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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Monday, October 3, 2022
7:00 PM
“Continuing Conversations on Race”
Hosted by Princeton Public Library
Online event via Zoom; register below

From the Princeton Public Library, part of their monthly “Continuing Conversations on Race” series:
Social worker Jessica Kim presents “Understanding Racialized Trauma,” a conversation about how Asian Americans and other racial groups experience racism covertly and explicitly.
Register hereto obtain the Zoom link.
Saturdays: October 8, 22; November 5; 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM;
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Volunteer with Friends of Princeton Open Space
Registration and waiver required; see below.

Friends of Princeton Open Space has begun a new “Riparian Restoration Project,” to restore and preserve the Mountain Lake shore area. Work will involve removing invasive plants, planting native plants and installing protective structures.
Two separate sessions are available each Saturday;registerfor each session individually. A waiver is required.
Other opportunities exist, such as trail building and general ecological restoration; apply for volunteering here.
Sunday, October 9, 2022
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Send Hunger Packing Princeton’s Fall Fest
Located at Hinds Plaza (behind Princeton Public Library)
Free event

Send Hunger Packing Princeton hosts a food packing event and quilt-making open to everyone.
From Send Hunger Packing: “It will be a chance to connect with our community, learn more about how the SHUPPrinceton programs work, and to help those living with food insecurity in Princeton.”

For more information, visit this link. To learn more about Send Hunger Packing Princeton, visit their website.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month observed
National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs every year from September 15 to October 15. From the NHHM website, the month “[celebrates] the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.” The Princeton Public Library is hosting various events for the month; find them and more information here.
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.
Princeton Public Library operating hours changed
The Princeton Public Library has implemented new operating hours for the library building:
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon.-Thu.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri.-Sat.
Noon to 6 p.m., Sun.
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