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Volunteer Opportunities

Morris Arboretum Volunteers

The Morris Arboretum is seeking volunteers to help with the Annual Spring Plant Sale and the Garden Railway Display.

The Plant Sale features high-quality trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, many of which are rare or unusual or difficult to find at other retail outlets. Volunteers are needed to help throughout the Sale; horticulture experience is not required. The Sale hours are Friday, May 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, May 11, noon-4 p.m.

The Garden Railway Display returns for its sixth year. The theme this year is Americana: Covered Bridges, Mills and Barns and features historic buildings, tunnels and overhead trestles created entirely of natural materials, creating an enchanting landscape. The Display is open daily June 16-October 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteers welcome visitors, distribute materials and introduce visitors to the wonders of the Arboretum. Shifts are three hours with flexible scheduling. Required training workshops will be held on May 20, 10-11:30 a.m. and May 21, 6-8:30 p.m.

For more information about either of these opportunities or to register, call Flo Freedman at (215) 247-5777, ext. 170.

May Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Following is our monthly posting of community service opportunities. Each month, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) posts a list of volunteer opportunities that represents the many requests we get from the surrounding community for assistance/partnerships.

Penn VIPS undertook its annual Penny Drive recently to benefit Vare Charter School. We are still in the process of counting and will share with you the totals in June. Thanks for your support of this venture.

Please contact me via e-mail ( or (215) 898-2020 to volunteer for any of the programs. Thank you for your continued support.

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

Participate in Career Day at University City High School: Wednesday, May 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or any parts thereof. Help prepare students for post secondary education and the world of work. Motivate students and guide them in their choice of careers in the coming years by sharing your experiences.

Become a mentor for a veteran: Penn's Veterans Upward Bound Program,, invites you to consider volunteering as a mentor for a VUB Student. They are envisioning an opportunity for current VUB students to be paired with experienced and successful college students or college graduates. They are anticipating that the time involved would be minimal, perhaps a face to face meeting an hour or so twice a month, but phone contact and/or e-mail contact on a weekly basis. The goal in mentoring is to offer lots of encouragement and motivation. Most VUB students want to further their lives through education, but academically they often don't know how to do this (this is where the VUB staff and instructors come in) and they often get overwhelmed, frustrated, and disheartened with the demands and challenges of the learning process (this is where we all come in). The summer cycle begins with a student orientation on Thursday, May 8, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. and classes begin on Monday, May 12. There will be an orientation for mentors.

Mentor a student: How ould you like to help prepare a University City or West Philadelphia High School Student for the world of work? Hire them to do general office work and expose them to their areas of interest. We have students interested in the medicine, law, computers and much more. Hire a student to work in your department. Students earn academic credits and are paid through the YouthWorks Program for their internship.

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, churches, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us by donating your used computers to this cause. Visit our web site at:

Move Out Drive: Leaving campus? Travel light. Donate your clothing, computers and other articles. Bring donated items to: Isabel Mapp, Center for Community Partnerships, 133 South 36th Street, (near the corner of 36th & Walnut Streets), Room 515 on the 5th Floor.

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday, May 10, 3-10:30 p.m., University of Pennsylvania Museum; The Delaware Valley Friends School's Annual Auction Gala. Delaware Valley Friends School is the only secondary Quaker school in the region for children with learning differences. The Annual Auction Gala is their largest and most important fundraising event of the year, with a goal this year to net $45,000. It takes many volunteers to make this event happen. They need volunteers to work from 3-6 p.m. setting up the auction items on tables and creating attractive displays. From 6-9 p.m.volunteers will be working at registration, checking in guests, and monitoring the item tables. At 9 p.m. volunteers will begin packaging up the items and preparing them to be given to the winning bidders. Some volunteers will work at check out, handling the payments of items, and some will act as runners, getting the items to the winners. All volunteers will receive a very nice boxed dinner and 10 DVFS dollars to be used towards any items they may win, as well as a formal letter documenting volunteer hours. The most laid back time will be from 6:30-8 p.m.when volunteers can work in shifts to get the jobs done and also enjoy the auction, bidding on items and eating hors d'oeuvres.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 31, April 29, 2003