March Volunteer Opportunities
Penn VIPs Annual Penny Drive--March 12-29: Penny drive to benefit "Haddington Multi Services for Older Adults, Inc.". The mission of this agency is to provide services to homebound seniors in the West Philadelphia area. Haddington Multi Services for Older Adults, Inc. is located at 54th & Haverford Avenues. Your donations will be used to do minor home repairs, to provide oil, to provide emergency meals and to purchase emergency medication for the seniors.
Please take your pennies to the following drop sites:
Computers Needed!: Is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? The Center for Community Partnerships and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, churches, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your used computers to this cause. Visit our website at: www.upenn.edu/ccp/programs/digitaldivide/donate.html.
Do you have a cell phone you don't use anymore? Please consider donating your phone to "Call to Protect". They provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence. The phones offer instant access to help in an emergency. All Call to Protect phones are pre-programmed to dial 911 and one non-emergency number, such as a shelter, a police line or a domestic violence counselor. To make a donation, please contact Winnie Smart-Mapp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutors! Tutors! Tutors! Check out the following opportunities to help:
-Walnut Hill Community Development Corporation After School Computer Classes for youth. Use computers to tutor reading, spelling and math. Program meets 3:30-5 p.m. daily and is located on South 52nd Street.
-Point Breeze GED Classes Tutor students while they study to get their GED Monday & Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. and/or evenings.
-First Baptist Church After School Program Assist student with reading, spelling and math. Program meets every Wednesday, after 5p.m. and is located at 71st & Woodland Avenues.
Speak Up for a Child! Join CASA: The Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) works to help abused, abandoned and/or neglected children. CASA is currently looking for new interns and volunteers. It takes as little 10-15 hours a month to be involved with CASA and no special experience is required. Volunteers are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, commitment, and reliability. Speak up for a child. Join CASA.
Saturday, March 24 Volunteer! Join UCGreen in partnership with property owners, community members, and student Ivy Corps volunteers as they plant 100 trees on Walnut Street from 43rd to 48th Streets. There will be planting from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and there will be bands and other types of entertainment during the course of the day. Lunch will be provided to volunteers, as well as t-shirts to remember the event. Contact David Levin at email@example.com.
Volunteer to be a tour guide for the Physics House! Preservation of Landmarks Committee is asking you to volunteer to give tours of the Dr. Phillip Physic (1765-1838), father of American Surgery, home. The home was restored by the Annenbergs and is located at 4th & Delancey Streets in Philadelphia. There are tours 3 days a week and training will be provided.
Volunteer to help out at the Penn Relays. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: sammapp@pobox for additional information and /or to volunteer for this program. See also, www.upenn.edu/ccp/vips.shtml.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 25, March 6, 2001