Philadelphia is rich in both its history and its diversity. Best known for its neighborhoods, historical sites, pop-up gardens, events, and food, Philadelphia is a popular East Coast destination. Volunteers live on the second and third floor of a residential home in the Manayunk section of the city within walking distance to great restaurants, parks, galleries, and many outdoor festivals! Volunteers work downtown and utilize public transportation as it is very accessible in this urban environment.
Housing: apartment (2 floors)
Number of Volunteers: 3
Service Site Descriptions
Gwynedd Mercy University
Mission: To root our learning community in the following core values core values: Integrity in Word and Deed, Respect for the Dignity of Each Person, Service to Society, and Social Justice in a Diverse World.
This position is based in Catherine’s Cupboard (CC), a program within the Office of Campus Ministry that supports students struggling to meet their basic needs. The program originated as a traditional food pantry for those experiencing food insecurity and has expanded to offer healthy grab and go snacks between classes along with financial assistance for on-campus dining options and to support commuters’ transportation costs. A volunteer is needed as a program assistant, aiding in daily operations at CC such as intake and tracking of donations, receiving and sorting food deliveries, assisting students as they utilize CC, facilitating students’ use of the Smart Choice app to order food, publicizing the services of CC to the community, and assisting with data collection.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Mission: To respond in a spirit of Mercy to the needs of those who are underserved.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries offers a variety of holistic programs to the residents of the Tioga neighborhood for women, children, persons with special needs, and the elderly including school-age child care, adult education and human development, health and wellness programs, as well as a supervised adult day care program for elderly and special needs adults. The population served is one that is culturally rich, predominantly African American, and economically poor. A volunteer is needed as an assistant teacher in the preschool program. The volunteer must have a degree in early childhood learning, elementary education, psychology or related field experience in working with preschool-aged children.
Nationalities Service Center
Mission: To welcome and empower immigrants to thrive in our communities and pursue a just future.
Nationalities Service Center provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, A volunteer is needed to serve as a food access liaison where they will staff and promote the on-site food pantry, receive food deliveries, and build partnerships to obtain additional pantry items. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
Mission: To provide permanent solutions to homelessness and poverty through housing, education, employment, health care, and the revitalization of a low-income community.
Project H.O.M.E. provides a continuum of services for children, youth and adults who are homeless/chronically homeless. These include street outreach; supportive, transitional, and permanent housing options; community-based supportive employment and education opportunities for youth and adults. Project H.O.M.E. also provides education and advocacy to the larger community on behalf of and in collaboration with homeless and low- income persons for more just and humane public policies. A volunteer is needed as a case aide/outreach worker, providing outreach services to homeless individuals on the street and assessing and providing services to those who come to the office.
Witness to Innocence
Mission: To abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement.
Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. Their purpose is to bring death row exonerees together as a collective force, for mutual peer empowerment and peer support, so that survivors can continue to be leaders in the movements to abolish the death penalty. A volunteer is needed as a communications coordinator. The volunteer will create and write op-ed pieces, newsletters and website content; maintain a database of supportive resources; attend and help plan membership events including their annual gathering; assist with data-entry; and participate in committee work.
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