Get Involved

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of you in the Princeton University community are looking for opportunities to take action, help your community, and get involved. We have curated ways you can do just that, and additional options to connect, discuss, and learn. 

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What you can do

Local to the Greater Princeton Community

The following opportunities are ways you can get involved and respond to needs shared with us by the greater Princeton community.

Princeton Online Tutoring Network

The Pace Center and Computer Science Professor JP Singh are working to put together a Princeton Online Tutoring Network to enable Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni to contribute tutoring assistance to underrepresented K-12 students in this unprecedented time of disruption. There are now two new summer internship positions open to support this effort:

princeton online tutoring network site coordinator

The Princeton Online Tutoring Network (POTN) is seeking two students to serve as summer site coordinator interns. POTN internships are open to all current Princeton University graduate and undergraduate students (graduating seniors are unfortunately not eligible to apply).  Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Charlotte Collins, Pace Center Associate Director, via email to cec1@princeton.edu by Friday, June 5. 

Supervised by University staff, each intern will work to support two specific POTN community partner organizations.   POTN site coordinator interns will be responsible for the recruitment and oversight of tutors and serve as the primary liaison between POTN and partner organization staff. Specifically, interns will:  

  • Recruit and assign tutors
  • Coordinate logistics for tutoring sessions 
  • Supervise a select number of tutoring sessions
  • Facilitate tutor debrief sessions 
  • Develop resources for tutors
  • Work with the other site coordinators to come up with standardized best practices
  • Collect feedback from community partners, tutors, and youth/families as appropriate

Qualifications: 

  • Princeton University rising sophomore, junior, senior, or grad student
  • Experience in youth programming and/or K-12 Education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Staff Supervisor:  Nora Osei 
Internship Duration:  6/15/20--8/7/20.  8 weeks, 20 hours per week
Stipend: $3,20

Princeton online tutoring network homework helpline intern

The Princeton Online Tutoring Network (POTN) is seeking a student to develop a homework helpline. The helpline is intended to be a supplemental resource for children and parents who need their homework questions answered quickly and concisely. POTN internships are open to all current Princeton University Graduate and Undergraduate students (graduating seniors are unfortunately not eligible to apply).  Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Charlotte Collins, Pace Center Associate Director, via email to cec1@princeton.edu by Friday, June 5. 

Supervised by University staff, the POTN homework helpline intern will be responsible for the development and implementation of a homework helpline designed to serve as a resource in addition to POTN tutoring sessions. Specifically, the homework helpline intern will:   

  • Develop a structure for the homework helpline that is sustainable and scalable 
  • Support the recruitment of tutors for the homework helpline 
  • Provide oversight for homework helpline tutors 
  • Develop resources for homework helpline tutors

Qualifications: 

  • Princeton University rising sophomore, junior, senior, or grad student
  • Experience in youth programming and/or K-12 Education
  • Experience in computer coding
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

Staff Supervisor: Geralyn Williams 
Internship Duration:  6/15/20--8/7/20.  8 weeks, 20 hours per week 
Stipend: $3,200

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County

Food delivery volunteers needed

Meals on Wheels continues to deliver meals 3 days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) between 10 AM and noon. Volunteers are needed to deliver these meals to individuals and families who are unable to prepare or access food for their meals. An online sign-up process covers everything volunteers need to know and to do. To start, email info@mealsonwheelsmercer.org with your name, phone number, email address and note your association with the Pace Center/Princeton University. If you want to sign up as a group, note that in your email as well. Once your email is received, you will receive a reply instructing you to:

  • Watch a 20-minute online training video
  • Complete and e-sign the Meals on Wheels application and other paperwork 
  • Complete an online background check (The Pace Center for Civic Engagement will cover the $13.00 cost of the background check for Princeton University volunteers. Contact the Pace Center at pace@princeton.edu for the reimbursement process.)

Once the above is completed, you will receive a notification that you have been cleared to volunteer with Meals on Wheels, along with instructions for online scheduling. You can see which days have openings that work for your schedule; you can sign-up and then receive an email confirming your volunteer day and time.

Note: Transportation for delivering the meals is not provided. Volunteers will need to provide their own vehicle for delivering these meals. However, if there are groups that come together to volunteer, email the Pace Center at pace@princeton.edu and we will try to match you with someone who is able to provide transportation. 

Princeton Mobile Pantry

The Princeton Mobile Pantry is asking for no more than seven volunteers every other Friday, starting Friday (April 17) to come to McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center at 7:45 AM to bag groceries for local families suffering from food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. McCaffrey’s will supply volunteers with gloves, masks, and the grocery bags. Maintaining social distancing practice, volunteers will fill grocery bags with items such as eggs, milk and other identified products. Volunteers can expect to spend approximately 45 minutes bagging groceries. Once bags have been filled, a transport vehicle will arrive to pick up the bags and deliver them to the families in need. (Note: Volunteers will need to be able to get themselves to and from McCaffrey’s, located at 301 North Harrison Street. From the University, McCaffrey’s is 5 minutes by car; 24 minutes to walk; and somewhere in between to bicycle.)

If you are interested in volunteering for the Princeton Mobile Pantry grocery packing, please respond by 8 PM Wednesday to Liliana-Clotilde Morenilla by email at lilianamorenilla@princetonk12.org or call Liliana at 609-955-6067.

