Academic Success Today seeks to foster strong interpersonal relationships between Princeton students and their mentees, through tutoring, relationship-building, and academic guidance. Academic Success Today is built on 1-on-1 mentoring relationships between Princeton students and under-served John Witherspoon Middle School students from the underserved community. Princeton students enter a mentor-mentee relationship for the school year, though they are encouraged to continue with their mentee throughout their undergraduate career.
Academic Success Today
Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that aims to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together to form friendships and have fun. The Princeton chapter hosts monthly on campus events (typically Friday evenings) at which community members with intellectual disabilities and Princeton students hang out and participate in fun activities like dance workshops, craft making and baking, and attending Princeton athletic events. Princeton students can also opt to be paired into a one-on-one friendship with a Buddy.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization that serves children in your area. When you become a Big, you become a friend and mentor--the focus is on the relationship. You can meet whenever is convenient for you and your Little and you can do anything together from going to the park to play sports to going to Princeton Public Library to read books.
Bogle Fellows in Civic Service
The goal of the John C. Bogle ‘51 Fellows in Civic Service program is to broaden students’ understanding of service and civic engagement and to inspire students to contribute to the common good by learning why to serve, how to serve, and to learn from serving.
Breakout Princeton is a student-driven alternative break program that encourages engagement with domestic social issues through immersion in communities.
Camp Kesem at Princeton
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.
Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger (CfH) is a national organization that brings people together to bake and sell challah, in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes. Here at Princeton, Challah for Hunger donates half of its proceeds from sales to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, located in Trenton NJ. The other half goes to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
College Counseling Program
CCP helps bridge the gap between high school and college for lower-income students by partnering high school juniors with Princeton freshmen who serve as mentors during their college application process.
Community Action (CA) fosters a welcoming and supportive environment where first-year students connect with their new Princeton family and establish lasting friendships, discover new places and topics, act through meaningful service projects, and have fun!
Community House’s student-driven education programs work with families to close the achievement gap in Princeton by offering support in the areas of academic success and social-emotional literacy for underrepresented area youth.
Community House Big Sibs
Community House Big Sibs is a mentorship project connecting Princeton University students with elementary students from the Princeton Public Schools. Mentors build long-term relationships with individual students and help foster academic, social and emotional growth.
Community House Preschool Program
The Preschool Program addresses early childhood literacy by helping preschoolers with school-readiness skills in preparation for kindergarten.
Community House Princeton Engineering Education for Kids
Through PEEK, undergraduate students visit elementary school classrooms and teach children basic principles of engineering using LEGO robotics kits.
Partnering with Latinos en Progreso of Princeton Public Schools, this mentorship initiative connects Princeton University students with youth participants in the Latinos en Progreso afterschool program hosted at the Panell Learning Center.
Community walk is a community building project aimed at empowering University students to discover and share the greater Princeton community’s rich history.
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.
Crossings encourages middle school students to examine issues surrounding diversity, including culture, ethnicity, race, education, gender identity, and religious beliefs.
ESL El Centro
ESL El Centro provides free English language classes to adult learners in Trenton, NJ. Classes run Monday through Friday at El Centro Catholic Charities, a resource center for the Spanish-speaking community in Trenton. Each volunteer teaches once a week for the duration of the semester.
The FIRST Robotics project mentors local high school FIRST robotics teams.
Generation Speak is a student group dedicated to building meaningful, consistent relationships between Princeton student volunteers, area youth and senior residents living independently at the Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House facilities of Princeton Community Housing.
GetSET is a Student Volunteers Council service project that assists in an after-school program in Trenton, New Jersey. Volunteers drive out to a local church every Friday to help out with the program. This project focuses on tutoring and mentoring children, whether that be helping with homework assignments, reading with the children, or playing interactive and educational games.
Global Mission of Peace
Green Princeton tackles environmental issues with a two pronged approach: political activism and lifestyle changes. In this way, students have the opportunity to both engage with sustainability in their lives on campus and within their global community. Our goal is to initiate conversation and action within and beyond the Princeton community to encourage everyone to go green and take action for a more sustainable world.
Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice
Generously funded by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, Oscar S. Straus II Fellows in Criminal Justice are a group of Princeton University, Columbia University, and Barnard College students who intern each summer at New York City criminal justice non-profit organizations.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a service project that works with families to build affordable housing with our local affiliates.
