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December Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you so very much for your generosity. During the month of November because of your generous contributions, we donated approximately 120 boxes and bags of food to neighborhood agencies, such as Caroll Park Community Council and Sunny Crest Family Services, feeding families in need. Further, we hosted 20 students from West Philadelphia High School for the Annual Citywide Shadowing Day Event on November 18, 2004. 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. Contact me at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail: sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu for additional information and/or to volunteer for this program.

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

Holiday Giving with Penn Volunteers In Public Service

Christmas Drive December 1—18: Please join us in the Annual  Penn Volunteers In Public Service Holiday Drive. As you buy toys and presents for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to deserving members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the People’s Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Miracle Corners of the World, Potter’s Mission, Our Lady of the Rosary, Intercultural Family Services and many more. All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used, and please indicate the gender and age appropriateness of all gifts. Below are convenient drop-off locations:

Museum Reception Desk

Near Kress Gallery

Bonnie Crossfield

898-4001

Women’s Center

3643 Locust Walk

Gloria Gay

898-8611

Af-Am Resource Center

3537 Locust Walk

Afi Heywood

898-0104

Veterinary Medicine

Rosenthal Lobby

Trish diPietrae

898-8842

Engineering

107 Towne Building

Ellen V. Russell

898-7244

English Language Programs

21  Bennett Hall

Anne Budd

898-6009

SAS

120 Logan Hall

Kristin Davidson

573-3416

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Shared Catalogue Dept.

Rachelle Nelson

898-9048

Renal Division

700 Clinical Research

Yvonne Florence

898-1018      

ISC

265C 3401 Walnut

Doris Pate

573-6803

Wharton

1000 SH-DH

Jennifer O’Keefe

898-1092

Nursing Ed Bldg.

4th Floor Mailroom

Donna Milici

573-0747

ULAR

220 S. 40th Street

Mary Jo Pauxtis

898-4902

Political Science

217 Stiteler Hall

Marcia Dotson

898-7641

VPUL

3611 Locust Walk

Patricia Ravenell

898-5337

Faculty Club

3611 Walnut/Inn at Penn

Natalka Swavely

898-4618

CCP

133 South 36th/5th Fl

Isabel Mapp

898-2020

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk

DeAnna Cheung

746-6868

Cell & Dev. Biology

1157 BRB II/III building

Kim Walls

898-8045

Med School/Facilities Planning

233 Blockley

Robin Rozen

898-1741

Law School

Silverman, Rm. 145

L’Tanya Nelson

898-7144

Penn Ice Rink

3130 Walnut Street

Richard Robertson

768-3689

Provost Office

353B 3401 Walnut

Susan Curran

898-6841

Penn Tower

Lower Level

Rachel  McClinton

573-5385

Human Resources

3401 Walnut St, 538A

Darcell Griffith

898-6884

 

Penn Volunteers In Public Service Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program: During the holiday in December, departments from across the University “adopt” a deserving family. The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges. The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis. Families are assigned to departments based on request. Departments choose the size of the family they would like to adopt.  Departments can also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting. Departments may request a “wish list” from the family or they may choose their own gifts for the family members. Departments choose the number and types of gifts they will provide. Departments are provided with size of the family, names, ages and sizes of each family member.

Coat Drive Now—December 15: Does your old winter coat still have some serviceable miles on it? Warm coats in good condition, for both children and adults, are needed by a number of charitable organizations in the Philadelphia area. For the third year in a row, the Linguistics Department is working with the Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships office in organizing a Winter Coat Drive. If you have a coat (or coats) to contribute to our drive, you are welcome to donate them at either of the locations listed above. We do not have the facilities or funds to clean donated items. Freshly laundered (or recently cleaned) items are especially appreciated. Bring in your gently used coats to be donated to area shelters. Contact Isabel Mapp or Amy Forsyth at (215) 898-6046 or aforsyth@babel.ling.upenn.edu for additional information and/or to make a donation.

Tutors Needed: Tutors for 9th-12th grade students. Help students improve their skills in algebra, geometry, reading comprehension and/or writing at Parkway High School, a small magnet school located at 4901 Chestnut Street. The school is conveniently located just one or two El stops from Penn. Mondays-Thursdays, from 3-4 p.m.—you make your own schedule.

Become A SquashSmarts Volunteer: They are currently recruiting mentors for a start date in January. Basic requirements: 1. agree to meet with your student at least twice a month for a total time commitment of 3 hours per month. 2. talk to your student about his/her goals, academic and otherwise. 3. become an e-mail pen pal.

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 14, December 7, 2004

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