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 worked with our partners to identify additional ways to support our partners and others in the community!
Life Science Cares Philadelphia is partnering with Philadelphia Futures to launch Project Onramp Philadelphia – a program designed to connect high-potential, often first generation Philadelphia college students with paid summer internships at life science companies. Contact us today to start the process of connecting with an intern!
Meet Our Partners
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 presented 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!
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.
Assist Immgrant Community With COVID Vaccines
Do you speak a second language and want to help our local immigrant community access COVID vaccines? Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is hosting vaccine clinics in the coming weeks:
April 2, 8:30am to 1:30pm
April 10, 8:30am to 1:30pm
April 12, 12pm to 5:30pm
May 1, 8:30am to 1pm
People who speak Spanish, Mandarin, French or Arabic are particularly helpful to assist with giving directions to the patients receiving shots.
Read this WHYY article about the clinic to learn more and contact Gretchen at NSC if you would like to volunteer!
Monday April 12
Time: 10am - 11am
Zoom link to be provided
Virtual Goal Setting Workshop
Volunteers will assist Year Up students to work through a goal setting template. Students will be asked to articulate their short term goals in a "SMART" format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based). These experiences are incredibly important and impactful in helping the students prepare for internships and the work world. Training materials will be provided in advance of the event.
Help Welcome Refugee Families to Philadelphia
Donate items to help set up a refugee's first home in Philadelphia or volunteer to help set up a home. Our support is needed now more than ever to help welcome newcomers to the community and fully-stocked homes. Request an Amazon Wishlist to see what's currently needed or find out more about volunteering.
Tax Return Preparation (Virtual or In Person)
In partnership with the Campaign for Working Families, ACHIEVEability Connects provides free tax return preparation services to community members. This program brings hundreds of dollars back into the hands of lower and middle income individuals and families in the West Philadelphia community by helping them claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Caring and thorough volunteers are needed to help prepare the tax forms. No accounting background is required as all volunteers will be required to complete an online training module before working with clients.
Virtual Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop
Volunteers will participate in a series of virtual mock interviews with Year Up students, asking questions, reviewing resumes and giving real time feedback. These experiences are incredibly important and impactful as the students get ready to interview in the real world.
Training materials will be provided in advance of the event.
Wednesday June 9
Time: ~2pm - 5pm
Zoom link to be provided
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.
Make Inspirational Notes
Write personalize notes to brighten the day of people in our community! Opportunities include:
Back to School Cards to be included in backpacks provided to kids by Cradles to Crayons
Foreign language speakers are needed to provide encouraging letters to be include in hand-delivered boxes of culturally-respectful food to refugee families through Nationalities Service Center
"Notes of Hope" to someone in the Project HOME community including residents and frontline staff who have been working long, exhausting hours throughout the crisis
Help conduct short surveys with Broad Street Ministry guests
This is a great way to sit down with and get to know the individuals served at BSM. Volunteers will be using iPads to do the data collection. You must be 18 years or older to administer the survey.
Interested volunteers can register directly with Broad Street Ministry by clicking the below register button. If you have not previously volunteered at BSM, you will be prompted to make an account then will be able to register for a "Guest Survey" shift.
March 22nd-26th &
March 29th-April 2nd
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Needed: 4 volunteers per day
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.
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.
Bridge The Gaps: Mentoring, tutoring & career counseling opportunities
The world is 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