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September Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Because we strive to be good neighbors, we compile a list each month from the many requests we get from the surrouding commuinty for assistance. The following is a list of upcoming  community service opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please contact me at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail (sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu). 

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer, Services, Director, Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Center for Community Partnership

ITF Senior World Championship Tennis: Needs volunteers September 13-16. The participants are amateurs, but there will also be many international legends in attendance. Volunteer to help with transportation, player registration and ticketing at the clubs. Volunteers are needed for 2-3 hour time slots.

Annual School Supplies Drive Through September 15th. Donated school supplies will benefit West Philadelphia elementary and middle schools, various after-school programs and area shelters for the homeless. Suggested items:  books, pens, pencils, bags, crayons, calculators, dictionaries, tape, umbrellas, glue, staplers, loose leaf paper, folders. Drop-off points and contacts: CCP, 133 South 36th/5th Floor, Isabel Mapp; AARC, 3537 Locust Walk, Afi Roberson, (215) 898-0104.

American Heart Association Walk: September 26—rain or shine, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Registration-8 a.m. Walk begins-9 a.m., 6.2 miles (3x around Memorial Hall). Join the Penn team. This Walk is crucial to the American Heart Association's continued development of innovative research, treatment and education much of which benefits our institution. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Mentors are needed for  Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program in its 10th 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.

Books through Bars "Books through Bars" is a West Philadelphia-based organization that provides quality reading material to inmates in prisons. We are collecting the following types of books: dictionaries, reference books, GED and ESL workbooks, high-school textbooks (not too old), African- and Mexican-American studies and Spanish language textbooks and novels, vocational training books, recovery, yoga, meditation and religion books, criminal law books, how-to art books, history books, fiction including westerns and mysteries. Paperbacks are much preferred. Volunteers are needed to help select and pack books.See www.booksthroughbars.org/ for information. During the beginning of September 16, bring in used books, in good condition, to the Penn Museum Kress Entrance, 3260 South St., or CCP, 133 South 36th St., Room 507.

Philadelphia Cares Day Saturday, October 2. Interested in making Philadelphia's public schools a better place for children? Join the Penn team for Philadelphia Cares Day. Orientation Meeting to be held in September. On October 2, volunteers will work to beautify a Philadelphia public school. 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Sunday, October 10. A group of us are participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides 5 Mile Walk to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Information session in September. Contact Isabel Mapp.

Registered To Vote? Need information on how and where to register? Contact Isabel Mapp.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 2, September 7, 2004


September 7, 2004
Volume 51 Number 2


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