Giving back: Student finds community service rewarding


Helping someone in need and making a difference in his or her life can be extremely rewarding and fun. It is important to put others first because some of us are not as fortunate as others. Community service is a great way to do just that, and fortunately, Rider offers several opportunities for students to get involved.

The Bonner Program consists of a group of students that complete up to 10 hours of community service a week throughout the entire school year. Students are given the opportunity to apply for the program before they start their freshman year. Rider Serves and Circle K are two clubs on campus that also offer chances to do community service both on and off campu. Since they do not offer a certain amount of service hours to be completed, students may find it easier to work these clubs into their schedule.

Social fraternities and sororities on campus also offer several opportunities to complete community service while enjoying time spent with friends. Each Greek organization has a philanthropy that they raise money for by participating and running events throughout the year. By taking part and volunteering in local runs and walks, fraternities and sororities find a way to make completing community service an exciting and collaborative event.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a community service fraternity on campus that requires students to complete 30 hours each semester. Although the amount of hours may seem like a lot to complete, it is incredibly fun and rewarding that reaching the goal is not difficult.  I joined in the Spring 2013 semester, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

When I came to Rider, I knew that I wanted to find a way to get involved. Since becoming a part of APO, I have participated in many events for our philanthropy: Ryan’s Quest, Trenton Soup Kitchen, Relay for Life, Restore the Shore, Make a Difference Day and I even ran my first 5K in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I never get sick of the happiness that completing community, fraternity, campus, and national service brings me. I treasure it even more because I do it with people that I love and think of as family.

I am so thankful that Rider offers a variety of community service because it allows students to get involved in whichever way that they choose. Whether it be with a club, community service fraternity or a social Greek organization, students can find what best suits them. The feeling that I get when helping others is unlike anything else I have ever felt because it is truly special to make a difference in someone else’s life. I also love that I have found others that share the same passion as I do and are willing to give up their time during the week.

Completing community service is a completely selfless act, and I believe that more college students should do it on a daily basis. Students should consider taking their part in community service, whether it is with a club and/or organization, because it is one of the best and rewarding ways to get involved in college.

-Erin Wallace

Junior English major

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