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Volunteer Opportunities

Employees interested in volunteer opportunities sponsored by Princeton University groups or departments can send their name and email address to Erin Metro at 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. Employees can remove themselves from the list at any time. 

Cornerstone Community Kitchen

The Cornerstone Community Kitchen is a ministry of Princeton United Methodist Church, located at 7 Vandeventer Ave.,offers weekly free and nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere to all who would come.

Volunteers are need to help serve meals. To volunteer contact the church at 609-924-2613 or

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is a private, non-sectarian, charitable organization that depends almost entirely on the help of dedicated volunteers and generous financial support from individuals, churches, local businesses and community organizations.
TASK provides more than 3,000 free meals per week to people in need in the Trenton area. We direct our activities toward helping patrons achieve healthier lifestyles, increased self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. To this end, TASK and agencies using our facility provide a wide array of social, community, and health services.
There are several ways to help:
  1. Help serve a meal for the South Trenton Soup Kitchen (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). Volunteer Hours are 4:30-6:30pm.
  2. Donate Wrapped Utensils-wrap a plastic knife, fork and teaspoon in a napkin and secure it with a twist tie. The part of the utensil that goes into the mouth must be covered with the napkin. You can buy these items yourself, or TASK can provide supplies for you.
  3. Donate Take-Home Lunch Bags-peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (please put peanut butter on both slices of bread and the jelly in the middle), fresh or individual can of fruit, dessert, juice box and napkin in a brown bag (children can decorate the bags). Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down. Lunch bags can be delivered Monday - Thursday 8:3 Am to 5:00PM and on Friday 8:30 Am to 10:00 AM
  4. Donate Take-Home Dinner Bags- Includes an entree (Bumblebee or Starkist Tuna salad, or chicken salad with crackers, or an individual can of spaghetti or ravioli) a juice box, dessert, canned fruit, plastic spoon, and a napkin. Dinner bags can be delivered at any time. Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down. See below for delivery hours.
  5. Donate Hygiene Bags- one bar of soap (Zest, Irish Spring, Coast or Lever 2000 are the popular items), men's disposable razor, men'#39;s deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo. Razors and deodorant are unisex for our patrons. We prefer regular sizes but motel/hotel sizes are permissible.
  6. Donate Mini Hygiene Bags- a bar soap (Zest, Irish Spring, Coast or Lever 2000), washcloth and men's disposable razor in Zip lock sandwich bag. Again, men's razors are unisex for our patrons.
  7. Donate GALLON SIZE zip lock bags to hold the personal hygiene items.
  8. Donate Bake cookies, brownies, and cupcakes- make a bag of cookies (about 6 to a bag depending on the size). You do not have to bag cupcakes. Also please be aware that you can bake for any holiday (Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Halloween, and Fourth of July etc.)
  9. Donate Socks- Men's crew or tube socks are unisex for our patrons and greatly appreciated.
  10. Donate Cold Weather Clothing- During the winter season the soup kitchen has a great need for dark colored men's knit watch caps (black, brown, gray, navy and no face masks), large sized, adult gloves for men and women, winter and adult winter scarves, and any men's or women's coats in large sizes (XL-XXL).
  11. Donate Plastic Ponchos- many times when it is raining the patrons are in need of hooded ponchos for adults. A good place to buy ponchos in the dollar store, however please deter from buying ponchos that are three for a 1$.
  12. Donate Reading Glasses- various strengths can be of use. Again, the dollar store may serve as a good place to buy reading glasses.
  13. Donate Sanitary Napkins or tampons
  14. Donate books and art supplies- These supplies can vary from paints, paint brushes, canvases, canvas stretchers, construction paper, markers, glitter etc.
  15. Stuff and seal envelopes for the office.
  16. Entertain TASK patrons with music, drama, etc. (space is limited, so a small group is best).
  17. Conduct a Non-Perishable Food Drive- any non-perishable food items. No glass please. See our website for details.