Volunteers Make the Difference

Dear Penn Community,

In our continued efforts to be good neighbors, the following is a list of the monthly posting of community service opportunities. As many of you know, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) compiles these opportunities from the many requests we get from the surrounding community to be partners in a particular initiative and/or sometimes to provide assistance.

Thank you for your donations to the School Supplies Drive. Distribution of the supplies took place in the beginning of September and will benefit area shelters, schools and families. A special thanks to Acme Markets and WXPN for their work with us on the School Supplies Drive.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, call (215) 898-2020 or via e-mail (sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu).

--Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Associate Director, Faculy, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services, Director, Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships

 Mentors needed for the Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program in its 7th year of operation! Volunteer to mentor an 8th grade middle school student one day a month. Students come to campus the third Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. from October to May. They participate in a group program and then visit with their individual mentor in the mentor's workplace. Students depart campus around 1:30 p.m. Each mentor receives training and support. Join the many other mentors involved in this program.

United Way Day of Caring Thursday, 9/21, 9 a.m. or Saturday, 9/23, 9 a.m. Penn is participating in this year's United Way Day of Caring. Agencies and companies throughout the Delaware Valley are volunteering to perform community service. Thanks for helping to build community through volunteering. "There's no present like your time."

The Ronald McDonald House Needs You! The Ronald House, houses out-of-town families whose children are very ill, (usually oncology patients). It attempts to make it convenient and affordable for families to remain in the area while their child is hospitalized or receiving out-patient treatment. They need volunteers to help these families as they cope with the illness of their child.

Volunteers can: Teach Candy Making, Do Arts & Crafts, Drive the van on regular route to HUP & CHOP , Manage the reception area, Bake with the children, Comfort parents and more.

You can also volunteer for their "tab" collection program, their Share A Night Program and become a camp counselor for their Survivors Children Camp that takes place for one week in August. There are 3 shifts 7 days a week that you can volunteer for. Volunteer for as little as one (1) shift a month or whatever is convenient for you. Shift schedule is: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1-6 p.m.; 6-9 p.m. seven days a week.

Do you enjoy working with adults? Can you teach life skills and job readiness skills? The Delaware Valley Community Kitchen in conjunction with Philabundance, SHS and JEVS are preparing low and no income individuals for the world of work by providing culinary arts training in a 12-week program.

Volunteer to teach a math review class or to teach a problem solving or decision makinng workshop, teach self-esteem or help out with the GED trainig. Your schedule can be accomodated.

Remember the MAGIC of your first book? First Book of Philadelphia is the local chapter of a national nonprofit organization committed to giving lower-income children the opportunity to read and own their first book. Our primary goal is to work with community-based tutoring, mentoring and family literacy programs by distributing new books to children who have little or no access to reading material. If you remember the magic of your first book, would like additional information or would like to make a financial donation, please contact Isabel Mapp or contact Syretta Hill shill@phila.k12.pa.us.

Computers Needed! Is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? The Center for Community Partnerships and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your used computers to this cause.

Can you do any of the following: Calligraphy, Tae Bo, Dance, Yoga Ceramics, Belly Dancing, Cooking, Basketweaving, Flower Arranging? Why not teach it at University City High School's Tuesday Night Community Nights? Share your skills with our neighbors and have fun in the process. UCHS is located at 36th Street near Market.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 3, September 12, 2000