Mission

Finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.

Program Overview

The program’s parent organization, Midnight Run, coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to people who are unhoused in New York City.

“The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding, and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.

Midnight Run is not a solution to homelessness. Our goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see people on the streets as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women interact with mainstream adults and teenagers whose commitments and concerns go beyond their own lives and families.”MidnightRun.org

Centenary has partnered with Midnight Run for the past two decades, and we proudly offer this service opportunity to our students. A group of about 15 students and staff work together to prepare food, clothing and toiletries to be distributed on a Friday night once a month. The collection and distribution of donations is overseen by student coordinators from the Changebuilders program.

Get involved

To learn more about the program, please reach out to the Community Engagement Coordinator. If you are interested in attending, contact the Community Engagement Coordinator for dates and to reserve a spot.

The Centenary and Hackettstown communities are encouraged to support the continuation of this mission through donations! Donation bins are located at the Lackland Center outside the cafeteria and at the Seay building in the Student Activities Center.

Suggested Donations:

  • Coats and jackets
  • Gloves, hats and scarves
  • New socks and underwear
  • Practical clothing (no kids clothes!)
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Razors