Month of Service Begins in January

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
by Benjamin Gelman ’22, Pace Center Student Correspondent

Beginning in January 2019, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement will once again host Princeton University’s annual Month of Service. Intended to provide all members of the Princeton community with the opportunity to engage with service activities both on and off campus, Month of Service is open to staff, faculty, students, and alumni, and will include a wide range of different service events.

The Pace Center will hold service workshops, direct service opportunities, and reflection sessions from January 4 through February 1, 2019 so that all can learn how to perform more effective and thoughtful service, work to make real changes in local communities, and come together to process and discuss their service and its ramifications.

“Month of Service is a unique way for the entire Princeton University community to be in ‘the service of humanity’ together,” said Kimberly de los Santos, the John C. Bogle ’51 and Burton G. Malkiel *64 Executive Director of the Pace Center. “The sheer number of varying opportunities during Month of Service ensures that there is a service event for everyone, and that everyone has the chance to witness the power and value of civic engagement. This strengthens the presence of service on our campus and will hopefully inspire the Princeton community to continue participating in service in the future.”

Service opportunities include volunteering for Community House, Cornerstone Community Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton, HomeFront, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, Princeton Nursery School, TDI Connect, and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Those who wish to participate can use their Princeton NetID to sign up for events on the Month of Service WASE Calendar.

To enhance each participant’s service experience, the Pace Center recommends staff, faculty, students and alumni take advantage of a range of preparatory workshops and reflection lunches.

“At the Pace Center, we strive to help students learn to do service well and have a positive impact in the community,” said Charlotte Collins, associate director. “In service, learning is a process that involves the whole person: thinking, feeling and examining before, during and after engagement. All three components really ensure that we all are able to dig deep and learn through service.”

To prepare to engage, participants can take a Trenton Historical Tour with Pace Center Assistant Director David Brown, attend a variety of workshops -- such as Volunteer 101, Allyship Through Service, Coalition Building Through Service, or the Field Guide to Service Workshop, or hone in on the values that drive their service with a simple online Pace Center Preparation activity. To reflect, participants can meet fellow volunteers for lunch at the Pace Center each Friday, or express gratitude for others with an online Pace Center Reflection activity.

Month of Service 2019 is organized by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and co-sponsored by the Alumni Association Committee on Community Service, Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, Career Services,  LGBT Center, Office of Community and Regional Affairs, Office of Human Resources, and the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship.

In tandem with Month of Service, the Alumni Association’s Committee on Community Service is also inviting alumni to take part in Tigers in Service. Each regional area, class, and affiliate alumni association is invited to “unite in service” by planning a community service event or project on a date of their choosing during the January-February timeframe.

Visit the Month of Service web page to learn more.

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Princeton graduate Charles Miller reads the illustrated book “Martin’s Big Words” to a group of preschool children at Princeton Nursery School.


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Princeton juniors Caroline Sklaver (left) and Nnenna Ibe were two of the more than 160 students, staff, faculty and alumni who volunteered at community organizations during the University’s annual Month of Service. Volunteers were able to serve in the community, learn new skills, and reflect about the impact of service and civic engagement.


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(From left to right) Pace Center staff members David Brown, Rose Holton, Jane Sanchez Swain and Charlotte Collins organize school supplies for local children. Month of Service 2018 was coordinated by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and co-sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs and Community Works.