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September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05

Dear Penn Community,

Thank you so much for your generosity during the recent Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) Annual School Supplies Drive. Your generosity supported children in 10 families and children involved in the following programs: Lea Elementary School; Drew Elementary School; Wilson Elementary School; The Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program; Vine Memorial Annual School Supplies Give-away;  JEVS Act II Program; New Faith Nondenominational House of Prayer.

Penn Volunteers In Public Service posts a list of volunteer opportunities for the Penn community to become involved in. These opportunities are developed from the many requests we receive for partnerships and assistance from the local community. The Penn community continues to show its generosity by providing much needed support to members of our surrounding community. Many benefit from your willingness to give. Contact me at sammapp@pobox.upenn.eduor call at (215) 898-2020 to volunteer.

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director,
Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Office of Government and Community Affairs

Monitors Needed for Community Schools: Do you have any monitors you are no longer using?  Please consider donating them to Community Schools. The government donated 15 desk top computers to the Community School programs at Drew Elementary School and the Lea Elementary School. They are IBM computers suitable for work with the children participating in the Community School program. Please help make these donated computers useful for children in the surrounding community by donating your working monitors that are not in use.

Mentors Needed: We are looking for mentors at West Philadelphia High School (WPHS) during the following times: 10:10-10:57 a.m. and 11-11:47 a. m. We ask for all potential mentors to commit to 10-12 months and 1 hour a week. All clearances (FBI, Child Abuse, and Criminal) will be covered. Our first mentor/mentee matching mixer will be held on Tuesday, September 28 from 3:30 to 4:45 at WPHS. Arrangements can be made for other meeting times if this proves inconvenient.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk:Join the Penn Team on October 10 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Come to an interest meeting on Thursday, September 30 at noon in the 5th floor Conference Room, 133 South 36th Street. See http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=28167&pg=entry

Philadelphia Cares Day—October 16: Join your fellow Philadelphians for this volunteer-a-thon, when we’ll work side-by-side to put a fresh coat of paint on classrooms, organize libraries, and clean up play yards in schools throughout the city.

Volunteer for the Committee of 70: November 2 is quickly approaching: help to ensure a clean and fair election! Become a Committee of 70 nonpartisan Voter Protection Program volunteer. Help resolve problems at polling places and answer voters’ questions on Election Day. Volunteers monitor polling places throughout Philadelphia and staff the Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE. You can choose a morning, afternoon or evening shift and your preferred location. We train all volunteers on what to expect at the polls. Pick a training time most convenient for you when you register. We will organize a training on-site at Penn.

Join the 21st Century Skills Workshop: Volunteers needed to facilitate the 21st Century Skills Workshops  at West Philadelphia High School. Topics will include Microsoft Office tutorials (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Basics), typing tutorials, and public speaking and presentation skills. The possible times are during Advisory (9:40-10:07 a.m.), Lunch (11:47 a.m.-12:34 p.m.), and also there is a small chance that the workshops will be held after school from 3-4 p.m. 21st Century Skills workshops will be held bi-weekly, Monday-Thursday with students from the junior and senior classes. Advisor periods tend to have 20-25 students. Members from the SSC staff and seminar teachers will be present to help facilitate workshops. Volunteers need only to be proficient in Microsoft Office and have experience showing others how to use it. In addition to this experience, coaching students on presentation skills would be great. The workshops are scheduled to start in late October and end in May.

Library Volunteers: The Walnut St. West Branch Library is seeking interested and committed volunteers to help in the following programs: Chess Club for Kids; computer workshops (can be a one-time session on different topics of interest, e.g. setting up a blog site, buying/selling on ebay, researching medical information, using e-mail etc.) or using Microsoft applications. They have seven laptops and wi-fi.

Almanac - September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05