Blog By: Brooke Donegan

This page presents photos, videos and short stories that focus specifically on positive changes, improvements and individuals who have had positive experiences in the city of Camden, NJ.  I want to explore this topic because I am genuinely interested in what people are doing to help the city out of poverty and drug abuse.  This page combines the humanities in Camden with technology.  The name is “Camden’s Confidence” because it illustrates the people behind the scenes who display the confidence and faith it takes to help make a difference.  “Camden’s Confidence” illustrates the kind hearts and generosity that the city still produces.

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Sunset on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden, NJ facing Philadelphia, PA

On Thursday, April 17 a waterfront event was held in North Camden called “Camden Night Gardens” from 7-11pm.  The free festival featured local artists, musicians and a BMX presentation.  Music was used in the event and comes full circle with Camden’s history.  The purpose of the festival was to help the community feel safe outside at night and hopefully is the start of many more festivals to come.

Local Camden residents perform on stage Camden Night Gardens on April 17, 2014.

Bike Giveaway to Camden residents and BMX performance at Camden Night Gardens on April 17, 2014.

Ben Franklin Bridge facing the waterfront in Camden, NJ

Ben Franklin Bridge facing the waterfront in Camden, NJ

Americorp is a ten month program where young adults dedicate their time and hard work to better serve various communities.  On April 22, 2014 I spoke with three Americorp participates working at The Neighborhood Center on Kaighns Ave in South Camden.

Barton, Marilyn and Ben standing in front of the green house they built for The Neighborhood Center.

Barton, Marilyn and Ben standing in front of the green house they built for The Neighborhood Center.

Ben, Marilyn and Ben from Americorp explain their purpose, their hope and their experiences in Camden.

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Barton, Marilyn and Ben nurturing their vegetables

Barton, Marilyn and Ben nurturing their vegetables in the garden they planted.

The gardens Americorp has built at The Neighborhood Center to help Camden’s fresh food supply.

The Cathedral Kitchen is located on Federal Street near the Cramer Hill section of Camden, NJ.  The kitchen serves dinner to the less fortunate in the city every weekday between 4-5pm.  The kitchen provides services to assist the homeless in becoming productive members of society.

Edward Barber talks about his experience at The Cathedral Kitchen and how the kitchen helped him merge back into society.

Rutgers-Camden plays a huge role in helping the community in Camden, NJ.  Rutgers-Camden participates in partnerships with non profits in the city and The Office of Civic Engagement strives to make the community a better place.

Rutgers-Camden student, Erin Doherty discusses her experience at Rutgers-Camden and in Camden, NJ.