Mission

The mission of V.O.I.C.E.S. is to provide a forum for public health students to reach out to their community by organizing and participating in volunteer community service projects with a public health focus.

V.O.I.C.E.S. strives to allow students to gain practical public health experience, interact with other students of similar interests, and incorporate social responsibility into their academic experience. V.O.I.C.E.S. enables the students of the Rutgers School of Public Health to have a positive impact on the community in which they live, both locally and globally.

Past Events:

2013-2014 V.O.I.C.E.S Projects
In Piscataway

  • Germ Workshop for Children at the New Brunswick Public Library (October)
  • Food Day Celebration: Showing of documentary “A Place at the Table”—October 23 with follow-up community discussion of food insecurity issues
  • Food Pantry Clean-up/Christ Church Food Pantry (November)
  • Socks and Towel Drive for Cathedral Kitchen (Month of November)
  • Second Annual “Healthy Helping” Cookbook for Elijah’s Promise (released December)
  • Holiday Gift Drive for Needy Families (December)
  • Cathedral Kitchen Second Annual Foot Health Clinic, Camden for MLK Day January 20, 2014
  • What’s Your Passion: Gift Bags for Chemotherapy Patients/NJ Cancer Institute (January)
  • Women’s Heart Health Information on campus (February)
  • Campus Blood Drive with the American Red Cross (April)
  • Campus Bone Marrow Donation Registry with The Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc. (April)
  • Rutgers Day: Growing Healthy Community Event (April)

In Newark

  • Bake Sale for Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Walk in Newark, NJ
  • World Food Day Events
  • Food Day Drive 
  • Food Day Movie Night
  • Sock Drive- in collaboration with International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI) to the Kabala School and Home for the Blind in Sierra Leone

2012-2013 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects
In Piscataway

  • Food Day (October)
  • Fall Food Drive (October)
  • Blood Drive/American Red Cross (November)
  • Samosa Sale Hurricane Relief American Red Cross (November)
  • Soup Sale for a fundraiser for Operation Smile (November)
  • World AIDS Day Event (November 27th through 29th)
  • Pie Sale (November)
  • Giving Tree/DR Project (December)
  • Second Annual V.O.I.C.E.S. Cookbook/ ongoing

Newark

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (October): Participated in American Cancer Society’s annual 5K walk to raise money for breast cancer.
  • Food Week (October): Partnered with Student Government Association to collect canned goods and donate to local area food bank;
  • Halloween Healthy Goody Bags (October/November): Collaborated with SPH SGA and School of Nursing to create healthy good bags for pediatric in/outpatients at University Hospital (bags were delivered in November instead of on Halloween due to Hurricane Sandy)
  • National Food Day (October): held potluck with SPH SGA in celebration of National/World Food Day; served healthy pizza to UMDNJ community in cafeteria on National Food Day, helping to raise awareness about sustainable food options
  • Bake sale (November): Sold baked goods and raised over $320 for Wynona’s House
  • Wynona’s’ House Christmas Activities (December): money was donated to Wynona’s House to help fund and support their Christmas party which provides clothing and toys to children who are unable to afford these items

2011-2012 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Jamesburg Library in Freehold—workshop on “Healthy Snacks from Around the World” (July)
  • Liberty Science Center trip with children from the Somerset Home for Displaced Children (October)
  • This is Public Health presentation at Monroe Township High School (October)
  • Anti-bullying presentation at Brimm Medical Arts high School (October)
  • Soup Event/ DR Fundraiser (November)
  • A 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Event: Screening of the Award Winning Documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” Featuring Guest Speaker: Dr. Vera Daniels of the Bassa Tribe in Liberia (December)
  • Holiday Wish List family of 9 (December)
  • Day of Service/ Elijah's Promise was really successful. Helped sort clothes given to needy families in New Brunswick. Sorted winter coats to be given to the homeless during Project Homeless Connect Day (January)
  • Valentine’s Day Sale for DR Health Outreach/Raised (February)
  • Gasland Documentary (March)
  • Samosa Sale/Midwest Tornado Relief (March)
  • Monroe Township High school presentation This is Public Health (March)
  • Habitat for Humanity—Asbury Park (March)
  • Blood Drive/American Red Cross (April)
  • Community Health Fair/Table on “Preparedness” in Lawnside April
  • Health Fair Pompton Lakes (May)

