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December Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you so very much for your generosity. During the month of November, because of your generous contributions, we donated approximately 50 boxes of food to the Carroll Park Community Council's Food Program that serves members of our West Philadelphia community. Further, we hosted 18 students from Parkway and Frankford High Schools for the Annual Shadowing Day Event held on November 21. Our surrounding community continues to express thanks for the many services and partnerships the Penn community is involved in. Below is a list of current opportunities. I look forward to working with you as we strive to be good neighbors. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: for additional information.

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

Christmas Drive Now through December 13 (see December AT PENN calendar)

Adopt a Family during the Christmas Holidays (see December AT PENN calendar)

Coat Drive Now through December 13. Bring in your gently used coats to be donated to area shelters.

Volunteer to help out with a Clothing Giveaway Saturday, December 21, 1-4 p.m.
Clothing giveaway for children in the 1200 block of North 58th Street sponsored by Sears, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and Housing Services. Help with the sorting and handing out clothing.

Boat People, S.O.S. is a non-profit community-based organization with over 20 years of experience serving the Vietnamese community. Our Community Technology Center (CTC) in Camden County provides a variety of services to the local population, including ESL and computer literacy classes, tax assistance and health care workshops. They have a need for volunteers in all areas, from teachers and tutors for ESL and computer literacy classes to technical assistance to income tax preparation. Fluency in Vietnamese is not required, but capable individuals are strongly urged to help. Whether you are interested in working directly with students or indirectly behind the scenes, they have a position for you.

Ronald McDonald House--Share A Night The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Needs You! The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the world's first, needs volunteers for its Eleventh Annual Share A Night fund raising project. This major funding program has begun and ends on January 31, 2003. Volunteers are needed to write thank you notes to their generous donors, provide data input assistance, copy records and general office support. Do you belong to an organization or have a few friends that might be interested in assisting in this annual project? Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who are not available during the day and would like to help out, December 7 (1-4 p.m.), December 17 (6-8 p.m.) and January 9 (6-8 p.m.) are other dates to help out. On behalf of the families and children who depend on this "Home Away from Home."

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) the country's largest anti-poverty campaign--help low-income, working families receive the tax credits they earned--providing up to $4,008 in tax returns, a direct way to help families buy winter coats, pay bills, start a savings account. The credit creates incentives for families to work and earn more. EITC returns money to the local economy. EITC is underused in Philadelphia. 50,000 households did not file EITC claims, leaving at least $84 million in unclaimed credits in Philadelphia alone! In order to make this a successful campaign, volunteers are needed to help process tax forms at free tax filing sites across Philadelphia. The project will operate 25 sites, each of them open 3 sessions per week for 4 hours. Session days are Monday and Wednesday (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday (either morning or afternoon, but not both). Each volunteer will receive IRS training and certification and will be taught all that is necessary. United Way is coordinating the training. Volunteers can find more information on the United Way's web site


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 14, November 26, 2002