Living Service Initiative
Our newest undergraduate initiative, Living Service seeks to provide university students with challenging civic engagement opportunities while addressing the needs of nearby communities. Our goal is to promote ongoing relationships between college residents and community organizations throughout the academic year. All students are invited and encouraged to attend programming organized by Butler during the evenings of September 16 - 19. Sign-ups for Friday or Saturday service trips will be available.
By participating in Living Service, each student will:
- Learn more about and serve local communities
- Meet students with similar interests and form lasting friendships
- Interact with faculty fellows
Read over this year's activities and SIGN-UP for service!
This year, the Living Service Initiative is being piloted exclusively by Butler College. Themed “Building Communities,” service activities will be offered in one of theme ares (housing, education, arts and culture, and sustainability and environment). Take a quick peek at the LSI events. See something you like?
Butler 5K, Sept. 14:A great way to exercise and meet new friends, all while raising funds to help the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). If running isn’t your thing, then come out and support your fellow Butlerites! Find out more HERE!
Evening Programs, Sept 16-19:Join the RGS’s for activities and a dinner discussion on community issues such as sustainability, arts and culture, education and mentoring, housing, and more. See next page for details.
Service Trips, Sept. 20-21:Ready to get engaged? Get hands-on experience living and working in your community. Take a look at the next page for more information.
Tailgate, Sept. 21:Share your LSI experiences with fellow Tigers! Cheer on the football team and grab some refreshments at the Building
Service Trips, Meet at 1915 Room across from Butler's Wu Hall.
International Coastal Clean Up Day with the Sierra Club (Sat., Sept 21, leaving 9am): Sustainability and Environment
Come out to Union Beach and Red Bank to help the Sierra Club clean up the shore. Eleven months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, this is important to help keep New Jersey beaches spotless for all those who use them!
Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Fri., Sept 20, leaving 8:30 am): Housing
Interested in what it takes to build and maintain a house? Habitat ReStore in Trenton, NJ, really helps make a house a home. Grab a friend or two and join us as we help build a home.
ArtSpace at HomeFront (Fri., Sept 20, leaving 10:30 am& Sept 21, leaving 8:30 am): Arts and Culture
Are you the creative type? Share your skills and help improve the community at the HomeFront Family Preservation Center in beautiful Ewing, NJ.
Senior Center Painting (Fri., Sept 20, leaving 11 am & Sept 21, leaving 8:30 am):
Like painting? Want to support our senior citizens? Come help the Somerset County Parks Commission paint a senior center in nearby Somerset County.
Greater Donnelly Documentary (Fri., Sept 20 4-7pm & Sat., Sept 21 10am-2pm): Education
Make a documentary on the lives of teenagers in the Greater Donnelly area. If you register for this trip, you must attend the “Life in Greater Donnelly, Trenton” evening program on Thur., Sept 19
Evening Programs are held at Bulter College:
“Food and Environmental Sustainability” (Mon., Sept 16):
Where does the food in Wu Dining Hall come from? What choices should you make when selecting food if you are concerned about our food system, your health, or the environment? Join RGS Tiana Thomas and RGS DJ Strouse for a discussion with Princeton dining service members about the food choices made on campus and a viewing of the documentary Food Patriots.
“What Does Civic Engagement Actually Mean?” (Tues., Sept 17): Wu Special Dining Hall, 6-7pm
What exactly is civic engagement? What does it mean to serve a community? Who is considered a part of a community? If you want to better understand why we have the Building Communities Project, join Professor Stephen Macedo and RGS Joan Ricart-Huguet for a lively dinner discussion on the virtues of civic education.
“Understanding Your Energy Footprint” (Wed., Sept 18): Meet at Bloomberg Arch 3:45 pm, tour returns 6 pm.
All of the energy you use on campus has to come from somewhere. Where does it come from? How can we use it responsibly and generate it sustainably? Come tour Princeton’s very own solar power field with Princeton Energy Manager Ted Borer and RGS Geeta Persad, and learn how you can tread lightly while on campus.
“The Philosopher-Kings” (Wed., Sept 18): Studio '34, 8 pm.
At Princeton, learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. The Philosopher-Kings is an award-winning documentary that follows the lives of university custodians and shares their profound wisdom, featuring one of Princeton’s own, Josue Lajeunesse. After the viewing, RGS Michael Lamb will facilitate a wide-ranging discussion about the film and what we can learn from these philosopher-kings.
“Life in Greater Donnelly, Trenton” (Thur., Sept 19): Butler Special Dining Room
The students of the Greater Donnelly neighborhood in Trenton, NJ live very different lives from the average Princeton student. Their dreams and ambitions are hampered by broken families, gang pressures, drugs, city violence and a school-system that gives up on them. RGS Phil Hannam and RGS Seiji Shirane will be joined by Princeton faculty and Trenton community leaders for a lively dinner discussion, and to make preparations for producing a documentary that will shed light on urban poverty in America.