you for your continued support and thanks to the more than 500 volunteers
who participated in the University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. 2003 Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Day of Service
painted and spruced up Wilson Elementary School and
Sayre Middle School; others worked on "Helping Hands" projects
for local shelters and elder care programs. Children
learned about Dr. King's life by creating banners
and by having volunteers read to them. Participants
toured impoverished area in Philadelphia to learn
about the realities of poverty in order to become
active in helping to improve conditions and worked
at a food bank. West Philadelphia students participated
in a one-day mentoring program with Penn students.
Volunteers participated in Philadelphia Reads book
sorting and training.
is our monthly posting of community service opportunities.
Please contact me
via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call (215) 898-2020 to volunteer for any of the
Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and
Alumni Volunteer Services,
Director, Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Center for Community
are needed to tutor middle school students in
the SquashSmarts program. SquashSmarts is a
Philadelphia youth enrichment program that combines
the game of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring
of middle school students. Students attend practice
two afternoons per week1 hour 15 minutes of
squash followed by 1 hour 15 minutes of tutoringand
then two hours on Saturday mornings for squash play
only. The 3-days per week schedule continues through
the school year. This personal attention, tailored
to each students needs over the course of a
three-year-long commitment to the program, is what
makes SquashSmarts so unique.
the Penn VIPS Scholarship Committee. Help
plan the 11th Annual Penn VIPs Scholarship Program
where we select and honor outstanding students from
Bartram, Parkway, Overbrook, University City and West
Philadelphia High Schools. Planning is underway for
the June 2003 program.
Income Tax Credit ("EITC") is the countrys
largest anti-poverty campaignhelp low-income,
working families receive the tax credits they earned.
In order to make this a successful campaign, we need
volunteers 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 scheduled on 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
Home, Saint Elizabeths After-School Program located
at 1845 North 23rd Street, is in need of tutors to help
out at their after-school program. Provide homework help
and listen to children read. Sessions are held Monday-Thursday
from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers do not have to attend everyday.
Out at the VA Medical Center. Volunteer to write
letters for and read to the elderly veterans. Do you
have a valid drivers license? Your help is needed
to drive a van to transport Disabled American Veterans
to and from the hospital.
Penn VIPs Penny Drive to benefit a local West
Philadelphia nonprofit organization. Send suggestions
for a beneficiary to: Dropsite Committee, c/o Isabel
Mapp,Center for Community Partnership, Suite 519,
133 S. 36th Street/3246.
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 21, February 11, 2003