2010-2011 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Habitat for Humanity/Asbury Park
  • Workshop on Nutrition—Transitions for Youth/SHIP Program/Rutgers
  • Backpack Drive
  • Workshop on HIV/AIDS/Center for Great Expectations/Somerset
  • Samosa Sale—Pakistan Relief Effort—Doctors Without Borders
  • Hot Chocolate Sale and Bake sale for DR Health Outreach Project
  • Global Health Awareness: Fistula Documentary A Walk to Beautiful
  • Halloween Party—Center for Great Expectations/Somerset
  • Holiday Gift Drive—New Brunswick families
  • Food Drive, Catholic Charities
  • Coat Drive, Hope Community Outreach Center/Camden
  • Day of Service—Martin Luther King Day/Volunteer Sites
  • Soup Sale Fundraiser for Youth
  • April 8, 2011 Student Team for Race for the Cure at Rutgers/New Brunswick
  • Samosa Sale—Japan Earthquake Relief/ American Red Cross

2009-2010 V.O.I.C.E.S Projects

  • Haitian Relief Effort/Bake Sale
  • Bowling for Soup-Striking Out Hunger
  • Melting Away Hunger
  • Holiday Gift Drive for the Homeless/Homefront
  • Giving Tree/DR Fundraiser
  • Sock Drive with partner HOPE
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. prepared dinner at Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. collected food for food pantry at Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. prepared dinner for people who are homeless and staying at Christ Episcopal Church/ New Brunswick
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. Craft Sale/Bake Sale/DR Health Outreach Project

2008-2009 V.O.I.C.E.S Projects

  • Pizza party at Hope Community Outreach Center in Camden
  • Bowling for Soup-Hunger in Our Midst/Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen and HOPE Outreach
  • Dr. Terry Konn spoke with students about her work in Rwanda
  • Hearts to Save Hearts for the American Health Association/Red Dress Event
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. student Suzie Yang organized a diaper drive for Hudson Cradle babies
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. students/Camden AHEC organized a "Socks and Underwear" collection
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. students partnered with Homefront/Holiday Gift Drive
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. students set up the DR Giving Tree/collection of small personal care items for the DR Health Outreach Project
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. students prepared dinner for families at Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. students helped with the Annual Survey of the Homeless in the basement of the Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick/Distributed bags of groceries

2007-2008 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Workshop on Nutrition at Eric B. Chandler Center
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. Cookbook
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. Cookbook Launch Party
  • Doctors Without Borders speaker—Dr. Jerry Erlich
  • Giving Tree/DR Fundraiser
  • V.O.I.C.E.S. PH Club—Year 1
  • Students spoke at RWJUH—Health Career Fair
  • Serving Meals at Elijah Promise Soup Kitchen
  • Holiday Gift Drive for the Homeless/Homefront

2006-2007 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Workshop on Nutrition at Eric B. Chandler Health Center
  • Samosa Sale for the Tsunami
  • Softball Game/DR Fundraiser
  • Fall Festival
  • Giving Tree/DR Fundraiser
  • Ronald McDonald House/Meal preparation
  • HomeFront Holiday Gift Collection for the Homeless
  • High School Public Health Presentations

2005-2006 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Bagel sale for Dominican Republic trip funds
  • Annual Giving Tree for Dominican Republic trip
  • Christmas wishlist donations for the homeless at HomeFront
  • Charity softball game for new Ronald McDonald House
  • Camden HIV/AIDS education workshop
  • Tsunami relief samosa sale

2004-2005 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Children's book drive for HomeFront
  • Annual Giving Tree for Dominican Republic trip
  • Table at SPH Fall Festival to sell pink bracelets for breast cancer
  • Soup kitchen night at Elijah's Promise
  • Amandla Crossing nutrition/exercise workshop
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Newark
  • Camden Urban Women's Center asthma education workshop
  • "Cover the Uninsured Week" information table

2003-2004 V.O.I.C.E.S. Projects

  • Annual Giving Tree for Dominican Republic trip
  • "Run for Runaways" for Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children
  • Amandla Crossing asthma education workshop
  • Soup kitchen night at Elijah's Promise