Volunteers for Christmas in April House Rehabilitation

Volunteers are needed to help restore homes of disadvantaged residents of Philadelphia. Every April, an increasing number of volunteers from Penn and other organizations across the city turn out to help restore the home of an elderly, disabled or low-income neighbor. The Philadelphia chapter of Christmas in April was founded by Penn graduate students and Physical Plant staff in 1988. Since then, CIAP has helped almost 300 families rehabilitate their homes. In 1999, we expect more than 1,000 volunteers to lend a hand in restoring more than 40 homes in West and North Philadelphia.

The houses we select may be without working plumbing in the bathroom. Others are not handicap accessible. Many have chunks of plaster falling off the walls. We work to make these houses homes once again. Tasks range from installing kitchens to rebuilding porches and from replacing windows to hanging sheetrock. Come out and swing a hammer, wield a paintbrush and plant some flowers while catching up with old friends and helping some new ones. No skills or previous experience necessary.

Volunteers are needed to help on any of the following days in 1999: April 9,10,16,17. If you are interested in helping with a house, send an e-mail to ciap@wharton.upenn.edu with the date(s) you would like to work and the number of people in your group.

--Steve Schrodel, Wharton Grad '99

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 27, April 6, 1999