January Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community:

There are no words to adequately describe your generosity during the holiday season. Many benefited from your willingness to give. Here are examples of the various efforts:

Thank you to President Rodin for hosting her Annual Holiday Party where over 250 toys and gifts were donated.

Thank you to the following departments that "adopted" a family and made their lives merrier:

  • Business Services: Lee Nunery and Marie Witt, coordinators
  • Center for Cognitive Science: Martha Farah, coordinator
  • Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics: Melicia Whitt, coordinator
  • Department of Anesthesia: Phil Mesisca, coordinator
  • Department of Radiation Oncology Research: Edith McLaughlin, coordinator
  • Facilities Planning & Operational Services: Robin Rozen, coordinator
  • Human Resources: Eileen Founds, coordinator
  • School of Dental Medicine: Dee Stenton-Schillig, coordinator
  • Wharton's Dean's Office: Jennifer O'Keefe, coordinator

Thank you to the Penn Bookstore for their program coordinated by Kim Berry which adopted the Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program and provided the 50 participating eighth-graders with books.

Thank you to the entire University community for donating over 600 gifts and toys.

Thank you to the Dropsite Volunteers who collected all the toys and made it possible for us to give donations to our neighbors listed below:

Bridges to the Community
Caring About Sharing
Parents and Children Against Drugs
Penn's Health Annex
People's Emergency Shelter
Potter's House Mission
Volunteers of America

Thank you for your generosity!

Below is the current list of volunteer opportunities. Contact me via e-mail (sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu) to volunteer for any of the programs.

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

 January Volunteer Opportunities

A Day-On... Not A Day-Off for MLK Day!

Make A Difference on MLK Day-Monday, January 15

Please join our Penn team as we return to the Heston School located at 54th and Lancaster Avenues to finish work we began in October. There are areas that need painting and some general clean-up work to be completed. We invite you to make a difference in the lives of the students at the Heston School; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; lunch and van ride from Penn to the site will be provided. To volunteer, call (215) 898-0104 or write to aarc@pobox.upenn.edu. 
  Philadelphia Reads Program: train to become a tutor. Volunteers who complete this training will be asked to participate in the Philadelphia Reads Programs as reading tutors during the following year for one hour a week. 10:30 a.m.-noon, School of Social Work, 3701 Locust Walk. Lunch will be provided. 2-3:30 p.m., ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk. To register for the morning or afternoon session, call (215) 898-0104 or write to aarc@pobox.upenn.edu. 

Children's Story Hour: Volunteers who complete training in the morning session of the Philadelphia Reads Program will lead an hour of tutoring and storytelling 1-2 p.m., ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk.

More January Volunteer Opportunities ...

Help Prepare A University City High School or A West Philadelphia High School Student for the World of Work: Join Penn's School-To-Career Program, 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 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.

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, churches, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your used computers to this cause.

Do you know how to set up computer labs? Are you skilled at refurbishing computers? Well, we have the program for you. Volunteer to set up computer labs in churches, schools and nonprofit agencies in our surrounding community. The hours are flexible. Contact Brad Kirkegard at (215) 573-6412 or bkirkega@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.

Did you always want to teach or assist a teacher? Well, here is your opportunity. Join Community Schools; teach or assist in your areas of 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, 6-9 p.m. Teach: Swimming (Certified Lifeguards needed), Tae Bo, Aerobics, Healthy Cooking, Weight Lifting, etc. Classes are also held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 17, January 9, 2001