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Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Project 440

About the opportunity: Project 440 has a need for:

  • A volunteer to manage marketing/promotion of our annual college fair, which will take place in November 2018.
  • A volunteer to support on managing our social media presence and blog.
  • An ongoing need for people with applicable expertise who are interested in joining our marketing, finance and development committees.

For more information: Please contact Samantha Apgar, Managing Director at sapgar@project440.org

Street Soccer USA

About this opportunity: We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about working with young people, being mentors and giving back to the city of Philadelphia. You don’t need to be a soccer expert, but you need to be passionate about making a difference and enjoy working with young people.

For more information: Please contact King Saah at king@streetsoccerusa.org

Tree House Books

About the opportunity: Tree House Books has the following volunteer needs:

  • Volunteer Librarian: Join our volunteer-staffed Giving Library by organizing and inventorying our growing library as well as selecting and packaging book donations to go out into the community. Volunteers should be ready and enthusiastic to regularly interact with the people of our community, help them find certain books, suggests books, and engage in conversation. You will also track, organize, and display our Free Sidewalk Books Cart and Table, and keep record of books and community members. Our Volunteer Librarians are a crucial part of our operation and the face of our Giving Library to those who are coming in for a book or dropping off a donation. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.
  • Literacy Coach: Become a mentor and guide at Tree House Books’ Literacy Studio by connecting students to the world of books, texts and words, ages 7-12. At the Literacy Studio, we focus on language acquisition, recreational reading, critical thinking and creative writing, through 12-week cycles on selected themes. Most importantly, Literacy Coaches make books fun and relevant to the most reluctant readers and encourage esteem and self-regard through writing. You will prepare materials and set up projects before students arrive, assist with Literacy Studio Activities and Literacy Workshops, and maintain and organize student data portfolios. Monday-Thursday, 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Applicants welcome for any days, programming begins again in September 2018.
  • Marketing Volunteer: Assist in implementing marketing strategies of Tree House Books, by providing materials, technology support, logistics coordination, and social media expertise. Write for various projects, including the creation of press releases, newsletters, brochures, letters, and flyers. Research, create content, and present new ideas to enhance the Tree House Books web presence. Proofread all marketing materials, upon request. Maintain organized electronic files of all marketing information. The average amount of time expected in this position is 10-15+ hours a week. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.
  • Data Entry Volunteer. Assist in the collection and organization of Tree House Books’ growing contact information for volunteers, donors, employees, and community members. Compile into Little Green Light database. The average amount of time expected in this position is 10-15+ hours a week. We are open six days a week, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, flexible volunteer schedules are available.

For more information: Please contact Trixie Steiner-Rose at volunteer@treehousebooks.org

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC)

About the opportunity: The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children is now seeking volunteers to help with cataloging books to prepare for the opening of our newest school library…Harrington Elementary school! Also, WePAC is seeking new volunteers to be apart of our Library teams in our school libraries for 2018-2019!

Volunteering in a WePAC library means being part of a team of caring people, passionate about sharing the love of reading with the children of Philadelphia.

Who can volunteer:

  • Anyone who desires to make a difference in a child’s life and education by engaging them with books and reading
  • West Philadelphia residents who want to foster a love for reading in their community
  • Local college students who need to gain experience working with children and/or potential mentors in fellow volunteers.

What the children can gain from you:

  • The comfort of being read to.
  • Confidence in their reading and academic ability
  • The knowledge that their community cares about them and a LOVE of READING!

No library experience required.

School libraries make a difference. WePAC volunteers change stories.

For more information: Please contact Carrie Sampson [Library & Literacy Program Manager] at carrie@wepac.org

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Georgia E Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

About the opportunity: The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is seeking a volunteer to help with their website and with marketing their events and programs.

For more information: Please contact Joyce Drayton at gegisom@aol.com

Kitchen Cred

About the Opportunity: Kitchen Cred is looking for a volunteer project leader for a unique, food-oriented fundraiser(s); a board member; and a social media master.

For More Information: Please contact Doug Barg, President, at doug@kitchencred.org.

Mangum Foundation

About the Opportunity: The Mangum Foundation has a variety of upcoming opportunities, including with its youth program and soccer program!

For More Information: Please contact Tariq Mangum at mangumfoundation@gmail.com.

