Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

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.

A volunteer at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
Volunteers at the 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 2017 service activities opened on Thursday, September 28th. To sign up for a fall semester service activity, please email StudentLife@jefferson.edu with your name, campus key, and preferred service activity.
    • Registration for Spring 2018 services activities will open on Monday, January 8th. 
  • 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 a service activity AND complete the corresponding online reflection within one week of the servce activity will receive TWO leadership credits (2LC). 

Please note that a maximum of two Leadership Credits will be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year regardless of the number of opportunities completed.

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory
Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

Fall 2017 Service Activities

An abbreviated listing of our Fall 2017 service activities can be found below.

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 2017 service activities will open on Monday, September 18th. No service activity registrations will be accepted prior to that time.

Saturday, October 7th – 9:30am-1:00pm

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is the third oldest Rescue Mission in the country. Founded in 1878, they have reached out to the homeless in Philadelphia for more than 130 years.  Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission offers a variety of programs and services to accomplish our mission of providing for the practical and spiritual needs of hungry, homeless and hurting individuals in the Philadelphia area. It is our desire to meet the immediate needs of our guests and to create an environment which inspires real life changes that lead to restoration and rehabilitation.

The mission serves three meals, every day of the year.   During this service project students will help prepare and serve a meal and help the mission with a special project.  Volunteers must be willing to actively participate in preparing and serving a meal to the individuals at the Rescue Mission, and must be willing to assist with the special project we are assigned which may include any of the following: cleaning, sorting and organizing, painting, general household tasks or repairs. 

 

Friday, October 13th – 4:30pm-7:30pm

The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey provides a safe, supportive environment for families experiencing the intense emotional and financial stress that accompanies the critical illness of a child.  They provide support through serving as a “home-away-from-home” to families whose children were being treated at area hospitals for serious illnesses and traumatic injuries, and also work with day guests who just need a break during a long day at the hospital between medical treatments or tests.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all needed each day for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Volunteers are needed to prepare a dinner and an activity for the families in residence.  Upon arrival, approximately half of the group will begin preparing a well-rounded home cooked meal while the other half will get trained on the craft project for the children.  The groups will switch off so everyone has a chance to assist with the meal and learn how to facilitate the craft project for when the families come down to the dining hall.

Tuesday, October 17th – 6:00pm-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. 

Philabundance serves low income residents at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which 23% are children and 16% are senior citizens.  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.

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

Thursday, October 26th - 4:30pm-8:00pm

Philadelphia AIDS Thrift Store is a non-profit business whose 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.  To date, they have contributed nearly $900,000 to AIDS agencies in the region.  

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 the retail store and the public that supports their mission. 

Saturday, November 4th - 1:45pm-4:00pm

The Philadelphia VA Medical Center (VAMC) provides health care to Veterans living in America’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.  The VAMC operates a 135-bed nursing home called the Community Living Center (CLC).  Veterans with chronic stable conditions including dementia, those requiring rehabilitation or short term specialized services such as respite or intravenous therapy, or those who need end of life care are served in the VA Community Living Center.  The goal of care in community living centers is to restore the resident to maximum function, prevent further decline, maximize independence, and/or provide comfort when dying.  Volunteers are needed to assist in providing comfort and care to America’s veterans in residence.

If you want to give back to our veterans, than this is the service activity for you.  Join us as we help to bring a little joy to the veterans’ day.  Volunteers will be facilitating a fun bingo party for the residents which will include prizes and a snack break.  

Tuesday, November 7th - 6:00pm-8:00pm

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. 

Saturday, November 11th - 9:00am-12:00pm

The SHARE Food Program is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. SHARE Food Program’s mission is to promote healthy living and stronger communities through affordable, wholesome food. Through the efforts of their volunteers and the support of the community, SHARE distributes thousands of pounds of food a month and education and outreach throughout the region.  In addition to providing food packages and emergency food relief, SHARE has incorporated a community garden at its warehouse and administers Philadelphia’s Farm to Families program. 

SHARE hosts “Bagging Saturdays” once a month to get a head start on that month's bagging for their SHARE package orders.  With over 2,000 packages ordered each month, the warehouse swings into full operation on Bagging Saturdays. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with making boxes, organizing and bagging food products, packaging orders, and various other warehouse duties.

Sunday, November 19th – 1:00pm-4:00pm

Founded in 1761, St. Peter’s is a parish located at 3rd and Pine Streets in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The historic church was designed and built by architect Robert Smith on land donated by the Penn family. The original high-backed box pews were frequented by George and Martha Washington, painter Charles Willson Peale, war hero Stephen Decatur, and Absalom Jones, the first black Episcopal priest. A vibrant community of faith for the past 250 years, St. Peter’s Church sponsors a food cupboard serving more than 180 families a week, an active choral program for children and adults, and numerous fellowship and education groups.

We will be doing a churchyard clean up, collecting leaves and sticks to be bagged in biodegradable brown bags and stacked for pickup.  Within the churchyard is a historic graveyard where the clean-up will also be taking place. We will use rakes, and blowers with tarps.  

Spring 2018 Service Activities

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 Spring 2018 service activities will open on Monday, January 8th. No service activity registrations will be accepted prior to that time.