Ways to Help

Collections for food-insecure families in Princeton

Donations for food and supplies are needed in Princeton to help vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis can be dropped off at Arm in Arm, 61 Nassau St. Please email or call 609-396-9355 before visiting

Suggested items to donate: Canned goods (soups, beans, veggies, sauce, fruit, tuna fish, meat, spam, etc.), juice, corn flour (maseca), pasta, rice, shelf stable milk, peanut butter and alternatives, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, flushable wipes, toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent, hand and dish soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, adult and baby diapers/pampers, baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, cleaning supplies, Advil, Tylenol, thermometers and gloves.

Share My Meals is accepting donations of food and money for food-insecure families in Princeton. For more information, call call 609-337-2415 or email us at info@sharemymeals.org.

See a list of organizations offering food assistance.

Donate Money

The Local Business Resiliency Fund

The fund is offering financial support to Princeton’s storefront businesses. Your donation will help our small business community survive these difficult times and build resiliency for the future. Princeton University will match dollar for dollar the first $100,000 of donations received. All donations are tax deductible. The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation is our 501 (c) 3 partner. In collaboration with the Union County Economic Development Corporation. Donate here

PLEASE NOTE: CERF Fund has been spent down and is no longer accepting applications.

Princeton Area Community Foundation

The foundation is collaborating with other community leaders to create the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund.

Princeton Mutual Aid Network

This group purchases and delivesr groceries for families and individuals in need, assist with negotiation of rent/ utilities, provide emergency cash assistance and provide translation services. We accept monetary and non-monetary donations like unopened non-perishable food, protective equipment like masks and gloves, books, toys, furniture and more. Please contact (609)-664-0971 or email TigerPackMutualAid@gmail.com

Hand in Hand — The Domestic Employers Network

Learn what you can do to support the nannies, home attendants and house cleaners who work for you during the coronavirus crisis.

Housing Initiatives of Princeton

Eviction prevention and emergency rent payment programs. More info here.

Donate Equipment

Princeton University Connect for COVID-19 Initiative

Student project collects smart devices and chargers to help keep isolated COVID-19 patients connected to the ones they love. More information.

Request for N95 masks and medical gowns.

Princeton’s First Responders are in need of N95 masks and fluid impervious medical gowns. Contact Chief Nicholas Sutter.


Donate Blood

Red Cross call for blood donations

Princeton University is hosting Red Cross blood drives in this month and next. Schedule and appointment info here.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage as the coronavirus outbreak threatens the availability of the nation’s blood supply. Healthy individuals are urged to help restock the shelves for patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. Please make an appointment.


Share My Meals

The Princeton-based nonprofit needs drivers to deliver food prepared by restaurants for donation to food-insecure families in Princeton. Volunteer information and application form here.

Court Appointed Special Advocates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, children are at an increase risk and are often in need of support. After training, CASA volunteers are assigned by a judge to advocate for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. Information sessions and training are now available virtually. Contact Jill Duffy, jduffy@casamercer.org

 Chief Nursing Officers, Chief Medical Officers needed

New Jersey Department of Health has an immediate need for people with experience as a Chief Nursing Officer or Chief Medical Officer to help lead our field medical stations. We also need physicians and respiratory therapists. More information. 

New Jersey looking for Technology Volunteers

The Arts Council of Princeton is sponsoring an initiative for community members to lend a hand increasing the local supply of cloth masks. You can volunteer to cut fabric, and/or to sew. The completed masks will then be available for pick-up for those who need them. More information

Princeton Neighborhood Buddy Initiative

Sign up to join this group, which encourages residents to take a senior citizen or otherwise vulnerable neighbor under their wing and check in on them to make sure they are safe in the event of any local emergency. More about the Neighborhood Buddy Initiative

Mercer Mask Project

New Jersey nonprofit preparing masks for their use and, s and, upon request, by other members of the community.

Retired doctors/doctors from other countries needed

The Governor issued an executive order permitting doctors who are retired or from other countries to join the battle against COVID-19. The order provides them immunity for civil liability for good faith efforts of providing COVID-19 care. Individuals can sign up here. Not covered under the order, but also needed are students in the last year of medical studies.

Meals On Wheels Mercer

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County is is looking for emergency substitute volunteers. The group is continuing to deliver meals weekdays while onboarding emergency substitute volunteers at 10 a.m. at Daly’s Dining Hall on the Rider Campus in Lawrence, until further notice. They have procedures in place for delivery to maintain social distancing policies. Contact Meals on Wheels with any questions: 609-695-3483 or info@mealsonwheelsmercer.org.