Rock to the Future

About the Opportunity: Rock to the Future has a variety of upcoming opportunities with its Engagement committee, Programming committee, and Summer Camp! You can sign up here!

For More Information: Please contact Alison Cornell at alison@rocktothefuture.org.

Wolf Performing Arts Center

About the Opportunity: Wolf PAC is a nonprofit children’s theater that specializes in quality mainstage performances for students in 1st – 12th grade. We also provide classes, private lessons, and summer camp. We are always looking for quality volunteers to help with our programs year-round and performance specific. We have ongoing opportunities in the following areas: sound design, lighting design, stage managing, props / set design, costume assistance, hair and makeup, and assistant teaching artists.

For More Information: Please contact Jessica Nicolao at Jess@wolfperformingartscenter.org.

 

1. How did you get started with music? What drew you to it?

John: When you come from a town like Scranton, Pennsylvania, family is everything. Christmas is everything. I loved Christmas songs and fell in love with the piano listening to jazz records and hearing my aunt play songs on the piano around the holidays. My mom and dad bought me a keyboard when I was 7 years old and I’ve been in love with music ever since. I am humbled and honored to call myself a professional musician more than 20 years later. I’ve made Philadelphia my home. I have made incredible friends, played with immensely talented people and have made some of the deepest and purest connections of my life over the past 5 years.

Rob: I first saw Liberty Devitto play drums for Billy Joel on a concert DVD and I was hooked. That dude could play!

2. Permission to humblebrag: Tell us how you’ve been killing it.

Rob: I’ve been doing well. My band Hambone Relay and I have been touring the east coast almost every weekend for the past year and a half, put out 2 records (working on the 3rd), and we’re playing 7 or 8 music festivals this summer to be announced on our Facebook page (keep your eyes peeled).

As a sideman, I’ve been playing drums with many artists in the area including the amazing John Gilbride, Lauren Marsh, Tye James, Emily Drinker, the Funky T, Seth Aaron Jones, and Christy Irizarry. I like helping these artists push their dreams/songs to the next level.

As for me individually, I came out with my own record in 2016, I’m currently writing for another, developing a music festival, and  developing an idea for a podcast…hopefully announced soon!

There’s a lot happening!

John: In 2013, I quit the job I had after graduating college, a “corporate gig”. I told myself that very day that I wouldn’t live my life on someone else’s terms. Music meant too much to me. From there, all roads led to music. I served tables to keep a roof above my head, started writing, and hit the open mic scene really hard for more than a year. Slowly but surely I started to attract attention from audiences and venue owners. Over the course of the past 4 years, I’ve played all over the city of Philadelphia and elsewhere; from bars, clubs and major music venues, to backyards, beaches and beyond. Venues include The TLA, World Cafe Live, Bourbon & Branch, The Tin Angel, and more. I support myself fully from playing music at bars, clubs, and other venues here in Philadelphia. What I am most passionate about is creating music. I am currently in the middle of writing and recording my debut record, set to be released in June!

3. How do you give back? What causes/organizations are important to you?

John: Cancer research is close to my heart. My mother passed away almost 8 years ago from cancer and my father battled the disease this past year. I’m passionate about lifting up and supporting universities, research centers, countries and individuals on the forefront of new medications, therapies and alternative remedies. I think it is tremendously important to educate and support young people about these diseases in a responsible way. More generally, it’s important to support kids who lose loved ones at such an early age. The Moyer Foundation, specifically Camp Erin, is an organization making big strides in this area. I’ve supported them for quite some time. Cancer or losing someone to cancer is a club no one wants to be a part of. But once you are, it’s crucial to surround yourself with and seek advice from others who have been through it.

Rob: My festival “The Taitertot Music Fest” takes donations to give to the charity Musicopia, a nonprofit looking to help get musical instruments into the hands of kids who can’t afford them. They are wonderful, I highly recommend you check them out!

4. Why did you choose to volunteer your talent for the Spruce Gala? What part of Spruce’s mission spoke to you?

John: I’ve always believed that music is first and foremost, an amazing form of therapy, and an art form enjoyed and beloved by everyone– whether or not you play an instrument or can carry a tune. So, any time I am afforded the opportunity to use my music to help an individual, a charity, or any good cause, I always do what I can to accommodate and never take the opportunity for granted. The Spruce Foundation is one amazing example of an organization I’m happy to help because they work to enrich the lives of the youth in this great city. I am happy and honored to be a small part of the Spruce Foundation’s annual Gala.

