July 15, 2014, Volume 61, No. 01
Dear Penn Community,
Thank you for your spirit of volunteerism. Your continued support of the many volunteer opportunities offered at the University is unprecedented. Many benefit from your willingness to share. We receive many expressions of gratitude from community members and agencies we have partnered with. The University community continues to work towards being good neighbors in our shared community. We thank you for your support and for your generosity.
Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information.
—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Donations for Fire Victims: Many of you are aware of the recent fire experienced by our Southwest Philadelphia neighbors (http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-07/news/51110157_1_fire-marshal-fire-commissioner-derrick-sawyer-40-people). Penn Volunteers in Public Service (Penn VIPS) is coordinating the opportunity for the University community to donate desperately needed items to those experiencing this tragic event.
Please bring donated items to the parking lot located at 111 S. 38th St. (near corner of 38th & Sansom) on July 16, 17 & 18 between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We ask that you donate only new items that include:
Baby Supplies—pampers (sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6), Pull-ups (sizes 4T, 5T and 6T), baby wipes, crib sheets that fit mattresses sized 23 3/8 x 37 1/4 (not standard size), infant and toddler sleepwear, baby formula, baby food (stages 2 and 3), baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder, baby bottles, pacifiers, aspirators, thermometers, baby Tylenol and Motrin and umbrella-style strollers.
Clothing—new socks and undergarments for men, women and children in all sizes (no other clothing items will be accepted)
Personal Care Items—toothpaste (3 oz and 4 oz tubes), toothbrushes, toiletries (full size), women's hair brushes, tweezers and nail clippers, sanitary products (pads and tampons), deodorant and bar soap.
Linens—new bath towels and washcloths, new bed pillows, sheets, blankets and comforters.
Household & Cleaning Supplies—toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper products (plates, cups, napkins), plastic storage containers with lids (small, medium and large sizes), humidifiers, fans, new household items: plates, glasses, flatware, pots & pans, toasters and crock pots.
Computers Needed: The Darby Library Company, one of the oldest operating libraries in the country, is in need of computers. Is your department upgrading its computers? Please consider donating your used computers to the Darby Library Company.
Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House: Do you have a group interested in volunteering? Greet and welcome families and visitors to the House. Register families into the House, answer phone calls from hospital personnel, families and visitors, assist with mailings, provide support for special events, write thank you letters to donors, assist with clerical or data entry work, help keep kitchen and public areas well organized, assist volunteer groups with the evening meal, drive the van at scheduled times or as needed (additional training necessary). Also, become a guest chef and provide home-cooked meals for families.
Volunteer to Teach at the Nonprofit Institute (NPI): The Netter Center for Community Partnerships offers a free accelerated Certificate Program that will give participants the tools needed to manage nonprofit or faith-based organizations more efficiently. This program takes place over the course of six days. Program offers courses in fundraising, grants management, bookkeeping, law, board management, human resource principles and much more. Classes are needed in acquiring real estate, creating business plans and more. Do you have an area of expertise you can share with members of the community? Join the volunteers that teach at the NPI. Programs are held twice annually in June and November. This program is free for participants.
Volunteers Needed for the Penn VIPS/Business Services Scholarship Committee: Each year, a small group of volunteers provide non-tuition scholarships to offset college cost to graduating, college bound high school students with a history of service. The committee solicits and reviews applications, selects the award winners and plans the reception where the winners are recognized. The committee meets March–June approximately every three weeks. Meetings culminate with the annual awards reception usually held the second Tuesday in June.
Mentors Needed for the Penn WorkPlace Mentoring Program: Seventh grade students from local school visit campus once a month for a few hours. You have the opportunity to make a friend, expose students to campus and to talk to them about the importance of a college education. All programming takes place on campus once a month.
School Supplies Drive: August 1–22: Please consider buying additional school supplies for our West Philadelphia neighbors as you shop for school supplies. Suggested supplies: rulers, notebooks, bookbags, bookcovers, markers, staplers, folders, lunch boxes/bags, pens, schoolbags, pencil cases, binders/dividers, dictionaries, staplers, glue/tape, calculators, crayons, pencils/pens, umbrellas, CDs/DVDs. Below is a list of convenient locations to make your donations.
||100 College Hall
|Museum Reception Desk
||Near Kress Gallery
||538A 3401 Walnut St.
|Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
||Cataloging & Metadata Dept.
||111 South 38th St.–2nd Fl.
||265C 3401 Walnut St.
|School of Nursing
||202 Claire Fagin Hall
||203A Sansom West
||4508 Chestnut St.
||P-221 Franklin Bldg.
||3535 Market/Suite 100
||Suite 2000, 125 S. 31st St.
||3701 Locust Walk
||312 Franklin Building
||3535 Market St.–Suite 500
|| Carole Mercaldo 573-8795