Virtual Volunteering Fair

March 10-11, 2021


The 2020 – 2021 Academic Year Theme is the Year of Civic Engagement. PPSA is hosting its first ever Virtual Volunteering Fair to provide easy access to information on various volunteering opportunities available to Penn staff. In addition to materials and links you can access “on-demand,” we encourage you to contact organizations directly for more information.


African-American Resource CenterBarbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Children’s Scholarship Fund PhiladelphiaCollective Success Network
Invisible HandsLife Sciences Cares
Lockdown LettersMetropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)
Morris ArboretumPenn Cultural Resource Centers
Penn Leads the VotePenn Medicine CAREs
Penn MuseumPenn Professional Staff Assembly
Penn SustainabilityPhiladelphia Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Isolation Donation Collection
Philadelphia Department of Public Health: Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)Philadelphia Writing Project
PhilaFound.Org Key Skills HubSEAMACC
Spruce FoundationUC Green

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African-American Resource Center

The African American Resource Center (AARC) is a resource center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pennsylvania with a particular focus on those of African descent. Any person associated with the university may use our free and confidential services as needed.

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Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University’s primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University’s local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large. The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. The Netter Center works with and serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.

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Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is a privately-funded program whose mission is to provide children from under-resourced Philadelphia families with financial access to quality, safe, K-8th grade, tuition-based schools, thereby increasing their long-term economic and social success. CSFP grants need-based, partial scholarships through a random lottery. CSFP currently serves more than 5,000 children enrolled at over 160 private and parochial schools.

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Collective Success Network

Collective Success Network is a volunteer-run nonprofit supporting low-income, first generation (LIFG) college students to achieve their academic and career aspirations through empowering mentorship, professional development, and leadership opportunities.

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Penn Medicine CAREs

Penn Medicine CAREs is comprised of 2 institutional programs, the CAREs Grant and the Community Events Calendar

The Penn Medicine CAREs Grant is monetary support available to Penn Medicine employees and medical students and their volunteer efforts to improve health.  Projects and organizations go through an application process and are chosen to be funded based on the need of the target population, the impact of the proposed project, collaborations with other community-based organizations, and engagement history.  For more information, please see our information page on Penn Medicine’s intranet.  Please note this page is only accessible by computers within the Health System network.  For a brief video highlighting projects recently funding by the CAREs Grant, please click here

The Community Events Calendar was created so area nonprofits in Philadelphia neighborhoods and the surrounding regions have access to the expertise, skill, and manpower of Penn Medicine employees.  Organizations can request volunteers through our online form.  Request can range from a nurse taking blood pressure readings at a health fair; a research coordinator presenting the latest treatments for certain diseases; a radiologists explaining their career and educational path to high school students; employees helping with cleaning blocks and empty lots.  These requests are then shared with Health System employees interested in volunteering or through a skills match process.  If you are a Penn Medicine employee interested in these events, please check routinely at the Community Events Calendar.  Additionally, you can request to be added to the volunteer listserve by emailing  Please note, because of the COVID pandemic, we are temporarily suspending the placement of staff and students at community events. 

Any questions pertaining to Penn Medicine CAREs Grant and Community Events Calendar can be directed to Penn Medicine Community Relations,

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City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Isolation Donation Collection

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is collecting items for those who are present at their isolations & quarantine site. Items include:

[Gently Used] t-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes, coats, board games

[New] socks, undergarments

You can also make donations at: (Select the name, Danielle Nyitray for donations)

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Penn Cultural Resource Centers

Penn’s Division of the Vice Provost for University Life, houses six Cultural Resource Centers, that serve undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, support campus and community engagement initiatives, and much more.

The Pan-Asian Staff & Faculty Association is an affiliate group of PAACH.

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Invisible Hands

 Do you have access to a car and a few extra hours during the month? Perhaps, Invisible Hands would be for you. Invisible Hands is a non-profit organization delivering groceries and other essential items to populations especially vulnerable to COVID 19. Link below to find out more!

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Lockdown Letters

A wonderful opportunity for individuals, families or groups, Lockdown Letters is a student run initiative to spread support and gratitude to front line workers during the pandemic. “Thank You” is powerful.

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Engage in cooperative community greening with UC Green! UC Green provides community greening services and education to the West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods including but not limited to Powelton. Mantua, Belmont, Mill Creek, Spruce Hill, Walnut Hill, Garden Court, Cedar Park, Kingsessing, Cobbs Creek, Southwest, and University City through generous giving and partnerships.

