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September Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you for your donations to the School Supplies Drive. Because of your generosity, we were able to make donations to the following:

-Drew School
-Mantua Back to School Fair
-Sayre Middle School
-Renaissance Men
-C.A.M.P. Program
-Bridges to the Community
-Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program
-Ford Program for Schools
-Six Families

The following is a list of the service opportunities based on community requests for assistance and/or partnerships. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail ( or call (215) 898-2020.

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

Mentors, Mentors, Mentors needed for the Penn's Workplace Mentoring Program in its 8th 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 a.m. from October-May. 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. Join the many other mentors involved in this program.

SquashSmarts Needs You! SquashSmarts is a Philadelphia youth enrichment program that combines the game of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring of middle school students. Squash serves as the hook that pulls students into the program. Upon their first introduction to the game in 6th grade, the students are curious, inquisitive and excited about learning a new sport, and so willingly sign on for the extra academic work required by all participants. Students attend practice two afternoons per week--1 hour 15 minutes of squash followed by 1 hour 15 minutes of tutoring --and then two hours on Saturday mornings for squash play only. The 3-days per week schedule continues through the school year. Each team member benefits from one-to-one tutoring with college students and adult volunteers as well as one-to-one mentoring with college student athletes. This personal attention, tailored to each student's needs over the course of a three-year-long commitment to the program, is what makes SquashSmarts so unique.

Fall Clean-up: September 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; call (215) 387-1911: We need volunteers to help with various yard and building task (i.e., picking up the yard, maybe a little gardening, graveling the parking lot, giving the theater a good cleaning up, or maybe cleaning out a closet or two, etc.) Community Education Center (CEC), 3500 Lancaster Ave.

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, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your used computers to this cause.

Help Deliver Food: The Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) provides hunger relief to low-income Jewish families though its food distribution program. Each month, volunteers meet at a central warehouse location to package non-perishable food and then deliver the food into the homes of client families. Distributions take place one Sunday each month at the Floors USA warehouse in Northeast Philadelphia (located on Haldeman Avenue and Roosevelt Blvd).

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 4, September 17, 2002


September 17, 2002
Volume 49 Number 4

The School of Veterinary Medicine invites the Penn community to celebrate 50 Years of Excellence with an Open House on September 21.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Penn #4 in it's annual Best national Universities survey.
The Penn Humanities Forum dedicates the 2002-2003 lectures, seminars, and exhibitions to the topic of The Book.
New Bioterrorism Legislation affects laboratories and clinical facilities.
Speaking Out about the conservation postcards.
Honors for faculty and staff
The 14th annual Career Conference for graduate students starts on September 17.
The 10th annual Penn Family Day is scheduled for October 5.
Research Roundup: Nurse Shortage; Alternate Tobacco Use; Immune Cells Fight Cancer; Head Start.
The Annual Crime Report from the Division of Public Safety.