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Dear Penn Community,

Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) posts volunteer opportunities developed from the many requests we get from the surrounding community to be partners in a particular initiative and/or to sometimes provide assistance. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: for additional information and/or to volunteer for this program.

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

Volunteers Needed: Cyber Outreach helps bridge the digital divide by teaching computer literacy classes to West Philadelphia residents. 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., through October 24. Basic familiarity with computers is all that is required. You do not have to be able to attend every session--one or two times in the semester is also welcomed.

Volunteer to work on the Day of Service Committee: Join us and help to plan for Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Reach Out and Read Program: The Reach Out and Read (ROR) program, needs volunteer readers to engage children of all ages in looking at and reading books and making it fun, while modeling for parents the pleasure of reading aloud, in the waiting rooms at any of the four Primary Care Centers. ROR volunteers are required to commit to the same day/time weekly/biweekly for 1 or more hours for at least one month. Individuals who may be interested in volunteering will need to apply through CHOP's Volunteer Department.

"Dropsite" Volunteers Needed: Approximately four times a year, Penn VIPs undertakes University-wide drives to benefit our neighbors and surrounding communities, such as:

November--Food Drive
December--Toy Drive
March--Penny Drive

Please join the wonderful group of volunteers by agreeing to be a site where goods may be "dropped" off for collection during the various drives.

Saturday School at Du Bois College House: Classes began October 5 for 6th and 7th graders. For more information, visit

Tutors, prospective tutors, or other interested community adults! The successful Saturday morning reading tutorial at Lea has started again. If you can do just one thing to help children who need an extra boost to take the giant step up to reading at their grade level, this is it... You might make the difference between a dropout and a successful grownup. Contact Isabel Mapp or show up at 9 a.m. at the Lea School on 47th Street near the corner of Locust Street.

Teach A Class With Summerbridge: Summerbridge of Greater Philadelphia is currently in the process of recruiting local high school and college students to do volunteer work with our after school program. The responsibilities include tutoring and also teaching a class once each week for 6 weeks. The overall time commitment for the semester would be about 30-40 hours, starting in the middle of October. There are three sites at which students could volunteer: Germantown Friends School, St. Joseph's University, and Holy Name School (Camden, NJ).

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Needs You! HUP has volunteer opportunities available for college students and adults in the community. Areas of greatest needs include: inpatient nursing units (medical, surgical and oncology), various office/clerical positions, and physical and occupational therapy.

The Open Door Mission Church is in need of tutors. Tutor students in reading and math and help them with their homework. Program takes place Thursdays, from 3:45-4:45 p.m.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 7, October 8, 2002