Community Outreach

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As Cooper’s community development and outreach arm, The Cooper Foundation is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to its neighbors and their families.

Cooper serves as one of the members of the Camden Cooper Lanning Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Under the leadership of the Center for Family Services, the initiative creates community empowerment through events, health education outreach, free flu shots, health screenings and other programs, including the Lanning Square Summer Reading Program for kindergarten through second grade students living in Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square.

During the holiday season, Cooper and the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University distribute turkeys, groceries, books, and toys to families in Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square. Through the “Adopt-A-Family” program, Cooper and Volunteers of America of the Delaware Valley help local families celebrate the holidays.

In February, The Cooper Foundation collects children’s books for the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Last year, the Foundation collected more than 4,000 books.

Each summer, Cooper holds the Camden Youth Summer Internship and Career Mentorship Program, where Camden high school students work in different departments at Cooper gaining valuable work experience and career exposure. Cooper and the Center for Family Services run “Operation Backpack” during the summer months to collect backpacks and school supplies from more than 50 departments at Cooper University Hospital so that every student at the Lanning Square School can have a new backpack for the school year.

Cooper also partners with Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides children, living in low income and homeless situations, with clothes, coats, shoes, toys, books and other items. Cooper works with the neighborhood associations in Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square to identify families in need.