The Office of Service & Civic Engagement is excited to launch 3 new programs that will allow students to be engaged while still maintaining health and safety guidelines! Students will have the opportunity to connect with community issues while earning Engaged Learning points. All three programs will meet online and allow participants to interact with other students and Rider staff. For more information please reach out to [email protected].
Learn more about our programs
Rider Bonner Community Scholars serve in small teams with several primary community partners to address issues of hunger, homelessness, adult literacy and at-risk youth in the Trenton area. Students accepted into the program are assigned to one primary site for the academic year based on their preferences, class schedule, and each agency’s needs. Some of our primary community partners include:
- The English School
- El Centro After-School Mentoring Program
- HomeFront Family Preservation Center & Joy, Hopes & Dreams Program
- Every Child Valued
- Get Set After School Program
- Rivera Community School
Visit the Rider Bonner page for more information and to apply.
Meeting the basic needs of food and housing security is a multidimensional challenge for communities across the country and one that many college students also face. Today expenses other than tuition can account for more than 60 percent of the total cost of attending a college or university. Over the past four decades, the cost of living for college students has increased by over 80 percent.
Rider University is one of over 140 colleges in 41 states who are part of the national Swipe Out Hunger initiative, a program committed to ending college student hunger. During the 2020-21 academic year Swipe out Hunger schools provided over 500,000 to college students across the nation. In addition to providing access to meals students participating in the Broncs Against Hunger program will receive information about additional resources available on Rider’s campus and in the surrounding community including housing assistance, books, finding employment, professional attire for work & internships, transportation, utilities, etc.
For more information, download Broncs Against Hunger (PDF).
Rider’s Engaged Learning Program is an intensely personal journey for every student. It offers an opportunity to combine academic interests, career goals and personal interests to create an unforgettable, meaningful education that is unique for each student. Community Service Reflection Sessions allow individuals to think about their personal journey as they seek to connect the lessons of the service to the classroom and the real world.
Submit your hours on BroncNation! Please scroll down to the section labeled “Submitting Hours for Community Service.”
End Hunger Advocates will engage in an exciting new hybrid service learning experience that combines online learning with action in local communities. The online Hunger Academy through the Congressional Center on Hunger allows students to dive into the basics of hunger in the U.S., including the causes of hunger, anti-hunger policy, and effective advocacy. Live discussions with other End Hunger Advocates at Rider will allow students to share insights, ideas, and get connected with others. Join today so we can end hunger by 2030.
- Participate in online Hunger Academy course
- Engage in discussions with other Rider End Hunger Advocates
- Serve with or create a project for a local Hunger serving organization (Meals on Wheels, Rider Resource Pantry, Trenton Area Soup, Kitchen, Arm in Arm, Loaves & Fishes, etc)
- Earn Engaged Learning points!
Learn More (pdf)
Each year Rider sponsors two holiday parties for local children participating in after school programs. The Monster Mash is held on a Friday close to Halloween. Children Trick or Treat at offices on campus and then participate in a fun fall festival with games and activities lead by Rider students. The Holiday Extravaganza is held on the last Friday of classes in December and celebrates all of the winter holidays (Christmas, Channukah, & Kwanza) through games and crafts facilitated by Rider students.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program held in November, where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
Each year the Office of Service and Civic Engagement partners with the Center for International Education to offer an International Service Learning Program. Students who enjoy service learn about different cultures while exploring how other countries address many of the same social issues we experience in the United States. Three pre trip information sessions provide students background information about the country, its politics, and religions to prepare students for this immersive experience. Programs run approximately 10 days and include days of service with a local organization and excursions to local attractions and historical sites.
Previous Service Learning Programs have taken place in:
- Costa Rica
For information about upcoming programs visit BroncNation
The Friendly Visitor Program provides companionship and a meaningful friendship to a homebound citizen in Mercer County. Rider students are matched with a homebound senior based on personality/interests and scheduling needs. This program is great for individuals who possess the gift of gab and would love to spend some free time chatting on the phone with a person who needs a friend. Just a simple conversation can make all the difference to a lonely person. Resources for guiding weekly discussions and opportunities to share with other students are provided. Students can also participate in an Oral History project to document the life of their new senior friend.
- Participate in online Orientation and bi weekly check.
- Schedule and conduct weekly phone “visits” with your senior friend.
