Civic Projects

​Dates of volunteer opportunities currently planned by the Civics Committee can be found on the calendar. To join in, you can sign up on the Club Event Sign-up page which you can find in the Members Only Section or click here to go there directly.
Active members are expected to participate in at least 2 events.

Volunteer Opportunities

October 18th 9.45am - Elm Court Flower Arranging
Join us for a lively morning of flower arranging and conversation with the residents of Elm Court. After a brief demonstration residents will select flowers and create an arrangement. Volunteers are asked to bring a bunch or two of cut flowers, some clippers and a spare vase if you have one to leave behind.
12 to 15 volunteers.  Sign up here
October 28th 9.30am - Fall clean-up at the Meg Gorrie Butterfly House, The Watershed Institute
The more the merrier as we weed and dead head in the Butterfly House, preparing it for winter. Volunteers need to dress for the weather, bring gloves and clippers.  
12-15 volunteers. Sign up here
Nov 21st 9.30 - Rockingham Candlelight Tour Decorating
Help decorate the historic Rockingham house for the holiday candlelight tours. All materials provided. Just show up to help.
6 volunteers.  Sign up here.
Dec 10th 12.00 - Holiday wreath and arrangement delivery
Volunteers are needed to load three cars with donated holiday arrangements and deliver them to Elm Court, Princeton Community Village and Princeton Senior Resource Center. One driver and one helper per car. Cars will be loaded after the December meeting.
6 volunteers  Sign up here

Past Projects

Elm Court Garden Buddies

May 21, 2019

Princeton Nursery School

June 14, 2018

In the first civic project of 2018/19, Merrill Long, Judy Sarvary, Bonnie Higgins, Harriette Brainard planted a vegetable garden at Princeton Nursery School with some of the pre school children.

Community Garden at Elm Court/Harriet Bryan House - ‘Garden Buddies’

May 17, 2017

Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House located at 300 Elm Road, Princeton are affordable housing communities for the elderly and are affiliates of Princeton Community Housing. Their Community Garden was established in 2009 to provide residents with their own garden to plant vegetables and flowers.  The Community Garden initiative was spearheaded by Mike Maloney, a landscape designer with Maspro Imagery who also designed the garden. The fully accessible garden is comprised of forty plots and includes several raised beds.


After years of partnering with Harriet Bryan House in our annual flower arranging workshop with residents (held each February), SBGC is growing the partnership and piloting a Garden Buddy program.  The program allows 1:1 (or multiple:1) club members to work with residents on planting and maintaining their raised beds.


Done in a Day @ D&R Greenway

December 11, 2017

A beautiful autumn morning brought a group of us to D&R Greenway to design and plant a bed of native plants. D&R prepared a bed near the parking lot and provided us with seedlings grown in their greenhouse. We all put our heads together, and transformed a drab patch of grass, previously home to a lonely ironwood tree, to a beautiful bed of plants native to New Jersey. We will all enjoy watching the plants grow and develop as we come and go from our monthly meetings at D&R. Thank you everyone! 

Spring at Elm Court

January 01, 2020

Thank you to all who participated in the Elm Court Flower Arranging Workshop! I know we all agree it was a big success! Thank you to each of you for sharing your time, talents and energy with the residents. The flowers everyone brought were beautiful and your enthusiasm for the project just terrific! I got such a kick out of looking around the room and seeing everyone working together so closely and clearing enjoying the moment. Each and every one of us clearly got something out of the afternoon and I know Fay was most appreciative.A special thanks to Louise for proposing the project and to Daphne for doing the demo. I learned a few things myself!I know those beautiful arrangements and the special afternoon will linger for quite a while! ~ Betsy and SarahCivic Projects Co-Chairs

Rockingham in December

December 08, 2016

Our December Civics Project brought us back to Historic Rockingham where our volunteers decorated the house for their annual Candlelight Tour under the guidance of Lisa Flick, the Site Director. The Candlelight Tour for 2015 had a theme of how American Christmas customs evolved through our history, with Rockingham periods as a backdrop. Thanks to the help of our SBGC volunteers Rockingham was decorated to depict 6 eras in 6 different rooms; Higgins, Berrien, Cruser,Van Pelt, quarry workers, Washington Headquarters Association

Watershed - Winter cleanup of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House

November 09, 2016

On Thursday, October 15th, a group of enthusiastic SBGC volunteers gathered at the Watershed for the winter clean-up of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. As part of this Civics project, we put the Butterfly House to bed and weeded the rain garden. 38 monarch caterpillars and 2 chrysalis' were transplanted to the swamp milkweed in the rain garden. The Watershed was very grateful and already asked the SBGC to return for Spring planting!

A Provisional Meeting was held to Plan the Holiday Decorating at Morven

December 02, 2016

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