Pioneer Service Ventures

Pioneer Service Ventures is an extended orientation program that provides new students the opportunity to contribute to organizations in our community that fight hunger, provide education to low-income families, care for the elderly, and clean the environment.  The day kicks off with Raul Magdaleno, guest speaker, who will set the tone for the day of service.  We then depart to the various locations and return to campus for reflection activities and additional campus opportunities in the afternoon and evening .

Pioneer Service Venture Site Descriptions

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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Sustainability:

Buttermilk Falls

http://www.nynjtc.org/park/high-mountain-park-preserve
Buttermilk Falls is a part of the High Mountain Park Preserve on the William Paterson Campus.

Throughout the academic year, The Recreation Center on Campus organizes hikes for students to explore the forestry.  Volunteers will be assisting with maintenance of the trail.

Paterson Falls

https://www.nps.gov/pagr/learn/historyculture/index.htm
Paterson Falls is part of the National Historical Park in Paterson.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Paterson with a view of the Great Falls of the Passaic River.  Volunteers at this site will be assisting with restoring trails around the falls, general park clean-up, and various landscaping projects.

Liberty State Park

http://www.libertystatepark.org/
Liberty State Park is an urban park located in Jersey City, NJ. It played a vital role in transporting new immigrants from Ellis Island to their new home, the United States.  Volunteers at this site will assist with various landscaping projects.

Hunger:

Stop Hunger Now

http://www.stophungernow.org/about/
Stop Hunger Now is a globally recognized organization whose vision is a “world without hunger”.  Students will learn about hunger and the importance of the service they are providing. Volunteers will be on campus to help package 10,000 meals.

Community Foodbank of New Jersey

http://www.cfbnj.org/
The Community Foodbank of New Jersey fights hunger and poverty by providing a variety of feeding and education programs in Hillside. Students will learn about hunger and the programs the Food Bank provides to those in need.  Volunteers at this site will be sorting and packaging meals.

Father English Bob and Carol Food Pantry-Catholic Charities

http://www.catholicharities.org/
The Father English Bob and Carol Food Pantry is a part of the Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS) in Paterson.  The Food Pantry is one of the many ways the CFCS serves those in need in the community.  Volunteers at this site will be organizing and stocking the pantry shelves.

Oasis A Haven for Women and Children

http://oasisnj.org/how-can-i-help/volunteer
Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children, provides food, clothing, and education to women and children in poverty in Paterson. Volunteers at this site will assist with serving lunch to those utilizing services and organizing donations for the food pantry.

Healthcare/Wellness:

Alaris Health

http://alarishealth.com/about-us/
Alaris Health in Paterson NJ provides short-term post hospitalization rehabilitation, long-term, and specialty care for a variety of patients.  Volunteers at this site will spend time with the residents and engage in recreational games.

Education:

Passaic Head Start

http://www.passaicheadstart.org/index.php/en/Program-Information/program-information.html
Passaic Family Head Start serves approximately 250 children from low income working families in Passaic.  In addition to education, children attending Head Start receive basic health and dental care.  Volunteers at this site will be cleaning, labeling, organizing, and performing other tasks that will assist teachers with the preparation of twelve classrooms for the new school year.  

Dawn Treader Christian School

https://www.facebook.com/dawntreader.christianschool/info/?tab=page_info
The Dawn Treader Christian School provides faith based education for children from kindergarten to eighth grade in Paterson. Volunteers at this site will be painting, cleaning, arranging classrooms, and designing Bulletin Boards for the upcoming school year.

Paterson Museum

http://www.patersonnj.gov/department/?structureid=16
The Paterson Museum in Paterson has a broad collection that encompasses archaeology, mineralogy, and history. Volunteers at this site will be painting the museum for new exhibits, moving archives, and assisting with light landscaping.