THE PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER Volunteer OpportunitiesThe Volunteer Opportunities Committee currently spearheads four ongoing programs for TTN Philadelphia member volunteerism. Throughout the year, it also promotes additional volunteer opportunities, which most often are ad hoc events that are suggested by members-at-large or identified by others in the community.
If you have suggestions for new volunteer opportunities and/or if you would like to participate on the committee, contact committee chair Pat Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read by 4th
Read by 4th is a citywide effort of over 90 organizations, public and private, convened by the Free Library of Philadelphia to significantly increase the number of city students who read on grade level at the end of their third grade school year.
TTN has partnered with Read by 4th to sponsor two volunteer tutoring opportunities to help achieve this goal:
Volunteer coaches are trained to use a structured approach to help children in kindergarten and grades one and two to become proficient readers. Working in pairs, volunteers work with children for an hour every other week, creating schedules that allow them to know their students well, but still travel or attend to other responsibilities. The Achieve Now schedule is currently full but openings may become available in the future. Contact Mary Klein (email@example.com) for details.
Historic Fair Hill
Reading Buddies at Julia de Burgos Elementary School, a partner of Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools, read with children in grades K–4 every week. Volunteers are assigned to a classroom and have monthly meetings for training and support. Applications are being accepted for this program. Contact Jean Warrington (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
TTN Children's Book Drive
In Fall 2020 TTN Philadelphia will hold its Third Annual Children’s Book Drive to provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.
As in 2018 and 2019 when more than 600 books were collected each year, it is anticipated that the books will go to three or more Historic Fair Hill schools including the William Cramp School, the John F. Hartranft School and the Julia de Burgos Elementary School.
The TTN Children’s Book Drive complements the other TTN initiatives which support Read by 4th, the city-wide program described above.
Watch the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Event Calendar in September and October for details on how to donate books to this worthy cause.
Volunteers are the heart of MANNA. Working in teams, they help with food preparation, packaging and delivery – enabling MANNA to provide all meals and counseling free-of-charge. See www.mannapa.org/apply-for-manna-meals for more information.
TTN volunteers, typically in groups of six to twelve, work a three-hour shift from 10 AM to 1 PM on the first Wednesday and the third Tuesday of each month, most often at packaging tasks. Those interested can participate whenever they are available, be it frequently or just occasionally.
To volunteer for the MANNA day(s) of your choice, register on the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Event Calendar. Contact coordinator Debbie Earle at email@example.com if you have questions or would like additional details.
A way to assure that your nice clothing is used for a great purpose is to make a tax-deductible clothing donation to Career Wardrobe for women and men who are entering the work force.
The goal of Career Wardrobe, an independent nonprofit 501(3)C, is to help people who are transitioning into the workforce dress appropriately and with confidence. Work clothes are distributed to individuals who are preparing to interview for work. When they are offered a job, they are eligible for three additional work outfits - all free of charge.
Professional clothing should be clean, contemporary, stylish and suitable for today’s workplace. Casual and formal clothing can be donated for resale that directly benefits the Career Wardrobe program. For ease of transporting clothing is accepted neatly bundled, in bags or taped boxes, but not on hangers.
Professional and Casual Clothing for All Identities: Suits, dresses, separates, shoes and maternity wear of all sizes; scarves, ties, belts and jewelry; purses, briefcases and wallets.
Uniform Items (For Individuals Entering Service or Medical Fields): Scrubs, white tops/blouses, polo shirts; black, navy and tan/khaki bottoms; black or white shoes, clogs or sneakers, steel-toed boots.
Other Items: Coats and formal wear; new/unused toiletries, beauty products and make-up; gift cards to serve individual client needs and/or office purposes.
Drop off Locations, Dates and Times:
Center City: Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 7 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM
The Wardrobe Resale, 1822 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Delaware County: Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM
The Wardrobe Resale, 62 West Marshall Road, Lansdowne, PA 19050
Main Line: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 PM – 7:30 PM (curbside assistance available)
St. George’s Church, 1 West Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003