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September Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you for your donations to the School Supplies Drive. Distribution of the supplies will take place in the beginning of September and will benefit area shelters, schools and families.

Special thanks you to the Annenberg School for Communication for your furniture donation over the past months that benefited two area agencies.

Following, is a listing of volunteer opportunities based on community requests for assistance and/or partnerships. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please contact me at or (215) 898-2020.

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

Sparkle Plus Citywide Clean Sweep Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) Saturday, September 15, 8 a.m. Volunteer to help clean up the grounds located at 44th and Market Streets. Help to beautify the area for the many tenants living at this PHA location, There's no present like your time.

Cleanup Volunteers Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m.-noon, to help fight blight on a strategic corridor just south of the Rittenhouse Square area. We will clean streets and vacant lots on South 20th Street from Fitzwater (two blocks south of South Street) to Mifflin Street -- about a mile in all. This is part of the Philadelphia More Beautiful 17th District Cleanup. Tools, work gloves, and refreshments provided. For details, contact Laura Blanchard (215) 985-1445, or Isabel Mapp.

Mentors, Mentors, Mentors needed for the Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program in its 8th 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 - 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.

Donating Platelets There is a strong need for help at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. The Apherisis Donor Center really needs people to donate platelet cells (it's very much like giving blood) to help out children with leukemia. Won't you and/or your group do something really worthwhile? It's a very worthy cause--these children have suffered through a lot in their lives. Visit the website for additional information

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.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 3, September 11, 2001


September 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 3

Dr. Afaf Meleis--a prominent medical sociologist and specialist in women's health issues--will become the Dean of the School of Nursing in January.
Dr. Richard Gelles--a leading researcher in the study of family violence has been named Interim Dean of the School of Social Work.
Lucy Momjian is now Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasury Management.
Jack Shannon is named Associate Vice President in the Office of the Executive Vice President.
Dr. Battistini, director of Penn Health for Women, dies in a motor vehicle accident.
Convocation 2001: President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi welcome the Class of 2005.
Council Year-end Committee Reports: Admissions and Financial Aid as well as Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics are both on the agenda of this week's Council Meeting.
Penn moves up in the latest U.S. News rankings of the nation's best universities to its highest ever ranking.
A noisy night in the neighborhood prompted a Speaking Out letter and two responses.
Code Red Alert: Preventing a computer worm is possible with these steps.
The Models of Excellence program wants nominations to recognize staff achievements from the previous academic year.