Staff Council - Community Involvement

The Staff Council encourages employees to utilize their passions, business skills and expertise to make meaningful contributions in our community.   Many of us participate in various activities within our communities – whether it’s a Breast Cancer Walk, Sponsoring a Family for the Holidays, giving your time and resources to local shelters, food pantries, etc. – we want to hear about it!

The Staff Council endeavors to share community engagement opportunities, recognize each other for our contributions and encourage a culture of giving back!

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Rutgers Against Hunger's 2019 Adopt-A-Family Campaign

Dear Members of the Rutgers Community:

During my time as president there have been certain traditions that make me feel especially proud to be part of this community, and Rutgers Against Hunger’s annual Adopt-A-Family campaign is one of the best.  For the past ten years, through the generosity of our faculty, staff, and alumni, we have been able to sponsor nearly 2,200 New Jersey families struggling with hunger and poverty, giving them a brighter holiday season.  The Rutgers spirit of service shines brightly through Adopt-A-Family, and I hope you will consider participating in this worthwhile project this year. 

As we embark on the 11th year of the Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) Adopt-A-Family Program, we know the need is great.  Too many children, families, and seniors across the state need assistance.  They do not always know where their next meal will come from, let alone how they will stay warm through the winter or be able to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. 

Administrative and academic departments are encouraged to participate in this year’s program by sponsoring a family, or several families, from participating social services agencies.  Sponsors will be matched with families in need near their respective campus. After being matched, sponsors will receive a family profile form with information about the family members and their specific needs for this holiday season. 

Donations typically include nonperishable foods and other needed items, such as toiletries, baby supplies, and clothing items—but it is up to you and your group to decide how much of the family’s wish list you would like to fulfill.  Any level of support is greatly appreciated. 

Participation is easy:

  • If you and/or your department are interested in volunteering for this program, we ask that one person within your department or group of co-workers serve as the representative and coordinate the group’s participation with RAH staff.
  • Individual sponsors are welcome–you are not required to sign up as a department/team.
  • RAH will provide you or your group with information on the family you will sponsor, their food preferences, holiday wish list, and logistics on how to fulfill the program.
  • If you prefer, you may make a monetary donation directly to the Adopt-A-Family program.  All cash donations will be combined to help support at-risk families who do not have a sponsor. 
  • To ensure that we can manage all aspects of this program and deliver gifts by the deadlines requested by the agencies, we ask that all sponsors register no later than Friday, October 18.

Hunger and poverty continue to cause great suffering in our state.  I hope you will consider taking part in the Adopt-A-Family program and showing your generosity and compassion to those in need. 

To sponsor a family in our community, please complete an online form here.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact RAH at for details.

For more information, or if you have any questions about Adopt-A-Family, please reach out to the contact for your campus:

Rutgers University–New Brunswick:  Michele Coyne and Lauren Errickson,

Rutgers University–Newark:  Kaitlin West,

Thank you for your continued support of Rutgers Against Hunger.


Robert Barchi