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Centenary to Continue "Community Plunge" Tradition on Monday, August 26, 2013

08/13/2013, 01:42 PM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Centenary College will continue its longstanding commitment to community service when the Class of 2017 carries forth one of the institution’s primary missions by engaging in “Community Plunge” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2013.  

Centenary College 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 August 26, there will be a wide variety of locations and activities where first-year students will volunteer their time; most of them are local nonprofits.
“There is a strong emphasis on incorporating community service into the Centenary experience,” says Tiffany Kushner, Senior Director of Student Engagement at Centenary College.  “Community Plunge is designed to help students acclimate to the campus community, plus help instill the benefits of volunteerism in them.”

The community plunge sites include the following:
• America’s Grow-A-Row (Pittstown, N.J.) – Volunteers will pick produce at Peaceful Valley Orchard.  The food will all be donated to food pantries in the surrounding area in an effort to help families in need get fresh, healthy food.
• Blairstown Group Home (Blairstown, N.J.) – Students will aid staff in running recreational programs for the residents at the Blairstown Group Home or spend quality time with them.
• Bristol Glen Retirement Home (Newton, N.J.) – Students will aid staff in running recreational programs for the residents at Bristol Glen or spend quality time with them.
• Camp Clover (Warren, N.J.) – Students will aid counselors in executing activities for this bereavement camp for teenagers.
• Centenary Community Garden (Hackettstown, N.J.) – The students will weed and clean up the garden, followed by a short educational session explaining the groups that are involved in the garden’s continued success. 
• Centenary Equestrian Center (Long Valley, N.J.) – Equine students have the option of going to work with the Equestrian Center, with an orientation on how to get involved in the Therapeutic Riding Program offered through the Center.
• Hackettstown Main Street (Hackettstown, N.J.) - 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.
• Hatchery Hill Elementary School (Hackettstown, N.J.) – Students will help teachers prepare classrooms for the start of the academic year, plus they will aid administration with office work.
• House of the Good Shepherd (Hackettstown, N.J.) – Volunteers will work one-on- one with senior residents in a variety of settings to play a part in enriching their lives.
• Matheny Medical and Educational Center (Gladstone, N.J.) - Volunteers will help with an event happening at the School for Children with Disabilities.
• NORWESCAP Food Bank (Phillipsburg, N.J.) – Students will work a shift at the food bank, sorting and packing food for the Warren County area.
• Post House Foster Care (Chester, NJ) – Volunteers will help the Post family with an array of cleanup and renovation projects on the property.
• Rutherford Hall (Allamuchy, N.J.) – Students will help maintain the grounds of the historic location in preparation for upcoming events.
• Trinity United Methodist Church (Hackettstown, N.J.) – Students will assist the staff at Trinity Methodist Church clean and maintain its food pantry, kitchen, thrift shop and church.
• USET- United States Equestrian Team Foundation (Gladstone, N.J.) – Students will be doing light maintenance work at the facility.
• Warren Haven Nursing Home  (Oxford, N.J.) – Students will aid staff in running recreational programs for the residents at Warren Haven or spend quality time with them.

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.