Rob: I support non-profits and I’ll help out in any way I can. I’m honored to be apart of such an event.

5. Why do you think it’s important for our generation to give back?

Rob: Its important for our generation to give back because we’re responsible for doing so. We need to help build the communities around us.

John: I don’t think there’s anything more important. Giving back has so many forms, macro and micro, and can mean so many different things to different people. It’s easy to get caught up in the politics and mired in the negativity of the media. But, I think if we take a moment to slow down, take a deep breath, appreciate what we have and the good we can do, we’d be better off. For me personally, giving back and wisdom go hand in hand. If you’ve found success in any small facet of life, you have wisdom to impart and advice to give. Take the experiences you’ve had in your life, the obstacles you’ve overcome, the lessons you’ve learned and find ways to share with others. Feeling alone is a devastating feeling. To instill hope in others is what giving back ultimately means.

6. Where can we see you perform next?

John: Follow on Instagram @john_gilbride_music and ‘like’ my Facebook page “Music By John Gilbride” for updates and and my weekly show schedule at clubs and bars around the city. I’ll be performing for another amazing organization, City Year Philadelphia Thursday evening June 21st with my band. Another organization, helping schools, helping children and setting them up for a brighter future.

Rob: My next 2 Philadelphia shows with Hambone Relay are on Saturday April 21st: The first is at  Ardmore music hall at 1 p.m. (Record Store Day) and the second is at Time Restaurant at 10 p.m.  Hope to see you there. Follow me on the socials and let’s chat: Insta is @robtaitmusic and Facebook is “The Rob Tait Experiment.”

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Ahimsa House Philly (of The Purblind Project)

About this opportunity: On April 22, Ahimsa House Philly will have an earth day fundraiser to support its community garden. Please come and show your support. Ahimsa House Philly has free classes daily and frequent volunteer days. All its teachers are volunteers, so if you would like to teach a class please come by one of its existing classes.

For more information: Contact ahimsahousephilly@gmail.com

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

About this opportunity: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is a Philadelphia-based mission-driven 501(c)3 organization serving the Greater Philadelphia area. It is dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language. Al-Bustan is seeking to add additional members to its board of directors. Board members serve a term of 3 years and are eligible to serve 2 more terms of service (up to 9 years) before they must rotate off the board. The Board of Directors meets 5 times per year and has several committees that engage board members in the organization’s work: governance, finance, and development. Committee meetings are held in between board meetings. Board members are expected to serve on a committee and attend at least 4 of 5 yearly board meetings, as well as participating in various Al-Bustan programs.

Al-Bustan is looking for individuals with one or more of the following specific skills and/or areas of expertise:

  1. financial management and/or accounting
  2. personnel Georgia E Gregory Interdenominational School of Musicmanagement/human resourcesZfundraising and development
  3. social media, communications and public/media relations
  4. active involvement with the education, arts, and/or business community

For more information: Please see this information sheet for more information about this opportunity and how to apply.

Georgia E Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

About the opportunity: The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is seeking a volunteer to help build and monitor their website or to provide training on how to update the website. They’re also looking for assistance with their current social media platforms, advice on other social media platforms they should investigation, design help, and social media post help.

For more information: Please contact Joyce Drayton at gegisom@aol.com

MVP360 Community Programs

About this opportunity: We are in need of program facilitators, coaches, photographers, videographers, scorekeepers, referees etc. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with MVP360. You don’t need technical sports experience you just need to be reliable because we have an entire community depending on us. We’ll continue to do what we do, but it would be nice to do so much more. Mostly Saturdays and Mondays. Some Wednesdays as well.

For more information: Contact Felix Agosto at mvp360@outlook.com

Philly Girls in Motion (PGiM)

About this opportunity: PGiM is currently seeking board members and race committee members. Board members have bi-monthly meetings and participation in board committees is required. PGiM is also looking for volunteers (and runners) for its “See Chicks Run” 5k/10k race, scheduled for June 3, 2018. You can register to run here.

