The Student Volunteers Council is one of the largest student-run organizations at Princeton University. Heir to a long tradition of student volunteerism at Princeton, the SVC dates back to the establishment of the Philadelphian Society in 1825, affiliated with the Office of Religious Life. In 1967 the SVC adopted its current organizational structure and since joined the Pace Center in 2007. The Student Volunteers Council (SVC) supports impactful service organizations and empowers student leaders & volunteers of regular volunteering projects. SVC projects are supported by a student board with the help of staff adviser Dave Brown, the Assistant Director at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

The SVC believes in five core values:

  • Reciprocity and learning in service
  • Awareness of historical and societal contexts
  • Responsiveness to community and student strengths
  • Fostering long-term interpersonal relationships
  • Culture of accountability and dedication

The SVC has volunteering projects available in a number of different fields, including health, education, mentorship, arts, STEAM, special needs, and hunger & homelessness. 

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Trainings/Workshops
Lift as You Climb Volunteering Conference

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Pace Center's Lift As You Climb Conference brings together students, community partners, and staff to create space for leadership development, skill building, and meaningful dialogue while preparing volunteers and community members to do service well. The phrase Lift As You Climb is inspired by the motto of the National Association of Colored Women and their work to promote educational opportunity and human rights.

The 2023 Lift As You Climb Conference will take place on Saturday, September 23rd and is open to all members of the campus community.

 

 

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Trainings/Workshops
Allyship Through Service and Mutual Aid

Gain the skills, knowledge and tools to be able to practice and model forms of allyship and take part in mutual aid networks.

Service
Publications/Guides
Be In the Service of Humanity

When we examine how our values intersect, we gain insight into how we can use commonalities or differences to deepen our service and civic engagement and move forward. 

Reflection
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Building Your Team

Acts of service and civic engagement are only made stronger when folks come together, combine their assets, and work toward a common vision.

Preparation
Publications/Guides
Community Assessment

Taking time to understand the issue your plan to work on and how it manifests in real time for the community is crucial to developing a successful, meaningful, and sustainable effort.

Preparation
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Effective Communication

Effective communication can help you build a strong rapport with others and generate support for your work while starting a dialogue about this issues you are passionate about.

Service