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

MEET OUR PARTNERS

Join us to learn how you can get involved with our nonprofit partners who are doing outstanding work to reduce the impact of poverty on our neighbors.  

Each of our partners will present a short (~3 minute) overview of their organization including info about about their mission, communities served as well as ways you and your team can get involved. We encourage you to follow up with us following the presentation to schedule a lunch & learn or plan a future volunteer event!

Although the event is complimentary you must register to attend. Please share the link to register with members of your organization!

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Where: Virtual Event on Zoom
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About our partner selection process

Each of our nonprofit partners was nominated by members of our Board / Board of Advisors and evaluated based on the impact in the communities served, engagement opportunities for volunteers and alignment with our core areas of focus. We build honest and meaningful relationships with our nonprofit partners, so you know your time is being spent where it’s most needed!

Virtual Volunteering

Volunteer to launch students towards a career in the sciences

If you have a scientific background and would like to share information about what your job entails or teach a scientific concept, join with Breakthrough staff and college student Teaching Fellows to speak to 7th & 8th grade students (virtually) about a variety of science topics. This connection with science professionals will foster students’ curiosity about science beyond the classroom, and support their future Science Teacher Teaching Fellows with a unique professional development opportunity. 

The classes occur on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm and volunteers are being sought for a variety of dates this semester (January to May).

Opportunities to engage with the youth in the Breakthrough program will also be available this summer (during weekdays) and in the fall (Saturdays), so if timing is currently an issue you will have other opportunities to get involved later this year.

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 to share information about your science based career

  • 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

Donate Books to Support Social Enterprises at Project HOME

Social enterprises at Project HOME are small businesses designed to employ residents in a supportive, skill-building environment. Each business provides residents with an opportunity to build self-esteem through an encouraging community while providing income and job experience. The newest social enterprise venture, an online bookstore called Project HOME Books, is up and running again after COVID-19 forced it to pause. The project has already sold thousands of books, providing jobs for some of the residents. But they need more books! More information on how you could run a Project HOME Books drive for is available upon request.

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.

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 that these students continue to have access to health food by shopping off this wishlist. Giant Food or Acme Markets gift cards will be distributed by Year Up staff to students in need ASAP.  

Donate items to help set up a refugee's first home in Philadelphia. Request an Amazon Wishlist to see what's currently needed. 

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. 

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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: