Student Volunteers Council

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

The SVC believes in five core values:

  • Focusing on the community
  • Supporting volunteer development and education
  • Empowering student leaders
  • Fostering project growth and professionalism
  • Facilitating reflection and awareness

The Student Volunteers Council is one of the largest student-run organization 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 SVC is led by a student board of directors who are supported by the Dave Brown, Assistant Director at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

 

Opportunities

American Red Cross

Red Cross blood drives are held in October, February and April. To prepare for the drives, students advertise physically on campus as well as digitally through list serves and social media. An important part of Red Cross is talking to individual donors about the benefits of donating blood and assuaging their concerns. On the days of the blood drives, students volunteer at the drive, assisting with signing in donors and monitoring them after donation.

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. 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.

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 self-confidence,  and foster mutual understanding and collaboration. Volunteers teach 1-hour  dance-theater sessions at Grant Elementary School in Trenton on Friday mornings or afternoons and one class for students involved in the after school program at Community House on Thursday evenings. CityStep Princeton is a chapter of the national CityStep organization. No dance/theater experience necessary.

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.

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.

EMT Princeton

EMT Windsor

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.

First Robotics

The FIRST Robotics project mentors local high school FIRST robotics teams.

GetSET

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.

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.

LEAP

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

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.

Petey Greene Program

The Petey Greene Program supplements correctional education systems by providing individualized tutoring for incarcerated people.

Play Soccer

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 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.

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

Project Civics is a Pace Center organization which helps to provide a supplementary civics curriculum to students aged 12-15 in Trenton, NJ.

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

STEM Civics

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.

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.

SVC TigerTAILS

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.

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.
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