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Life Science Cares is a collective effort of the life sciences industry to eliminate the impact of poverty on our neighbors. The organization started in Boston in 2017, expanded to Philadelphia in December 2019 and will launch affiliates on the West Coast in the coming months. Life Science Cares Philadelphia is committed to uniting the life science community and providing human and financial resources to organizations that support survival, education and sustainability. Life Science Cares Philadelphia puts the true good that local life science companies represent into action — not just for human health, but for human potential. Specific virtual volunteer opportunities will be updated periodically on the “Get involved” section of our website!

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MANNA – Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance

MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal in Philadelphia. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, we empower people to improve their health and quality of life. Volunteers are always needed to prepare and/or package food, however this week there are openings:

W, Th, F: 7am – 10am

W and Th: 1pm – 4pm

*There are also delivery dates available to drop off food*

Address: 420 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities. Check out the volunteer position descriptions.

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Penn Leads the Vote

Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV) is a student-run, non-partisan program that increases voter engagement and voting while advancing Penn’s role of supporting the democratic and civic engagement of Penn students.  PLTV is university-wide and its leadership comes from both the undergraduate and graduate student bodies of the University of Pennsylvania. During election cycles, PLTV connects the Penn community with the resources needed to register and check registration, to be informed, and to get out to the polls.  Throughout the year, PLTV encourages students to learn about and engage with current issues and politics at the local, state, and national level.

Sponsored by the Office of Government and Community Affairs, our live session will answer questions surrounding how to submit your ballots this election season. No question is too complex!

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Penn Museum

Open for world adventure—with enhanced safety measures. Free to Penn employees, the Penn Museum, also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is conveniently located across the street from Franklin Field. 

The Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from excavation and research across the world. Gain an understanding of our shared humanity and find your own place in the arc of human history—from the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the lives of Native American communities today.

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Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA)

Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) serves monthly paid staff members of the University of Pennsylvania.  PPSA provides a forum through which staff can engage in dialogue about issues facing the University and higher education.

Our mission is to connect the Penn community by providing a supportive network to assist the University in achieving its goals and objectives.  We enrich the quality of experience and work life for the professional staff by serving as an informational network to promote seminars and programs.

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Penn Sustainability

Penn Sustainability is a University-wide initiative to advance environmental sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania, and coordinate programs to develop a more sustainable campus. The Penn Sustainability Office is located within the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services but relies on student, faculty, and staff partners throughout campus in order to implement sustainability across a variety of topics, including utilities, academics, waste, and transportation. To learn more, visit our website:

Our live sessions will each be a brief overview of what our office does, opportunities for staff to get involved,
and time for any questions.

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Philadelphia Department of Public Health Medical Reserve Corp

Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corp (MRC): During a public health emergency, such as COVID-19, infectious disease outbreaks, or radiologic emergencies, people often ask, “How can I help?” The Philadelphia MRC, a local chapter of the national MRC network, is an opportunity for medical and non-medical volunteers to apply their skills where they are needed most. The Philadelphia MRC offers trainings throughout the year, as well as opportunities to give back to your community.  

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Philadelphia Writing Project

PhilWP is a practitioner network, connecting K-university educators with teachers, principals, parents, and out-of-school-time leaders to explore literacy, writing, teaching, and learning across grade levels and disciplines. Each year, new teacher-leaders join the PhilWP network and work in classrooms and other education spaces, supporting young people as writers and learners. A site of the National Writing Project, PhilWP has served Philadelphia schools since 1986.

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Philafound.Org Key Skills Hub

The Key Skills Hub is a marketplace for volunteerism where the community and the corporate sector of Philadelphia meet to work towards improving the quality of life of our neighborhoods, our city and beyond. Visit the website for more info.

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Founded more than 30 years ago by refugees, SEAMAAC’s journey is a story of America shared by a long tradition & history of many immigrants & refugees who first sought refuge in the United States and eventually became the cornerstones of our nation.

The Spruce Foundation

The Spruce Foundation is an all volunteer, next-gen-led nonprofit based in Philadelphia. We’re focused on cultivating the next generation of philanthropists through community giving and grantmaking in support of Philadelphia’s youth. To fulfill this mission, we offer year-round opportunities to engage young professionals in the local philanthropic scene through Spruce Council, and we open applications for the Spruce Foundation board every spring. You can learn more at

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About PPSA

The 2020 Employee Resource Fair archive can be viewed at

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) is a volunteer organization that serves monthly-paid staff members of the University of Pennsylvania.  PPSA provides a forum through which staff can engage in dialogue about issues facing the University and higher education. We enrich the quality of experience and work life for the professional staff by serving as an informational network to promote seminars and programs. Visit us at