TCNJ Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Opportunity for Volunteer Services

 

As part of the partnership between Sustainable Jersey and the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement 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 Bonner Institute to have TCNJ students' volunteer services for one-day projects.

Application Information

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: Monday, August 21, 2017 at midnight

Recipient Announcement Date: Friday, August 25, 2017

Project Dates

The project must occur on one of the following days:

September

  • Saturday, September 9
  • Wednesday, September 13
  • Saturday, September 16
  • Wednesday, September 20
  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Saturday, September 30

October

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • Wednesday, October 11
  • Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, October 28

November

  • Saturday, November 4
  • Wednesday, November 8
  • Saturday, November 11

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Selection Criteria

Municipalities will be selected for volunteer services based on on the criteria outlined below:

  • Projects must be no more than an hour drive from TCNJ's Ewing, NJ campus.  Projects farther than this are unlikely to be awarded.
  • The municipality is a Sustainable Jersey registered or certified community with an active green team.
  • The proposed project's impact on the community and on the TCNJ students.
  • The project team's readiness to complete the project in the required timeframe. 
  • The likelihood of success in implementing the project.

2016 Projects

Ewing Township

In 2016, a group of students and Bonners supported the Ewing Community Garden spring clean up.  The Bonner Institute has worked with the community garden for a number of years.

Mount Holly Township

The Mt Holly Green Team and Environmental Committee hosted twenty TCNJ students in a community engaged learning day to help with the long term maintenance and stewardship of the Mount of Mount Holly.   In 2013, a forest restoration project, funded by a grant from Sustainable Jersey, utilized a combination of goats and an herbicide treatment to remove invasive English Ivy.

 
 

Ewing Community Garden Spring Clean Up

As part of the long term maintenance of the park, residual English Ivy is being removed by manually pulling it out by the roots before it can take hold and re -establish itself.  The TCNJ students helped pull Ivy from about an acre area where new sprouts were emerging.

Fanwood Borough

A group of about 20 Bonner and TCNJ students worked with project leader, Margaret Chowdhury, (Master Gardener, Fanwood Environmental Commission and Green Team Organizer) on Fanwood Nature Center Rescue Day. The purpose of the day was to save the Nature Center from the threatening overgrowth of invasive species and poison ivy. Students were educated in invasive species identification and proper removal, as well as the importance of non-chemical and environmentally friendly ways to eradicate invasive species and poison ivy.

Questions?

All questions regarding the Sustainable Jersey-Bonner Institute Opportunity for Volunteer Services application should be directed to Megan Nicholson at nicholsm@tcnj.edu or 609-771-2421.