OS&CE Programs

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Bonner Community Scholars 

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. 

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Rider Service Leaders

Rider Service Leaders (RSL) are student leaders that help to plan, execute and lead reflection during campus-wide days of service and ongoing service projects throughout the year in order to promote a culture of service learning. 

An application process is in place to select students to serve as Rider Service Leaders. The application process takes place each fall. If you would like to be more involved with the Rider Service Leaders, please attend any of our sponsored service events or find us at any campus-wide day of service. 

Meals on Wheels 

Rider and Gourmet Dining have recently partnered with Meals on Wheels of Mercer County. Each week over 1,600 healthy meals are prepared for local residents in need. 

Volunteers are needed each weekday in Daly's between 8:30 AM -11:00 AM to help package meals cooked by Gourmet and prepare them for delivery as well as a an afternoon shift from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM for equipment return. This is a wonderful opportunity to get engaged learning service hours!

On a monthly basis, all Rider students, faculty, receive communication about volunteer opportunities with Meals on Wheels. Volunteers can review the monthly schedule and select a time & date that best fits their schedule. Communication about Meals on Wheels is sent by the Coordinator of Service & Civic Engagement. 

Are you not receiving emails? Email [email protected]

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. Volunteers will not be able to participate if they are not dressed appropriately. 

If a participant is not a current Rider Faculty, staff or student you must fill out the waiver form and return it to my office prior to participating. Non Rider volunteers must be 15 yrs old with a parent or 18 yrs or older to participate. 

MOW Volunteer Waiver Form (PDF)

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Instructions (PDF)

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.

Rider Pantry Volunteers 

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

Relay for Life

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:

Rider Cares Days 

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

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

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.

Holiday Parties for Local Youth

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. 

Rider Votes

Rider Votes brings together the Rider community in a coordinated effort to promote participation in the upcoming elections, while also creating a more civically engaged climate at the University. The #RiderVotes Initiative has three components: Voter Registration, Education, and Voting. 

The goals of Rider Votes are: 

  • To promote civic engagement and increase the number of Rider students who register to vote and vote on Election Day.
  • To engage various constituencies at Rider in providing input and assistance in the coordination of events and opportunities that promote the initiative.
  • To design and implement a variety of educational programming and events that educate the campus community about issues surrounding the elections.

International Service Learning Programs

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:

  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • Morocco
  • Greece
  • Thailand
  • Peru

For information about upcoming programs visit BroncNation

Community Service Reflection Sessions for Engaged Learning

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.”