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April Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

The following is a list of the monthly posting of community service opportunities. As many of you know, each month, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS)  posts a list of volunteer opportunities.  These opportunities are developed from the many requests we get from the surrounding community for assistance.

Thank you very much for your donations to the Penn Volunteers In Public Service Annual Penny Drive which will benefit the Paul Robeson House this year. We will inform you of the exact count in our May posting of volunteer activities.

Please contact me via e-mail ( or (215) 898-2020 to volunteer for any of the programs listed below. 

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

Tree Planting Training Class: Thursday, April 8 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Help Transform Walnut Street, plant a tree; extend the Walnut Street Greenway: Saturday, April 10 on Walnut from 40-43rd Sts. Sign-in at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut at 9:30 a.m.

Adopt a Daughter/Son:  Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, Thursday, April  22--volunteer to adopt/host a high school student to spend the day in a workplace setting. Students will meet mentors on campus at 9 a.m. and will be dismissed at 2 p.m.

Move Out Drive: Penn VIPS, UCD and Dan DeRitis, owner of Apartments at Penn, are working together to help you travel light as you leave campus at the end of the spring semester. Donate your small electronics, small furniture, computers and other articles. Donations will be distributed to area agencies free of charge to help deserving families.

Bring donated items to the rear entrance of the Dan DeRitis Apartments at Penn Warehouse located at 42nd and Chestnut Streets on the following dates and times: Thurs., April 22, 9 a.m.-noon; Thurs./Fri., April 29/30, 9 a.m.-noon; Thurs./Fri., May 6/7, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact: D-L Wormley, director, Neighborhood Initiatives, (215) 243-0555 ext. 229,

Donations will also be accepted by Isabel Mapp at the Center for Community Partnerships, on: Wed., April 28, 9 a.m.-noon; Wed., May 5, 9 a.m.-noon.    

Volunteer to help out at the Penn Relays. Sunday, April 18--Penn Relays Distance Classic, 7 a.m.-noon; Thursday, April 22--Registration in The Palestra, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The Relays will continue on until 11 p.m.; Fri., April 23--Registration  in The Palestra, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The Relays will continue on until 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 24--Registration in The Palestra from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. The Relays will continue on until 6 p.m. Contact Isabel Mapp no later than April 11.

The Annenberg Center's Children's Festival this year is April 25--May 1. We have had great turn out from the Penn community the last few years thanks to you. We are looking for people Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We have positions for the gift shop, artist hospitality, ushering, and PlayWorks. Contact Isabel Mapp no later than April 11.

Volunteer to Teach Seniors to Read: Need one or two volunteers to teach seniors in the West Philadelphia area how to read at our site. Please contact if you have some free time to spare and if you have been trained in teaching others how to read through a literacy training course.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 28, April 6, 2004