Service Projects

 

Brothers who wish to sign up for upcoming service opportunities can do so on the Google Doc

 

Adopt-A-Spot

In partnership with Cook College Leadership, Alpha Zeta adopted Foran Conservation Garden, located behind the Foran building. This garden features native plants of New Jersey and requires litter clean-up and landscaping. Each semester we will have at least two clean up days. More information on the Adopt-A-Spot program can be found at the Cook College Leadership Development Program webpage. In addition to the Foran Conservation Garden, Alpha Zeta has also adopted the forest area behind the University Inn and its adjacent Arbor Trail.

 

Bamboo Forest Clean-up

The Bamboo Forest service project has started to become somewhat of a tradition for Prospective Member Project and rightly deserves such a status.  Not only does it give prospective members a chance to fulfill their service requirement for pledging, it also gets prospective members, brothers, and Cook students better acquainted with the natural beauty and wonder that the Rutgers Gardens has to offer.  With every semester, the Bamboo Forest slowly becomes more familiar and a spot needing our frequent return to keep it beautiful and fresh for every visitor.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

Alpha Zeta hosts a yearly Easter Egg Hunt at Rutgers Gardens for the children of Rutgers staff. This is a full day of fun and events that include tables for egg dying, face painting, constructing bunny-eared headbands, coloring, pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny, and count the number of gummy bears in the jar. We also feature an egg on a spoon races before the main event of the easter egg hunt.

(dyed eggs photo courtesy of Kristin Tangel)

 

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Farm Gleaning

Alpha Zeta returns to its agricultural roots with Rutgers Against Hunger. Tough economic times has led to a decrease in donations to Food Banks and an increase in families needing assistance in putting dinner on the table. Rutgers has partenered with local farmers such as the Giamerese Farms in Milltown, NJ to donate fresh produce to area Food Banks. AZ was called upon to help in harvesting these crops to take their part in the campaign against hunger. For more information about the program, please visit: http://rah.rutgers.edu or check out the news report on Rutgers new initiative to fight hunger.

Holiday Gifts Fundraiser

Every fall semester, the Fraternity of Alpha Zeta sponsors a gift drive for the children hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. Last holiday season 2007, AZ raised over $2,000 for their toy drive. All proceeds were used to purchase brand new toys for the children.

Salvation Army Clothing Bins

In partnership with the Salvation Army, we have placed clothing collection bins through out campus. Brothers empty these bins and take them to the salvation army twice a semester. Plans are also underway to place new clothing collection bins in the laundry room of the PAL building.

Saturday Morning Tutoring

Every Saturday morning brothers are welcome to go to Edward J. Patten Elementary School in Perth Amboy. Brothers spend the morning with the children and encourage learning through tutoring sessions. Transportation to and from the school is not provided. Brothers going on Saturdays will be contacted with directions.

University Service Projects

Alpha Zeta is always present around the Rutgers and Cook Community, participating in University wide service programs like: The Cook Monster Mash, JDRF Walk, Make a Difference Day, October Environmental Festival, the Big Chill, Winter Wishes, Special Friend's Day, and Dance Marathon.

Brother Service Projects

Though most brothers perform service together with the brotherhood, many choose to take on service projects or volunteer in service roles on their own. Some brothers have served the community by being volunteer firefighters, EMTs, Dance Marathon Coordinators, church service projects, and much more!