Volunteering is a good way to meet Americans and learn more about the Philadelphia. You can use your free time to offer your help to many organizations in the area. Here is a list of some places you can contact.
Visit the Volunteer Match website (www.volunteermatch.org). Browse the site in general orclick on “find a place to volunteer” to locate volunteer opportunities near you!
Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University
Monday through Saturday, volunteers come to the MANNA kitchen (12 S. 23rd St. in Center City;) to help with every task required to prepare the meals including chopping vegetables, cooking and baking, packaging the meals and cleanup. Call Tonya Castro at 215.496.2622 for more information.
The community garden next to ELC
Call Joe Revlock (215.387.0341) to find out what kind of help he needs and when. (Work: 215.684.7722)
Located at 2600 Belmont Ave. - help disabled residents with various activities after a short orientation. Call Amy Broadbent at 215.581.0718.
Located at 2101 Belmont Ave. – be a friendly visitor to elderly people. Call Keith Kochanowicz at 215.878.3600.
Located in Center City. They need help mostly with clerical tasks. Call Lynette Strasco (215.299.4061) to set up an appointment for an interview to discuss with her your interests and skills.
Penn Health Center
Located on the NW corner of 36th and Chestnut. Assist elderly and disabled residents with activities. Call Yvette Odom (215.386.2942) to set up an interview and begin volunteering.
Thrift for AIDS
Located on South Street. Help with sorting clothes, etc. Call Kelly at 215.592.9014 to set up an interview.
AIDS Services in Asian Communities
Located at 1201 Chestnut St. (Suite 501). Come every Wednesday night between 6 and 8 p.m. to assist with whatever they need (usually clerical activities, like stuffing envelopes, but lots of people to talk to!).
Mantua Family Center
Located at 3600 Fairmount Ave. in the Morton-McMichael High School Room 109. Teach your language to pre-school children or help with a food distribution program for homeless people. Call Angie Maury (215.662.9520) for more information.