Volunteer Opportunities with Puentes de Salud After School Program
Puentes Hacia el Futuro, Puentes de Salud's education and wellness program, is predicated upon the well-evidenced fact that education is inextricably tied to the health of individuals and communities. The mission of Puentes Hacia El Futuro is to improve the educational achievement of children in the South Philadelphia Latino immigrant community in order to improve long-term health outcomes, as well as to provide support in the context of extremely limited educational resources.  Students engaging with us as a field placement site will actively participate with our students in academic support sessions and other educational activities, in addition to on-going team building and professional development discussion groups throughout the semester. Interested students may participate as volunteer tutors or as interns in our team leader internship positions. General information on our program and the volunteer tutor role is below. 

After-School Tutoring/Mentoring Program
Tutoring sessions pair tutors/mentors in small groups with children 1-7. Sessions are held at Southwark School at 1835 S. 9th St. Philadelphia. 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We prefer tutors to sign up for two or more sessions per week but are also able to accommodate those who can only come once a week.  Regardless, we prefer that tutors commit to the same days each week. Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish to participate.

Tutor Responsibilities include:
  • Commit to provide tutoring/mentoring support weekly: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday sessions from 3:15-5:15 PM (schedule must remain constant for the entire semester).
  • Actively engage students in their homework and other educational activities, such as reading, board games, outside play, and other group activities.
  • Build relationships with students, promoting positive health, wellness, and educational messages in a mentorship role over the course of the semester.
  • Work positively and collaboratively with other students, tutors, team leader interns, and PHF staff.
  • Attend regularly scheduled tutor discussion group session (during normal program time) to critically reflect on our practice and the larger social meaning of this work.

Volunteer opportunity with Saved Me
What does it take to volunteer? Only a warm heart and a little bit of time. As a non-profit organization, Saved Me depends on volunteers who donate their time and energy to help save and improve the lives of thousands of animals. As a reward, you'll get lots of wags and licks of appreciation. There are lots of ways to make a difference for animals in need:

Please help us get our dogs outside to the yard and on walks! Our goal is to get them out of their rooms at least 3-5 times each day, but we cannot do this without your help! Please join us for a volunteer orientation, we hold one every Sunday at 11am. In the meantime, please visit our website to sign up to be a volunteer. After you sign up, you are welcomed to stop by any day between 10am-8pm to walk dogs, even before orientation.

Photographers wanted: We are looking for 3-4 volunteers with photography experience and a camera to help us take complementary photos of our animals. As they say "A picture can say 1000 words." Great photos help our dogs find their forever homes faster. Please help us by coming in for a couple of hours a week to photograph our current residents in the yard or other photogenic locations to provide pictures to post to our website and social media platforms. We even have helpful tools and suggestions on how to take the perfect pet pictures.

We need help sprucing up the shelter! Our priority is touching up the walls with a fresh coat of paint and fixing some of our broken kennels. In addition, we always need help with plumbing, tile repair and other maintenance related tasks. If you are handy or just want to help, please stop by anytime and help us beautify our shelter.

Please see our website to sign up and learn more. There are volunteer orientations every Sunday at 11am, but, you are always welcomed to walk dogs prior to an orientation. We look forward to seeing you around the shelter soon!

Questions? Contact Alex Rutkovitz at alex@savedme.org.

New Sector Non-Profit Fellowship - Apply by December 1st
Applications Open for New Sector's Social Impact Fellowships!

Passionate about alleviating poverty, closing the achievement gap, engaging in environmental issues, working toward healthier futures, and more? Consider applying to a New Sector Fellowship, a paid intensive opportunity for emerging leaders and students who are committed to the social sector.

New Sector matches committed, interested, and skilled early-career leaders with a nonprofit organization in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, or the Twin Cities to serve full-time completing projects that allow organizations to more effectively achieve their missions. Fellows join a peer-learning community where they participate in training, mentoring, and coaching to build skills needed for social sector careers. There are both summer and 11-month opportunities.

  • Summer Fellowship: June 6, 2016 - August 19, 2016 or June 13, 2016 - August 26, 2016
  • RISE Fellowships: September 6, 2016 to July 28, 2017

Learn more, connect with us, and apply at http://newsector.org!

Notre Dame ACE Teaching Fellowship - Apply by January 19th

Volunteer opportunity with Rock Ministries of Philadelphia
A message from Rock Ministries of Philadelphia:

We are a large youth ministry in the Kensington neighborhood of north Philadelphia. Among many other youth activities, we offer an afterschool program for young children, ages 6-12. Because of the conditions in our neighborhood, we serve some of the most at-risk children in our city. Our program focuses on education, including tutoring, homework help and basic education. It meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm. Everything we do for children is free of charge. Our educational and religious activities are separate, and any volunteer qualified to work with children is welcome. Our program is growing rapidly and we are in great need of volunteer tutors on any of the days we are open. If your university encourages student volunteerism, we would welcome anyone who is interested. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Craig Cerrito at craig@rockministry.us.