As part of the partnership between Sustainable Jersey and the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR Center) at The College of New Jersey, we are pleased to announce an opportunity for Sustainable Jersey communities to enlist students from The College of New Jersey to support your municipality’s green team on a specific project that contributes to your Sustainable Jersey certification progress.
We are currently seeking municipalities that are interested in partnering with the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research to have TCNJ students' volunteer services for one-day projects. Possible projects include:
All applications should be completed online using the link below. Please note the application must be completed in one sitting, and therefore it is recommended to review and prepare you answers ahead of time using the application information packet below.
Online Application Deadline: Sunday, September 2, 2018 at midnight
Municipalities may submit more than one proposal for different projects on different days. This opportunity does not conflict with Sustainable Jersey Grant Program cycles
NOTE: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis up until the September 2 deadline. Applicants can expect to hear back within two weeks of submitting the application.
The project must be within an hour drive of The College of New Jersey and occur on one of the following days:
Applicants must be registered with Sustainable Jersey AND have an active green team. Sustainable Jersey Certification is not required. The proposed project must be related to Sustainable Jersey actions.
Municipalities will be selected for volunteer services based on on the criteria outlined below:
A group of about 20 Bonner Scholars and TCNJ students worked with the Ewing Community Garden Coordinators to prepare the Ewing Community Garden for spring planting. Coordinator Karen Serach commented on the day to give her thanks, “I just wanted to thank you and the TCNJ students who volunteered on Saturday. It was a successful morning and the energy and spirit of the students was appreciated by all of the member gardeners.”
A group of about 20 Bonner Scholars and TCNJ students worked with Rodney Richards of the Hamilton Environmental Commission to assist with a stream clean up in Hamilton. The day included many volunteers beyond TCNJ’s volunteers. Rodney Richards described the importance of the project, “Hamilton has about a dozen stream areas in varied types of neighborhoods, from small to large and flowing. Stream clean ups are critical to keep our streams clean and pristine, as wildlife, flora and fauna are affected poorly from poor quality streams.”
Twenty Bonner Scholars and TCNJ students worked with Stephan Stocker of the Madison Environmental Commission on a wetlands and forest restoration project. The three main purposes of the project were to remove invasive species, re-plant with native species, and improve the Chatham Valley aquifer recharge.
All questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey-Bonner Institute Opportunity for Volunteer Services application should be directed to Megan Nicholson at email@example.com or 609-771-2421.