We cannot do our work without the dedicated support of community members. There are many ways to get involved including driving, networking with local employers, helping new families get acquainted with Princeton, stocking their pantry with food, and planning social events.
Please join us at our monthly meetings at 12:00 noon on the first Thursday of the month in the community room of Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.
What motivates our volunteers?
I’m only two generations away from refugees—this country welcomed my grandparents and gave them the opportunity to build their lives.
It is an opportunity to both learn about different cultures and it reminds us of our shared humanity – I like the sense that we are all in this together.
It’s a joy to work with a committee like this – committed people who all raise their hands to help. And the committee is composed of interesting people from diverse backgrounds…
It’s a chance to find out what’s important, help people without a voice and give them a new life and new start.
I grew up without a lot of money. Sometimes I qualified for school lunch assistance, but we always had a home, food and clothing. From a very young age, I was aware of many people who didn’t have this...this is a chance to model for my children that we have an obligation to give.
At a time when people are so polarized, working with people of diverse faiths and backgrounds gives me hope—we all see the value of helping families who have struggled so hard to begin a new life here – the fact that we may be Muslim, Jewish, Christian or Hindu simply adds to the richness of our common goal to "welcome the stranger.”
Ways volunteers can help:
- Setting up residence
- Airport Pick Up
- Culturally Appropriate Hot Meal
- Using Public Transportation
- Food Shopping
- School Enrollment
- Clothes shopping
- Community trips
- Job search
- Cultural Orientation
- Driving coach