For more information: Contact Jillian Green at JGreen@phillygirlsinmotion.org

Sky Community Partners

About this opportunity: On Saturday April 21st, Sky Community Partners will have its 4th Annual Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair. The Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair is to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and to promote healthy living. The event will take place at Wharton Square Park on 23rd and Wharton Streets.

For more information: Please view this flyer and this flyer. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.

TechGirlz

About the opportunity: Join our great community of volunteer instructors and assistants. TechGirlz hosts free technology workshops for middle school girls. The workshops are on weekends and weeknights and happen both in Philadelphia and the suburbs. New opportunities to volunteer each month, and a great way to network. Join our community and help inspire the next generation of girls in tech!

For more information: Contact Danica Pascavage at danica@techgirlz.org

West Philly Food Not Bombs

About this opportunity: Picking up, cooking, sharing and cleaning up food that would otherwise be wasted. every Friday from 2:30-5:30 we need volunteers, and people to simply come enjoy food & get free produce.

For more information: Contact ahimsahousephilly@gmail.com.

 

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships

About the Opportunities:

  1. Assistant Club Leader: Looking for an opportunity to connect with Philly youth? Volunteer to help lead an after school Chess, Debate, Drama, or Scrabble Club! No experience is necessary – ASAP staff provides training and ongoing support as you help engage students in exploring their passions. To ensure continuity for youth, ASAP asks that volunteers commit to working with one club a minimum of one hour per week for at least a semester (12-16 weeks).
  2. Debate Judges: Due to the growing popularity of scholastic debate, ASAP is looking for volunteers willing to serve as judges for ASAP’s middle and high school debate matches. More than just determining the winners, the role of a debate judge is to provide feedback to students to help them refine their arguments and to think critically about key issues. No debate experience is necessary to serve as a judge. This is a flexible opportunity – attend a one-hour orientation, then sign up for debates as your schedule permits!
  3. Event Support: Want to volunteer but can’t commit to an ongoing need? ASAP is always looking for caring adults to help large events run smoothly. Volunteers can expect to assist with registration and check-in, handing out snacks, setting up tables and chairs (we regularly have 150-200+ students at our events!),assisting with student transitions between activities, and other miscellaneous tasks. Most events are after school or on the weekends and last 3-8 hours – volunteers can sign up for shifts at longer events.
    1. Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League Finals: Wednesday, March 7th, 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania. After five months of weekly competition, more than 200 Philadelphia public and charter high school students will compete in a final round of public forum debate to determine which team is the city champion. Volunteers will be trained before the final round begins, and then assigned to judging panels to determine the winners of varsity and novice debates.
    2. “In Search of the American Dream” ASAP Drama Showcase: Thursday, March 8th, 1:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (shifts available) at West Philadelphia High School. This year, ASAP Drama is piloting a new curriculum titled In Search of the American Dream. Under this theme, students in grades K-12 are reading texts about Class, Immigration, and Gender and will work to translate what they’ve discovered into original devised pieces. These new works will be performed in front of a live audience at the Showcase. Volunteers will assist with coordination and transition of groups, set up/break down, and ushering.
    3. Spring Into Scrabble: Saturday, March 17th, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This annual event engages students and their families in fun Scrabble play, along with other word games, to make sure that parents and caregivers have the tools to promote family literacy. Volunteers would help set up the space, direct participants to Scrabble boards, and act as Word Arbiters to answer any official challenges.

Interested in more information about these opportunities? Contact: Sara Morningstar at smorningstar@phillyasap.org.

Own Your Awesomeness

About the Opportunity: We are looking for female teachers who want to volunteer for a week of camp this July! The camp is for high school girls and the girls learn new skills (how to use a drill and change a tire), discuss important topics (body image, sex ed, women’s representation in the media), build community, and have fun!

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Kate Zipin, kate@ownyourawesomeness.org

Rock to the Future

About the Opportunity: Rock to the Future prepares underserved Philly youth for every stage! We provide free and low-cost music programs to help youth succeed in music, school, and life. We are always looking for volunteers to help students with homework, music and instrument instruction, and youth mentoring at our after-school program, MusiCore. We have several MusiCore volunteer orientations every year – the next orientation is on Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30-7:30pm at our Kensington location: 2139 E Cumberland St. There are plenty of other opportunities to get involved, like joining the Programming and Engagement Committees, providing photography and videography during events, and staffing special events and concerts. All current volunteer openings can be found online: Sign Up Genius

