Nearly 700 students volunteered around the state

Rutgers students returned to the streets of New Brunswick and communities throughout New Jersey for the first in-person Scarlet Day of Service in two years.

Equipped with rakes, shovels and paint brushes, teams of students ensured the semi-annual Saturday of volunteering was a success.

“We had a New Brunswick cleanup opportunity, and we also had a couple of food pantry initiatives such as the Highland Park Food Pantry and the Five Loaves Food Pantry,” said Cassie Cuddihy, a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and director of the Community Service Committee of the Rutgers University Programming Association. “We had one site that was a Kiddie Keep Well day camp in Sandy Hook,” where students made sure the location was safe and healthy for small children.

At this past Saturday’s event, nearly 700 students – including individual volunteers and representatives from more than 40 groups – gave back to the local community at 23 different sites across the state.

“It’s a magical, special day and it’s really great to be back in person,” Cuddihy said.