Breakout Local

Around during break? Want to make a difference in our community and learn how to do service well? Breakout Local connects students with local organizations who need help tackling important projects that will have direct impact on the communities they serve and the social issues they address, such as education, hunger and homelessness.

Take some time during break to learn what it means to be an active citizen in the service of humanity; it’s also a week to have fun and meet new friends! Volunteer with organizations in the local community. You can volunteer for anywhere between two and 10 hours during the week. There will be opportunities for you to meet other Princeton students through Volunteer 101 training and the Reflection Brunch at the end of the week. 

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2018 Fall Break Schedule

*Scroll below schedule to read descriptions of events.
9:30am-12:00pm Homefront Lawrence Community Center Freestore10:00am-12:00pm Volunteer 1019:30am-12:00pm Homefront Lawrence Community Center Freestore10:00am-12:00pm, Trenton Tour with David Brown10:00am-12:00pm History of Habitat for Humanity and Princeton
12:30-1:30pm Dialogue Lunch12:30-1:30pm Dialogue Lunch *Allyship Through Service10:00am-12:00pm Graphic Recording with Cherry Oakley12:30-1:30pm Dialogue Lunch
12:30-1:30pm Dialogue Lunch
5:00-6:00pm Wage Theft Community Conversations (*Spanish speaking volunteers preferred)4:30-6:30pm Cornerstone Community Kitchen Project: Meal Service5:00-7:00pm Reflection Dinner

Opportunity Descriptions

  • Homefront Lawrence Community Center FreeStore: Volunteer with Homefront at their FreeStore where they provide families with the presentable, gently worn clothing and shoes for school and work and small household ideas that they need.
  • Princeton Human Services Wage Theft Community Conversations: Attention Spanish speakers! Come volunteer with Princeton Human Services as they engage the local community in conversation about wage theft and their rights. 

  • Cornerstone Community Kitchen: Come serve through meal service with Cornerstone Community Kitchen with the principles of affirming the dignity of all who gather here, sharing meals in hospitable and safe settings, and collaborating with other to address the root causes of poverty.

  • Graphic Recording with Community Partner-in-Residence Cherry Oakley: Graphic Recording is a method of creating a real-time visual summary of what is shared during a discussion; transcribing ideas into pictures with words that increase how much everyone remembers after they walk away. Come learn the basics of how to redraw the way you listen, record, and recall conversations and create a record of the themes, details, or ideas shared by the end of your gathering.

  • Trenton Tour with David Brown: Come take a tour of our neighbor, the city of Trenton. With Pace Center Associate Director David Brown, a Trenton native, you’ll learn about Trenton’s rich history, current landscape, and community initiatives. 

  • History of Habitat for Humanity and Princeton: Love Habitat for Humanity work? Join local Habitat staff at their Princeton office for a glimpse of the inner workings of a global non-profit invested in local communities and a tour of upcoming builds in Princeton.

  • Volunteer 101: Designed for those who are beginning a new service opportunity, this training will equip you with the knowledge needed to have a successful and meaningful service experience.

  • Lunch Dialogues: The Pace Center will provide lunch and a space for students to have informal facilitated reflection and dialogue about their experiences, the local community, and what service and doing it well can mean. 

  • Reflection Dinner: A celebration and reflection of the Breakout Local week where students, staff, and partners are invited to break bread and share perspective.