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.
Update on coronavirus and LSC activities
All Life Science Cares Philadelphia volunteer events are cancelled for the next few weeks (at least until April 13) 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 recached in order to ensure the well-being of our community.
Our partners will still need your help! The recent changes we are all experiencing have a larger impact on the vulnerable populations being served by our partners. Life Science Cares Philadelphia is reaching out to our partners to understand how our industry might help now, as needs are changing quickly.
Here are some ways you can support our non-profit partners now:
Help reduce food insecurity
As schools close, workplaces suspend operations and people are urged to limit public interactions, the nearly 700,000 people facing hunger in our area may experience even greater food insecurity as access is cut off to school meals, seniors are urged to stay in their homes and may be unable to collect their senior boxes and those with compromised immune systems opt not to attend public food distributions.
Philabundance is developing solutions to these problems and is anticipating a spend of $125,000 over budget in the next two weeks alone!
Donated money can go further given Philabundance’s bulk-buying power, and can be tailored to the specific needs they know the community has. Those who would like to help your neighbors in need, every $1 donation can help provide 2 meals of emergency food for those whose lives are disrupted by the Coronavirus.
Join Life Science Cares Philadelphia in helping our neighbors in need!
Support Year Up Students
Many Year Up students depend on part time jobs to cover their costs of living and have seen their incomes decrease as businesses have closed or reduced operations in response to policies to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Please help ensure the these students continue to have access to health food by shopping off this wishlist. Giant Food gift cards will be distributed by Year Up staff to students in need ASAP.
Make Back-to-School Cards at home!
Each year Cradles to Crayons provides backpacks to kids at the beginning of the school year. In each backpack is a Back-to-School card handmade by a volunteer. As volunteers have stopped, Cradles to Crayons has a high need for Back-to-School cards to help us reach out goal of 40,000 cards by August. This is a great activity for children, families, etc. who are currently home and looking for a way to stay involved. Guidelines for this activity with details on what materials are needed can be found here. You can either mail the cards directly to Cradles to Crayons facility anytime after May 1st at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. Suite 142, Philadelphia PA 19144 or bring them to your office and we can coordinate a time to collect them.
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
Focused on STEM careers exploration
Please share ideas or questions with email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Serve a meal at Broadstreet Ministry
Practice radical hospitality by serving a delicious meal to the guests of Broad Street Ministry. Guests are welcomed into the Sanctuary Dining Room where they receive the service one would receive at a fine restaurant, and with the hospitality you would feel at your family’s holiday meal.
Tuesday, April 14
10:30 am -1:30 pm
315 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
We need: 12 volunteers
Issue Area: Homelessness
Year Up Mock Interviews
Volunteers will participate in a series of mock interviews with Year Up students, asking questions, reviewing resumes and giving real time feedback. These experiences are incredibly important and impactful as our students get ready to interview in the real world.
Volunteer with Year up in Wilmington or Philadelphia.
Thursday, May 13, 2020
1:30 - 4:30 pm
320 North Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE
Issue area: Sustainability | Youth