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Service Activities

The Leadership LIVE  program includes opportunities for community service; this is the “Leadership In Action: Serving The Community (2 LC)” session referenced in the brochure. 

There are a number of service activities scheduled over both the fall and spring semesters.

Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
United by Blue Schuylkill River Cleanup
United by Blue Schuylkill River Cleanup

What You Need to Know

The service activity component involves two parts – the actual volunteer experience and a brief reflection on your experience which is done online. 

  • Students must be registered for the Leadership LIVE program in order to participate in a service activity.
  • Students registered for the Leadership LIVE program will receive an email providing detailed information on each service activity and opening up registration for the service activities.  Students must register for service activities in advance AND receive a confirmation from the Office of Student Life and Engagement in order to participate.  Students are not permitted to show up without having a confirmed spot.
    • Registration for Fall 2014 service activities will open on Thursday, September 18th. No service activity registrations will be accepted prior to that time.
    • Registration for Spring 2015 services activities will open on a date TBD.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis except as noted below:
    • Although we welcome students to volunteer more than once, the service activities are popular and tend to fill up quickly.  Students who have not yet had a chance to complete a service activity will be given first preference, but if space is available we will be happy to accommodate those students interested in doing additional activities. 

Students who complete both the components of the service activity - the actual volunteer experience service activity AND the reflection - will receive two leadership credits (2LC). 

Please note that a maximum of two Leadership Credits will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year regardless of the number of opportunities completed.

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory
Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

Fall 2014 Service Activities

Registration for Fall 2014 service activities will open on Thursday, September 18th.

Saturday, October 4th – 9:45am-12:00pm

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play - free of charge.  These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, they provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, they make children feel valued.

Volunteers are needed in the “Giving Factory” to sort children's clothing, assemble child packs, test and clean toys, examine books, inspect equipment, or serve as “shoppers” going through the warehouse picking out items from a list. The work is very hands-on, done in a lively and fun atmosphere, and directly beneficial to children.

Tuesday, October 7th – 4:45pm-8:00pm

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) prepares and delivers delicious, nourishing meals, along with counsel and hope, to people at acute nutritional risk from life-threatening illnesses, helping them improve their health and quality of life.  Each month, MANNA prepares more than 65,000 nutritious home-delivered meals for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.  MANNA delivers 100% complete nutrition to clients - 3 meals a day, 7 days a week - at no charge.

Volunteers will be chopping vegetables, cooking, baking and packaging meals. Learn how to make pasta for 500 people, help staff pack the next day's deliveries, and help clean up and get ready for tomorrow's meal.

Saturday, October 18th – 9:15am-12:30pm

Located in the heart of Chester, Pennsylvania Cityteam serves those in desperate need throughout the Delaware Valley.  Dedicated and caring staff and volunteers reach out to those in need of a hot meal, a safe shelter, and decent clothing.

Volunteers must be able and willing to perform any of the following: sorting, organizing, and packaging food and/or clothing, assisting in preparing meals in the kitchen, and completing small construction tasks like painting.

Saturday, October 25th - 9:45am-2:00pm

Norris Square Neighborhood Project is a community-driven, bilingual learning center in North Philadelphia that offers innovative youth and community programming including after school programs, arts and media programs, urban gardening and a year round Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for community residents of all ages.  The vision for the Garden Program is to increase community-based stewardship of the gardens while enhancing programming related to food production, educational opportunities, cultural preservation, social gatherings, and youth development, in order to ensure the financial viability and longevity of the gardens.

Volunteers must be willing and able to interact with community members and perform manual labor in preparing gardens for the next season; this includes laying down manure and clearing this year’s crops.

Tuesday, October 28th – 5:45pm-8:30pm

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization.  In 2010 they acquired 21 million pounds of food, distributing 18 million of those pounds in their service area and exporting 3 million of those pounds of food to assist other area food banks.  They get food directly into the communities though their direct services programs or through their network of agencies. These agencies include food cupboards, neighborhood distributions, shelters, emergency kitchens and various social service agencies.  Philabundance provides a reliable source of food to nine counties in the Delaware Valley.

All of Philabundance’s sorting and packing takes place at their Hunger Relief Center in South Philadelphia.  Volunteers are needed to sort and pack supplemental and emergency food items. 

Saturday, November 1st – 9:00am-1:00pm

Habitat for Humanity's vision is to build a city where all Philadelphians live in safe, affordable homes.  Their mission is to transform lives and the city by building quality homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing.  The ReStore affiliate is a second-hand retail outlet open to the public to shop for quality donated home furnishings, furniture, and building supplies at a fraction of the original cost, with all revenue going directly back into Habitat Philadelphia’s Homebuilding and Weatherization & Home Repair Programs. 

Volunteers must be able and willing to help organize the store by sorting through donated home furnishings, furniture, and building supplies. You could be helping to unload donations from our truck, moving merchandise, testing store items, and more.

Tuesday, November 4th – 5:00pm-8:30pm

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families all over the world.  Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets.  The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.

Volunteers are needed for hands-on work in packaging and assisting with the loading and unloading of the meals into the truck.  About 10,000 meals can be packaged in just two hours, which will help to impact hunger around the world.

Saturday, November 8th – 8:00am-11:30am

American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer of all AmericansBy 2020, AHA aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent. Their goal is to look beyond helping people reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by focusing on helping them build stronger health and a better quality of life.  Jefferson is hosting the 16th Annual Heart Walk in Philadelphia. The walk is a 5K (3.1 mile).

Volunteers must be willing and able to participate in the actual walk, fundraise a small amount for the walk, and assist with vendor setup, entertainment setup, kid’s zones and pet zone before the walk.

Saturday, November 15th - 11:45am-4:00pm

Philadelphia AIDS Thrift is incorporated in Pennsylvania as a non-profit business.  Their goal is to sell the lovely, useful, interesting, amusing, and sometimes mysterious stuff generous people donate to their thrift store and then distribute the proceeds to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  In addition to cash contributions, Philly AIDS Thrift provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers for distribution to clients in need of clothing assistance and household necessities.

Volunteers are needed to assist during store hours by greeting customers, sorting through donated items, updating the shelf and window displays, and assisting customers with item selections.  The Philly AIDS Thrift Volunteer is the “first impression” between our retail store and the public that supports our mission.