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April Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you very much for your donations to the Penn Volunteers In Public Service Annual Penny Drive which will benefit the Tsunami victims this year.  We collected $545.06. Additionally, we collected hundreds of books for the Books Through Bars Program. Thank you for your continued support. Contact Isabel Mapp at sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-2020 for additional information on the programs listed below.

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

Volunteer to help out at the Penn Relays. Relay dates for 2005: Our 20K & 5K run will be held on April 17 starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will need help from 6 a.m.-noon. Help with setting up water stops and cutting fruit for the runners at the end of the race. The registration help needed would start on Wednesday of Relay week Wed., April 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., April 28, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., April 29, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., April 30, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Isabel Mapp no later than April 11.

Move Out Drive (M.O.D.) M.O.D. Squad, Penn Volunteers In Public Service, University City District and Dan DeRitis, owner of Apartments at Penn, are working together to help you travel light as you leave campus at the end of the spring semester. Donate your small electronics, small furniture, computers, clothing and other articles. Donations will be distributed to area agencies free of charge to help deserving families. Check for donation sites around campus May 4-6. Donations will also be accepted by Isabel Mapp at the Center for Community Partnerships, 133 South 36th St. Room 507 on the 5th floor on the following dates and times: April 28-May 2 from 9 a.m.-noon.

2nd Annual Philadelphia Asthma Walk. Join the Penn Team on Saturday, May 14. Rochelle C-Nicholson from the Wharton School is a team captain for the American Lung Association in Philadelphia’s Asthma Walk. Join her in supporting asthma research and local educational and outreach programs to raise awareness about the asthma epidemic in  Pennsylvania and have a great time, too! The money raised from this event will help the American Lung Association “blow the whistle” on asthma by helping the estimated 20 million Americans who currently have asthma. Raising funds for important research and programs that will help find better treatments for the  thousands  of people living with asthma in Philadelphia. Reducing the soaring economic costs of asthma. Please join her with your co-workers, family and friends for the Asthma Walk on  May 14. Signing up and raising money is easy. Everything you need to get started is provided. Join her and Blow the Whistle on Asthma. Take a three-mile walk to support the over 24 million Americans who suffer from asthma.

Volunteer at the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival. The Annenberg Center needs volunteer help for the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, Sunday, May 1 through Saturday May 7. The volunteers will use their talents in all areas of the Festival. We have positions for gift shop, artist hospitality, ushering, and PlayWorks. They are looking for people Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Isabel Mapp no later than April 11.

Sayre Family Fitness Nights. Thursdays, March 31-May 26, 6-8 p.m. Sayre Middle-High School (58th and Walnut) Sayre Middle-High School and the Sayre Beacon Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program is looking for volunteers to help staff and run its weekly community nights. We hope to offer a wide range of classes, from line dancing to computer skills, as well as to run a weekly health-monitoring clinic and provide free health screenings. Classes will be held from 6-7 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m. Transportation will be provided. They need dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers in a variety of areas: Help run registration, instruct classes, childcare, set up and general support. They especially need instructors!

Youth Golf and Academic Program Volunteers Needed. Their program is a long term after-school tutoring program that is held at Lea Elementary located in West Philadelphia. The hours that the program runs are from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. They are looking for as many tutors as possible to help with some one-on-one tutoring for about 30-40 children. Their goal is to have at least one tutor to two children.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 26, March 29, 2005


March 29, 2005
Volume 51 Number 26


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