Get Involved: Our partners need your help!
All pre-scheduled in person Life Science Cares Philadelphia volunteer events are cancelled as a result of recent updated guidelines and best practices for social distancing as outlined by government agencies. This decision was reached in order to ensure the well-being of our community. We will continue to monitor local guidelines and hope to return to pre-scheduled in person volunteering again soon!
Several of our nonprofit partners are now offering small group in person volunteering - click the link below to learn more about the opportunities.
While we are not able to offer pre-scheduled volunteer in person events, we have identified some "Virtual Volunteer" events and have also found some additional ways to support our partners and others in the community that do not require financial donations.
Bridge The Gaps: Mentoring, tutoring & career counseling opportunities
This summer and fall will look significantly different for students across Greater Philadelphia, and for the nonprofit organizations who support them with programs focused on education and economic sustainability.
Life Science Cares Philadelphia is recruiting volunteers who are interested in being virtual tutors, mentors and career speakers for a variety of opportunities under development.
Please share some information about your interests and background and we will be in touch to match you with opportunities as they are developed.
Current and upcoming opportunities include:
Connect with students who are interested in starting a business: work with a small group of students to guide them through the process of developing a business plan & budget, developing a pitch, and conducting informational interviews
Work with high school graduates as they gain a basic understanding of laboratory skills
Serve as a virtual "career consultant" to Philadelphia high school students to help students prepare for college, explore career interests, and develop 21st century work skills
Share your professional scientific experience with 8th -10th graders who are participating in a hands on at home science camp
Talk with young adults learning IT skills about how your technology career developed and the challenges you have overcome
Work with Year Up Greater Philadelphia students as they articulate their short term goals using a SMART goal setting template. An incredibly important and impactful way to help young adults prepare for internships and the work world.
When: Monday October 5
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: to be held via Zoom
EVENT REGISTRATION FULL
In Person Volunteering
Several of our nonprofit partners have restarted small group, in-person volunteer opportunities. Each have protocols that place the health and safety of volunteers as their first priority and take precautions and preventative measures during volunteer shifts to limit exposure to and spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are not reserving time slots at this time but will work with interested volunteers or groups of volunteers to coordinate a time to get involved.
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 Cradles to Crayons prepare for the high demand of items that will come when they re-open the Giving Factory doors.
Shop the wishlist of clothing and hygiene items for guests of Broad Street Ministry. Sign up to receive a link to shop the wishlist, all items will be sent directly to Broad Street Ministry where they will be packaged into kits and distributed across schools and service agencies for local children.
Help narrow the digital divide
Since 2000, Hopeworks has been paying Camden residents to learn basic web development skills. Once they graduate, Hopeworks hires them as interns for its two companies, which work on web development and mapping projects for paying clients. As COVID-19 struck, the Hopeworks students and interns needed access to computers - so the team got to work refurbishing old laptops, eventually getting 88 of them to students and members of the team who didn't have devices at home. As the pandemic continues, Hopeworks has a need for additional computers to support the young adults in their program.
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: