Civic engagement is the process by which an individual becomes involved within their community. There are many ways to be active and involved: community service, volunteer work, public events, and community programs and groups. More information about our site and civic engagement can be found on the "About" page. Below, you will find a list of current events in the Princeton area, as well as a separate list of opportunities for service.

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January 30 through February 1, 2023
Princeton Community Works Annual Conference
Paid registration required; see below
Virtual via Whova

From Princeton Community Works:
Princeton Community Works offers a quality, virtual conference for all people interested in building up their community: nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers. Come to be inspired, engaged, and welcomed.
This year’s theme is “Empowering Community: Inspire. Learn. Connect.” Attendees will learn about the latest in nonprofit management, develop relevant, practical skills and make contacts with other members of the nonprofit community.
This well-established and well-attended conference offers an uplifting keynote speaker, hands-on workshops led by specialists, and creates an environment for all voices to be heard.

Cost is $20 per person; group rates are available.
For information and to register, click here.
Sunday, February 5, 2023
2:00 PM
“Removing Barriers to Civic Engagement for African Americans”
Virtual event via Zoom
No registration required; click link below to access event

The Trent House Association presents a virtual talk, “Removing Barriers to Civic Engagement for African Americans,” by Dr. Princess Hoagland.

From Trent House Association:
Taking part in community decision-making through voting and other political activities is an important responsibility and privilege of American citizens. But some are denied this opportunity for civic engagement, have been discouraged from exercising their rights, or are alienated from political life as a force for positive change. Dr. Hoagland offers examples from the in-depth interviews she conducted with African American residents of Trenton of the barriers to their engagement in civic and political life.
Click here to open the Zoom meeting.
Monday, February 13, 2023
5:30 – 6:15 PM
HomeFront Volunteer Orientation
Located at 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ
Register below

Orientation for anyone signing up to volunteer in-person at HomeFront.

The session will cover core values and mission, HomeFront policies, and whom to report to for various departments. Will include question answer session. Requested attendance for anyone signing up for in-person volunteering.
See more HomeFront events in Announcements for the 2023 “Week of Hope.”
Register here.
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Princeton Human Services holding clothing drive
Princeton Human Services is collecting warm gloves, scarves, hats, and socks for families in need this winter season. Please bring items to Princeton Human Services at 1 Monument Drive.
This drive will run through January 31.
For more information, please contact Human Services at Humanservices@princetonnj.gov or (609) 688-2055.
(From Princeton Municipality newsletter)
HomeFront hosts “Week of Hope” events
HomeFront is holding a “Week of Hope” the week of February 13. Find opportunities to volunteer or to learn about HomeFront and its mission.
To see all events and to register, click here. For anyone planning to volunteer, please register for the orientation on February 13; find it on the registration page or in the Events section above.
New Jersey Division on Civil Rights offers civil rights trainings
The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division on Civil Rights offers “interactive trainings aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through their Education and Training Unit.”
For more information and to register for training sessions, visit this link.
Cornerstone Community Kitchen reopens; volunteers needed
After two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornerstone Community Kitchen in Princeton has reopened. As before, volunteer opportunities are available to serve food, clean up, and operate the stores. All who attend are required to wear masks.
Sign up for volunteering and find informationhere.
Historical Society of Princeton and Princeton Public Schools create digital history tour
The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), in partnership with Princeton Public Schools (PPS), has launched a new digital tour tracing the history of public education in Princeton. Using photographs and historical documents, Princeton’s Public Schools: A History tells the story of twenty-one public schools (dating from the 1830s to the present) and documents how public schools remain integral community institutions. The tour is available on the Historical Society’s website and through HSP’s mobile app.
Click here for more information.
Princeton Kindness Food Project distributing food trays
The Princeton Kindness Food Project distributes free meal trays every Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, while supplies last.
Food is prepared by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and distributed at the Princeton Family YMCA, located at 59 Paul Robeson Street, Princeton, 08540.
Volunteers or donors may contact ashaguru@hotmail.com.
Also visit the project website.
Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults to resume in-person lunches
The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides daily lunches Monday through Friday. After two years without in-person dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is now reopening for congregate dining.
Meals are available to the following:
– Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age)
– Disabled Mercer County residents whose primary caregiver participates in the program
– Volunteers for the program
See all locations here.
Reservations are required for meals; call 609-989-6650 to reserve. More information is available by calling the same number.
Mercer County Community ID available at Princeton Public Library
The Princeton Public Library and Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund offer ID cards for Mercer County residents. Available at the Princeton Public Library every Tuesday. Payment and appointment are required; please see below.
From this webpage:
Cards are issued by appointment only. Please make appointments directly with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund:
The best way to make an appointment is to fill out the registration form.

This privately issued card, sponsored by the One Community Coalition, may be used at social service agencies, schools, clinics, parks, post offices, and to access basic municipal or health services. Cards may also be used as a form of identification by check cashing companies, banks, retail stores or other establishments. The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group, issues the card.
There is a $15 cost ($10 for youth under 21 and seniors over 65) per card to cover expenses.
Documentation required: Proof of identity with a photo: Any state/county/country ID or driver’s license; passport or consulate authentication; green card or work permit; welfare card with original birth certificate AND proof of address in your name; lease, utility bill, financial account statement, money transfer order, hospital bill, etc.  For additional info, seelaldef.org.
Presented in partnership with the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund.
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Arm in Arm (formerly the Crisis Ministry)
Arm in Arm serves some 1,400 families and individuals each month from two accessible locations. The organization’s core program areas are: Homelessness Prevention, Hunger Prevention, and Workforce Development.
– Make home food deliveries
– Coordinate a Food Drive, Personal Care Products Drive, or Household Products Drive
– Help unload the Crisis Ministry delivery truck
– Help stock shelves after a donation drive
– Assist in the food bank
Contact Becca Jensen Compton at (609) 396-9355 x35 or beccaj@arminarm.org

Cornerstone Community Kitchen
Cornerstone Community Kitchen, located at 7 Vandeventer Ave., offers a weekly free and nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere. 
– Serve meals
Contact 609-924-2613 or office@princetonumc.org

D & R Greenway Land Trust

D&R Greenway Land Trust works to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic in central New Jersey.
Volunteers are needed to assist projects like Capital City Farm, Citizen Scientists, New Jersey Trails. Native Plant Nursery and Willing Hands.
To learn more about these projects, visit drgreenway.com/volunteer. 
Contact Karen Freundlich at 609-924-4646 or info@drgreenway.org

Friends of Princeton Open Space
Friends of Princeton Open Space has established parkland and created a network of trails since 1969. FOPOS is headquartered in the house at Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. 
Volunteers meet most weekends to create and maintain hiking trails.
Schedule a Community Service day for your group. Contact 609-921-2772 or info@fopos.org

Historical Society of Princeton
This Historical Society of Princeton is dedicated to the preservation of Princeton’s history. HSP develops programs that build connections to the past. It is headquartered at Updike Farmstead.
Unity Garden: Volunteers tend the organic garden at Updike Farms, including watering and picking produce. Produce is donated to the Cornerstone Community Kitchen at Princeton United Methodist Church.
Unity Garden: Contact Kristen Lombardo at 609-921-6748 x106 or kristen@princetonhistory.org

HomeFront
HomeFront is dedicated to ending homelessness in Central New Jersey. The organization’s FreeStore is a store where clients can go to shop for clothing, professional attire, household items, toys and more at no cost to them.
Volunteer groups assist with sorting incoming donations and organizing the store (maximum: 10 volunteers).
– Assist with Food Pantry: Prepare food bags, sort donations, check expiration dates
– SewingSpace: Cut fabric, organize sewing materials, and help clients prep their projects
Contact 609-989-9417 or getinvolved@homefrontnj.org

Mercer Street Friends
Mercer Street Friends is a human services organization dedicated to nourishing minds and bodies, empowering families and communities in Mercer County by providing comprehensive programs to address poverty and the physical and emotional trauma it creates for children, families and the community. Their work is focused on three critical areas: food, families, and education. 
Volunteer opportunities are available at Mercer Street Friends Food Bank located at 824 Silvia Street, Ewing NJ 08628 
Call: 609-406-0503 or email: foodbankinfo@mercerstreetfriends.org

 
Morven Museum & Garden
A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events.
Volunteers needed for gardening, leading tours, helping with administrative tasks, and assisting with educational programs and special events. Training provided. 
Contact 609-924-8144 or info@morven.org

One Simple Wish
One Simple Wish was founded by a foster/adoptive parent who wanted to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment in very simple yet meaningful ways. The organization’s website hosts a list of hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of foster children and at-risk youth all over the United States. All wishes are under $500 with most ranging from $10-$100.
One Simple Wish needs volunteers to write thank you notes, organize Wish Parties and participate in Wish-A-Thons.
609-883-8484 or info@onesimplewish.orgPrinceton Mobile Food Pantry
Princeton Mobile Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that provides food and other support to the under-resourced members of the Princeton community. Their focus is supporting families in the Princeton Public Schools, and PMFP currently serves over 180 families and over 900 individuals. Volunteers pack and deliver grocery bags to PMFP families and organize drives to supplement the pantry with food, hygiene supplies, back to school items, and clothing.
To volunteer, fill out this form.
Visit PMFPantry.org for more information.

Princeton Nursery School
Princeton Nursery School is a small, nonprofit childcare and preschool center providing low to moderate income working parents with affordable tuition rates for needed childcare services. The school’s staff works to assure that each child regardless of race or first language has a quality preschool education.
Volunteers serve as classroom or office assistants.
Contact Rosonda Wong at
609-921-8606
or pnskids@gmail.com

Princeton Young Achievers
A program of the Princeton Family YMCA, the Princeton Young Achievers is the town’s only afterschool program that provides homework help to children from lower income neighborhoods. 
There are many different types of opportunities including childcare, coaching and mentoring.
Contact Leigh Zink at
609-497-9622 x201 or lzink@princetonymca.org
 
Special Olympics New Jersey
Special Olympics New Jersey is a non-profit organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  SONJ hosts free sporting events at its sports complex located in Lawrenceville. 
Special Olympics New Jersey needs volunteers at athletic competitions throughout the year. Check the website for upcoming competitions. Sign-ups can be done through their website.
Visit www.sonj.org

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
TASK provides more than 3,000 free meals per week to people in need in the Trenton area. The organization directs their activities toward helping patrons achieve healthier lifestyles, increased self-esteem, and self-sufficiency.
Help serve a meal for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Volunteer hours are 10 am – 1 pm on Sundays and Fridays and 9 am – 5 pm on Mondays thru Thursdays. Visit their website to find a full list of volunteer opportunities and more information.
Contact charlieo@trentonsoupkitchen.org

YWCA Princeton
YWCA Princeton’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.
The YWCA needs the following:
– High School Equivalency Test Preparation Instructors for language arts and reading
– High School Equivalency Test Preparation Instructors for mathematics
– High School Equivalency Test Tutors
– ESL Tutors/Conversation Partners/Workshop Facilitators
Contact Heledona Katro at
609-497-2100 x322 or hkatro@ywcaprinceton.org