Volunteering

Help with PCSoFla Activities

If you’d like to get more involved in Club activities, there are many opportunities available. President Pat O’Connell ‘74 (609-915-9886, oconnell@alumni.princeton.edu) would welcome help on creating interesting program topics and venues for each season’s programs. You can also contact Secretary Mari Garcia ’88 (305-667-4259, marij@imagentma.com) to learn about others ways you can help.

Recruit the Best Applicants for Princeton

PCSoFla’s Alumni Schools Committee (ASC), co-chaired by Bella Tendler *12 (btendler@alumni.princeton.edu) and Aimee Gasior Bejar ‘09 (aimee.gasior@gmail.com) serves two roles for the Princeton Club of South Florida.

First, ASC works closely with the University’s Admission Office to interview high school seniors in the South Florida area who apply for admission to Princeton. ASC members volunteer their time to meet and speak with dozens of outstanding high school seniors every year.

Second, ASC implements the Princeton Club of South Florida’s Gail Serota ’75 Award for Civic Service. Each year, the ASC selects an outstanding junior from each of eight participating high schools in our region and awards them with a copy of “Princeton Impressions,” an historical and pictorial review of the University and the surrounding town by Robert Gambee ’64. The goal of the award is to generate interest in the University and encourage the outstanding juniors in the area to consider applying the following year for admission. The program has resulted in an average of over 50% of our junior award winners subsequently applying to Princeton as seniors.

We are preparing to interview applicants for Princeton’s next class, and ASC is anxious to hear from alumni who would like to help interview prospects. ASC work is a great way to assist the University, stay in touch with Princeton, and assure that South Florida continues to send a strong, talented, enthusiastic, and diverse group off to Princeton. Interviews take place from December to March.

Alumni Schools Committee Members 2020-2021
[List of names and classes]

Serve Dinner to the Homeless

On every fourth Friday of the month, Princeton Club of South Florida volunteers serve dinner at the Serving Dinner at Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, 1550 North Miami Avenue (two blocks west of the School Board Metromover station at the end of the Omni loop).

Chapman is a non-profit, non-denominational homeless facility that provides shelter for families, job assistance for adults, and serves three hot meals a day, 365 days a year for free — more than 800,000 meals per year. As volunteers, we are not responsible for cooking or clean-up, only serving the meal with a smile, aiding the kitchen staff during the dinner rush and helping in this small way to brighten the day of the hungry in our neighborhoods. This is a great social service opportunity and also a way to give back to others in our community.

Dinner starts promptly at 5, and finishes promptly at 7. Parking is easy right across the street and no special skills, training or clothing are required. We especially need assistance from 5-5:30, so please come a little early (4:45) if possible and, of course, you can leave early. No open-toe shoes, bare shoulders or shorts, please. Teens may be allowed to assist if accompanied by an adult; just let us know in advance if you plan to bring your teen! Spouses, partners and friends are welcome to come with you even if they have no Princeton connection. (One of our most dedicated volunteers is a spouse!).

To participate, please contact John Shipley ’91 (tigersail91@gmail.com) or Helena Novakova ’72 (helena.novakova@empowe-retirement.com).

South Florida Princeton Prize for Race Relations

The South Florida Princeton Prize Committee congratulates our 2019 Princeton Prize in Race Relations recipient, Miami Edison’s Jonathan Janvier, and our Gail Serota ’75 Princeton Club Service Award recipient, Coral Reef’s Aisha Chebbi.