The TCNJ Here for Home Campaign has established several Working Groups in order to effectively focus its efforts in several areas.
Collections and Drives
- Charge: To mobilize the resources on campus and in the local community to gather and distribute materials that are needed by emergency relief organizations responding to the disaster.
- To organize an ongoing food and material “drop off” program with three locations (Eickhoff, Student Center and Homan Hall) with a weekly pick-up system and regular delivery;
- To organize an ongoing food and material “swipe” drive in partnership with Dining Services/Sodexho, which would allow all constituent groups (faculty, staff and students) to use their points or credit cards to make donations;
- To organize food drives involving youth participants from two Bonner/TCNJ community service partner sites (Hedgepeth-Williams Bonner and Isles YouthBuild); and
- To conduct a “can drive” at a local supermarket on five different days before the end of the semester or holiday season.
- Charge: To keep the community informed and engaged as it relates to both needs and the opportunities to participate in all types of relief efforts (fundraising, direct service, etc.) by utilizing various social media tools (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.); and to ensure that all working groups collaborate with the Steering Committee to communicate with the community in a coordinated and efficient manner, including calls for assistance on specific projects.
- To update the website and Facebook at least two or three times a week;
- To establish and maintain a Twitter account;
- To generate three press articles to highlight needs and activities;
- To respond to Steering Committee requests to send messages and materials out to the community; and
- To work collaboratively with Public Relations to ensure the campaign is visible on the College’s main webpage.
- Charge: To maintain an ongoing dialogue with township officials about the needs of Ewing and to ensure the campus responds to them on a timely basis.
- To help the township clean-up and repair the damage done to parks (including Moody) around the township;
- To complete one project per week (on average) to assist the township or local residents;
- To conduct some research and clarify how the campus facilities might be useful to residents who need assistance and bring these suggestions to the Steering Committee;
- To survey the neighbors in two targeted blocks and gather information from the town-gown committee in order to identify needs and bring suggestions to the Steering Committee; and
- To reach out to the Hollowbrook neighborhoodCenter to ask if assistance is needed and bring suggestions to the Steering Committee.
Fundraising – On Campus Groups and Events
- Charge: To raise revenues (to support existing relief efforts as well as TCNJ students who wish to engage in disaster relief), support others who are organizing events to generate donations and attempt to coordinate on-campus groups to maximize their success.
- To establish realistic goals and targets;
- To work closely with the Volunteer Committee to have a “sponsor for service” weekend in the Fall;
- To sell wristbands in support of the TCNJ Baseball Team’s effort; and
- To work with the Development Office and identify two or three organizations to develop a matching program for funds that are raised.
Fundraising – Electronic Pledge Card Project
- Charge: Same as above
- To create and send an electronic pledge card, which would:
- give everyone a chance to make a donation to an existing relief group
- support TCNJ student service projects (e.g. transportation and materials)
- provide aid to affected families via the purchase of gift cards
- report how much was previously donated by the TCNJ community
- To provide monthly reports to the Steering Committee; and
- To develop a system to receive and distribute assistance.
- To create and send an electronic pledge card, which would:
Liability and Logistics
- Charge: To work with the General Counsel’s Office, Risk Management Office and other committees (Volunteer Opportunities and Partners, Steering, etc.) to develop a plan for safe and effective volunteer work by the TCNJ community.
- To revise existing risk notification forms for volunteers helping with relief efforts and obtain General Counsel’s approval;
- To provide training opportunities for student leaders about safety precautions while engaged in hurricane relief efforts;
- To develop a plan and budget that would further expand the service transportation capacity of the college so the relief efforts do not take existing resources (vans) away from local service work and prevent the College from honoring its local agreements with nonprofit organizations.; and
- To quickly met and identify what other transportation resource exist on campus that can be utilized to help with disaster relief.
Student Group Coordination – COSA
- Charge: To maintain effective communication among the various campus organizations and entities to promote a coordinated and productive effort.
- To ensure a liaison from COSA is active and informed about the TCNJ Here for Home Campaign and works to reduce competition and duplication of efforts;
- To help create and maintain a coordinated and updated calendar of on and off campus events related to relief efforts for the rest of the academic year;
- To provide regular updates to the Steering Committee; and
- To provide regular updates to the Communications Committee so the social media tools reflect all of the activities and can be used to support them.
Student and TCNJ Community Support
- Charge: To proactively seek out and inform the TCNJ campus community of resources available to support those who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy; develop a sense of empowerment through preparedness; and educate the campus community members on lessons learned and how to anticipate needs for the potential future.
- To provide opportunities for people needing assistance to be able to self-report their needs to the appropriate campus professionals;
- To identify National, State and College resources available to the community and work with the Communications Committee to spread the word and conduct outreach activities;
- To sponsor workshops with insurance companies and other organizations to help provide assistance to individuals on how to access services and navigate the insurance claims system; and
- To explore the option of bringing graduate counseling students when doing relief efforts in order to get them involved in providing some counseling and/or support work.
Volunteer Opportunities and Partnerships
- Charge: To work with the relevant state offices (e.g. Corporation for National and Community Service) to create short- and long-term disaster relief projects and programs for the campus community.
- To visit affected areas and keep in contact with all relevant agencies that could help TCNJ develop projects and sustained programs;
- To work with the Volunteer Coordination and Communications committees to link teams of students to relief efforts;
- To obtain donated supplies that could equip 75 students to engage in clean-up and relief efforts (gloves, bags, goggles, shovels, etc.);
- To establish a storage and inventory system for volunteer teams;
- To establish an accessible storage location for materials;
- To work with the Student and Community Support Group to identify TCNJ families who need direct assistance and, when possible, develop opportunities to provide direct assistance; and
- To create a pool of skilled volunteers from the campus and community who could provide supervision (e.g. buildings and grounds volunteers).