May Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you very much for all your kindness and generosity. Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) collected over $800 during a penny drive for the Kelly Anne Dolan Foundation, we collected 10 bicycles for the Mill Creek Bicycle Brigade and many of you have volunteered to do a variety of community service activities. Not only does Penn care, Penn does something about it! Following, is a listing of volunteer opportunities based on community requests for assistance. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail, or call 898-2020.

--Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Director, Penn VIPS, Center for Community Partnerships


Annual Move Out Drive: Leaving campus? Please donate your used pots, pans, small appliances and clothing to the Penn VIPS Annual Move-Out Drive. Bring items to: 133 South 36th Street, Mellon Bank Building, Room 504-5th Floor. Items will be collected through May 21.

May Work Clothing Drive: Collect your used suits, shirts, ties, blouses that are in good condition and donate them to help members of the West Philadelphia community that are entering the work-force. Bring items to: 133 South 36th Street, Mellon Bank Building, Room 504, 5th Floor. Items will be collected through May 21.

Career Day Sayre Middle School: Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Talk to middle schoolers about your career. Share with them your educational background, the choices you made and help them to think about their careers. There will be an orientation session from 8:30-9 a.m. and 9-10 a.m. will be spent in the classrooms with the students.

Math & Reading Tutors: Needed on Sunday afternoons! Volunteer to work with middle and high school students involved in a Space & Science Club at the David Rittenhouse Lab on Penn's campus. Students need tutoring in math and science. Tutoring will take place one hour before and one hour after club sessions. Volunteer for one or both tutoring sessions.

The Roots Urban Garden Project for students at University City High School has a goal of raising 1000 tomato plants on the roof of the school this summer. The biggest obstacle is finding containers in which to grow the tomatoes. Help us collect containers from your local restaurants. These buckets are available at pizza shops or sandwich shops. They are used for pickles, mushrooms, potato salad and other foods. They look like 5-gallon paint buckets but they are much easier to clean out. Needed -lots and lots of 3 or 5 gallon buckets for the UCHS roof-top garden. Bring buckets to: 133 South 36th Street, Mellon Bank Building, Room 504, 5th Floor or call 898-2020 for pick up.

Alumni Book Drive (New and/or used books in good condition) Week of May 19: Join Penn alumni in a Book Drive to benefit youngsters in West Philadelphia public schools. Donate books suitable for students in grades K-12. Bring books to: 133 South 36th Street, Mellon Bank Building, Room 504, 5th Floor.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 32, May 11, 1999


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