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October Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

In our continued efforts to be good neighbors, the following is a list of the monthly posting of community service opportunities. As many of you know, each month, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) posts a list of volunteer opportunities. These opportunities are developed from the many requests we get from the surrounding community to be partners in a service initiative. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please contact me at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail (smapp@pobox.upenn.edu).

Visit www.upenn.edu/inauguration/ for a list of Community Service Day activities celebrating Dr. Gutmann's Inauguration.

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

Mentors, Mentors, Mentors needed for the Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program in its 8th year of operation! Volunteer to host a student for just a few hours once a month. 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. 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.

Philadelphia Cares Day "Are you interested in making Philadelphia's public schools a better place for children? On Saturday, October 2, Philadelphia Cares Day will bring together volunteers from across the Delaware Valley to provide critically needed services for schools throughout Philadelphia. On that day, 20,000 volunteers will meet and head out to 120 schools to paint murals and hallways, landscape school yards, whitewash graffiti, and more!  This year we will be working with Sulzberger Middle School located at 48th and Fairmont Streets. Help bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children! 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer A group of us will be participating in the American Cancer Society's, Making Strides 5 Mile Walk to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The event is to be held on Sunday, October 10, starting at the steps of the Art Museum.

Day Of Service Committee. Join us and help us to do the planning for the University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Help coordinate programs that include Banner Painting with children, a school beautification project, a gift making project to benefit the elderly in our community and mentoring.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walks! Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening 2-3 mile Walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Walks are happening in your area at the following dates and locations:  October 2 - Penn's Landing, Philadelphia; October 16-Kerr Park, Downingtown; October 16-Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley.  We would love to have you volunteer at Light The Night! Volunteers are needed for everything from Registration to Water Stops, Incentives to Parking. If you are interested in Volunteering for Light The Night or would like further information about forming at Team for the Walk, please contact: Jen Cohen Campaign Coordinator e-mail CohenJ@lls.org (610) 521-8274 ext. 225.

SquashSmarts Tutors Needed! Squash serves as the hook that pulls middle school students into the program. Students work on academic skills while learning a new sport. Monday - Thursday 3:30-6 p.m. Tutoring and Squash play Saturday10 a.m.-2 p.m. Squash play only The program is housed in Daskalakis Athletic Center on Drexel University's campus at 33rd and Market Steets. 

Computers Needed: is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? Are they Pentium I or PowerPCs or better? The Center for Community Partnerships' Digital Divide Program and Penn VIPS, works-study students and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, families and non-profit agencies. Donate you computer. Come help design and install computer labs in the community.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 5, September 28, 2004


September 28, 2004
Volume 51 Number 5


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