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Celebrate with Month of Service

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 15th Anniversary of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University all January long with a month of service! Themed around “Community Matters,” the month of service offers Princeton University students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to join together in direct service activities and service learning programs, and share their service experiences with the Princeton community. 

“Community is at the heart of meaningful service,” said Kimberly de los Santos, Pace Center executive director. “Engaging in meaningful service calls on us to listen to and understand the needs of the communities we aim to serve. It also builds a community of students, friends and allies ready to respond to the needs of those in the world around us.”

Each week in January, the University community is invited to take part in a range of service experiences and learnings with the Pace Center and its student programs. From joining the Pace Center’s ongoing student service efforts or taking a Volunteer 101 Workshop, to taking part in new efforts like a campus-wide hunger event and civil dialogue series, there’s something for everyone interested in giving back, helping others and making a difference. 

Participants are encouraged to prepare for and deepen their service experiences each week by completing a simple activity from the Pace Center’s soon-to-be-released Field Guide to Service, a hands-on guidebook designed to help everyone learn to do service well and have a positive impact in the community. 

“The Field Guide to Service provides you with what you can do before, during and after your service experience to ensure it’s as successful and rewarding as possible,” said de los Santos. “It combines compact learnings and tips with fun activities that you can take with you as you engage in meaningful service and use again and again.”

The Princeton community is encouraged to use #PrincetonUServes to share their service experiences all January long. 

The month will wrap up with a special Community Matters Open House on Thursday, February 4 where all Princetonians are welcome to stop by, meet, eat and share with Month of Service participants. Save the date to celebrate the Pace Center’s 15th anniversary at Celebration of Service on Thursday, March 24 and get a copy of the Field Guide to Service. 

Week 1 - January 1-8, 2016

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Field Guide to Service Activity: Identifying Your Values 

Monday, January 4 to Thursday, January 7 - Join a Pace Center Community House service project (sign up via WASS)
Wednesday, January 6 - Volunteer 101 Workshop, 2-4 PM, Fields Center MPR (register for the workshop)
Wednesday, January 6 - Civil Dialogue, 4:30-6 PM, Pace Center Lounge, Frist 201A

Week 2 - January 9-15, 2016

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Field Guide to Service Activity: Entering Community

Saturday, January 9 to Saturday, January 16 - Food Donation Drive

Monday, January 11 to Thursday, January 14 - Join a Pace Center Community House service project (sign up via WASS)
Tuesday, January 12 - Civil Dialogue, 5:30-7 PM, Infini-T Cafe, Hulfish Street, Princeton
Wednesday, January 13 - Breakout Princeton Study Break, 8:30 PM, Campus Club (open to past and current Breakout participants)

Thursday, January 14 - Food for Thought: Who gets to eat and why - The politics of hunger, 5:30 PM, Wu Special Dining Room, Butler College
Friday, January 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (for Princeton University staff)
Ongoing food drive collections for the January 17 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Service Event

Week 3 - January 16-22, 2016

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Field Guide to Service Activity: Purposeful Processing

Sunday, January 17 - Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Service Event

Monday, January 18 to Thursday, January 21 - Join a Pace Center Community House service project (sign up via WASS)

Thursday, January 21 - Volunteer with the Little Cherubs Head Start Program in Hamilton, NJ, 9 AM-12:30 PM

Thursday, January 21 - Civil Dialogue, 11:30 AM-1 PM, Tutoring Center, Third Floor of 58 Prospect Avenue

Week 4 - January 23-31, 2016

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Field Guide to Service Activity: Be In the Nation’s Service

Monday, January 25 to Thursday, January 28 - Join a Pace Center Community House service project (sign up via WASS)

Wednesday, January 27 - Learn how to "be in the nation's service" and examine your values in context with those of the community you plan to serve in a small group setting with Pace Center Assistant Director Charlotte Collins.  1 PM, Room 304, 58 Prospect Avenue.

Future Opportunities

Community Matters Open House 
Thursday, February 4, 2-5 PM, Pace Center Lounge, Frist Campus Center, Room 201A

Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV) Open Mic Night
Thursday, February 4, 8-10 PM, Infini-T Cafe, Hulfish Street, Princeton NJ

Spring Service Kick-off
Tuesday, February 9, 4:30-6:30 PM, First Campus Center, 100 Level