Scarlet Day of Service
Saturday, September 23, 2017


Scarlet Day of Service is the one of the largest service events of the year at Rutgers University planned by the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Rutgers Student Affairs. On this day, students come together as part of the State University of New Jersey to volunteer at different community organizations throughout central New Jersey. This fall, Scarlet Day of Service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This event will provide 1000 students the opportunity to serve New Jersey by cleaning up communities, revitalizing outdoor spaces, working with youth and senior citizens, and more.  Students must register prior to the event to participate.


On Scarlet Day of Service we aim to serve throughout the state of New Jersey and provide students an opportunity to give where they live and make meaningful connections with the community.


Students can sign up as individuals.  If you are interested in performing service with a group or organization you should still sign-up individually and note your group during the registration process. Students who register by September 18 will have the opportunity to choose their site in advance of the event, otherwise, will have a chance to sign-up for an available site with your group or individually.

Transportation, breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt will be provided to all students.


In order to be a student participant on the Scarlet Day of Service, the following requirements need to be met:
– Be a student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick
– Fill out an Online Participation Form
– Maintain a fun, positive attitude and a strong desire to say thank you to the New Brunswick and New Jersey communities!


Register for Scarlet Day of Service here starting Monday, September 4.


9:30am Registration Begins (Deiner Park, 619 George Street, College Avenue Campus)
10:15am Kick-off and Welcome
10:30am Depart for service projects

**Ending times vary based on the project and location

Students will meet at Deiner Park at 9:30 a.m. to check in. All student volunteers are required to commit to participating in the full event from check in at 9:30am until their service project is complete.  Ending times vary based on the location and project. After registration, all volunteers will be bused to the sites or will walk to the sites and will not be permitted to drive themselves.


We encourage students to take the bus to the Student Activities Center (SAC) or walk to Deiner Park located at 619 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  If you choose to drive, students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

What To Wear

We will provide you with a Scarlet Day of Service t-shirt.  Please wear old clothing and sneakers. Various activities for Scarlet Day of Service may include outdoor work, painting, and other activities in which your clothing will get messy.

Helpful Tips

1. To prevent waste, we are asking all students to bring their own reusable water bottle.  We will have filling stations at the event.

2. If there is a certain site you have you heart set on visiting, we suggest you register by September 18 to have the change to register early, or we suggest that you arrive early since some of the smaller sites fill up quickly.


Site Leaders are students who are responsible for a group of 10-15 of their peers on the day of the event. Site Leaders guide students to and from the site location, manage contact with RUPA, site location, and bus driver, and lead reflection after the training. All Site Leaders are required to come to a mandatory training the morning of the event at 8AM. Those interested in being a Site Leader can register here.


RUPA Community Service
Phone: 848-932-7213

SDOS Sites

Descriptions of sites will be added by category as they are confirmed. If you have questions about any of the sites, please contact

  • Rutgers Gardens (6-20 volunteers)
  • Rutgers Conservation Garden
  • Sites posted as confirmed.
  • Making it Possible to End Homelessness (5-15 volunteers)
  • New Brunswick Public Library (10-12 volunteers)
  • Franklin Township Baseball League (30 volunteers)
  • Franklin Day Festival (30-40 volunteers)