‘Adopt a Family’ during the holidays

During the holidays in December, departments from across the University are encouraged to “adopt” a deserving family. The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges. The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis and are assigned to departments based on request. Departments choose the size of the family they would like to adopt and can also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting.

Families are selected from the Baring House Family Service Agency and local shelters. A small number of referrals are also  accepted.

For more information, contact Isabel Sampson-Mapp at 215-898-2020 or sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu.

Originally published on December 12, 2013