you so very much for your generosity. During the month
of November, because of your generous contributions,
we donated approximately 50 boxes of food to the Carroll
Park Community Council's Food Program that serves
members of our West Philadelphia community. Further,
we hosted 18 students from Parkway and Frankford High
Schools for the Annual Shadowing Day Event held on
November 21. Our surrounding community continues to
express thanks for the many services and partnerships
the Penn community is involved in. Below is a list
of current opportunities. I look forward to working
with you as we strive to be good neighbors. Contact
Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for
Mapp, Associate Director,
Faculty, Staff and
Alumni Volunteer Services
Penn Volunteers In Public Service Center for Community Partnerships
Drive Now through December 13 (see December
AT PENN calendar)
a Family during the Christmas Holidays (see
December AT PENN calendar)
Drive Now through December 13. Bring in
your gently used coats to be donated to area shelters.
to help out with a Clothing Giveaway Saturday,
December 21, 1-4 p.m.
giveaway for children in the 1200 block of North 58th Street sponsored
by Sears, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and Housing Services.
Help with the sorting and handing out clothing.
People, S.O.S. is a non-profit community-based
organization with over 20 years of experience serving
the Vietnamese community. Our Community Technology
Center (CTC) in Camden County provides a variety of
services to the local population, including ESL and
computer literacy classes, tax assistance and health
care workshops. They have a need for volunteers in
all areas, from teachers and tutors for ESL and computer
literacy classes to technical assistance to income
tax preparation. Fluency in Vietnamese is not required,
but capable individuals are strongly urged to help.
Whether you are interested in working directly with
students or indirectly behind the scenes, they have
a position for you.
McDonald House--Share A Night The Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House Needs You! The Philadelphia
Ronald McDonald House, the world's first, needs volunteers
for its Eleventh Annual Share A Night fund raising
project. This major funding program has begun and
ends on January 31, 2003. Volunteers are needed
to write thank you notes to their generous donors,
provide data input assistance, copy records and general
office support. Do you belong to an organization or
have a few friends that might be interested in assisting
in this annual project? Volunteers are needed Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who are
not available during the day and would like to help
out, December 7 (1-4 p.m.), December 17 (6-8 p.m.)
and January 9 (6-8 p.m.) are other dates to help out.
On behalf of the families and children who depend
on this "Home Away from Home."
Income Tax Credit (EITC) the country's largest
anti-poverty campaign--help low-income, working families
receive the tax credits they earned--providing up
to $4,008 in tax returns, a direct way to help families
buy winter coats, pay bills, start a savings account.
The credit creates incentives for families to work
and earn more. EITC returns money to the local economy.
EITC is underused in Philadelphia. 50,000 households
did not file EITC claims, leaving at least $84 million
in unclaimed credits in Philadelphia alone! In order
to make this a successful campaign, volunteers are
needed to help process tax forms at free tax filing
sites across Philadelphia. The project will operate
25 sites, each of them open 3 sessions per week for
4 hours. Session days are Monday and Wednesday (4-8
p.m.) and Saturday (either morning or afternoon, but
not both). Each volunteer will receive IRS training
and certification and will be taught all that is necessary.
United Way is coordinating the training. Volunteers
can find more information on the United Way's web
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 14, November 26, 2002