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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.
 
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In conjunction with its Read by 4th tutoring initiatives, TTN Philadelphia conducted a book drive for city children from October 8 through October 19, 2018.  The books donated by TTN members have been given to the Julia de Burgos Elementary School and also will be shared as needed with other schools in the de Burgos neighborhood. This book drive is anticipated to be the first of many to be organized by TTN for this purpose.


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.
 

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age twelve living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.  The organization supplies these items free-of-charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
 
The organization collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations.  Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers and then are distributed to disadvantaged children across Pennsylvania through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

Periodically, TTN organizes a two-hour work shift for its members at the Giving Factory, 30 Clipper Road, West Conshohocken, PA  19428. See www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia for more information.

To volunteer for a TTN shift, register on the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Event Calendar when a Cradles to Crayons event is posted.  Contact coordinators Eleanor Bloch at bloch.eleanor@gmail.com and/or Sharon Segal, sms8005@gmail.com for full 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.