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October Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you so very much for the generosity you have shown during this most difficult time.

Recently, Penn VIPS conducted its Annual School Supplies Drive. Once again, the event was quite successful due to your generosity. We were able to donate needed school supplies to area community service agencies, local after-school programs and to families. Your generosity is appreciated.

Following, is a listing of volunteer opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail ( or phone (215) 898-2020.

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

Philadelphia Cares Day: October 13. Are you interested in making Philadelphia's public schools a better place for children? On Saturday, October 13, the Seventh Annual Philadelphia Cares Day will bring together volunteers from across the Delaware Valley to provide critically needed services for schools throughout Philadelphia. Volunteers will paint murals and hallways, landscape school yards, whitewash graffiti, and more! Penn volunteers will work to beautify Belmont Elementary located at 40th and Brown Streets.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer A group of us will be participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides 5 Mile Walk to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, Sunday, October 14, starting at the steps of the Art Museum.

Interested in Working on issues of Hunger & Homelessness? Attend the 14th Annual Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. October 18-21. Special rates available for students. Contact 1-800-264-5969 or visit

Help teach an Introduction to Computer and Internet Literacy Course at University City High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. for four and one half weeks. Basic familiarity with computers is all that is required. Individuals looking to teach the courses are also more than welcome. You do not have to be able to attend every session--one or two times in the semester is also welcomed. For more information contact Cyber Outreach at or the website at

Mentors needed for the Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program in its 7th year of operation! Volunteer to mentor an 8th grade middle school student one day a month. Students come to campus the third Thursday of the month at 9 am. They participate in a group program and then visit with their individual mentor in the mentor's workplace. Students depart campus around 1:30 p.m. Each mentor receives training and support.

Computers and Volunteers Needed! Is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? Are you knowledgeable with Windows or Linux? Do you know web-design? Donate your computer or time to help teach computer literacy. Come help teach young students and adults resume writing or how to use Office suite software. Come help design and install computer labs in the community. The Center for Community Partnerships' Penn VIPS and Digital Divide Program, work-study students and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, families and nonprofit agencies. For more information visit

Children's Hospital: Reach Out and Read Program needs volunteers weekdays and evenings. The Reach Out and Read Program serves families cared for at its Primary Care Centers, including at the main hospital, 34th and Civic Center Boulevard. Volunteers are needed to share books with infants and children in the atrium waiting area of Children's Hospital to complement the work of the physicians and nurses. Note: The Volunteer Department of Children's Hospital has an application process and requires a physician's certificate concerning vaccinations for all volunteers. It also provides a meal card for the cafeteria. To volunteer your time or donate children's books, contact Kirsten R. Plender at (215) 590-5989 or

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 7, October 9, 2001


October 9, 2001
Volume 48 Number 7

President Rodin responds to student visa restrictions.
Jerry Lee Center of Criminology will be dedicated next week.
Three Penn faculty members receive NSF funding for projects in information technology.
Call for Honorary Degree nominations 2003.
Dr. Zuberi is the new director of Afro-American Studies.
Division of Public Safety's Maureen Rush talks about security and Franklin Field institutes new security procedures.
The University Research Foundation Guidelines deadline approaches.
The A-3 Assembly's Employee Resource Fair Raffle Winners.
Research Roundup; Biochemical Pathway Detoxifies heavy metals, Engineers develop a fuel cell that runs on diesel; a gene has been found that carries messages from our circadian clock; and professor develops a game to teach what to do in case of a heart attack.