Pioneer Service Ventures

Pioneer Service Ventures: WP National Day of Service

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 support for the community, care for the elderly, and clean the environment.  The day kicks off with a 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

Saturday, September 7, 2019  
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The list below is tentative as of June 20th, 2019. New locations may be added. 


The Historic Paterson Great Falls
The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States as the first park open to the public in the United States, The Paterson Great Falls needs volunteers to help continue caring for this local treasure. Activities in the park will focus on restoration and maintenance projects.                 


Rise Against Hunger
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.  

Father English Bob and Carol Food Pantry-Catholic Charities 
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. 

Paterson Cares
Paterson Cares is a local organization founded in Paterson on the principles of servicing and supporting the community. For this activity, students will help the members of the organization put together care packages and non perishable meals for those in need of meals and distribute them in the 4th ward of Paterson.   

Hillside Community Food Bank     
Hillside is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization based in NJ. They assist those in need by seeking long-term solutions. They engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle to end hunger. Volunteers will be sorting and repacking food for distribution.                                                                          


Real Dog Rescue
Real Dog Rescue believes that wherever there is a need, we should help, so long as we have the ability and resources to do so. This organization seeks to aid, rehabilitate, and find new homes for every dog they rescue. Students will help with caring for the dogs through walking, bathing and socializing with them. Students will also help with cleaning the facility if need be.

Doctors Subacute Care   
This quality rehab center serves those who need of assistance after an injury, surgery or illness. They offer 24 hour care to citizens to aide them in their path to a speedy recovery. Volunteers at this location would engage with the members of the community in several activities.