January is Month of Service at Princeton

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

In the service of all nations and the service of humanity.

January is again be Month of Service at Princeton – a time to celebrate the importance of engagement and showcase the many ways we all serve at Princeton. The Pace Center is organizing opportunities for students, staff and faculty to learn and engage on campus and in the local community. You can view events and opportunities on our Events Calendar or look for ways to get involved below. Month of Service is co-sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs.

Service for Students

Princeton Nursery School - January 9-17
Princeton Nursery School welcomes Princeton University students and staff to serve with them during Month of Service. Activities can include cleaning up around the classroom, tackling office work, data organization, social media assistance, assisting teachers in the classrooms with activities, and facilitating free play with children. Two shifts are available: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2:30 to 5 p.m. Registration is required. Sign up via WASE.

Engage & Serve: Intersession - January 30-February 3
On campus during Intersession? Want to make a difference in the local community and learn how to do service well? The Pace Center will be connecting students with local community organizations who need your 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. This is a week to have fun, meet new friends and understand what it means to be an active citizen in the service of humanity! To register, please complete this form by Thursday, January 19. Once registered, volunteers will receive details on how to sign up for specific service opportunities. Questions? Email Program Coordinator Eliza Blades, eblades@princeton.edu.

Service for Staff & Faculty

Community House - January 9-31
Community House is a student-run program with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement that provides after-school academic and social-emotional support, as well as enrichment activities, to local underrepresented youth. Volunteers will provide homework support, help students prepare for exams, and facilitate enrichment activities. Registration is required. Sign up via WASE. Community House is located at 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton.

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank - January 12, 19 and 26
In partnership with 23 local schools, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank provides over 750 children identified as at-risk for hunger with nutritious kid-friendly food that they take home Friday afternoons during the school year. The food packs ensure that the children have meals to eat over the weekend and return to school nourished and ready to learn. Assist with food sorting/organizing and assembling of backpacks of food for Send Hunger Packing. Please dress for outside temperatures as the warehouse reflects the weather. Registration required. Sign up via WASE. Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is located at 824 Silvia Street, Ewing Township.

Princeton Nursery School - January 18-27
Princeton Nursery School is an educational preschool and child care facility for children between the ages of two and a half and five years old within walking distance of Princeton University. Activities can include cleaning up around the classroom, tackling office work, data organization, social media assistance, assisting teachers in the classrooms with activities, and facilitating free play with children. Registration is required. Sign up via WASE. Princeton Nursery School is located at 78 Leigh Avenue, Princeton. 

Habitat for Humanity of Trenton - January 25 & 26
Assist with the building of affordable and sustainable housing for the Trenton, NJ community. Habitat for Humanity of Trenton is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Sign up via WASE. Participants will receive information on the build site location once registered.

Loaves and Fishes - January 28
Loaves and Fishes is a soup kitchen in Trenton, NJ that serves meals to those in need on the last two Saturdays of each month. Meals are served restaurant-style (the food is brought to the seated guests). Located in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, it works closely with Nassau Presbyterian Church to serve hundreds of guests each month. This service opportunity will feature preparing, serving, and cleaning up a meal. Loaves and Fishes is located at 151 North Warren Street, Trenton NJ. Volunteers will serve from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up via WASE.

Events & Workshops

Rally Against Solitary Confinement - January 11
The New Jersey Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NJ-CAIC) will hold a rally outside the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, NJ from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The group seeks to bring awareness to solitary confinement in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie alleges that solitary confinement does not exist in New Jersey state prisons, but people in jails, prisons and immigration detention centers disagree. All are invited to attend with special invitation to: former incarcerated people and their families, religious or secular people of faith and moral conscience, human and prisoner rights organizations, mental health practitioners and advocates, NJ gubernatorial candidates and legislators, and members of press. Interested participants at Princeton University are asked to fill out a short form for transportation. Sponsoring members and allies of NJ-CAIC include: American Civil Liberties Union, NJ; American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program; American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch Program; Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Trenton and Princeton Chapters; Health Professionals and Allied Employees, NJ; Integrated Justice Alliance; Jewish Alliance for Change; Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministries, NJ; National Religious Campaign Against Torture; People's Organization for Progress; Students for Prison and Education Reform, with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement; T'ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, NJ.

Career Services Virtual Meetup - January 11
Interested in getting involved in nonprofit or philanthropy work but don't know where to start? Career Services is hosting an online chat event to ask questions and get advice from alumni working in these fields. The virtual Meetup will be held from 7-8 p.m. Learn more.

Speak to Your Government Effectively - January 19
Hosted by Labyrinth Books at 6 p.m. With the advent of a new administration in Washington, thoughts turn to the nature of democracy. Do you feel like your government isn’t listening to you? Do you want your opinion to be heard? Do you have expertise that would improve public policy? The legitimacy of democracy rests on transparency and public participation. We have the right to know what our government is doing and frequently the law provides means for us to speak directly on policy and regulation in a process known as “commenting”. Federal agencies are obligated to acknowledge these public comments. Come participate in a practical introduction to a simple process for commenting on regulations, policies and decisions. No prior knowledge required. Cymie Payne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University and the School of Law. This event is free an open to the public. Labyrinth Books is located at 122 Nassau Street. 

Social Justice Training Institute - January 29-31
Princeton undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to increase their multicultural competencies and effectiveness as social justice change agents during this retreat organized by the LGBT Center, Carl A. Fields Center and Women*s Center. (Open to selected applicants only.)

Volunteer 101 Workshop - February 2
Volunteer 101 is a training workshop designed to equip new volunteers with the knowledge they need to have a successful and meaningful experience in their service and advocacy work. This workshop is open to students, staff and faculty. RSVP required. It will be held in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose room (MPR).

Freedom of Information Act Class - February 3 (for students)
Tom Dunne and Danielle Ivory ’05 will offer a class on the applications of the Freedom of Information Act for students interested in advocacy and/or academic research relating to the federal government. Enrollment is limited to 30 people. Space is limited. Register online.

Donations & Drives

Winter Glove and Hat Drive - Through March
The Office of Sustainability is collecting gently used winter hats and gloves in the clear, tubular recycling bin at the GreenSpace Kiosk (located on the 100 level of Frist Campus Center). The collection will be held until early March. Items will be donated to the Rescue Mission of Trenton.

Annual Business Attire Clothing Drive - January 25-February 1
Princeton University is conducting its annual clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success, HomeFront's Suitably Dressed, UIH's Operation Fatherhood, and Isles Inc., all Mercer County organizations that collect gently-used business attire for men and women. In addition, the University drive will also support Tiger Threads, a clothing lending program offered through Career Services for Princeton students in need of professional attire for job interviews. All clothing will go to help individuals who are entering or re-entering the workforce and all types of business and business-casual clothing in good condition are needed. Items can be brought to 350 Alexander Street between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. January 25 through February 1. In addition, volunteers are needed during collection hours. Email Erin Metro in Community and Regional Affairs at emetro@princeton.eduSponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Department of Building Services, the Office of Design and Construction, and the Office of the Provost. 

Stuffed Toy Drive - January 25-February 1
Unwanted stuffed toys will be collected in conjunction with the Annual Business Attire Clothing Drive. All toys will be donated to Glad Dogs Nation, an organization that creates safe dog toys from old, unwanted children's stuffed toys. Items can be brought to 350 Alexander Street between 8-9 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. January 25 through February 1. Sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Department of Building Services, the Office of Design and Construction, and the Office of the Provost.