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Service Activities

The Leadership LIVE  program includes opportunities for community service; this is the “Leadership In Action: Serving The Community (2 LC)” session referenced in the brochure. 

There are a number of service activities scheduled over both the fall and spring semesters.

A volunteer at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
Philabundance Hunger Relief Center
Volunteers at the Schuylkill River Cleanup
United by Blue Schuylkill River Cleanup

What You Need to Know

The service activity component involves two parts – the actual volunteer experience and a brief reflection on your experience which is done online. 

  • Students must be registered for the Leadership LIVE program in order to participate in a service activity.
  • Students registered for the Leadership LIVE program will receive an email providing detailed information on each service activity and opening up registration for the service activities.  Students must register for service activities in advance AND receive a confirmation from the Office of Student Life and Engagement in order to participate.  Students are not permitted to show up without having a confirmed spot.
    • Registration for Fall 2018 service activities opened on Tuesday, September 4th. To sign up for a fall semester service activity, please email StudentLife@jefferson.edu with your name, campus key, and preferred service activity.
    • Registration for Spring 2019 services activities will open TBD.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis except as noted below:
    • Although we welcome students to volunteer more than once, the service activities are popular and tend to fill up quickly.  Students who have not yet had a chance to complete a service activity will be given first preference, but if space is available we will be happy to accommodate those students interested in doing additional activities. 

Students who complete a service activity AND complete the corresponding online reflection within one week of the service activity will receive TWO leadership credits (2LC).

Please note that a maximum of two Leadership Credits will be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year regardless of the number of opportunities completed.

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory
Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

Fall 2018 Service Activities

An abbreviated listing of our Fall 2018 service activities can be found below.

Students registered for the Leadership LIVE program will receive an email providing detailed information on each service activity and opening up registration for the service activities.  Students must register for service activities in advance AND receive a confirmation from the Office of Student Life and Engagement in order to participate.  Students are not permitted to show up without having a confirmed spot.

  • Registration for Fall 2018 service activities will open on Tuesday, September 4th. No service activity registrations will be accepted prior to that time.

Saturday, September 22nd - 9:30am-1:00pm  

Trash in Clark Park has been an issue for years and has been a major focus of the Friends of Clark Park. We have always worked in partnership Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) to advocate for additional trash service and provide extra resources. These partnerships have led to PPR staffing the park with 2 Seasonal Maintenance Attendants who help keep the park clean in the peak season and the creation of a Park Ambassador position to provide support services.

As our lovely park continues to grow in popularity and attract more visitors and events, trash has overflowed and the current level of support hasn’t been enough. Since last summer we have been working with the PPR leadership team to gain a better understanding of our options to resolve Clark Park’s trash problem. We have developed new cleanup requirements for some of our larger events and are in the process of identifying other solutions, but the truth is the department is challenged with budget limitations and resources for park maintenance. While we are going to keep working on improvements with PPR longer term, to combat the issues at hand we will be launching a new program called Clean Clark Park.

Volunteers will be joining others in this service project focusing on cleaning and beautifying Clark Park so the community can enjoy this outdoor space. 

Saturday, October 6th – 1:30pm-3:30pm

The Philadelphia VA Medical Center (VAMC) provides health care to Veterans living in America’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.  The VAMC operates a 135-bed nursing home called the Community Living Center (CLC).  Veterans with chronic stable conditions including dementia, those requiring rehabilitation or short term specialized services such as respite or intravenous therapy, or those who need end of life care are served in the VA Community Living Center.  The goal of care in community living centers is to restore the resident to maximum function, prevent further decline, maximize independence, and/or provide comfort when dying.  Volunteers are needed to assist in providing comfort and care to America’s veterans in residence.

If you want to give back to our veterans, than this is the service activity for you.  Join us as we help to bring a little joy to the veterans’ day.  Volunteers will be facilitating a fun bingo party for the residents which will include prizes and a snack break, during which time there will be much interaction with the veterans in residence.

