October 1, 2013, Volume 60, No. 7
Dear Penn Community,
Thank you very much for your generosity during the Annual School Supplies Drive. We collected thousands of items that helped to prepare youngsters as they returned to school. Your generosity allowed us to provide school supplies for families, agencies and local schools listed below:
Community Schools: Comegy’s School, Huey School, Sayre School, Lea School.
We increased the capacity for the following groups to serve their constituencies:
• Joyful Achievers on the Move
• Kroobay Initiative (Penn student initiative)
• Homeless Health Initiative
• People’s Emergency Shelter
• St. Barnabas Shelter
• Outley Shelter
• The 61st and Dewey Street Block Association Annual School Giveaway
• I’m Free Organization
• CECL Youth Group
We provided backpacks complete with school supplies to the following: Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program and 10 families.
Your dedication truly makes a difference in the lives of others. Thank you!
Thank you for your spirit of volunteerism. Many benefit from your willingness to share. We receive many expressions of gratitude from community members and agencies we have partnered with.
Please take a moment to review these volunteer opportunities. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.
—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Become a Mentor: The Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program is in need of mentors for the upcoming segment beginning in October. Volunteer to mentor a 7th grade student once a month. All activities take place on Penn’s campus from October–May. Training is provided.
Join the Penn Team for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: On October 19, The event is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people. See http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY13EC?pg=entry&fr_id=55721
Our decorating and planning meeting will be held on October 3 at noon in the 5th Floor Netter Center Conference Room, 133 South 36th Street. We will distribute supplies, packet for donation collection and decorate our uniforms. Please RSVP.
Do you like to play soccer? Do you know just a little bit about soccer, but enjoy running around and having fun with kids? Clark Park Soccer is still looking for volunteer coaches for their Fall season which started on September 28 and continues until November 23. It takes place with age groups 5-6 and 6-7 playing from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and age groups 7-8 and 9-11 playing from noon to 1:30 p.m. They ask their volunteer coaches to commit to being there most of the Saturdays through the season, but try to have 3-4 coaches assigned to each team so that they’ll always have backup. Clark Park Soccer is a non-competitive program, aimed at giving kids of any ability the opportunity to have fun, get some exercise and learn the basic skills of the game. See www.friendsofclarkpark.org/?page_id=58, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org Ask for Kathleen, if you’re interested. They welcome coaches of all ages and abilities—the only requirement is that you like to have fun!
Volunteer at Breaking Bread: Broad Street Ministry strives to make each Breaking Bread a safe, calm and nourishing dining experience. During each meal various social services are provided to guests such as personal care items, clothing, mail service, counseling, health services and much more. This meal has been vital to Broad Street Ministry’s outreach of compassion and hospitality since 2008 and now serves hundreds of hungry and vulnerable people in Philadelphia four days a week. They rely on their volunteers to serve the meals in their restaurant style dining room and take a key role in their social services. Contact Melissa DeFreece at email@example.com or (215) 735-4847, 315 S. Broad St., www.broadstreetministry.org
Mighty Writers just opened an office in West Philly: They have a terrific program at 39th & Lancaster that relies on tutors and mentors. It may be a good match for you. Here is their website, in case you haven’t heard of them yet: www.mightywriters.org/volunteer/ Contact Heather Calvert at (215) 573-8410 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org