Featured Opportunities

The following opportunities are pre-approved by the Honors College to count for service hours and all of the count under Rutgers Affiliated/New Brunswick Hours. All service hours including the Honors College provided opportunities must be logged into the HC Serves form and need a site supervisor make sure you have the name and contact information of all site leaders.

This list is not exhaustive and there are many more opportunities that are available at Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Community. If you are thinking of doing a service opportunity not found on this page please be sure to check the not-approved for service list. You can also check with HC Serves Coordinator.

Honors College Sponsored Service

Honors College sponsored service enables Honors College students to work together in meaningful community service projects. Honors College students and staff will coordinate service opportunities all year long.

Asset Based Community Driven Education (A2E)

Asset Based Community Development and Education (A2E) is a Youth Empowerment Services program that provides New Brunswick students with tutoring, mentoring and skill-building activities. Volunteers will serve 1-2 first through fourth grade students one day a week during the semester from 3:15-5:15 p.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School, a short walk from the Rockoff Hall bus stop on the EE Route. For more information, please contact youthempowermentclubru@gmail.com

HC Ally: Honors College Student Mentoring

HC Ally Mentors will be responsible for mentoring a small group of incoming first-year students during the academic year. This is not the same as the Mentors In Residence program, which is a paid position and does not count for service hours. 

For more information, please contact RUHCAlly@gmail.com.

Honors College Diversity Peer Education Program

The Diversity Peer Educators engage in a semester long training on topics and issues related to social justice education and theories. They also receive training on diversity workshop facilitation, in the spring semester the Diversity Peer Educators will work in pairs to facilitate diversity workshops throughout the Honors College communities. DPE Members who have completed a year in the program are eligible for 15 service hours.

For more information, please contact Alex Rosado-Torres, alex.rosado@rutgers.edu.

Honors College Alternative Breaks

Honors College Alternative Break trips immerse students in important social issues throughout the United States and the world with a weeklong experience where students live, work, and serve together.

For more information, visit honorscollege.rutgers.edu/academics/curriculum/community-service/alternative-breaks.

HC Serves Series

As part of the Honors College mission to develop service-minded global citizens in search of a career with purpose, the HC Serves Series is designed to introduce students to all types of community service and civic engagement. Join the Honors College for programs including serving the community, reflecting on service, engaging in philanthropy, and meeting with professionals who are breaking the mold in the nonprofit world.

For upcoming events, visit HC Serves Series webpage.

Featured One-Time Service Opportunities

Big Chill

The Big Chill is a unique charitable event. There is neither a registration fee nor a requirement to raise funds. Instead participants are asked to bring a new toy, valued at $15 or more, for a child between the ages of 3 and 14. There are also opportunities to volunteer with different aspects of the event.

For more information, visit recreation.rutgers.edu/big-chill.


New Brunswick Ciclovia is a free, citywide initiative that closes the streets to cars and opens them to people. The program promotes healthy active living through experiencing New Brunswick’s vitality, livability, and diversity in a safe place for people to exercise and play. During Ciclovia, the streets become temporarily car-free for 5 hours for families to run, walk, skate, ride bikes, enjoy active events along the route, and explore the city streets. 

For more information, visit newbrunswickciclovia.com.

Dance Marathon

The Rutgers University Dance Marathon is a student-run philanthropic event that unites the Rutgers community in an effort to raise money and increase awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation. It is a university-wide tradition comprised of volunteers who champion a commitment to service, leadership development, and fun. The Honors College sponsors a team of students who dance and volunteer each year. Given the remote nature of the Spring 2021 semester, HC Serves requirements have been adjusted for Dance Marathon participation:

  • All service hours towards Dance Marathon will count toward Rutgers-approved opportunities

  • Students will receive 1 HC Serves Hour for participating in a Dance Marathon Info Session

  • All students who join Dance Marathon (team of their choice) and raise the $200 minimum will receive 5 HC Serves hours

  • Students can receive a maximum of 12 HC Serves hours for participating in RUDM-related activities

    , including fundraising and the marathon itself

For more information and to join the Honors College team, visit marathon.rutgers.edu.

Give Where You Live Community Service Events

Students can participate in the Give Where You Live Committee's community service events. Give Where You Live community service events include New Brunswick Clean Up, Project Night Night, and more.

For more information, visit ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu.

Leadership & Experiential Learning Events

Students can participate in the department of Leadership & Experiential Learning's community service events. Leadership & Experiential Learning community service events include Start With Service Discovery Program, the Great Meal Packaging Extravaganza, and more.

For more information, visit leadership.rutgers.edu.

Monster Mash

Monster Mash is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for elementary school children in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park, and other nearby areas. Various student organizations will set up activity tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. 

For more information, visit ruoncampus.rutgers.edu.