Health In Princeton Schools
Health in Princeton Schools (HIPS) is a Pace Center weekly volunteer project that seeks to increase health awareness in local elementary schools by recruiting Princeton University undergraduates to serve as young, relatable role models and mentors.
High Meadows Environmental Fellowships
The High Meadows Fellowship Program places recent Princeton graduates in two-year positions with nonprofit organizations that aim to protect the environment, promote environmental sustainability, and build environmentally focused communities.
Hike Princeton is a Pace Center student organization. It focuses on trail maintenance and leads hikes at local parks and nature preserves.
HomeFront Health Initiative
HHI (Homefront Health Initiative) is a SVC service project focused on health and education for the children of homeless families at the Homefront Family Campus in Trenton, NJ. Volunteers work in a variety of projects, from the Early Head Start program to the afterschool education program to evening activities that teach children art, cooking, and computer literacy.
Insure Jersey is a student organization that reaches out to the over 250,000 uninsured New Jerseyans to help them make the decisions to enroll into a health insurance plan. We hold information events at local organizations to reach out to as many people as possible to improve their health care options.
LEAP (Learning Enrichment in the Arts Program) is a Student Volunteers Council service project focused on bringing arts education to children ages 5-12 in Trenton, NJ. Every Friday, LEAP volunteers travel from Princeton to hold one-hour after-school art workshops for children at the Catholic Youth Organization's (CYO) East State Street Center.
Let's Get Ready
Are you are a current college student who would like to mentor high school students through the SAT and college application process? Coaches commit to the program one night a week for the semester. Let's Get Ready provides comprehensive training and manuals with lesson plans.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a soup kitchen in Trenton that serves meals to those in need on the last two Saturdays of each month.
Meals On Wheels
Meals on Wheels (MoW) is a national organization that delivers meals to homebound individuals and has a local Mercer County chapter that serves Princeton, East/West-Windsor, Hightstown, Trenton, and Ewing. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate weekly in meal delivery and/or the support program, which pairs students with MoW participants for weekly conversations.
Moneythink is a part of a national mentoring organisation that sends groups of 4-5 student teachers to prisons/youth correctional facilities once every week in the spring semester. All classes are geared towards helping prisoners with confidence and life after prison: we aim to aid with financial literacy and a basic knowledge of entrepreneurship.
Music is Medicine
Music is Medicine is a group on campus focused on bringing music to the ill and elderly. Our local chapter aims to bring the music of student Princetonians to local assisted living homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. In the past year, we worked with Brookdale Senior Living and Brandywine Senior Living.
Pace Council for Civic Values
PCCV’s mission is to inspire Princeton students to participate in, and to connect them to, meaningful civic engagement opportunities through its values. PCCV aims to provide equitable access to civic engagement opportunities as well as opportunities that inspire discourse and reflection. PCCV also belives in connecting and collaborating with existing civic engagement opportunities and fostering internal mentorship within our board and the Pace Center.
Petey Greene Program
The Petey Greene Program supplements correctional education systems by providing individualized tutoring for incarcerated people.
Princeton Against Slavery Today
Princeton Against Slavery Today is a Princeton University student organization dedicated to fighting all forms of modern-day slavery, including human trafficking, forced labour, and domestic servitude. PAST works to raise awareness, advocate for justice, and support other anti-trafficking organizations around the world, such as Yazda and International Justice Mission.
Princeton Clay Project
The Princeton Clay Project is focused on bringing awareness to the global refugee situation. Currently the Clay Project is working to fundraise to create higher-education scholarships to send Syrian refugees living in Za'atari Refugee Camp to university in Jordan through the Amal Foundation. This is achieved by having campus-wide events that are aimed at sparking dialogue and awareness on the refugee crisis in addition to fundraising. There are also volunteer opportunities wih local refugee resettlement organizations.
Princeton DREAM Team
DREAM Team is an immigrants' rights organization with a variety of projects geared at empowering our migrant community in Princeton, Trenton and the nation. Our mission is to treat human beings as such and to fight against the injustices in the migrant communities. From mentoring migrant youth to fighting against local wage theft, Dream works with a variety of community organizations and migrant communities throughout the year and the semester.
Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad
Serving the community since 1939, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad is a volunteer-led, non-profit, independent organization dedicated to providing the Princeton community with professional, courteous, and skilled emergency medical and technical rescue service. Princeton students work alongside community volunteers and paid staff to respond to emergency 911 calls in a medical and rescue capacity. Many of our members earn their New Jersey EMT certification through the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.
Princeton Music Outreach
Princeton Music Outreach (PMO) is comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform music at assisted living homes in the Princeton area on a few Sundays every month.
Princeton Refugee Initiative
The Princeton Refugee Initiative exists to tangibly aid refugee efforts in New Jersey and throughout the Globe, and envisions Princeton as the collegiate hub of refugee aid efforts in the coming years!
Princeton Student Firefighters Association
We respond to the fire station on Witherspoon, responding to calls at the university and in the town. As Emergency Medical Technicians, we work together on crews with other PFARS volunteers or paid staff to respond to 911 emergency medical calls.
Princeton Students United Restoration Foundation
Princeton Students United Restoration Foundation's (PSURF) mission is to protect and preserve coastal environments, as well as to raise awareness for conservation efforts in coastal and surfing communities.
Princeton University Girl Up
Princeton Girl Up serves girls in both the surrounding community through fairs and school presentations, as well as girls internationally through donations.
Prison Electives Project
The Prison Electives Project develops and delivers original, semester-long courses at NJ State prisons. This project provides unique and additional educational opportunities to inmates at New Jersey state prisons, which have been directly linked to lower recidivism rates. Additionally, it gives volunteers the opportunity to design and deliver original curricula in the prison environment.
Project Civics is a Pace Center organization which helps to provide a supplementary civics curriculum to students aged 12-15 in Trenton, NJ.
Projects for Peace
Send Hunger Packing
Send Hunger Packing is the Mercer Street Friends food bank's backpacking program for kids. The program provides healthy meals for children to eat on the weekends. Princeton helps out by transporting the food from the food bank to five local elementary schools.
Special Olympics Skating
Special Olympics Ice Skating is a SVC project focused on providing disabled individuals with a time to socialize and compete in statewide Special Olympic skating gatherings!
Special Olympics Swimming
Every week, STEMCivics Tutoring places Princeton students as teacher aides in high school classrooms at a local charter school that serves students from Trenton. We partner with teachers of a variety of different subjects, and volunteers develop an ongoing relationship with both the teachers and the students they see each Friday.
Student Volunteers Council
The Student Volunteers Council (SVC) supports impactful service organizations and empowers student leaders and volunteers of more than 30 regular volunteering projects.
Students for Prison and Education Reform
Students for Prison and Education Reform (SPEAR) is a student-run advocacy group at Princeton University that seeks to agitate, advocate, and educate against mass incarceration. To this end, we run various projects, including a letter-writing program with people in solitary confinement, an effort to start a community bail fund, and a private prison divestment campaign.
SVC Ascend Hospice
SVC Ascend Hospice is a service project that partners with Ascend Hospice to provide end-of-life care to patients in care centers in the Princeton area. We volunteer weekly and offer active listening and companionship to the patients under our care.
TigerTAILS is a Student Volunteers Council service project focused on tending to a local no-kill animal shelter in Princeton, NJ. Our jobs at our community partner, SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, are to make sure that the cat rooms look tidy for potential adopters, that laundry is done, and that the animals are socialized. We also have special sessions for volunteers that wish to become certified in training the dogs at the shelter.
An intercollegiate organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for global health while empowering college students to pursue healthy lifestyles and strive to reach their physical potential.
Trenton Youth Orchestra
TYO (Trenton Youth Orchestra) is a Trenton-based string orchestra for middle and high school musicians that is run entirely by Princeton students.
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
SVC UMCPP is a volunteer project associated with the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP). We connect students interested in volunteering in a health care setting with UMCPP's volunteer program. Volunteers commit to a weekly three-hour shift in one of the units at the hospital (e.g. emergency room, pediatrics, neurology) and primarily work in roles that involve interacting with patients and helping the nursing staff.
Young Scholars Institute
Young Scholars' Institute is a community center in Trenton. Our mission is to connect Princeton students with students in Trenton. On Thursdays and Saturdays, Princeton students visit and are paired with a student for one-on-one tutoring.