Dear Penn Community,

Because we strive to be good neighbors, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) posts a list of volunteer opportunities. These opportunities are developed from the many requests we get from the surrounding community to be partners in a particular initiative and/or sometimes to provide assistance.

Recently, Penn VIPS conducted its Annual School Supplies Drive. Once again, the event was quite successful due to your generosity. We were able to donate needed school supplies to area community service agencies, local after-school programs and to families. Your generosity is appreciated.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail (

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

October Volunteer Opportunities

The Second National Conference Preventing Crime in the Black Community: October 5-7, at the Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Honorable Anthony H. Williams, The Honorable Mike Fisher, The Honorable Hardy Williams and the Organized Anti-Crime Community Network. Volunteer to help with logistics, hand out packets and register guests for all or part of the conference.

After-School Computer Tutors Needed: Make a difference in a child's life through volunteering one afternoon a week at Turner Middle School located at 59th & Baltimore Avenues. Teach students how to surf the internet, type a book report, make a graph and design a flyer. Sponsored by the Supporter of Our Community Civic Association (SOCCA).

Did you always want to teach? Well, here is your opportunity. Join Community Schools, teach your interest and share your skills. Lea/West Philadelphia Community School Program, Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon Teach: GED, Math, English, Driver's Education, Computers, Public Speaking, Auto Mechanics, Dance, etc. University City High School Community School Health and Fitness Night Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Teach: Tae Bo, Aerobics, Healthy Cooking, Weight Lifting, etc.

Philadelphia Cares Day, October 21 Are you interested in making Philadelphia's public schools a better place for children? The sixth annual Philadelphia Cares Day will bring together volunteers from across the Delaware Valley to provide critically needed services for schools throughout the community. Volunteers will paint murals and hallways, landscape schoolyards, whitewash graffiti, and more. Join the Penn team for Philadelphia Cares Day. A team of volunteers will work together to beautify a Philadelphia public school, bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of children. On that day, 7,500 volunteers will meet and head out to 100 schools.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer A group of us will be participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides 5 Mile Walk to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The event is to be held on Sunday, October 29, starting at the steps of the Art Museum. An information session is being held on October 6, at noon and again at 1 p.m. Are you interested in joining us?

Help prepare a University City High School or a West Philadelphia High School student for the world of work Join the School-To-Career Program at the University of Pennsylvania coordinated by the Center for Community Partnerships and the Division of Human Resources. Hire high school students to do general office work and expose them to their areas of interest. We have students interested in medicine, law, computers, business and much much more. Students can earn academic credits in lieu of pay for their first year of internship. Some students are available to work during the school day and others are available from 3-5 p.m..

Psychologists How would you like to provide an internship for a senior from Girard College? The high school senior is interested in psychology and is available afternoons to participate in an internship. The shadowing program is a new requirement for students attending Girard College.

Mentors needed for Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program, now 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. 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.

Tutors Needed Southwest Community Services located at 64th & Woodland Avenues needs tutors for their program. Tutor students from the hours of 3-6 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Work with high school students and young adults in GED program.

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia has numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Activities will range from coaching athletic sports to helping youngsters during a homework club. The hours of operation are 2-10 p.m., Mon-Fri. There are 23 centers located throughout the city. PAL is looking for individuals that can dedicate at least three hours a week in a center.

Volunteer for the ReadSeed Program An educational enrichment program for youngsters in the Mantua area. The program is held at the Mantua Kalio Art Center located at 34th & Brandywine Streets on Saturdays from noon-2 p.m.

Writers House wants you to Tutor Lea School Students involved in the Gear Up Program. Help 7th graders with their school writing assignments and their creative writing assignments. Tutors meet with Lea students at the Lea School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a six week session.

ZAT Community Enrichment Corporation 518 South 60th Street, near Larchwood & 60th Streets--"Working to improve the quality of life for special members of the West/Southwest community." Volunteer to teach in the Adult Basic Education Program. Teach basic computers and provide tutoring.

November Preview: Shadowing Day--Thursday, November 16. Let a high school student spend the day at work with you and teach them about the work you do.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 6, October 3, 2000

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