Welcome to V.O.I.C.E.S., the student volunteer group at Rutgers School of Public Health! V.O.I.C.E.S. was initiated in 2003 by students at the Piscataway campus of the School of Public Health who were interested in doing community service projects with a public health focus.

Since its inception in 2003, V.O.I.C.E.S. students have worked together with faculty and staff at SPH to plan and implement many community service projects including:

  • Development and implementation of community health workshops for children, teens, young adults and adults (on asthma, HIV prevention, nutrition, and diabetes)
  • Educational initiatives for students and the community on topics such as violence and global peace, women’s reproductive health, obesity, and civil rights
  • Fundraising to support local and global causes such as local food pantries, agencies serving youth, disaster relief, and the Dominican Republic Health Outreach Project at SPH 

Past activities have included our celebration of World AIDS Day at the SPH by displaying sections of the AIDS Quilt and Martin Luther King Day with service projects around the state. Together with The American Cancer Society we have held blood drives in the school. We have worked with Habitat for Humanity along the coast to build houses and clean-up after Super Storm Sandy. We have held health education workshops for the community in various locations, including Amandla’s Crossing, the Eric B. Chandler Community Health Center, and the New Brunswick Public Library. In 2008 and again in 2013, V.O.I.C.E.S. students worked with faculty, staff and students to create Healthy Helpings, Vol. 1 and 2--our SPH cookbook of recipes. Funds from this project have been used to support Elijah’s Promise Culinary Arts Institute in New Brunswick.

In 2012, students in Newark expanded V.O.I.C.E.S. to the Newark Campus.