Scarlet Day of Service
Saturday, September 15, 2018


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 and alumni come together as part of the State University of New Jersey to volunteer at different community organizations throughout central New Jersey. Scarlet Day of Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018. This event provides over 1000 students and alumni 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 or in groups. Students who register by September 10 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.


Individual registration opens on September 3, 2018 at

Group registration opens August 16 here. Group registration process is:

  1. Have one representative register the group (min. 5 students, max. 39 students) at this link.
  2. The person who signs up the group will be the first Site Leader for the group. Groups may be required to have more than one Site Leaders who are all required to attend a training on Saturday, September 15 at 7:45am at the Student Activities Center (SAC) on College Avenue Campus.
  3. When individual registration opens on September 3, all members of the group will need to individually register at
  4. The representative will email a roster of the members participating by Friday, September 7. Groups that do not send their roster by Friday, September 7 are not guaranteed to volunteer at the same site with their group.
  5. Groups will be assigned to their site on by Wednesday, September 12. *Groups must agree in advance to participate in service for the entire day, 9AM-5PM. Sites are anywhere from 10-60 minutes from campus, and groups will be assigned to sites based on group size.*


9:00am Registration Begins (Deiner Park, 619 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
10:15am Kick-off and Welcome
10:30am Depart for service projects
5:00pm   Return to campus

**Ending times vary based on the project and location

Students will meet at Deiner Park at 9:00 a.m. to check in. All student volunteers are required to commit to participating in the full event from check in at 9:00am 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 bus stop and walking to Deiner Park 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. All students should 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 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.


RUPA Community Service
Phone: 848-932-7213

SDOS Sites

Confirmed Sites for Fall 2018 are listed below. If you have questions about any of the sites, please contact

  • Christ Church, New Brunswick, NJ
  • New Brunswick City Clean-Up
  • Community FoodBank of NJ, Hillside, NJ
  • First Reformed Church of New Brunswick
  • Franklin Township Baseball League, Franklin Township, NJ
  • Gateway National Recreation Area, Staten Island, NY
  • Hands of Hope, Edison, NJ
  • Highland Park Community Food Pantry
  • Highland Park Native Plant Reserve
  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
  • Living Labs Initiative, Cook Campus
  • Livingston Community Garden, Livingston Campus
  • MedShare, Secaucus, NJ *Honors College Only*
  • Mercer County Park Commission, Trenton, NJ
  • Mission First Housing Group/MIPH, Edison, NJ
  • Bayshore Waterfront Park, Monmouth, NJ
  • National Park Service at Sandy Hook, Highlands, NJ
  • New Brunswick Community Gardens
  • New Brunswick Free Public Library
  • Piscataway Public Library
  • Raritan Valley YMCA, East Brunswick, NJ
  • Reformed Church of Highland Park
  • Ronald McDonald House, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Roosevelt Care Center, Edison, NJ
  • Roosevelt Care Center, Old Bridge, NJ
  • Rutgers Conversation Garden, Douglass Campus
  • Rutgers Gardens
  • Sewaren Free Public Library
  • Shark River Clean-Up Coalition, Neptune, NJ
  • Spotswood Reformed Church, Spotswood, NJ
  • St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, New Brunswick, NJ
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Spotswood, NJ
  • The Arbor Trail, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Visions and Pathways, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Whitesbog Preservation Trust, Brown Mills, NJ
  • Woodbridge Public Library, Iselin, NJ