Student Volunteers Council

Get Involved in Service at Princeton

The Student Volunteers Council (SVC) supports impactful service organizations and empowers student
leaders & volunteers of more than 30 regular volunteering projects.

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Who We Are:

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. SVC projects are supported by a student board with the help of staff advisor Dave Brown, the Assistant Director at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

The SVC believes in five core values:

  1. Reciprocity and learning in service
  2. Awareness of historical and societal contexts
  3. Responsiveness to community and student strengths
  4. Fostering long-term interpersonal relationships
  5. Culture of accountability and dedication

The SVC has volunteering projects available in a number of different fields, including health, education, mentorship, arts, athletics, special needs, and hunger & homelessness. Check out the project links below for more information about how to get involved!

 

Opportunities

American Red Cross

The Princeton chapter of the American Red Cross coordinates and runs blood drives for the Red Cross several times throughout the year.

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...

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that aims to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together to form...

CityStep

City Step exposes elementary school students in Trenton to the performing arts in order to provide a creative outlet during the school day, build...

CONTACT Princeton

CONTACT is a Student Volunteers Council service project whose volunteers answer phone calls for a local crisis hotline and the national suicide...

Creative Minds

SVC Creative Minds is a student-led community service program that pairs volunteers one-on-one with elderly residents at the Merwick Care and...

Empower

Empower is a self-esteem and leadership training program, designed to help elementary aged, minority females in the Trenton community. Empower...

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...

GetSET

GetSET volunteers assist in an after-school program in Trenton, NJ, which focuses on tutoring and mentoring children, whether that be helping with...

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a service project that works with families to build affordable housing with our local affiliates. Currently, it is are...

HomeFront Health Initiative

HHI (Homefront Health Initiative) focuses on health and education for the children of homeless families at the Homefront Family Campus in Trenton, NJ...

Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program

The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) is a student-run organization that provides free kidney health screenings and health...

LEAP

LEAP (Learning Enrichment in the Arts Program) is a Student Volunteers Council service project focused on bringing arts education to children ages 5-...

Let's Get Ready

Let's Get Ready is a non-profit organization that provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and...

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is a soup kitchen in Trenton that serves meals on the last two Saturdays of each month.

MathReach

Volunteers with MathReach teach fun enrichment math lessons to high schoolers at STEMCivics Charter, a school drawing from the Trenton public school...

Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national organization that delivers meals to homebound individuals and has a local Mercer County chapter that serves Princeton,...

Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center

Volunteers with PMPMC commit to one weekly three-hour shift in one of the units at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (e.g. emergency room,...

Petey Greene Program

The Petey Greene Program supplements education in prisons by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring to...

Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad

The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad is Princeton's local EMT squad, where students train and volunteer as certified EMTs.

Princeton Music Outreach

Princeton Music Outreach brings together musicians from Princeton with local nursing homes, assisted living homes, and hospice communities. We strive...

Princeton Re-Entry & Employment Preparation

Princeton volunteers work with with the PREP program to help incarcerated students showcase their strengths, abilities, and employment history to...

Princeton Scholars Program

The Princeton Scholars Program is an after-school tutoring program for 3rd graders at Parker Elementary School in Trenton. By focusing on the...

Prison Electives Project

The Prison Electives Project develops and delivers original, semester-long courses at NJ State prisons. This project provides unique and additional...

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...

Special Olympics Skating

Special Olympics Skating is a project focused on making ice skating accessible and fun for skaters of all abilities.

TigerTAILS

TigerTAILS is a Student Volunteers Council service project focused on tending to a local no-kill animal shelter in Princeton, NJ, helping the shelter...

Trenton Youth Orchestra

TYO is a Trenton-based string orchestra for middle and high school musicians, where Princeton students help to provide young musicians with an...

Wheels to Wellness

Wheels to Wellness provides an opportunity for students to gain clinical experience and interact with the community by helping nurses provide free...

Young Scholars Institute

Young Scholars' Institute is a community center in Trenton where Princeton students can volunteer to provide one-on-one tutoring for students in...
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