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PA3 Summer Saturdays of Service for TDI Connect

9:30am to 3pm on Saturdays – June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27 – as well as some times during the working week.

TDI Connect (formerly Trenton Digital Initiative) provides refurbished and reprogrammed computers to Trenton Second Graders who are reading below grade level. TDI loads each used computer with educational software that helps the kids learn to read better. Seventy percent of Trenton Second Graders read below grade level! So there is quite a demand for these computers.

Mercer County College has given TDI 700 desktops and laptops this summer, and TDI needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks:

  • Carrying out detailed inventory of each of the 25 palettes of donated machines and equipment.
  • Installing hard drives into laptops and desktops.
  • Installing the Ubuntu operating system and other open source software - a fully documented, step-by-step, easy process.
  • Preparing the machines for actual delivery (putting together machines, cables, monitors, keyboards, mice, etc.).

Volunteer sessions will take place at TDI's location: Mill One, Suite A110, 1 North Johnston Ave, Hamilton, NJ (which long-ago PA3 volunteers might have a hard time recognizing; remember this?)

Minimal computer experience required – TDI can train you! They have an easy protocol for programming the computers. It’s fun!

You are not obligated to stay the whole 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM interval, but please give at least 3 hours of your time in order to take into account the training TDI gives.

If you want to be part of a group and need a ride or are willing to drive others from campus to Mill One and back, please coordinate with Noemi de la Puente (*86 S*89), PA3 Community Service co-chair, who is rounding up volunteers from the Pace Center, and the Grad College, as well as PA3. Noemi’s email:
You can sign up individually by contacting Denise Daniels (TDI) at

This is a great way to spend a Saturday in service to the community! 



Related Events

Summer Saturday of Service for TDI Connect ( Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Summer Saturday of Service at TDI Connect ( Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Summer Saturday of Service for TDI Connect ( Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Summer Saturday of Service for TDI Connect ( Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Summer Saturday of Service for TDI Connect ( Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Summer Saturday of Service for TDI Connect ( Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Mill One, Hamilton NJ

Posted by Arlen about 5 years ago.


Princeton Prize in Race Relations

The Central/Southern NJ Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is proud to announce this year’s winners.

2019 Award Winner

Kayla Webster, Senior Washington Township High School
Leader of the 200-student protest against racism which set in motion the installment of the “No Place for Hate” program and the charter of a student led NAACP chapter

2019 Certificate Winners

Shomari Hollis and Nabia Evans, Seniors, Notre Dame High School
Co-Presidents, African American Club retreat for Students/Administrators

Simone Williams, Junior, Delran High School
Organizer of Diversity Club for Students

Bella Brewer, Senior, Hamilton High School W
Founder, Cultural Awareness Society

Dami Adijun, Senior, Hamilton High School W
Organizer of High School Exchange program

Our Central/Southern NJ region received a record number of outstanding applications this year.

This year’s Award Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st from 6pm-8pm at Maclean House. All are invited to attend.

The 2019 Princeton Prize Symposium on Race is scheduled April 25-27. The Symposium gives prize recipients from all regions
the opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the country and to engage in meaningful discussions about race and 
race relations. Winners will present their project to Princeton University students, alumni and also to fellow winners.


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Princeton Prize in Race Relations ( Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )

The Central/Southern NJ Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is proud to celebrate this year’s high school winners at a ceremony at Maclean House.

Location: Maclean House, Princeton University

Posted by frankederby over 5 years ago.


PWN of NYC joins PANYC & PA3 for the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep

Sat, April 21, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Long Branch, Melorose Terrace

Long Branch, NJ 07740

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On Saturday morning, April 21, volunteers from the Princeton Womens Network (PWN), Princeton Alumni of NY City (PANYC), and the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3) will join thousands of volunteers on the Jersey shore to collect trash from beaches, bays, and waterways, helping Clean Ocean Action catalog the type of debris removed.

We will gather near the Melrose Terrace entrance to the Beach where we will divvy up garbage bags and data-collection sheets. Then, we walk along the beach and help make it garbage-free!

Afterward, we will head to the Boardwalk for lunch.

There is no cost involved, but if you need transportation to the site, we are asking for a $30 contribution to go towards the cost of a van. (Please register below as such) Lunch is on your own dime.

RSVP and more information
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Beach Sweep with PWN, PANYC, & PA3 ( Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM )
Location: Long Beach, NJ
Organized by: PWN of NYC

Posted by Princeton AAA about 6 years ago.


Dress for Success clothing drive

Annual Business Attire Clothing Drive 

January 24-31, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, January 24, Princeton University is conducting its annual clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success,  HomeFront’s Suitably Dressed, UIH’s Operation Fatherhood, and Mercer Street Friends, all Mercer County organizations that collect “gently used” business attire for men and women.
Organized by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, this year's drive will also be supporting Tiger Threads, a clothing lending program offered through Princeton University’s Career Services for Princeton University students in need of professional attire for job interviews. 
All clothing go to help individuals who are entering or re-entering the workforce and all types of business and business-casual clothing in good condition are needed. These include suits, dress slacks, khakis, dress shirts, collared casual shirts, blazers, skirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, coats, ties, shoes, belts, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. We will also be collecting used eyeglasses to donate to Lions Club International.
The drive will also be collecting unwanted stuffed toys. All toys will be donated to Glad Dogs Nation, an organization that creates safe dog toys from old, unwanted children’s stuffed toys. To learn more about Glad Dogs Nation visit

Items can be brought to 350 Alexander Street between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., weekdays, January 24 through January 31.

Posted by Princeton AAA over 6 years ago.


Used Computer Collection Drive

PA3's Used Computer Collection Drive

to support TDI Connect

PA3 is collecting your used computers to support TDI Connect, who provides refurbished computers to students and adults in Trenton.   Their waitlist for computers in is the thousands!  They strip the old computers of all personal data and install a light-weight operating system that will allow the user to access the internet and perform many critical functions such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.  Without computers in their home, students and adults cannot learn and practice 21st century skills vital to success.   In addition, many afterschool programs need computers to provide literacy programs and other extra support to Trenton's children.  

PA3 is providing collection drop off locations at the homes of Noemi de la Puente (Lawrenceville, and Kristin Epstein (West Windsor, In addition, TDI Connect has permanent drop off locations, found here.

Note: PA3 is also organizing volunteers for multiple events with TDI Connect during the month of January.  Please check out these opportunities here.

What kind of computers does TDI need?

We are asking for computer donations from you! Trenton Digital is looking for old Windows/PC that are no longer being used. All donated computer will be restored with a new operating system, called Ubuntu. We reformat the hard drive prior to refurbishing and distributing each computer. Computers are refurbished with Ubuntu and come with a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program (all compatible with the current Microsoft Office) and Firefox (web browser).

How old can my computer be?

Ubuntu works on most PC computers and laptops regardless of how “old” they may be. However, TDI prefers computers with at least a Core Duo Processor or equivalent. Typically this would be a computer not older than 10 years.

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Princeton U Month of Service 2018 ( Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 12:00 AM to Friday, February 2, 2018 - 11:59 PM )
Organized by: Pace Center

Posted by Princeton AAA over 6 years ago.