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Volunteer Opportunities
February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21

Dear Penn Community,

 More than 400 of us along with our families volunteered for the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration sponsored by the African American Resource Center. We undertook a major book sorting project and transformed the entrance and hallways of West Philadelphia High School. We put books on tape for children, made packets for the homeless, made pillows for area hospitals and hosted a one-day mentoring program for local high school students. Additionally, on January 24, we hosted ninth grade students from University City High School for the city-wide Shadowing Day.

 Departments are currently planning summer internships opportunities. Penn VIPS is available to provide you with assistance in developing internship programs. Please contact me for assistance.

 Below is a list of current opportunities. I look forward to working with you as we strive to be good neighbors. Contact me at sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for all you do.

–Isabel Mapp, Associate Director/Director, Penn Volunteers In Public Service

Teach at Community School:
Have a special hobby? Share it with our surrounding neighborhood. University City High School Community Night at 36th and Filbert Street is where we offer free evening  classes and workshops for residents of the West Philadelphia area. For the past three years, students have volunteered an hour or two each week to teach classes like yoga, belly dancing, hip hop, arts and crafts, kids cooking classes and a host of music lessons during the fall and spring semesters. We are looking for instructors to share their talents with the youths and adults of the West Philadelphia community. The classes will run from February 12–April 18 on Mondays, and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. (no classes 1st week of March or April). If you are interested in volunteering 1-2 hours of your week with the program, we need you!

Does your office have furniture you no longer need? Do you want to donate it to some worthy causes? The Mayor’s Office for the Reentry of Ex-Offenders is requesting the donation of any desks, chairs, book shelves and filing cabinets for their new One-Stop Center that are no longer needed by the University of Pennsylvania. We have similar requests from other agencies also. Your generosity is appreciated.

Penn VIPS WorkPlace Mentoring Program! Join us as we mentor students from Shaw Middle School once a month. Help a 7th grade student explore careers and gain exposure to a University setting. Program began in January.

March/April Preview: UC Green TreeVitalize Community Tree Plantings:

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-noon, meet at 200 South 43rd Street between Locust and Walnut Sts.

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Comegy Elementary School, S. 50th & Greenway Ave. 

Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Malcolm X Park, on Larchwood Ave. between S. 51st & 52nd Sts.

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at 4100 Market St. in Elwyn parking lot.

Almanac - February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21