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Email Becky at info@rocktothefuture.org

Sky Community Partners

About the Opportunity: The 4th Annual Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair on April 21st. The Point Breeze 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair is being organized to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and to promote healthy living. To put on this event, we rely on volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form: 2018 Point Breeze 5K Volunteer Form

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Megan at megan@skycommunitypartners.com

Steppingstone Scholars, Inc

About the Opportunity: Steppingstone Scholars’ Mentor Program works to help our Scholars and students gain personal and professional insight into future careers and education. Our Mentors are role models, advocates and supporters who open doors to social, cultural, educational and professional experiences for college and career bound high school students. We have opportunities for ongoing one-on-one mentors who take personal and professional interest in a student as well as opportunities for ongoing or one time group mentoring where you can provide career and personal guidance to a cohort of students through workshops and online sessions.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Monique Curry-Mims at mcurry@steppingstonescholars.org

Team Up Philly, Empowering Girls to Win in Life

About the Opportunities:

Volunteers would have to get clearances and background checks done before they could start.

  1. Thursday scholars (tutoring) held three Thursdays a month at Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.. Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups to help girls develop academic skills and good work habits. We want to stimulate curiosity and love of learning. Poetry, math games and book club are common activities.
  2. Girls’ after-school sports, Tuesdays 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Shepard Rec Center, 57th & Haverford, West Philly. We combine sports skills (basketball, general fitness and other sports) with character-building curriculum. Volunteers ideally would commit to coming once a week for a season (fall/winter, spring).
  3. Girls’ after-school sports, Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Olney Elementary,Olney neighborhood. We combine sports skills (basketball, general fitness and other sports) with character-building curriculum. Volunteers ideally would commit to coming once a week for a season (fall/winter, spring).
  4. Saturday tennis held at DVTA, Bryn Mawr from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Girls have an hour of tennis instruction and play, followed by a second hour of healthy lunch and character-building activities. Volunteers could help with either or both hours; no tennis experience necessary! Lunch discussions are very interesting!
  5. Cooking partnership with the Vetri Foundation, held at universal Daroff Charter School eight week sessions in spring and fall. Volunteers would back up our head volunteer chef. The group learns to prepare healthful, affordable meals while being introduced to an array of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
  6. Girls’ Leadership project, held on some Saturdays during the school year at our Narberth office and varied locations. The GLP is for girls who have done well in TUP programs and want to further develop leadership and life skills. Volunteers would serve as mentors/role models and/or share specific talents with the group.We bring in as many resources as possible to meet the needs of the girls. Women Against Abuse is a powerful partner, helping girls identify healthy relationships, learn to set boundaries and recognize warning signs for abuse. Nutrition, self-defense, college readiness, financial literacy, exposure to arts and culture are other areas of focus.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Marian Fischer Pearlman at 484-270-8779 or Marian@teamupphilly.org

The Legacy Exists, Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund

About the Opportunity: We are in the need of ongoing social media assistance and help at our next event: The Legacy Exists, Joe Frazier Scholarship, 3rd Annual Cocktail Fundraiser, March 10, 2017. Penns Landing Caterer, Philadelphia, PA.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Weatta Frazier Collins at thelegacyexists@gmail.com

Tree House Books

About the Opportunity: Come join our volunteer-staffed Giving Library by organizing and inventorying our growing library as well as selecting and packaging book donations to go out into the community. Volunteers should be ready and enthusiastic to regularly interact with the people of our community, help them find certain books, suggest books, and engage in conversation. Our Volunteer Librarians are a crucial part of our operation and the face of our Giving Library to those who are coming in for a book or dropping off a donation. Become an essential part of our Giving Library today! Our library is open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can set your own schedule within our hours of operation!

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Emma Goldstein at Emma@treehousebooks.org

Urban Tree Connection

About the Opportunity: Urban Tree Connection, is a non-profit organization in West Philly that was founded in 1989. Our mission is to work with residents in the Haddington neighborhood to reclaim vacant land for community use and more specifically for greening and gardening projects. In the last year we have made significant shifts in our leadership to become more reflective of the community we serve, both racially and socio-economically. With those advances, we are seeking opportunities to draw in more diverse candidates across diverse skillsets that match our organizational needs and align with our vision for more equitable and sustainable local food systems. As such, we would like to extend an invitation for you and folks in your network to consider applying for / serving on one of our board committees. *Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply* For more information about Urban Tree Connection, click here. For more information about the board committee opportunity, click here.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Noelle Warford, Executive Director, at noelle@urbantreeconnection.org or 215-877-7203.