Relay for Life (Colleges Against Cancer)

In more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries, Relay For Life events comprise the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Rutgers University Relay For Life event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer, a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to saving lives from cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities. The Honors College sponsors a team of students who volunteer each year. Given the remote nature of the Spring 2021 semester, HC Serves requirements have been adjusted for Relay for Life participation:

  • All service hours towards Relay for Life will count toward Rutgers-approved opportunities

  • Students will receive 1 HC Serves Hour for participating in a Relay for Life Info Session

  • All students who join Relay for Life (team of their choice) and raise the $15 minimum will receive 1 HC Serves hour

  • Students can receive a maximum of 12 HC Serves hours for participating in Relay for Life-related activities

    , including fundraising and the event itself

Rutgers Alternative Breaks

The Rutgers University Alternative Winter Break and Spring Break programs provide groups of Rutgers University undergraduate students with a semester-long experience centered on community service. Participants learn about a particular community issue within the United States during five weeks of pre-trip meetings and a volunteer break excursion.

For more information, visit leadership.rutgers.edu/alternative-breaks.

Rutgers Service-Learning Abroad

The Center for Global Education’s Service Learning Abroad program allows students to travel abroad and engage with local community members in meaningful, community-driven service that is connected to the topics of the course through regular reflection sessions led by experienced Rutgers faculty. Strong community partnerships and intensive pre-departure preparation create conditions for intense cross-cultural learning while also seeking to engender respect and reciprocity between students and the communities that host them.

For more information, visit: global.rutgers.edu/study-abroad

RUPA Community Service Events

Students can participate in the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) community service events. RUPA community service events include Scarlet Day of Service, Winter Wishes, Hurricane Sandy relief, Stop and Serve, and more.

For more information, visit rupa.rutgers.edu

Special Friends Day

Students can serve as a buddy or volunteer to participate in a variety of activities with special needs children at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center.

For more information, visit recreation.rutgers.edu.

Ongoing Service Opportunities

Advancing Community Development

Advancing Community Development (ACD) is a two-semester, 6-credit opportunity to learn about community-based research, non-profit management, and the role of anchor institutions in communities. The program, offered through a partnership of Rutgers Collaborative Center, Johnson & Johnson, and community organizations, focuses on community health-related issues in New Brunswick. Students learn from corporate, educational, and non-profit leaders while developing capacity building projects for local community-based agencies.  What do I need to do? Complete the application and an interview with a Collaborative Center Program Coordinator.

The Collaborative Mentoring Program

The Collaborative Mentoring Program supports promising, economically disadvantaged local students on their trajectory towards college acceptance while also examining questions of educational equity and opportunity through classroom learning. Make a difference in the life of local youth while receiving college credit and valuable leadership experience.

Visit the Collaborative for more information or to apply.

Community After School Tutoring Program

Community After School Tutoring (CAST) helps students connect with positive role models and form a strong foundation of learning and so that they may succeed as students. This program is run through Youth Empowerment Services (YES), which provides free tutoring for children in grades 1-8 every weekday throughout the academic year. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday from 3:30-5:30pm at YES, located at 270 George Street in New Brunswick.

For more information or to apply, email Barry Smith.

The Conversation Tree: Community Based Language Partnerships

Support local community organizations offering English as a Second Language (ESL) services by serving as a conversation partner or small-group facilitator in conjunction with taking a 3-credit Community-Based Language-Learning class offered through the Graduate School of Education. In the course, students will engage in service learning opportunity and participate in informal conversation practice with local members of the community who are looking for opportunities to practice English, Mandarin, Spanish and/or Arabic. Email Dr. Mary Curran at mary.curran@gse.rutgers.edu for more information and/or a special permission number.

COVID-19 Testing Kit Assembly

Test kit assembly occurs Wednesday–Friday (open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) andSaturday (open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety (REHS), on Livingston Campus in Piscataway, NJ. Assembly may also occur on Mondays and Tuesdays as needed. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for partial shifts, and would not be expected to stay the full duration the site is open. Register to volunteer.

Future Scholars Mentoring Program

Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring Program is dedicated to a student’s success and ultimate graduation by offering support through middle school years and admissions help and scholarship aid through high school. Apply to advise and mentor these academically promising first-generation middle and high school students in low-income New Brunswick and Piscataway schools.

For more information, visit futurescholars.rutgers.edu.

RU Pilot Me

RU PILOT ME is a community service-based organization motivated to enrich the experiences of youth in the surrounding New Brunswick community. The program's one-on-one service is geared towards providing a safe and educational environment for the children and aiding their social/verbal development.

For more information, email rupilotme@gmail.com.

Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program

The Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program gives students the opportunity to grow their leadership skills while serving in local community organizations for an extended time period to address issues such as hunger/homelessness, educational equity, and improving literacy while receiving federal work study funding for 300 hours of service a year.

For more information, visit engage.rutgers.edu/students.

Semester of Service

Semester of Service (SoS) was created by Off-Campus Living & Community Partnerships to provide opportunities for semester long service commitments for volunteers looking to gain meaningful and consistent experience for an extended period of time. Apply to participate in various sites, including Youth Empowerment Services, Ronald McDonald House, the New Brunswick Public Library, and more.

For more information, visit: ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu.

School of Arts and Sciences Honors Tutoring Program

Through the SASHP Tutoring Program, students in the SAS Honors Program and Honors College volunteer their time and knowledge to provide one-on-one tutoring for Rutgers students needing help in a wide range of academic subjects. Tutors choose the subjects and times in which they can offer assistance.

For questions about the Tutoring Program, please visit sashonors.rutgers.edu/student-life/leadership/tutoring-project.