Community Contributions

Princeton University is an economic engine for central New Jersey as one of the largest private employers, a major purchaser of goods and services, and the largest taxpayer in the Municipality of Princeton.  The University plays a significant role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of the region and provides direct and indirect support to local non-profit and governmental organizations.

The University values its longstanding, mutually beneficial relationships with nearby communities and the opportunities that emerge to connect campus and community. Together the University and its neighbors continue a vibrant tradition of cooperation through on- and off-campus learning opportunities, joint transportation and infrastructure projects, community service, and initiatives in entrepreneurship, the arts and other areas.

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People walk through town

Princeton University launched Tigers in Town during the COVID-19 pandemic to support struggling local businesses while providing a safe way for students to socialize. The program will continue and expand through the fall 2021 semester. Pictured, students partake of businesses along Witherspoon Street. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

people practice social distance while watching outdoor concert

Princeton University Concerts held its “Breathe in Music” series outdoors in 2021, inviting the community to experience live performances by the next generation of classical music stars while following a meditation led by Matthew Weiner, associate dean in the Office of Religious Life. The series is among the many ways in which Princeton University contributes to the Municipality of Princeton and surrounding communities. Photo by Nick Donnoli Productions LLC

 

 

 

Recent Contributions

University employees donate to Human Services School Supplies Drive
Aug. 9, 2022
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

For the sixth year the Office of Community and Regional Affairs partnered with WB Mason to offer Princeton University employees the opportunity to purchase a backpack to donate to the annual Princeton Human Services’ School Supplies Drive to be donated to economically disadvantaged Princeton school-aged children. In addition to the backpacks,…

University donates supplies to Princeton and Trenton health groups
July 14, 2022
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Written by Jim Sturdivant, Environmental Health and Safety

Princeton University Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of Community and Regional Affairs coordinated to donate nitrile gloves, isolation gowns, gauze pads, and other supplies to the Princeton Health Department on June 22. Seven pallets of supplies brought out by EHS staffers Kelly States and Ryan Carney were loaded by…

University donates supplies to Princeton Health Department
June 23, 2022

Princeton University EHS and the Office of Community and Regional Affairs coordinated to donate nitrile gloves, isolation gowns, gauze pads and other supplies to the Princeton Health Department. Seven pallets of supplies brought out by EHS staffers Kelly States and Ryan Carney were loaded up Wednesday morning by members of the Health Department…

By the numbers: University raises funds for United Way
March 30, 2022
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

With the help of a robust group of departmental volunteers, the campus community raised $121,467.08 during the 2021 United Way Campaign. Proceeds support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s education, financial stability, food insecurity and health programs.

Eisgruber, Princeton officials praise COVID-19 partnership and consider future collaboration at annual meeting
March 17, 2022
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Written by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber joined Princeton municipal officials on Monday, March 14, to discuss shared interests affecting the University and the community, highlighting their mutual support during the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and looking ahead to continued partnership, particularly as it relates to the downtown.

University Employees spread cheer through annual Holiday Outreach program
Dec. 17, 2021

Thank you to all who participated in our Holiday Food and Yarn Drive! We are so grateful to those who donated both on and off campus.

The university employees and local community donated food and yarn at 31 location on campus and in the town of Princeton. Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products will be donated to…

University supports Trenton Health Team with PPE donation
Sept. 24, 2021

Princeton University recently donated more than $40,000 worth of personal protective equipment supplies to the 

University employees participate in school supply drive for fifth year
Aug. 12, 2021

For the fifth year the offices of Community and Regional Affairs and Finance and Treasury partnered with WB Mason to offer Princeton University employees the opportunity to purchase a backpack to donate to the annual Princeton Human Services' School Supplies Drive. In addition to the backpacks, WB Mason donates supplies including binders,…

Princeton University kicks off second year of Summer Food and Nutrition Program to address pandemic-related food insecurity in Mercer County
June 14, 2021
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Written by Office of Communications

To address food insecurity in local communities due to the pandemic, Princeton University’s Campus DiningHuman ResourcesOffice of Community and Regional Affairs and John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement established the Summer Food and Nutrition Program in 2020. This summer, the initiative continues and includes collaborations with three area nonprofits to provide meals for at-risk families, children and individuals.

Eisgruber, Princeton officials underscore the mutual benefits of partnership during the pandemic
April 2, 2021
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Written by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber joined Princeton municipal officials Tuesday, March 30, to discuss mutual interests impacting the University and the community, highlighting their cooperation on planning and various relief initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall Tradition Proceeds Despite the Pandemic
Aug. 21, 2020
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Written by Office of Community and Regional Affairs

Princeton University faculty and staff donated 180 school supply kits to Princeton Human Services that will be given to students in the Princeton Public Schools at the start of the upcoming school year. Pictured on August 12 when the kits were delivered are Emmanuel Jimenez, WB Mason (standing on back of truck); Erin Metro, Princeton University…