Rutgers in the Community

Explore the following resources to learn more about how Rutgers is building stronger relationships with its surrounding communities and beyond, and how you can help.

(New Brunswick) Office of Community Affairs
(Newark) Office of University-Community Partnerships
(Camden) Office of Civic Engagement

Featured Programs

Rutgers Student Food Pantry
Run A Drive or Be an Ambassador to help students that are food insecure.

Hire RU – Building Bridges of Opportunity
Share meaningful professional and volunteer opportunities for Rutgers students and alumni.

New Start Career Network
Provide career counseling for New Jersey’s long-term unemployed job seekers.

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Whether you are interested in youth development, horticulture, urban forestry, environmental protection, green infrastructure, marine ecology, food and nutrition, or food preservation, there is an opportunity for you.

Rutgers Gardens
Become a tour docent, an office assistant, a garden steward, and more.

Paul Robeson Galleries
Volunteer as a receptionist or event staff at this nonprofit, community-focused art gallery that emphasizes education, outreach, and visual arts exhibitions.

Zimmerli Art Museum
Become a docent, assist with planning membership events, or assist with administrative duties.

The Big Chill 5K
The Rutgers Big Chill 5k is a charitable event that has served the Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ community since 2003. The annual event takes place in December. Please check back for registration details in fall, 2022.

Be a VPVA Advocate
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) in the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers – New Brunswick recruits members of the Rutgers community to serve as Confidential Crisis Response Advocates. After completing the required training, volunteers will provide services and support to victims and survivors of domestic/dating and sexual violence.

Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH)
For more information on how to become involved with RAH, please contact

Scarlet Paws Animal Rescue Network
The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network welcomes volunteers to help in their mission of caring for cats and kittens found on the New Brunswick campus.

Rutgers Office of the New Jersey State Climatologists
Sign up to be a weather observer and measure precipitation across the nation.

The Chrysler Herbarium and Mycological Collection
Join the Personal Bioblitz program that takes place every spring.

Student Farm – Rutgers Gardens
Rutgers student farm functions as an outdoor classroom for specialized, interdisciplinary coursework, providing unique learning opportunities, hands-on experiences, and research opportunities for students throughout the year. It also serves as a vibrant local food source and provides a foundation for community outreach and programming. For more information about volunteering at the farm, please contact Alex Sawatzky at

Rutgers Environmental Stewards
Do you care about the environment? Train to become an environmental steward and help make a difference in environmental issues affecting New Jersey, and work to solve local, and community problems.