March Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

As many of you know, each month, Penn Volunteers In Public Service posts a list of volunteer opportunities. These opportunities are developed from the many requests we receive for partnerships and assistance. University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff students and alumni continue to volunteer their valuable time to provide service in our surrounding community. We thank you for your overwhelming support and for your generosity.

Below is the monthly list of volunteer opportunities. Please contact me via e-mail ( to volunteer for any of the programs.

--Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services; Director, Penn VIPS, Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)

Penn VIPs Annual Penny Drive--March 12-29: Penny drive to benefit "Haddington Multi Services for Older Adults, Inc.". The mission of this agency is to provide services to homebound seniors in the West Philadelphia area. Haddington Multi Services for Older Adults, Inc. is located at 54th & Haverford Avenues. Your donations will be used to do minor home repairs, to provide oil, to provide emergency meals and to purchase emergency medication for the seniors.

Please take your pennies to the following drop sites:

Wharton Executive Ed 200 Steinberg Conf. Ctr. Roxanne Rawson (215) 898-5154
WomenÕs Center 3643 Locust Walk Gloria Gay (215) 898-8611
Af-Am Resource Center 3537 Locust Walk Afi Roberson (215) 898-0104
Franklin Building 3451 Walnut/Rm 714 Jim Riley (215) 573-8988
Veterinary Medicine Rosenthal Lobby Trish diPietrae (215) 898-8842
Engineering 107 Towne Building Tanya Christian (215) 898-7244
International Programs 3340 Walnut/Rm 133 Adonna Mackley (215) 898-9073
3401 Walnut Outside Room 527A Cerie OÕtoole (215) 898-6018
SAS 120 Logan Hall Kristin Davidson (215) 573-3416
Dental School E2, 3rd Floor Dee Stenton (215) 898-8052
Van Pelt Library Shared Catalogue Dept. Rachelle Nelson (215) 898-9048
Renal Division 700 Clinical Research Yvonne McClean (215) 898-1018
ISC 230A 3401 Walnut Regina Cantave (215) 898-1788
ISC 265C 3401 Walnut Doris Pate (215) 573-6803
Wharton 1000 SH-DH Jennifer OÕKeefe (215) 898-1092
Museum Reception Desk Near Kress Gallery Bonnie Crossfield (215) 898-4001
Security Office 109 Stellar Chance Darren Johnson (215) 898-0196
Campus Dining 200A, 220 South 40th Sugirtha Vivek (215) 898-2462
Nursing Ed Bldg. 4th Floor Reception Desk Collette Hayes (215) 898-4479
BRB II/III 13th Floor Mary Jo Pauxtis (215) 898-0151
Political Science 217 Stiteler Hall Marcia Dotson (215) 898-7641
ISC 203A Sansom West Kathy Ritchie (215) 573-3561
School of Medicine 356 Anatomy/Chemistry Mary Dickson (215) 898-8835
Law School Reception Area Bryn Dubow -
PresidentsÕ Office 100 College Hall Yuko Takahashi (215) 898-0447
Houston Hall Information Desk Sarah Demucci (215) 573-5011

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. Visit our website at:

Do you have a cell phone you don't use anymore? Please consider donating your phone to "Call to Protect". They provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence. The phones offer instant access to help in an emergency. All Call to Protect phones are pre-programmed to dial 911 and one non-emergency number, such as a shelter, a police line or a domestic violence counselor. To make a donation, please contact Winnie Smart-Mapp at

Tutors! Tutors! Tutors! Check out the following opportunities to help:

-Walnut Hill Community Development Corporation After School Computer Classes for youth. Use computers to tutor reading, spelling and math. Program meets 3:30-5 p.m. daily and is located on South 52nd Street.

-Point Breeze GED Classes Tutor students while they study to get their GED Monday & Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. and/or evenings.

-First Baptist Church After School Program Assist student with reading, spelling and math. Program meets every Wednesday, after 5p.m. and is located at 71st & Woodland Avenues.

Speak Up for a Child! Join CASA: The Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) works to help abused, abandoned and/or neglected children. CASA is currently looking for new interns and volunteers. It takes as little 10-15 hours a month to be involved with CASA and no special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, commitment, and reliability. Speak up for a child. Join CASA.

Saturday, March 24 Volunteer! Join UCGreen in partnership with property owners, community members, and student Ivy Corps volunteers as they plant 100 trees on Walnut Street from 43rd to 48th Streets. There will be planting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and there will be bands and other types of entertainment during the course of the day. Lunch will be provided to volunteers, as well as t-shirts to remember the event. Contact David Levin at

Volunteer to be a tour guide for the Physics House! Preservation of Landmarks Committee is asking you to volunteer to give tours of the Dr. Phillip Physic (1765-1838), father of American Surgery, home. The home was restored by the Annenbergs and is located at 4th & Delancey Streets in Philadelphia. There are tours 3 days a week and training will be provided.

April Preview:

Volunteer to help out at the Penn Relays. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: sammapp@pobox for additional information and /or to volunteer for this program. See also,

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 25, March 6, 2001