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Kids & Work with 12 schools and more than 10 administrative centers, the University of Pennsylvania is a large and complex institution. Penn's involvement goes well beyond our campus borders, as students, faculty, and staff lend their time, talents, knowledge, and energy to the community through various service projects and programs. This webpage and the corresponding University of Pennsylvania community Service Directory is intended to be a comprehensive guide to these activities.


The webpage allows you to access descriptions of the courses offered as part of Penn's nationally recognized academically based community service program. Penn's Center for Community Partnerships, under the leadership of Ira Harkavy, has pioneered the integration of research, teaching, and service, creating mutually beneficial relationships between the University and the community.These courses take academic programs of research and education from the classroom into local schools and the community while students and faculty work with community members to advance learning, usng their knowledge towards the "betterment of the human condition." Over the past decade, the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) has served as the model for similar programs throughout the nation and the world.


Further, the webpage has a searchable database that allows you to access information on the community service programs offered by Penn's students, faculty and staff. Also included is a resource link with a listing of campus cultural attractions open to the public, as well as important University addresses, numbers, and web pages. More than 200 programs-involving advocacy, athletics, children and families, cultural and faith based services, donations, economic development, education, health and nutrition, literacy, mentoring, and technology-are featured on this webpage.

Not Included

This webpage does not include the investments Penn is making in our community through the "West Philadelphia Initiatives," nor does it convey the University's economic impact on the community and the City through employment, research, and construction. These programs are not included because they are not strictly community service and are covered elsewhere in publications and on the Penn website,


This webpage is nevertheless comprehensive. Of course each semester brings new programs and courses and we will therefore be posting these updates to the database.

Please Participate

We encourage members of the community to participate in these wonderful programs and salute Penn's dedicated students, faculty, and staff for their extraordinary commitment and service to our community.
Jeffrey Cooper, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs

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Please direct comments and questions about this website to:
Isabel Mapp, MSW, LSW, CSW
Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and
Alumni Volunteer Services/Director
Penn Volunteers In Public Service
Center for Community Partnerships
133 South 36th Street - 504
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3246
(215) 898-2020
Fax: (215) 573-2799

Certifying Authority: Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
Last Revision: October 26, 2010
WebPage Design By:
Ronald F. Smith, PE, PLS