Month of Service Begins in January

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Specialist

Beginning in January 2020, the John H. Pace, Jr. '39 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 7-31, 2020 so that all can learn how to serve effectively, work to make real changes with 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. “Being service-minded is an important part of who we are as Princetonians. Doing service together this month reminds us of that. We’re so grateful to our community partners who have worked with us to provide such a range of service opportunities.”

Service opportunities include volunteering for Community House, Cornerstone Community Kitchen, HomeFront, Princeton Nursery School, and Trenton Circus Squad. To participate you can use your Princeton NetID to sign up for events on the Month of Service WASE Calendar. In addition, participants can donate and pack food and feminine hygiene supplies for projects supporting local organizations like Anchor House and the Princeton Period Project

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. To prepare to engage, participants can take a Trenton Historical Tour with Pace Center Assistant Director David Brown, and attend a variety of workshops -- such as Volunteer 101Entering the Community, or Allyship Through Service. To reflect, participants can meet fellow volunteers for lunch at the Pace Center each Friday.

Month of Service 2020 is organized by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and co-sponsored by the LGBT Center and Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship. Visit the Month of Service web page to learn more.