Creative Minds

by manisha

SVC Creative Minds is a student-led community service program that pairs volunteers one-on-one with elderly residents at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey. Each resident at Merwick has a unique voice and perspective, but expressing their viewpoints is often difficult due to mental and physical health challenges. The program allows Princeton students to learn how to engage and communicate with residents, and elicit expression in a method tailored to the unique medical circumstances of each particular resident. During weekly one-hour visits, volunteers and residents will bond while working on creative year-long projects that explore the resident's interests and engage different forms of media (including books, movies, and soundtracks). Through this experience, volunteers and residents are able to develop meaningful long-term relationships.

When: We have hourly trips once a week to go over to Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center together. Times vary depending on driver availability, but trips have usually been arranged on Fridays and Saturdays in the past.

Where: Meet on campus and serve off campus.

For more information, we can answer your questions at svcmerwick@gmail.com, or reach out to project leaders Julia Song '18 (juliahs@princeton.edu) and Francisca Bermudez '18 (fib@princeton.edu).

 

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