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Centenary to Continue "Community Plunge" Tradition on Monday, August 25, 2014

08/11/2014, 01:47 PM

Hackettstown, N.J., August 11, 2014 – Centenary College will continue its longstanding commitment to community service when the Class of 2018 carries forth one of the institution’s primary missions by engaging in “Community Plunge” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014.  

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 25, there will be a wide variety of locations and activities where first-year students will volunteer their time; most of them are local nonprofits.
“Community Plunge is an exciting and fulfilling program for all involved,” says Emily Walker, Director of Programming and Service at Centenary College.  “It promotes good will with local organizations and exposes our students to different resources and opportunities.  For those who have not been involved with volunteerism in the past, it will also introduce them to the benefits of community service.”

The community plunge sites include the following:
• 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.
• Foodshed Alliance (Blairstown, N.J.) - Students will have the opportunity to work in a food pantry setting preparing and organizing food donations for the local community.
• Hackettstown Main Street through the Hackettstown BID (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.
• Hackettstown Library (Hackettstown, N.J.) – Students will aid the library staff with the organization of books and other related assignments.
• 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.
• Hillside Foodbank (Hillside, N.J.) – Organize canned goods for Foodbank clients.
• 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.
• School Lunch Farm (Mount Olive, N.J.) - Students will assist in harvesting organically grown crops for schools who provide meals for children.
• 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.

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