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Volunteer Opportunities
April 20, 2010, Volume 56, No. 30

Shoe Drive: Now Through May 12

Donate gently used shoes to Soles4Souls. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. For a limited time, Soles4Souls and the Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia will be collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty.

Donations to the shoe drive may be made in the lobby of BRB II/III (421 Curie Blvd.), and the E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House (3533 Locust Walk, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) between now and May 12. Both men’s and women’s shoes, of any type in wearable condition, are welcome. Look for the Soles4Souls donation box.

For more information, contact Isabel Mapp at sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu

Volunteer on Election Day: May 18

The Pennsylvania Primaries will be held May 18. Volunteers of the Committee of Seventy Voter Protection Program visit the polls and provide support for voters and election officers.

Nonpartisan field volunteers work in groups of two or three visiting polling places in specified parts of the city on Election Day. Hotline volunteers work in Seventy’s office on Election Day, answering calls from voters, poll officials and Seventy Volunteers. Volunteers receive training before Election Day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers have the choice of morning, afternoon or evening shifts (each shift runs about 4 1/2 hours). Additional details are online, www.seventy.org/volunteer

To register and sign up, visit the Volunteer Portal, www.seventy.org/volunteer_login.aspx. For more information contact Leah Pillsbury at lpillsbury@seventy.org or (215) 557-3600 x109.

––Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Third Annual PennMOVES

PennMOVES is seeking volunteers from the Penn Community! This is a great way to support Penn’s sustainability goals and President Gutmann’s climate commitment. The University of Pennsylvania’s Business Services Division is pleased to announce that it is once again joining with United Way of Greater Philadelphia for its annual PennMOVES—Move Out Volunteers Engaging in Service initiative. The project, which won Penn’s 2009 Model of Excellence award, collects and redistributes items students can’t take with them when they leave campus—clothes, furniture, kitchen gear and non-perishable food items—that would otherwise be destined for the landfill.

Last year, over 90,000 pounds of items were collected from campus and sold at a community sale, raising and donating $30,000 to the United Way. This year’s sale will once again be held at the Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut Street, Saturday, June 5.  

Volunteers are needed starting May 10. Anyone interested in helping to transport, sort or organize the donated items, or who would like to assist on the day of the sale, can register online at pennmoves.info. If you have questions about this effort please send an e-mail to pennmoves@upenn.edu.

—Business Services

Almanac - April 20, 2010, Volume 56, No. 30