PCOP Community Service Efforts

The Community Service Committee of the Princeton Club of Philadelphia aims to engage alumni in community service and increase awareness of critical social justice issues impacting our community. 


We are in the process of scheduling a Club community service event for Summer 2012.  To get involved with planning this or future events, please contact Katie Thaeder (Katie.thaeder@gmail.com).


A look at some activities from this past year:

PCOP Criminal Justice Forum at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

This spring, PCOP and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office co-hosted a panel event discussing the cycle of violence in Philadelphia and its impact on the community.  Touching on topics like poverty, failing schools, and broken communities, the panel addressed the efforts of the criminal justice community to change the trajectory of our city’s most disadvantaged youth.  We were thrilled to have Seth Williams, the city’s district attorney, open the event with a few remarks.  He shared with the audience his vision for an effective DA’s office as well as his efforts to implement community-wide partnerships to address the challenges facing Philadelphia.   In addition to Seth we were joined by:


·       Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety

·       Lawrence Goode ‘84, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Chief of the Appeals Unit

·       Sherry Hunter, Executive Director of Center City Crime and Victim Services

·       Laurie Malone, Deputy District Attorney, Pre-Trial Division

·       Dr. Maria Kefalas, Professor of Sociology, Saint Joseph’s University (moderator)


PCOP at the Ronald McDonald House

In January, a group of Princeton Alumni and Friends spent a few hours volunteering at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH), which is a home-away-from-home for families and their seriously ill children who are being treated at area hospitals.  Our Princeton group prepared and served “Breakfast for Dinner” to the PRMH families as they returned home from long days at the hospital.  After a fun afternoon of making pancakes, scrambling eggs and frying bacon, everyone agreed that the Club should plan to prepare another meal soon.  Thanks to all who participated in and donated to our day at the PRMH!


PCOP Special Forum on Education Reform in Philadelphia

To kick off the new school year, in November PCOP hosted a panel on the education reform efforts in Philadelphia.  Our panelists are all on the “front lines” of education reform in the city and shared their unique perspectives on the varying initiatives taking place across the city.  We were incredibly fortunate to have the following panelists:

·       Dr. Leroy Nunery, Acting CEO and Superintendent, Philadelphia School District

·       Alyson Goodner ‘00, Founder, The School Collective

·       Eddie Mensah, Director of the Scholars Program, Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.

·       Matt Troha, Principal, Mastery Turnaround School Thomas Campus

·       Rosalind Echols ‘05 (Moderator), High School Teacher, Science Leadership Academy

Special thanks to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for their donation of space for this great event!