Featured One-Time Opportunities

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.

Examples include: Honors College Alternative Breaks, HC Serves Series, Paint for a Purpose, New Brunswick Clean Up, Scarlet Day of Service, Mentor in Residence programs, Student Advisory Board programs, etc.

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 http://honorscollege.rutgers.edu/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.

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.

For more information, 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.

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: studyabroad.rutgers.edu

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.

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