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Volunteer Opportunities

The 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 (patricia.nelson103@gmail.com).
 

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:
 
Achieve Now
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  (mklein248@comcast.net) 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 (jeanwarrington@historicfairhill.com) for more information.
 

TTN Children's Book Drive 

TTN Philadelphia is holding its Second Annual Children’s Book Drive from Monday October 7, 2019, through Friday October 18, 2019, to provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.  This year books donated by TTN members will go to the John F. Hartranft School and the William Cramp Community School.

The book drive complements the other TTN initiatives which support Read by 4th, the city wide program described above.

Information about how to donate new and/or gently used books, and the types of books most needed, will be forthcoming by email to all TTN Philadelphia members.


MANNA

MANNA is a non-profit organization located at 420 North 20th Street in Philadelphia that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS.  Through delivery of three meals a day, seven days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to more than 1,000 people in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area.
 
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 debearle@verizon.net if you have questions or would like additional details.
 

Career Wardrobe

Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest independent, community-based, non-profit organization serving people transitioning into the workforce by providing professional attire.  Since 1995, Career Wardrobe has assisted 80,000 women by helping to inspire the confidence they need to achieve self-sufficiency.  Career Wardrobe now also provides similar assistance to men who are conducting job searches and/or starting a new work life.
 
TTN’s annual fall clothing drive rallies the membership to collect clothing from their own closets as well as from family and friends and donate them at three drop-off locations at appointed times.  The clothing should be gently used, on hangers and include, for women, suits, separates, dresses and accessories (scarves, jewelry, shoes, and handbags) and, for men, suits, shirts, ties and belts.
 
In addition to making donations, TTN members are welcome to volunteer to help at collection sites in Center City, the Main Line and Mt. Airy during the clothing drive.  See www.careerwardrobe.org for more information.
 
To help with the clothing drive, register on the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Event Calendar when a Career Wardrobe event is posted.  Contact coordinators Nancy Kauffman at nancykauffman@verizon.net and/or Moya Kinnealey at moyakinnealey@gmail.com for full details.