Students Volunteer in Camden During Weekend of Service

Three female students in masks organizing supplies.

Dominican College students helped organize supplies at the UrbanPromise afterschool program in Camden, NJ, to get ready for its reopening.

A team of Dominican College students, alumni, and staff volunteered in Camden, NJ, during a Weekend of Service from March 5-7, 2021.  The group worked with Romero Center Ministries to help UrbanPromise prepare to reopen its afterschool program which had been shut down for several months because of COVID-19.

“They had a lot of work for us to get ready for the students to come back – organizing classrooms, moving furniture, decorating bulletin boards, painting, and yard work,” said Kathryn Strobel, Director of Community Engagement & Leadership Development.

In addition to volunteering, the Dominican College students lived and ate simply, engaged in reflection, and disconnected from technology.   Strobel said the students also watched a documentary to gain a deeper understanding of the people living in Camden and to hear their stories.  The Weekend of Service allowed students to be involved in service even though the traditional Alternative Spring Break Program was canceled.