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Volunteer Opportunities

 Dear Penn Community,

Thank you for your donations to the School Supplies Drive. Because of your generosity, we were able to make donations to the following: C.A.M.P. Mentoring Program, Drew School, Sadie Alexander School, Sayre Middle School, YouthWorks Students involved with Penn and the West Philadelphia Partnership, Expressions Cultural Arts Program in Southwest Philadelphia, 46th Street (near Woodland Avenue) Fair held on Saturday, August 30, and seven families.

Because we strive to be good neighbors, the following is a list of the monthly posting of community service opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail ( or call (215) 898-2020. 

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

Volunteer to help out at the Cedar Park Fair. Help out with arts and crafts, sports and entertainment. Neat Stuff. Live Music. Teenage Volleyball Tournament.  Moonbounce. Food. Volunteers are needed Saturday, September 20, Noon-5 p.m., Cedar Park, 50th & Baltimore Avenues (Rain location:  St. Francis De Sales Auditorium, 47th & Springfield Streets).

Philadelphia Cares Day. Saturday, October 4. Are you interested in making Philadelphia's public schools a better place for children?  Join the Penn team of volunteers who will work together to beautify a Philadelphia public school, bringing smiles to the faces of hundreds of children. On that day, 10,000 volunteers will meet and head out to 100 schools to paint murals and hallways, landscape school yards, whitewash graffiti, and more!

 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Sunday, October 12.  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 starts at the steps of the Art Museum. Are you interested in joining us?  If so, please contact me to participate in the upcoming information session on September 11.

The Raul Julia Bicycle Challenge to End Hunger needs you. The Challenge annually raises funds for The Hunger Project, an international non-profit organization committed to ending hunger by empowering people to be self-reliant. The ride takes place this year on Sunday, October 12, beginning 8:30 a.m. at The Shipley School's Yarnall Gymnasium in Bryn Mawr. Riders can enjoy either the 25-mile ride through parts of the Main Line or the 50-mile scenic ride to Valley Forge Park and then return to Shipley for food and celebration. Food stops will also be set up along each route. All riders will receive t-shirts. Riders may enlist sponsors to raise an amount of their choosing.  Registration and more information are available on-line:  

Mentors for Penn's WorkPlace Mentoring Program, in its 9th year of operation needs volunteers 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., 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. Join the many other mentors involved in this program.

SquashSmarts needs you. SquashSmarts, a Philadelphia youth enrichment program, 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. Upon their introduction to the game in 6th grade, the students are curious, inquisitive and excited about learning a new sport, and willingly sign on for the extra academic work required by all participants. 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-on-one tutoring with college students and adult volunteers as well as one-on-one mentoring with college student athletes.


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 3, September 9, 2003