- Assist with completion of program assessment. · Earn Engaged Learning points!
Learn More and Sign up! (pdf)
Meals on Wheels needs your help!
Volunteers are needed each weekday, Monday through Friday in Daly Dining Hall.
- 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Food Prep & Packaging (3 volunteers max)
- 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Food Prep & Packaging (3 volunteers max)
- 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Sanitize & Store Delivery Equipment (2 volunteers max)
- Report to the front entrance of Daly’s for designated shift and tell staff they are a MOW volunteer
- Present green “Good to Go” status on Campus Clear App
- Have their temperature taken by a Gourmet Staff Member
- Wear a face mask at all times
- Wear a hair nets at all times
- Wash hands at the beginning and conclusion of every shift
If you have no signs of illness, no risk factors, and you feel comfortable volunteering please consider volunteering with Meals on Wheels! Email [email protected] to sign up today!
Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email that includes the time(s) that you have chosen. About a week before your shift, you will receive a reminder email with detailed instructions on where to report. Please sign in at the start of each shift. The sign in sheet is our way of tracking attendance.
We are only allowing those who have signed up to volunteer for that day to come in. There will be no last minute changes to the sign up sheet or walk in volunteers to help us plan ahead and keep groups down to a minimum. No outside volunteers are permitted at this time. Volunteers must be a Rider student, faculty, or staff member
DRESS CODE: All volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes.Tank tops, shorts, dresses, and skirts are not permitted as the increased amount of exposed skin poses a risk for burns.
Human Resources is fully supportive of this initiative and has confirmed that any Faculty or Staff that volunteer will not need to use any personal or vacation time. If you have any questions regarding time used for volunteering please contact Human Resources x5140.
More Ways to get involved with Meals On Wheels Mercer County…
If you are interested in participating in the Meals on Wheels Friendly Visitor Program, email [email protected] In this program, students make virtual (by phone or zoom) connections with home bound seniors that are a part of the Meals on Wheels program to provide them with some company one or two days of the week.
If you are interested in becoming a Meals On Wheels Delivery Volunteer, email [email protected] or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 609-695-3483
(Please note you must have a valid driver's license and your own vehicle to be a Delivery Volunteer)
Rider University’s annual Relay for Life event brings together students, faculty, and staff to raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.This all-night (12 hour) fundraiser features many activities including: a survivor/caregiver dinner, games, competitions, various ceremonies, a survivor lap, and a Luminaria Ceremony to honor all those who have lost their battle to cancer. Relay is an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote and educate about cancer risks and prevention, and raise money to help find a cure.
How to support Relay for Life:
- Sign up as an individual participant
- Join/create a team
- Join the Rider University Relay for Life Committee
- Simply donate to the cause at www.relayforlife.org/rideruniversitynj
Rider Cares Days occur once a month, often in collaboration with other University and community organizations and in connection with National Days of Service. Students sign up on Bronc Nation to get details about transportation and other requirements.
Past Rider Cares Days have included:
- 9/11 Day of Service
- Beach Sweeps
- Make A Difference Day
- Community Clean Ups
- Martin Luther King Day of Service
- Read Across America Day
- YMCA Healthy Kids Day
- Global Youth Service Day
The pantry is a community initiative intended to combat food insecurity and eliminate barriers to student success. The pantry offers food items, clothing, hygiene products, feminine products, & school supplies.
Student Volunteers are needed!
Students interested in becoming a Pantry Volunteer should email our Graduate Assistant, Rayjohn Felicia ([email protected]) to set up a volunteer orientation.
Volunteer duties include but are not limited to:
- Assure that students sign into the pantry
- Track donations
- Collect feedback about items of interest, items that need to be replenished, etc.
- Take inventory & restock the shelves
- Check expiration dates of food items
- Collaborate with the Coordinator of Service on other duties as assigned
The 2020 elections will be memorable and historical for many reasons including challenges created by Covid-19. Members of the Rider Votes Team will work to promote a campus wide initiative to increase voter turnout in the November elections. Training will be provided to prepare students to serve as a resource on campus and in their local community on topics including voter registration, education and engagement.
Commit to attending 3 online trainings in September, October, and November. (1 hour each)
Agree to make non-partisan presentations to groups, table, and contribute to social media promoting #RiderVotes and general voter engagement Earn Engaged Learning points!