West Park Cultural Center

About the Opportunity: Volunteer at West Park Arts Fest (presented by West Park Cultural Center, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia). The event is on Saturday June 9, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the organization is looking for volunteers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Volunteers are asked to give at least a 4 hour block of time.) The event is located on South Concourse Drive between 41st and Memorial Hall Drive in West Fairmount Park. More volunteer details including types of volunteer tasks can be found on the West Park Arts Fest page of the West Park Cultural Center’s website.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Betty Lindley at 215-473-7810 or blindley@westparkcultural.org.

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships

About the Opportunities:

  1. Assistant Club Leader: Looking for an opportunity to connect with Philly youth? Volunteer to help lead an after school Chess, Debate, Drama, or Scrabble Club! No experience is necessary – ASAP staff provides training and ongoing support as you help engage students in exploring their passions. To ensure continuity for youth, ASAP asks that volunteers commit to working with one club a minimum of one hour per week for at least a semester (12-16 weeks).
  2. Debate Judges: Due to the growing popularity of scholastic debate, ASAP is looking for volunteers willing to serve as judges for ASAP’s middle and high school debate matches. More than just determining the winners, the role of a debate judge is to provide feedback to students to help them refine their arguments and to think critically about key issues. No debate experience is necessary to serve as a judge. This is a flexible opportunity – attend a one-hour orientation, then sign up for debates as your schedule permits!
  3. Event Support: Want to volunteer but can’t commit to an ongoing need? ASAP is always looking for caring adults to help large events run smoothly. Volunteers can expect to assist with registration and check-in, handing out snacks, setting up tables and chairs (we regularly have 150-200+ students at our events!),assisting with student transitions between activities, and other miscellaneous tasks. Most events are after school or on the weekends and last 3-8 hours – volunteers can sign up for shifts at longer events.
    1. ASAP Scrabble Winter Classic: Friday, January 19th, 1:00pm-5:30pm at the School District of Philadelphia Headquarters (440 N. Broad St.). This event invites more than 200 students from Scrabble clubs across the city to compete and share their love of Scrabble! We need volunteers to help with tournament set up, dictionary “challenge” checking, and tournament break-down. This is a great opportunity to engage students K-12 in enriching literacy activities.
    2. ASAP Drama Student Masterclass: Thursday, February 8th, 10:00am-8:00pm (shifts available) at the Gershman Y (401 S. Broad St.). This full-day event invites more than 100 youth to participate in a variety of workshops and activities to expand their understanding, skill and technique in the dramatic arts, enhance their cultural and social knowledge, and learn to work effectively with a team of diverse peers. Volunteers will assist with coordination of student transitions, workshop and down-time prep and break down, as well as have an opportunity to participate in workshops alongside the youth.
    3. “In Search of the American Dream” ASAP Drama Showcase: Thursday, March 8th, 1:00pm-8:00pm (shifts available), location TBD. This year, ASAP Drama is piloting a new curriculum titled In Search of the American Dream. Under this theme, students in grades K-12 are reading texts about Class, Immigration, and Gender and will work to translate what they’ve discovered into original devised pieces. These new works will be performed in front of a live audience at the Showcase. Volunteers will assist with coordination and transition of groups, set up/break down, and ushering.

Interested in more information about these opportunities? Contact: Sara Morningstar at smorningstar@phillyasap.org

Camp Jamison

About the Opportunity: At Camp Jamison we believe that summer camp can change a child’s life! If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to change the life of a child then come join us for the week at Camp Jamison. Camp Jamison is a one week camping program during July 16th-July 20th for Philadelphia children ages 9-15. We are looking for dedicated and outgoing individuals to take on roles such as cabin counselor, arts and craft specialist, sports specialist, and more!

