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!



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 area. We volunteer weekly and offer active listening and companionship to the patients under our care.

Best Buddies

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


City Step exposes elementary school students in Trenton to the performing arts in order to provide a creative outlet during the school day, build self-confidence, and foster mutual understanding and collaboration.

CONTACT Princeton

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

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 Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, New Jersey.


Empower is a self-esteem and leadership training program, designed to help elementary aged, minority females in the Trenton community. Empower focuses on teaching positive self image and the leadership through group discussions and community service projects.

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.


GetSET volunteers assist in an after-school program in Trenton, NJ, which focuses on tutoring and mentoring children, whether that be helping with homework assignments, reading with the children, or playing interactive and educational games.

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 focused on a project of six houses in Trenton, NJ which we help build on-site twice a month, as well as fundraising and activism efforts on campus.

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. Volunteers work in a variety of projects, from the Early Head Start program to the after-school education program to evening activities that teach children art, cooking, and computer literacy.

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 education to local communities. As part of a national movement, the Princeton KDSAP chapter seeks to provide students with the opportunity of directly helping diverse populations in the local area.


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.

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 other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. 

Loaves and Fishes

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


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

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, 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.

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, pediatrics, neurology) and primarily work in roles that involve interacting with patients and helping the nursing staff.

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 to make a difference through music, which has a great power to help people relax, love, and enjoy their lives.

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 potential employers upon reentry.

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 development of the students' reading and writing skills, PSP hopes to instill a passion for learning and an excitement regarding future educational opportunities.

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.

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


TigerTAILS is a Student Volunteers Council service project focused on tending to a local no-kill animal shelter in Princeton, NJ, helping the shelter work to place each and every animal into a loving home.

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 opportunity to cultivate their musical knowledge.

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 health screenings to the Trenton community.

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 after-school programs.
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