Taken by the Senate Executive Committee
Because we strive to be good neighbors, we share the following list
of community service opportunities. If you would like to volunteer
for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail
Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services
Director, Penn Volunteers In Public Service,
for Community Partnerships
"Are you interested in making Philadelphia's public schools
a better place for children? Join the Penn team for Philadelphia
Cares Day. On Saturday, October 5, a team of volunteers will
work together to beautify Philadelphia public schools. 10,000 volunteers
will meet and head out to 100 schools to paint murals and hallways,
landscape school yards, whitewash graffiti, and more.
Strides Against Breast Cancer: A group of us are participating
in the American Cancer Society's, Making Strides 5 Mile Walk
to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The event is
on Sunday, October 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. on the steps
of the Art Museum.
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.
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
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).
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. 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.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 6, October 1, 2002