With over 2,500 students, alumni, faculty, and staff living in Hoboken, members of the Stevens community are committed to giving back to their university’s hometown. A variety of student groups, special programming, research projects, in-kind contributions and initiatives by faculty and staff are dedicated to providing service to our Hoboken neighbors and improving the public good.
Letter of Appreciation
Stevens students support many organizations throughout Hoboken with countless hours of volunteer work. Words of appreciation such as this one from the Hoboken Family Alliance are always welcomed by students!
Each year as a part of a Freshman Orientation, the entire class participates in service projects throughout Hoboken. Past volunteer projects have involved the Hoboken Shelter, Hoboken Community Center, True Mentors, Liberty Humane Society, the Jubilee Center, Hoboken Grace Church, St. Matthew Lutheran Trinity Church, Garden Street Farmers Market, Hoboken Parking Authority, Operation Gratitude, and the Hoboken Library.
Stevens THRIVE is an annual volunteer expo and wellness event for students. Community-based organizations are invited to host a table at the volunteer expo to educate students about their mission, create service partnerships, and recruit students for volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Gabrielle Guider at [email protected]
National Student Day
Led by the campus bookstore in October, National Student Day invites all Stevens students to participate in a variety of activities and contests that partner with local organizations to give back to the Hoboken community.
Hoboken’s Halloween Ragamuffin Parade
Student volunteers from Stevens Greek life, Athletics, and service organizations dress in costume and gather to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters and Ragamuffin Parade marchers as they pass campus on their way to the costume contest at the Little League Field.
St. Mary’s Mental Health Center Holiday Gift Drive
Led by the Provost’s Office during the winter holiday season, students, faculty, and staff donate wrapped clothing, toys, and young children's items to be donated to St. Mary’s Mental Health Center in Hoboken.
Take Back the Night
Stevens partners with the City of Hoboken to host Take Back the Night, an event to promote an end to sexual violence.
Boy & Girl Scout Troop Lab Tours
Boy and Girl Scout Troops based in Hoboken visit Stevens to tour such facilities as Davidson Lab to view demonstrations in the wave tank guided by Stevens faculty.
Senior Design Projects Oriented to Hoboken and Urban Issues
Many student researchers use their Senior Design Projects, products of a year or more of extensive research, to help build products and solve issues that exist within Hoboken and surrounding areas.
Hoboken’s National Night Out
Each August, Hoboken’s Police Department hosts National Night Out, an event to promote neighborhood safety and a community-police partnership, in Church Square Park. Stevens has participated in this event since 2014 and hosts a variety of STEM-learning activities, athletic demonstrations, giveaways, and more for visitors.
Stevens Athletics Duckling Program
Through the Duckling Program, run by the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), current student athletes create lesson plans and read to local middle school students.
Student Organizations & Civic Engagement
Members of Stevens’ student government, service organizations, 16 Greek organizations, athletic teams, and others consistently volunteer at a variety of local non-profit organizations, at cultural events, and with K-12 educational and recreational programs in Hoboken. Learn more about student civic engagement.
StevensTHON is a student-run organization that raises money to provide financial and emotional support for the children and families treated at Children's Specialized Hospital. In Spring 2016, StevensTHON hosted it's inaugural dance marathon in an effort to raise money for five miracle children. The event raised nearly $21,000 and surpassed the fundraising record in NJ for other first-year dance marathon events.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery
In the week following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, 300 students performed more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work – working with the National Guard to rescue people stranded by the storm, delivering water in high-rise buildings, checking in on elderly residents, working with the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, helping prepare meals for people who had taken refuge in city shelters, providing the city with an audio system for public meetings and helping to staff a city command center.
Bike Donation to Hudson TMA
As part of an effort to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, Stevens donated 13 bicycles to the Hudson County Improvement Authority in June 2017 and 16 bicycles and five bike helmets to the Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA) in June 2014.