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DOVE Students helping in soup kitchen

Weekly Programs  

The Division of Volunteer Efforts currently works with over ten local agencies six days a week.  Programs range from student mentoring, visiting the elderly in nursing homes to serving the poorest of the poor on soup kitchen lines in downtown Newark.  DOVE provides transportation to and from all of our sites.  Each group is also accompanied by a trained, student coordinator.

  • Adopt a Grandparent
    Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.
    This program offers students an opportunity to be present to residents of the Whitehouse Nursing Home.  The elderly can enjoy time filled with music, dancing and fellowship.  
     
  • Community FoodBank of New Jersey
    Volunteer dates/times are scheduled throughout the semester.
    The mission of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long term solutions. The FoodBank distributes over 23 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,656 non-profit; through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Volunteers at the FoodBank work in a warehouse setting to sort donated goods.
     
  • Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey
    The Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community.
    • Mondays, 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. (Group home: adults with special needs) Volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer at a local Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey group home, spending time with adults with developmental disabilities. A typical volunteer session will include a pre-planned activity, such as a craft project, game or music.
    • Thursdays, 3:30 - 5 p.m. (Recreation center - adults with special needs) Students will have the opportunity to volunteer at CPNJ’s afterschool / afterwork recreation program, spending time with children and adults with developmental disabilities. A typical volunteer session will include a pre-planned activity, such as a craft project, game, music or community outing.
       
  • Don Bosco
    Thursdays, 6:45 - 9:15 p.m. Thursdays, 6:30 - 10 p.m. Fridays, 6:15 - 9:15 p.m.
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    At the Don Bosco program, volunteers are a positive presence in the lives of local youth. Students will spend time playing basketball and other sports, cooking and taking part in a variety of other fun activities. The Thursday night program is a youth center specifically for Latinos. Volunteers will help teach ESL classes, as well as play indoor soccer. 
     
  • ESL Tutoring
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    This program works with the local immigrants of South Orange. Many new residents are taking English classes in order to prepare for citizenship exams and for employment purposes. The class is run by a full time coordinator who is a part of the Campus Ministry staff. Lesson plans are prepared in advance for the group. Volunteers need not be fluent in another language - basic conversation and some reading material are discussed between paired volunteers and students.
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network
    Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. 
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is a network of churches and synagogues that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing to homeless families in Essex County. DOVE volunteers will go to the IHN headquarters in Montclair to mentor children from the families enrolled in the program.
     
  • Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:30 - 6 p.m.
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    The Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program is an independent non-profit that supplements education in correctional institutions by providing individualized tutoring. Petey Greene partners with DOVE to send Seton Hall undergraduates to serve as tutors at Northern State Prison. Tutors provide after-class tutoring by working individually with students in the prison’s law library. Seton Hall tutors typically volunteer one session a week. Once assigned a time slot, volunteers are required to attend the same time every week for an entire semester. Tutors can volunteer on Mondays or Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students interested in tutoring adults at the secondary or basic education levels are encouraged to visit the Petey Greene website and to contact DOVE for more information. 
     
  • Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry
    3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    The Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry distributes grocery bags of food to families and individuals in need. Student volunteers help to pack and distribute the bags.
     
  • Raphael's Life House
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    Raphael's Life House is a transitional residence for women who are homeless and pregnant. Here, these women will find a place where they can rebuild their lives and give their child a positive start in life.
    • Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Spend an evening helping these expectant mothers learn basic computer skills and working on resumes that will assist them in providing for themselves and their newborns after their stay at the shelter. Past groups have also helped the women create scrapbooks for their babies. (The Monday night program will work with both the mothers and their babies.)
    • Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Give these new mothers a break by babysitting for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon.
       
  • St. John's Soup Kitchen 
    Thursdays, 6:45 - 10 a.m.
    Each week, our volunteers join the parishioners of St. John's in preparing meals for the homeless. Volunteers are needed to assist in preparing lunch and distributing breakfast. The soup kitchen line often caters to more than 400 each meal. Here, students are given the opportunity to see the faces of the impoverished and hear their stories.
     
  • Seton Stories
    Fridays, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
    Seton Stories is a reading program at the South Orange Library. Volunteers provide local children with an interactive literacy environment. A typical morning includes reading several children’s stories out loud and an arts and crafts project that ties into the theme of the stories.
     
  • Speedway Academy
    Tuesdays, 8:45 - 11:15 a.m.
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    Volunteers will work with children at the Speedway Academy in Newark. Volunteers will assist in the classrooms with two different grades (K-2 and 3-5), where they will provide teaching assistance in language arts.
     
  • South Orange Seniors
    Socialize with local senior citizens at various events on campus.
     
  • Teens Xchange
    Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
    This program is a semester-long commitment.
    Volunteers will spend time and build relationships with South Orange Middle School students after their classes. Volunteers may help with homework, play games, do crafts, and become role models for these students throughout the semester.

Another component of DOVE is international service. Each year, student applicants are selected to join a team and travel to San Miguel, El Salvador. Here, they live in solidarity with the poor and serve those in need. Some of our sites include an orphanage; a special needs school, a nursing home and a home for at risk teens. The program has grown considerably over the past two years and we have expanded this program, allowing two trips per academic year. Pictures and student testimony from various trips can be found on the El Salvador page and on the Haiti page.

Please see our Special Events page for additional volunteer opportunities that we provide throughout the year, as well as our Releasing the Doves page for information on our domestic and international mission trips.

The best way to fulfill one's obligations of justice and love is to contribute to the common good according to one's means and the needs of others, and also to promote and help public and private organizations devoted to bettering the conditions of life.

Pope Paul VI - Encyclical Letter Gaudium et Spes

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