Volunteer Opportunities: Many Thanks to All Those Who Volunteered and Donated
February 25, 2014, Volume 60, No. 24
Dear Penn Community,
Thank you so very much for all of your contributions to benefit our surrounding community. There are no words to adequately describe your generosity during the holiday season. Many benefitted from your willingness to give. Here are examples of the various efforts:
Thank you to President Gutmann for hosting her Annual Holiday Party, where over 300 toys and gifts were donated. These toys along with many others were donated to Councilwoman Blackwell's Annual Holiday Party for the Homeless.
Thank you to the following departments; they brought joy to families during the holidays by "adopting" them*:
-Business Services coordinated by Tracy Hawkins
-Career Services coordinated by Jamie Grant
-Central Corporate and Foundation Relations coordinated by Don Bone
-College Houses and Academic Services coordinated by Pamela Robinson
-Gene Therapy Program coordinated by Robin Hartley
-General Counsel coordinated by Helen Logan
-Graduate School of Education Admissions coordinated by Karima Williams
-Laura Cavender and family coordinated by Laura Cavender
-Michael Prell and family coordinated by Michael Prell
-Office of Admissions coordinated by Quenby Jackson Mott
-Office of the Comptroller coordinated by Celestine Silverman
-Office of Gift Planning coordinated by Lorleen A. Maxwell
-Office of Government & Community Affairs coordinated by Linda Satchell
-Penn Abroad coordinated by Barbara Gorka
-Penn Communications coordinated by Lauren Summers
-Perelman Quad/WLRC/Bon Appétit coordinated by Kristine Werez-Patterson
-Research Services coordinated by Lauren Oshana
-Transitional Medicine and Human Genetics coordinated by Barbara Bernhardt
-Weekly Paid Staff Assembly coordinated by Linda Satchell
-Wharton School Business & Public Policy Department coordinated by Beth Moskat
-Wharton School Dean's Office coordinated by Jennifer O'Keefe
*Several departments adopted multiple families.
Special thanks to Kim Reynolds and rue 21 ( www.rue21inc.com/management.cfm and www.rue21.com/store/ ) for their generous donation of sweaters, coats, shirts, scarves, gloves, hats and sweats of particular interest to teenagers. You increased our ability to serve the surrounding community.
Special thanks to Dustin Summers from the Heads of State ( http://theheadsofstate.com/ ) for joining forces with us to increase our capacity by adopting a family for the holidays.
Special thanks to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Penn Cardiovascular Institute coordinated by Carolyn Henry for the donation of gift cards which provided groceries for deserving families during the holidays.
Special thanks to the Cardiovascular Research Institute for their generous donation of gift cards that increased our capacity to adopt additional families.
Thanks to Helen Logan and the Office of General Counsel for providing additional gifts including a Christmas Tree to ensure that all the families referred to us were adopted.
Special thanks to Human Resources, Student Health and others from across the University for their large donation to the Annual Coat Drive. As a result, we were able to increase the number of agencies that received donations. We provided coats to: Outley House Homeless Shelter, Redemption House Homeless Shelter, United Way Coat Drive and Beyond the Exterior Shelter.
Special thanks to Robin Hartley for the additional donations of hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and other items to help keep children at the Baring House Crisis Nursery warm during the winter months.
Special thanks to the School of Nursing for their donation of socks from their Sock Drive that benefitted children in the Baring House Crisis Nursery and the People's Emergency Shelter.
Special thanks to Business Services for their Annual Warm Me Up Drive that benefitted many local families and the People's Emergency Shelter.
Thank you to the School of Social Policy and Practice for their support of the Annual Gift Drive.
Thank you to the entire University community for donating over 700
gifts and toys.
Thank you to the Dropsite Volunteers who collected all the toys/gifts and
made it possible for us to respond to requests for donations from our
Councilwoman Blackwell's Annual Holiday Party for the Homeless, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Potter's House Mission, Earth's Keepers, Inc., CELC Community Group, Parents Against Drugs, Church of New Hope and Faith, Baring House.
Dropsite Locations: President's Office, Provost's Office, Museum Reception Desk, African American Resource Center, Human Resources, Van Pelt Library, Netter Center, ISC, Wharton, School of Nursing, SAS External Affairs, LIFE, Research Services, Student Health, TRL, SP2, Comptroller's Office, Gift Planning, FRES.
Additionally, the following pantries benefitted from the University's Annual Food Drive: People's Emergency Shelter, Beyond the Exterior Shelter, Kids Serving Kids Program, Outley House Homeless Shelter.
—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Change Drive to benefit March of Dimes with a donation to benefit pediatric research.
Become a Dropsite Volunteer! Dropsite volunteers are located throughout the University and provide the site for collections during our annual school, food, gift and change drives. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any excess office supplies, furniture or equipment suitable for donations to local nonprofits in the area.
Volunteer Counselors Needed: Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for the 2014 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to 1. Counselors spend each day of the one-week camp session with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at their site in Warwick, NY is provided. Volunteers can apply for one or both of the following sessions: Session One: July 28–August 4; Session Two: August 9–August 16. Applications are available on their website www.campamerikids.org Contact them for more information.
Join CureSearch Walk Committee: the CureSearch Walk celebrates and honors children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research. Volunteers are needed for the committees that plan the events: walk chair or co-chairs, sponsorship and in-kind contributions, team recruitment/development, media/marketing and publicity, logistics/registration and entertainment. The Walk is May 17 at the Philadelphia Zoo. See www.curesearch.org/ArticleView2.aspx?id=10133&l=8814&c=7eb54f
Ideally, planning should begin approximately 10-12 months in advance of Walk day. Once a date is set, committee members should expect a one-hour meeting per month. On average Committee members spend 10 to 15 hours per month working on the various areas of focus. We encourage all committee members to form their own walk team.
Once the date and location are confirmed, an event website will be set up for online registration and fundraising. CureSearch will produce all collateral materials, signage, secure permits and insurance, participate in committee meetings (via conference or in person), sponsorship support, budgeting, payment of all event expenses and donation handling, as well as assist participants with web support. They are with volunteers every step of the way.