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Dear Penn Community,

Thank you for your continued support and thanks to the over 500 volunteers who participated in Penn’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2005 Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Day of Service activities.

Volunteers painted and spruced up West Philadelphia High, and 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. West Philadelphia students participated in a one day mentoring program with Penn students. Volunteers participated in Philadelphia Reads training to put books on tape. An additional program was added this year where volunteers painted the waiting area and donated children’s books to the West Philadelphia District Welfare Office.

Following is our monthly posting of community service opportunities for the month of February. Please contact me via e-mail (sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu) to volunteer for any of the programs. 

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

February Volunteer Opportunities

Penn VIPS Annual Change Drive: Thursday, February 10 through Thursday, February 24. Change Drive to benefit the Tsunami victims; the funds will be placed in the University-wide Tsunami relief account and will be dedicated to work being done to reopen schools for the children.

Please take your change to the following drop sites:

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 Bldg.

Ellen V. Russell

898-7244

SAS

120 Logan Hall

Kristin Davidson

573-3416

Van Pelt Library

Shared Catalogue Dept.

Rachelle Nelson

898-9048

Renal Division

700 Clinical Research

Yvonne Florence

898-1018

ISC

265C 3401 Walnut St.

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 St.

Mary Jo Pauxtis

898-4902

Political Science

217 Stiteler Hall

Marcia Dotson

898-7641

ISC

203A Sansom West

Kathy Ritchie

573-3561

Houston Hall

Information Desk

Karen Fortunata

573-5011

VPUL

3611 Locust Walk

Patricia Ravenell

898-5337

Faculty Club

3611 Walnut/Inn at Penn

Natalka Swavely

898-4618

CCP

133 South 36th/5th Floor

Isabel Mapp

898-2020

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk

DeAnna Cheung

746-6868

Cell & Dev. Biology

1157 BRB II/III Bldg.

Kim Walls

898-8045

Med School/Fac. Planning

233 Blockley Hall

Robin Rozen

898-1741

Law School

Silverman Hall, rm. 145

L’Tanya Nelson

898-7144

Penn Ice Rink

3130 Walnut St.

Richard Robertson

768-3689

Provost Office

353B 3401 Walnut St.

Susan Curran

898-6841

Student Health Services

Penn Tower/Lower Level

Rachel McClinton

573-5385

Human Resources

538A 3401 Walnut St.

Darcell Griffith

898-6884

Volunteers are needed to tutor students in the SquashSmarts program: SquashSmarts is a Philadelphia youth enrichment program that combines the game of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring. Squash serves as the hook that pulls students into the program. Upon their first introduction to the game in 6th grade, the students are curious, inquisitive and excited about learning a new sport, and so 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-to-one tutoring with volunteers. 

Join the Penn VIPS Scholarship Committee! Help plan the 14th 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 beginning for the June 2005 program.

Camp Jabberwocky: Martha’s Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp needs volunteers! Camp Jabberwocky is an overnight camp on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. The camp is run for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities and runs for about four weeks, from the end of July to the end of August. Jabberwocky serves about 30 campers each week, with a staff of about 25 volunteers who receive no formal pay but who do receive free room and board while living at camp. Jabberwocky is looking for counselors who can devote some or most of August to working with an amazing group of campers and counselors. While we prefer counselors to come for a month, they may be able to come for one, two or three weeks. Counselors are responsible for the care of their camper, running activities, and general service to the camp as a whole. A daily schedule includes but is not limited to: breakfast, music class, activities (including pottery, jewelry making, basketball, yoga, painting, baseball, etc.), lunch, the beach, dinner and an evening activity (e.g. going to concerts, drumming cookouts on the beach, dances). Days are busy, but filled with great joy and an inordinate amount of laughter. Working at camp is a truly unique experience. Experience working with special needs children is not necessary; orientation will be held prior to the start of camp, and most people have no experience before coming to camp.

Mercy Hospital of Philadelphiais in need of volunteers for their SuperGreeters Program: SuperGreeters assist patients and visitors by creating a welcoming environment, showing them to their destinations and escorting them if necessary. Also, if you can volunteer 3 hours a week, there are many more volunteer activities available. Mercy Hospital is located at 501 South 54th St.

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 19, February 1, 2005

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