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact: Jacqueline McDonough at jchristy@campjamisoncorp.org

Coded by Kids

About the Opportunity: Coded by Kids (CbK) teaches web development skills to students ages 5-18 years old using a project-based curriculum taught in rec centers across Philadelphia. CbK is always looking for volunteers that are skilled in basic and advanced web development, good with kids, and enjoy teaching. Classes are taught throughout the year, and volunteers are asked to make at least a 3-month commitment.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Ross Coley at rcoley@codedbykids.com.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy

About the Opportunity: Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy in Northeast Philadelphia needs volunteers on an ongoing basis to assist with its therapeutic ridng program for children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers are involved with the care of our wonderful horses and assist with the therapeutic riding lessons. No prior horse experience is necessary. We will train you. Volunteers are needed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 PM, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old and have health insurance. Those over 18 must have PA criminal and child abuse clearances. Orientation and training sessions for new volunteers in on two Saturdays a month from 2 – 4 PM. Please contact our office 215-742-1500 x3 to schedule an orientation. Volunteers are also needed for board positions, fundraising, office work, and maintenance work. Come horse around with us at Pegasus.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Lynn Green at PegasusLynn@comcast.net.

The Legacy Exists, Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund

About the Opportunity: We are in the need of ongoing social media assistance and help at our next event; The Legacy Exists, Joe Frazier Scholarship, 3rd Annual Cocktail Fundraiser, March 10, 2017. Penns Landing Caterer, Philadelphia, PA.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Weatta Frazier Collins at thelegacyexists@gmail.com.

Youth Mentoring Partnership

About the Opportunity: YMP is excited to launch our #MyMentorShoutout campaign, and we need people to participate to get the word spreading! It is a gratitude campaign to thank and honor our mentors, support positive mentoring for today’s youth, and inspire others. We’re asking you to post a video or photo shoutout honoring your mentor on social media using #MyMentorShoutout to help further the movement.

Questions? Contact Jen Godfrey at jen@youthmp.org.

By day, Joshua Schwartz is a project manager for TargetX, a higher education technology company; by night (at least some of them), he’s an adjunct professor at two different colleges.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that Joshua is passionate about education: “I am a huge believer in education and life-long learning,” he says. I believe every person, young or old, can learn something new every day – and should equally be offered the opportunity to do so.”

Joshua, now pursuing an Ed.D., started his higher education at Montgomery County Community College as an older adult student, and is particularly inspired by the mission and philosophy of community colleges.

“Even after graduating from Montgomery County Community College I remained involved. I wanted to ensure every person that I could help would receive the same opportunity to a college education that I received,” Joshua explains. “I decided to get involved because I know how life changing a community college can be – and the impact they have not just on a student, but on that students’ family too.”

You could say Joshua puts his money where his mouth is, since he’s donated funds to support student scholarships – or, in some cases, even form them – through both the Montgomery County Community College Foundation and the Schenectady County Community College Foundation.

Joshua also counts the American Cancer Society, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and the New England Aquarium among causes he supports.

“The American Cancer Society is huge for me,” Joshua says. “I’m a cancer survivor, so I know firsthand the support the ACS offers to survivors and their families.”

Joshua’s support of ACS goes beyond financial contributions. “Back in 2011, I was named the American Cancer Society’s Rookie of the Year for the Northeast PA Region for my contributions in chairing the most successful first-year community college Relay for Life in the country. In a matter of four months, we raised over $28,000 for the ACS. I have lost too many friends and family to cancer, so the ACS holds a very special place in my heart.”

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation also hits home for Joshua.

“As a member of the LBGTQ community, I feel every person deserves to have basic equal rights. This organization has done a lot for the LBGTQ community in advocating and educating individuals, corporations, and even local, state, and federal governments on the importance of ensuring all people are treated equally. I back this organization because I know there’s still so much additional work that needs to be done.”

And the New England Aquarium?

“I walked in as a tourist and fell in love,” Joshua explains. “I could spend hours there (and have), but learning the impact they play on research and the programs they offer in educating our youth inspired me to generously donate to this organization.”

The aquarium also has a lot of penguins, which Joshua happens to love.

“I know it won’t happen, but I secretly hope one day they name a penguin after me,” he jokes.

What’s Joshua’s advice for millennials looking to start giving back, but in search of the right cause for them?

“Remember your roots in life,” he says. “Remember what brought you to be the person you are today — be it your high school, religious institution, or an organization that offered you or your family support. Donate time, resources, or monetary support to organizations that mean something to you – you’ll know in your heart which is the right organization.”

