Update On COVID-19 And Life Science Cares Activities

All Life Science Cares Philadelphia volunteer events are cancelled for the next few weeks (at least until June 4) as a result of recent updated guidelines and best practices for social distancing as outlined by government agencies and the World Health Organization. This decision was reached in order to ensure the well-being of our community.

 

Our partners still need your help!  The recent changes we are all experiencing have a larger impact on the vulnerable populations being served by our partners. Here are some other ways you can support our non-profit partners and others in the community now:

Get Involved: Our partners need your help!

All of our partners have a need for volunteer services from members of the life science community. Regardless of the time you have available, we can help to connect you to partners who fit your interest and time availability. Sign up as a company team, or as an individual and be matched with other industry professionals and help us fulfill our mission.

Upcoming Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Year Up Mock Interviews

 

Volunteers will participate in a series of virtual mock interviews with Year Up students using Zoom to ask questions, review resumes and give real time feedback. These experiences are incredibly important and impactful as the Year Up students get ready to interview in the real world. 

​Volunteer Virtually with Year up in Wilmington or Philadelphia.

 

Wednesday June 10, 2020 - Wimington Students

2:00 - 5:00 pm 

Online Zoom event

Issue area: Sustainability | Youth

FULL

 

Wednesday June 17, 2020 - Philadelphia Students

2:00 - 5:00 pm 

Online Zoom event

Issue area: Sustainability | Youth

FULL

Other Ways To Help

Connect for COVID-19

 

At virus hotspots across the country, countless patients - especially elderly and low-income - are suffering in social isolation without a smart device to stay connected to their families and communities. Connect for COVID-19 is collecting excess smart devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) to enable digital access for vulnerable populations to tackle patient isolation and enable remote access for medical staff on the frontlines. Fill out this form to start the process of getting your device to an ICU patient in need: 

At Home Activities

Cradles to Crayons has created a toolkit of activities so you and your family can continue helping provide essential items to local kids from the safety of your home. Just click on an activity to download instructions, then “Collect & Hold” the donations you accumulate. This will help C2C prepare for the high demand of items that will come when they re-open the Giving Factory doors. 

Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem

Share STEM Career Resources

Through the Explore STEM Philly program, The Philadelphia Education Fund recruits and trains STEM professionals who provide one-hour career presentations to high school students. Because of the pandemic, they are working to convert these presentations into virtual student experiences. The first step is compiling a list of existing resources that inspire students to pursue STEM careers. These resources can include websites, publications, directories, videos, etc. Specific needs are: 

 Activities teachers can share with their students while we are lock down

  • High school level 

  • Free resources

  • Focused on STEM careers exploration

Please share ideas or questions with pete@lifesciencecares.org and I can connect you with with the STEM Ecosystem as needed.

Urgent Call For Supplies and Expertise

On behalf of the hospitals, healthcare systems, life sciences companies and thousands of healthcare workers of Pennsylvania, the four organizations listed above have asked all life sciences and other organizations to consider how you may be able to help bring additional supplies and other resources to our Commonwealth’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID-19. 

 

An around-the-clock command center exists in the State Capitol to help ensure the state’s healthcare institutions have the resources and protective gear they need for this important mission. This centralized operation is allowing state government and our hospitals to more efficiently match requests with available supplies. They need your help securing supplies and expertise.

 

Attached via this link is a list of supplies and scientific and medical expertise collectively identified as most needed at this time. Please share this list within your organizations, check your storerooms and supplies, and contact the Hospital Association at the below email address if you are able to contribute items or human resources on this list, or others that you may identify that we have not included. Your input into this list is also welcome.

 

The HAP Emergency Management team can be contacted at: hapem@haponline.org.

 

This is a critical time for patients and healthcare providers alike. It is incumbent upon all of us as leaders in Pennsylvania to do everything we can to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide whatever necessary to assist the first responders and healthcare providers who are putting their health and lives on the line every day to help patients.  

We will continue to listen to our partners and work to support our neighbors in need as this pandemic unfolds. If you have any suggestions about how we can help, or any questions on these needs or others, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Stay healthy!

Host a Drive

You choose the organization you'd like to support; we’ll help with marketing materials, setting targets and coordinating logistics of pickup and drop-off. Together, we can help our neighbors in need through the winter months. 

Interested in coordinating a volunteer event for your organization?

Email pete@lifesciencecares.org