This past Saturday Rutgers Newark students took to the streets of the community in a massive effort to positively engage with the Greater Newark Community through acts of volunteerism at several dozen locations throughout the city. Students cleaned up lots and helped create gardens in some projects while others sorted and packed donated clothing and food to be distributed to those in need. Rutgers Police department and Public Safety played an important roll as well working with students on a large food collection drive as part of the overall campus effort.
Legendary NJ Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorethea were on hand as students were scheduled to help clear a lot at JBJ Soul Homes, a center that Jon founded and funds in the cities north ward that provides an innovative approach to homeless people through inclusion of social services on site for residents. This year marked the 10th annual Rutgers Newark Community Engagement Day, with the event being held in both the fall and spring semesters each year.