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Centenary College Students to Participate in United Way Alternative Spring Break

03/10/2014, 03:28 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College students will be participating in the United Way Alternative Spring Break program the week of March 16, 2014.

Each year, students across the United States choose to volunteer for the United Way Alternative Spring Break program. Centenary students are no exception and are eager to get involved in volunteer work in order to contribute to the welfare of the community and help improve the lives of local families. Volunteering students will be getting involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, working with children between the ages of 3 to 15 years old.

In volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, Centenary students will be taking the opportunity to lead, help with, and program activities for the children. In addition, students will get involved with after-school programs set around tutoring, education, recreation and games. By being a part of this program, students develop skills in team-building and leadership necessary for life both in and out of school.

Last year, Centenary students worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, as well as victims of Hurricane Sandy. The college sent seven students to the club and to the Jersey Shore to help the community rebuild after the devastation of the storm.

Community service is an integral part of Centenary College and the institution’s longstanding commitment to developing future citizens through co-curricular initiatives.  In fact, Centenary College was the first college in New Jersey to mandate community service as a graduation requirement.

Centenary offers a large number of volunteer opportunities for its students to partake in. Centenary’s community service projects include “Community Plunge,” a day-long volunteer opportunity held at multiple locations for first-year students.  Students also traveled for seven years on a Disaster Relief Project, in which they worked in New Orleans to help rebuild areas that have suffered devastation from Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Katrina. 

Alternative Spring Break is just one example of Centenary’s relationship with the United Way.  In addition, Centenary College has a United Way Women’s Leadership Center housed on its campus.  In addition, John Franklin, CEO of United Way of Northern New Jersey, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Centenary College.

“This is another wonderful opportunity to work with the United Way and help children realize and achieve their potential,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College.  “This is the second year that our students are embarking on this journey and I hope that Centenary will continue to be involved with this initiative for years to come.”


About Centenary College
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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