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Volunteer Opportunities
September 30, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 6

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you so very much for your generous donation of school supplies. The items are being shared with local families and the following groups: St. Barnabas Shelter, Fan’s View of Mantua, Sayre High School College Access Program, and the Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. We look forward to our continued work together as we partner with our neighbors in the surrounding community. To volunteer, contact me at sammap@pobox.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-2020.

Thank you also for your continued support in our efforts to perform community service in the surrounding community.

—Isabel Mapp, Penn VIPS, Barbara & Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Join the Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program: Middle school students visit campus once a month to gain exposure to college life and careers. Volunteer to mentor a local youth in this on-campus mentoring program. There’s still time to join the program. Program runs through May.

Join the Penn Team: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a great way to fight back against breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. Sunday, October 12 at the Philadelphia Art Museum, registration: 7:30 a.m. Walk start: 9 a.m. Making Strides is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. Making Strides walks do not have a registration fee or minimum fundraising amount. They are open to men, women, and children of all ages. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites friends, families, and coworkers to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Your support enables the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer prevention and early detection information. While we are making strides against breast cancer, there is more work to be done to beat this disease...and we need your help! Join us for a few hours of exercise, inspiration, camaraderie, entertainment, and most importantly, to honor someone you know who has been affected by breast cancer.

Join us for Philadelphia Cares Day: In one day, you can make a world of difference. Philadelphia Cares Day is Saturday, October 18. Join Greater Philadelphia Cares, in partnership with the Philadelphia School District, as we host the 15th Annual Philadelphia Cares Day, a marathon day of service that gives our children attractive and more functional learning environments. More than 100 schools will benefit from fresh coats of paint, refurbished libraries, landscaped green spaces, restored playground equipment, and much more. As one of 10,000 volunteers committed to improving the quality of public education, you will help contribute more than 60,000 volunteer hours of service, accomplishing the equivalent of 30 people working full time for a year!

Only 36 days until the Presidential Election and counting: Voters throughout the region are counting on the Committee of Seventy to make sure this historic election is clean and that every vote counts. I hope you are planning to join the Penn team as an Election Day volunteer on November 4. We need your help! Early registration makes it much easier for us to prepare for an election of this magnitude.

Campaign for Working Families: A non-profit agency in Philadelphia that assists low-income working families through free tax preparation needs volunteers. Many members of the UPenn community have found volunteering with them a rewarding experience in the past and they look forward to connecting with more people during the coming tax season (January to April). Contact: Elly Porter-Webb, Campaign for Working Families, 1207 Chestnut Street, 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, epwebb@gpuac.org, (215) 851-1759.




Almanac - September 30, 2008, Volume 55, No. 6