Make Masks, Donate Supplies

Princeton University Community & Regional Affairs

With the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to use cloth face coverings "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies)," the Princeton University Office of Community and Regional Affairs is looking for volunteers to help sew face coverings for University employees or donate fabric for this effort. 

  • While the CDC does not specify any particular pattern that must be used, there are several open source patterns, such as this one from the New York Times
  • The Office of Community and Regional Affairs is working on getting raw materials sourced. If you have materials on hand that can be made into masks immediately, they would be welcomed and appreciated. 
  • Completed face coverings and donated fabric for donation or can be placed in a closed plastic bag and placed in the orange bins located at the rear of 228 Alexander Street in Princeton.
  • Donated face coverings will be laundered before distribution. Face coverings in excess of those needed for University employees will be made available to those in need.

The Office of Community and Regional Affairs will work closely with campus departments to distribute face coverings as they become available.  For more information on how to participate, or If you have questions about this volunteer effort, please contact Erin Metro at emetro@princeton.edu.

Arts Council of Princeton: Sew Many Masks

The Arts Council of Princeton has launched Sew Many Masks, a process for community members to lend a hand and help increase the supply of masks. Participants are invited to join the community effort by picking up supplies to compile into a kit, and/or picking up a kit to complete a mask. The completed masks will then be available for those who need them, free of charge. Details on how to participate are available on the Arts Council website

Community Blood Drives

Princeton University is holding a series of community blood drives to support the American Red Cross starting on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 58 Prospect Avenue. To participate, you must schedule an appointment. Additional drives will be held on Monday, May 11, Tuesday, May 12, and Tuesday, July 7. All are sponsored by the Pace Center and Office of Community and Regional Affairs. Contact Erin Metro at emetro@princeton.edu or David Brown at db1@princeton.edu with questions. 

Opportunities to Support Nationally

The following opportunities are ways you can get involved across the US.

Volunteer at a food bank in your local community

The Feeding America national network of food banks engages in the fight against hunger by providing meals through food pantries and meal programs. If you are able to volunteer in your current community, check out the Find Your Local Foodbank website, where you can search for the food pantry nearest to you and sign up for a volunteer shift. 

Take action and advocate for food security

The Food Research & Action Center is a nonprofit that works to eradicate poverty-related hunger and under-nutrition in the United States, primarily through a focus on national policy and legislation. Right now, they are in need of action taken by the public to contact representatives and urge them to ensure food security for those affected by COVID-19. Check out the Food & Research Action Center's Action website to find out more about how you can take action. 


Talks and events

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CANCELLED: Enterprise CarShare Training

9:00 am to 11:00 am
9:00 am Apr 1, 2020 to 11:00 am Apr 1, 2020
 

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Microtargeting

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
6:00 pm Apr 2, 2020 to 7:30 pm Apr 2, 2020
 
 
 
 
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9:00 am to 11:59 pm
9:00 am Apr 7, 2020 to 11:59 pm Apr 10, 2020
#KeepItKind Meme Challenge
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Organizing During a Pandemic

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
6:00 pm Apr 10, 2020 to 7:30 pm Apr 10, 2020
 
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5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
5:00 pm Apr 14, 2020 to 5:45 pm Apr 17, 2020
Let's Talk About ... Healthcare & COVID-19
 
 
 

Pace Space: Community Reflections

5:00 pm
5:00 pm Apr 14, 2020
 

Princeton Preview: Coffee Chats with PCCV

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
5:00 pm Apr 15, 2020 to 6:00 pm Apr 15, 2020
 

Community Blood Drive

9:00 am to 3:00 pm
9:00 am Apr 16, 2020 to 3:00 pm Apr 16, 2020
 

Community Blood Drive

9:00 am to 3:00 pm
9:00 am Apr 17, 2020 to 3:00 pm Apr 17, 2020
 

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Gerrymandering

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
6:00 pm Apr 17, 2020 to 7:30 pm Apr 17, 2020
 
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12:00 am to 11:59 pm
12:00 am Apr 21, 2020 to 11:59 pm Apr 24, 2020
#KeepItKing Challenge - Help at Home
 
 
 
 

Let's Talk About ... Hunger, Homelessness, and COVID-19

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
4:30 pm Apr 22, 2020 to 5:15 pm Apr 22, 2020
 

Princeton Preview: Coffee Chats with PCCV

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
5:00 pm Apr 22, 2020 to 6:00 pm Apr 22, 2020
 

Pace Space: Allyship Through Service and Mutual Aid 

 

Climate Change and Coronavirus Panel

4:30 pm
4:30 pm Apr 24, 2020
 

Let's Talk About ... Hunger, Homelessness, & COVID-19

5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
5:00 pm Apr 24, 2020 to 5:45 pm Apr 24, 2020
 
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Let's Talk About ... Education & COVID-19

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
4:30 pm Apr 27, 2020 to 5:15 pm Apr 27, 2020
 

Pace Space: Pathways to Passion in Service

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12:00 pm Apr 28, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 

Who to contact with questions

Please reach out to David Brown, db1@princeton.edu, or Sara Gruppo, sgruppo@princeton.edu