December Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

During November, we donated 50 boxes of food and $130 to three nonprofit agencies in our area that serve members of our West Philadelphia community. Many of you volunteered to tutor students, many of you donated clothing to the Clothing Drive and we hosted 30 students from Central and Dobbins/Randolph High Schools for the Annual Shadowing Day Event held on November 16. These opportunities were developed from the requests we get from the community to be partners. Our surrounding community continues to express thanks for the many services and partnerships the Penn community is involved in.

Below is a list of opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following please e-mail me ( For information on Penn VIPS, see

--Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services; Director, Penn Volunteers In Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships

Christmas Drive: Through December 15--Join us in the Annual Penn VIPS Christmas Drive. As you buy gifts for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the People's Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter's Mission, and Wordsworth Community Mental Health Agency. All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used, and please indicate the gender and age appropriateness of all gifts. Below are convenient locations for you to drop off your donations.

Museum Reception Desk Near Kress Gallery Bonnie Crossfield 898-4001
Wharton Executive Ed 200 Steinberg Conf. Ctr. Roxanne Rawson 898-5154
Women's Center 3643 Locust Walk Gloria Gay 898-8611
Af-Am Resource Center 3537 Locust Walk Afi Roberson 898-0104
Franklin Building 3451 Walnut/Rm. 714 Jim Riley 573-8988
Veterinary Medicine Rosenthal Lobby Trish diPietrae 898-8842
Engineering 107 Towne Building Tanya Christian 898-7244
International Programs 3340 Walnut/Rm. 133 Adonna Mackley 898-9073
3401 Walnut Outside Room 527A Cerie O'toole 898-6018
SAS 120 Logan Hall Kristin Davidson 573-3416
Dental School E2, 3rd Floor Dee Stenton 898-8052
Van Pelt Library Shared Catalogue Dept. Rachelle Nelson 898-9048
Renal Division 700 Clinical Research Yvonne McClean 898-1018
ISC 230A 3401 Walnut Regina Cantave 898-1788
ISC 265C 3401 Walnut Doris Pate 573-6803
Wharton 1000 SH-DH Jennifer O'Keefe 898-1092
ISC 203D Sansom West Donna Milici 898-0426
Security Office 109 Stellar Chance Darren Johnson 898-0196
Campus Dining 200A, 220 South 40th Sugirtha Vivek 898-2462
Nursing Ed Bldg. 4th Floor Reception Desk Collette Hayes 898-4479
BRB II/III 13th Floor Mary Jo Pauxtis 898-0151
Political Science 217 Stiteler Hall Marcia Dotson 898-7641
ISC 203A Sansom West Kathy Ritchie 573-3561
School of Medicine 356 Anatomy/Chemistry Mary Dickson 898-8835
Presidents' Office 100 College Hall Yuko Takahashi 898-0447
Houston Hall Information Desk Sarah Demucci 573-5011
Mellon Bank Building 5th Floor/Room 504 Isabel Mapp 898-2020

Departments, there is still time to adopt a family during the Christmas Holidays Several departments have adopted a deserving family for the holidays and will be providing the family with toys and gifts so that they too can have a joyous holiday. Contact Isabel Mapp for additional information and /or to volunteer.

Holiday Volunteers Needed! Deliver meals and visit with isolated elderly persons in their homes during the holidays. Join other "Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly" volunteers. Contact Kari Yitterhus at the Institute on Aging at (215) 573-7294 or for additional information or to volunteer.

Donate your General Mills and Betty Crocker Box Tops to help Sayre Middle School. We are helping to raise funds for Sayre Middle School by collecting box tops from General Mills and Betty Crocker products. We need the entire box top, which has a symbol in the corner, which states "Earn Cash for your School". Our goal is to raise at least $500 toward their effort. This means we need at least 5000 box tops! Send box tops to Caroline Wong, Center for the Study of Youth Policy, 4200 Pine St, 3rd floor; (215) 573-7266.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 15, December 12, 2000