 

Saturday, October 13th – 9:00am-12:00pm

The SHARE Food Program is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. SHARE Food Program's mission is to promote healthy living and stronger communities through affordable, wholesome food. Through the efforts of their volunteers and the support of the community, SHARE distributes thousands of pounds of food a month and education and outreach throughout the region. In addition to providing food packages and emergency food relief, SHARE has incorporated a community garden at its warehouse and administers Philadelphia's Farm to Families Program.

SHARE hosts "Bagging Saturdays" once a month to get a head start on that month's bagging for their SHARE package orders. With over 2,000 packages ordered each month, the warehouse swings into full operation on Bagging Saturdays.

Volunteers are needed to assist with making boxes, organizing and bagging food products, packaging orders, and various other warehouse duties.

Saturday, October 20th- 10:00am-1:00pm

Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is the third oldest Rescue Mission in the country. Founded in 1878, they have reached out to the homeless in Philadelphia for more than 130 years.  Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission offers a variety of programs and services to accomplish our mission of providing for the practical and spiritual needs of hungry, homeless and hurting individuals in the Philadelphia area. It is our desire to meet the immediate needs of our guests and to create an environment which inspires real life changes that lead to restoration and rehabilitation.

The mission serves three meals, every day of the year.   During this service project students will help prepare and serve a meal and help the mission with a special project such as sorting and packing donated goods. 

Friday,October 26th - 4:30pm-7:30pm

The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey provides a safe, supportive environment for families experiencing the intense emotional and financial stress that accompanies the critical illness of a child.  They provide support through serving as a “home-away-from-home” to families whose children were being treated at area hospitals for serious illnesses and traumatic injuries, and also work with day guests who just need a break during a long day at the hospital between medical treatments or tests.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all needed each day for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Volunteers are needed to prepare a dinner and an activity for the families in residence.  Upon arrival, approximately half of the group will begin preparing a well-rounded home cooked meal while the other half will get trained on the craft project for the children.  The groups will switch off so everyone has a chance to assist with the meal and learn how to facilitate the craft project for when the families come down to the dining hall.

Friday, October 30th - 5:00pm-8:00pm

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) prepares and delivers delicious, nourishing meals, along with counsel and hope, to people at acute nutritional risk from life-threatening illnesses, helping them improve their health and quality of life.  Each month, MANNA prepares more than 65,000 nutritious home-delivered meals for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.  MANNA delivers 100% complete nutrition to clients - 3 meals a day, 7 days a week - at no charge.

At this particular date, volunteers will help the organization bake and package up apple pies in preparation for an important upcoming fundraiser. 

Monday, November 5th, 4:30pm-7:30pm  

Philadelphia AIDS Thrift Store is a non-profit business whose goal is to sell the lovely, useful, interesting, amusing, and sometimes mysterious stuff generous people donate to their thrift store and then distribute the proceeds to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  To date, they have contributed nearly $900,000 to AIDS agencies in the region.  

In addition to cash contributions, Philly AIDS Thrift provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers for distribution to clients in need of clothing assistance and household necessities.

Volunteers are needed to assist during store hours by greeting customers, sorting through donated items, updating the shelf and window displays, and assisting customers with item selections.  The Philly AIDS Thrift Volunteer is the “first impression” between the retail store and the public that supports their mission. 

Saturday, November 17th, 8:30am-12:00pm

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization.  In 2010 they acquired 21 million pounds of food, distributing 18 million of those pounds in their service area and exporting 3 million of those pounds of food to assist other area food banks.  Philabundance gets food directly into the communities though their direct services programs or through their network of agencies. These agencies include food cupboards, neighborhood distributions, shelters, emergency kitchens and various social service agencies.  Philabundance provides a reliable source of food to nine counties in the Delaware Valley.

All of Philabundance’s sorting and packing takes place at their Hunger Relief Center in South Philadelphia.  Volunteers are needed to sort and pack supplemental and emergency food items.  

Spring 2019 Service Activities

Students registered for the Leadership LIVE program will receive an email providing detailed information on each service activity and opening up registration for the service activities.  Students must register for service activities in advance AND receive a confirmation from the Office of Student Life and Engagement in order to participate.  Students are not permitted to show up without having a confirmed spot.

  • Registration for Spring 2019 service activities will open TBD.