Seton Hall University
DOVE Students helping in soup kitchen

Weekly Programs

COVID-19 Update

Please be aware that DOVE’s regular programming is on hold due to social distancing protocols. Visit our Digital Volunteer Opportunities page for information on how you can help NOW!

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
Mondays, 6:15 - 9:15 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:45 - 9:15 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. 

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.

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, 12:30 - 3:30 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 - 11:30 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.

South Orange Seniors
Socialize with local senior citizens at various events on campus.

Teens Xchange
Thursdays, 3:15 - 5:00 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.

Students joining hands as they look at a large vista. International Service

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