Volunteer Opportunities

Princeton University employees interested in volunteer opportunities sponsored by Princeton University groups or local community organizations can send their name and email address to Erin Metro at emetro@princeton.edu to be added to the Community Volunteer Listserv.  Community volunteer emails will provide descriptions of events, number of volunteers needed, amount of time required, and contact information.  Employees can commit to activities of interest and these opportunities will be on the their own time and require permission from their supervisor if during work hours.

A sample of local community organizations who are in need of volunteers on a regular basis are listed below.

Organization Description Need Contact
Arm in Arm (formerly the Crisis Ministry) The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton 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

Break down large boxes for recycling

Prepare bags of food for delivery to older clients and those with a disability

Sort and bag fresh fruits or vegetables that have been donated

Break down large quantities of bulk foods into smaller bags

Prepare and pack bag lunches
Contact Becca Jensen Compton at (609) 396-9355 x35 or beccaj@arminarm.org
Cornerstone Community Kitchen Cornerstone Community Kitchen, located at 7 Vandeventer Ave., offering weekly free and nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere. 

Serve meals

Contact 609-924-2613 or office@princetonumc.org
Senior Care Ministry of Princeton

The Senior Care Ministry of Princeton is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the elderly in our community. The ministry provides free services that enable the elderly to remain in their homes as long as it is safely possible. The organization’s services include health-related transportation, food shopping and friendly visiting.

Provide transportation for seniors

Food shopping

Friendly visits

Minor home repairs

Office support, data entry and computer support

Contact Beth O`Brien at
609-921-8888 or info@seniorcareministry.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 Mountin 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

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity believes everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, they build communities, hope, and the opportunity for families to help themselves.

Construction: Habitat for Humanity is currently building 7 homes on N Clinton Ave. in Trenton. Volunteers do not have to have any construction experience and are provided all the tools and safety gear needed for the day. Water and sun screen is available at the construction site.

Headquarters Office: Volunteers help with administrative tasks such as filing, data entry and technical assistance.

ReStore: Join ReStore staff for a morning or afternoon of helping customers, assisting drivers as they pick up donations, working with the metal salvage program, organizing the ReStore floor and yard or helping with special events. 

Contact Rebecca Nichols at
856-439-6717 x 2 or volunteer@habitatbcnj.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 wating and picking produce. Produce is donated to the Cornerstone Community Kitchen at Princeton United Methodist Church.

House Tour: HSP is seeking docents for its annual house tour on November 4, 2017.

Unity Garden: Contact Eve Mandel at 609-921-6748 x102 or eve@princetonhistory.org

House Tour: Contact Kristen Lombardo at 609-921-6748 x106 or kristen@princetonhistory.org


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 multi-faceted human service agency that assists Mercer County residents who face the challenges and impacts of poverty.  Their programs target food insecurity, family wellness, youth enrichment and community building.  Mercer Street friends also operate a preschool and food bank.

Preschool— 1201 West State St., Trenton

Volunteers groups are welcome to spend a morning at the center assisting with classroom and outdoor activities. (maximum of 10; unless supervised in a group, volunteers must be 18 years of age.)

Food Bank—824 Silvia St, Ewing  

Assemble food orders (requires heavy lifting)

Bag fresh fruits and vegetables

Inspect, sort and box food donations

Assemble weekend meal 

Preschool: contact Lisa Banks at 609-656-5220 or

Food Bank: contact Brian Peterson at 609-406-0503 or

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.org
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
or pnskids@gmail.com

Princeton University Art Museum he Art Museum The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums, with collections of more than 92,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary, concentrating geographically on Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas. The museum is open to the public, and admission is free.

In the fall, the Art Museum looks for Museum Ambassadors. Volunteers serve as liaisons with museum visitors and staff the information desk.  

Being a Museum Ambassador is a year-long commitment. Volunteers take part in two 2.5 hour training sessions and serve five hours per month.

Contact Brice Batchelor-Hall at 609-258-7268 or bricehall@princeton.edu
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 child care, coaching and mentoring.

Contact Leigh Zink at
609-497-9622 x201 or lzink@princetonymca.org


SAVE SAVE operates as a limited admission shelter with contracts to serve Princeton Township, Princeton Borough and Lawrence Township animal control centers.  Cat cage cleaning


Dog walking/training

Off-site adoption events.  

All new interested volunteers need to attend an orientation, which is hosted host twice a month

Call the shelter to schedule an orientation at 609-309-5214.

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 host 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 South Trenton Soup Kitchen (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). Volunteer Hours are 4:30-6:30pm.

Donate Wrapped Utensils

Donate Take-Home Lunch Bags

Donate Take-Home Dinner Bags

Donate Mini Hygiene Bags

Donate Gallon Size zip lock bags

Donate cookies, brownies, and cupcakes

Donate Socks

Donate Cold Weather Clothing

Donate Plastic Ponchos

Donate Reading Glasses

Donate Sanitary Napkins or tampons

Donate books and art supplies.

Stuff and seal envelopes for the office.

Entertain TASK patrons

Conduct a Non-Perishable Food Drive


United Way of Greater Mercer County The United Way works everyday to advance the common good by focusing on children, families, seniors, and individuals in three areas: education, income, and health.

Contact the United Way to set up a volunteer activity for your office. Some examples are:

Host a book drive

Build literacy kits

Build S.T.E.A.M. kits

Build anti-bullying kits

Contact Denise Daniels at
609-896-1912 or

Womanspace Womanspace works to decrease the isolation and increase the safety for victims of domestic violence.  Clients present a diversity of needs - from the emergency need for safety to the long-term need for housing and counseling. Volunteers are needed for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault teams. 

Contact Susan Adams at

YWCA Princeton YWCA Princeton's mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.

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


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