving space in all of these locations can be found at Meetings and Events Office

Meal Packaging

Meal packaging events can help provide large quantities of food to local or international community partners.  Some organizations charge a minimal amount per meal, but they provide all the set up and clean up you need.  Local food pantries may be open to receiving packaged meals as well. 

Card Making or Letter Writing

Some organizations are open to receiving cards for children in hospitals, veterans, active duty soldiers, and other constituents.  This is a cost-effective but passive way to do service on campus.  Get creative with your activities and provide plenty of supplies, music, and other means to engage volunteers. 

Additional Ideas
  • Quilt or blanket for a homeless shelter, each student would receive a square to decorate, then it will be compiled into a blanket 
  • Holiday card making for children of New Brunswick and/or children in the cancer pediatric center for RWJ 
  • Assemble care packages for women’s and men’s shelters, hospitals, etc. 
  • Students plant their own plant in a plastic cup to promote mindfulness 
  • Notes/cards for the elderly/soldier overseas 
  • Bracelet making (letter beads, positive messages)