Volunteers needed for holiday ‘Red Kettles’

November signals the start of the Salvation Army’s "Red Kettle" campaign. The proceeds from kettle donations are used by the Salvation Army to provide food, clothing, shelter, day care and other services, according to a press release.

Kettle donations also provide the funds used for seasonal assistance such as hot meals, warm clothing, and small toys for children.

Volunteers are needed to donate four or more hours at a kettle location to help those less fortunate. Individuals, school groups, churches, service organizations and clubs are welcome to help in this effort. For further information, call Tricia Pellegrini at Salvation Army headquarters, (908) 851-8227.

Rider University names community scholars

This fall, 14 undergraduates at Rider University have been named Community Scholars.

Among this year’s Community Scholars is freshman Sarah Ibrahim of Brick Township, a communication major.

The 14 join the seven others at Rider whose ongoing mission has been to reach out to those in greatest need in the local community. Established a year ago, the Rider Community Scholars Corps is supported by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the Corporation for National Service via AmeriCorps.

Selected based upon their commitment to working toward social justice, each student is serving the Greater Trenton area in various capacities to complete 300 hours of service and training throughout the calendar year.

All Corps members will receive a stipend funded through The Bonner Foundation, AmeriCorps and Rider. Once they have completed their term of service, they receive an educational award from AmeriCorps that may be used for undergraduate or graduate expenses.

Rider Community Scholars were scheduled to participate with other area Corps members in National Make A Difference Day Oct. 26.

Partnering with Farmers Against Hunger, Rider’s Community Scholars, along with AmeriCorps-Bonner leaders from The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Mercer Community College, Middlesex Community College, and Trenton Central High School, were scheduled to travel to Robinson’s Farm in Wrightstown to harvest fresh vegetables and distribute them to local hunger relief programs. Their goal: to collect 5,000 pounds of vegetables, nearly double what the Corps collected last year.