The mission of Princeton Community Works is to enable non-profit boards, staff and volunteers to work together more effectively by networking, developing skills, and raising community awareness.
We serve the large, diverse non-profit and volunteer community in Central New Jersey.
In 1995, Marge Smith, along with a several Princeton Rotarians, founded Princeton Community Works, which is held at Princeton University’s Frist Campus Center each January. The Annual Conference would not take place without the enormous generosity of our host, Princeton University, the administrative assistance of the Princeton Rotary, and the time and talents of our workshop presenters and our tireless Planning Committee of volunteers. For videos of Marge discussing Community Works and its mission, see our News Page, under News Mentions.
Make Community Work
by Marge Smith
We need to be deaf to “Why bother? Who cares?”
“It won’t make a difference. No one does their share.”
We need to be deaf to “No one wants to volunteer.”
Or “You can’t count on them” or “We don’t need you here.”
We need to be deaf to the distinctions some people make
Based on race, sex, age, or religion – the premise they don’t have what it takes.
We need to be deaf to the model, “I win, you lose.”
Or “He who has gold wins.” That’s not what we choose.
Instead we need to believe that together we stand,
That differences enhance life and enrich our land.
That nonprofits profits are really unique.
Bringing people together, addressing major issues and accomplishing great feats.
Nonprofits value what is truly important in life –
Children, family, the environment, the arts. . . a world without strife.
So welcome to our conference. Be “frogs” that dare.
Deaf to the negative messages, make community work.