Joshua also recommends paying attention to family and friends’ passions. “If you see a friend or family member posting something on Facebook, or whatever social media outlet, reach out to them. Find out more about their organization, and learn why it matters to them,” Joshua suggests. You may find that it speaks to you, too.

“As millennials, we have the power to make such an amazing impact in our community today, tomorrow, and a year from now,” Joshua says. He encourages our generation to draw on their time, talent, and financial resources to give back now. “The reward is a personal feeling that never gets old.”

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter. Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Girls on the Run Philadelphia

About the Opportunity: Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved with Girls on the Run. In working directly with a team of 3rd-5th grade girls or 6th-8th grade girls, coaches teach them healthy lifestyle lessons while training them for the culminating Girls on the Run 5K.

Who is a Girls on the Run coach?

Girls on the Run coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive women of all different backgrounds! Some are athletes and some are not; most have never coached before. All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons. Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over a 12 week fall or spring season.

What is the commitment?

  • 10-week programs are offered each fall and spring. (The Spring 2018 season will begin on March 5, 2018).
  • Practices are twice per week and last 90 minutes each immediately following the school-day (approx. between 3:00 and 5:00 PM).
  • A team will consist of three to four coaches and teams of 15 – 20 girls between 3rd and 5th grade or 6th and 8th grade.
  • Attendance at one half-day coach training utilizing the GOTR® curriculum.
  • Spring 2018 coach training will take place the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, February 2 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM, Karabots Pediatric Care Center, 4865 Market Street
    • Saturday, February 10 from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, 8900 Norwood Avenue
    • Tuesday, February 12 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM, Karabots Pediatric Care Center, 4865 Market Street
    • Thursday, March 1 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM, Exude, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 1000
    • CPR/First Aid Certification offered Saturday, September 16 from 2:00-4:00 PM, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, 8900 Norwood Avenue
  • Attendance at one in-person coach training session is mandatory.
  • Meeting with co-coaches and school/program site liaison.
  • CPR Training required for head coaches plus one additional coach at each site.
  • Attendance at practices twice per week during the 12-week season.
  • Weekly lesson prep time.
  • Attendance at the end of season Girls on the Run 5K.
  • Commitment and consistency is critical to the success of the GOTR program!
  • All coaches must plan to attend all practices, two days per week for the duration of the 10-week season.

Apply to become a coach for the Spring 2018 Season!

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Carrie Peck, Program Coordinator, at carrie.peck@girlsontherun.org

Sky Community Partners. Inc.

About the opportunity: Sky Community Partners is a local non-profit that provide​s​ programs to underserved, low income families and individuals by collaborating with high-performing organizations to increase educational opportunities, increase health awareness and access, and improve outcomes for at-risk communities in Philadelphia.​ We are often looking for volunteers to support our outreach efforts throughout the year: ​

    • Attending community events where we provide information about or organization
    • Helping to facilitate workshops for Parents/Students
    • Volunteering at one of our major events
      • December- Annual Fundraiser/Awards Ceremony
      • April- Annual 5K & Health Fair in South Philadelphia

​​ Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact ​Portia Fullard; at portia@skycommunitypartners.com

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

About the opportunity: In January of 2015, KPB launched a volunteer educator program – through which we train and then schedule amazing volunteers to give presentations in schools throughout Philadelphia on recycling, litter, why community beautification matters and how to take action in our neighborhoods. This year alone, we are on track to reach 4700 young Philadelphians with our message of environmental stewardship. Our interactive workshops were developed in partnership with the School District and the Philadelphia Streets Department.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Michelle Feldman at michelle@keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org at 215-854-4000.

Institute for the Development of African American Youth

About the opportunity: We are looking for someone to assist in our Math and English SAT Prep Classes. We are also looking for workshop opportunities in Career Development, College Assess, Health, STEAM.

Interested in more information about this opportunity? Contact Avery Davis at adavis@idaay.org, program director for Main College Bound Program

On a Monday evening, I walked into The Attic Youth Center – and into a bustle of about 30 chatting teens, grabbing dinner and then sitting down to catch up with each other. There was a spirit of home and family here that exists throughout the Attic, which works to create “opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.”

“The Attic is first and foremost a space for LGBTQ youth to get to know themselves and feel comfortable,” says Nikele Riek, LSW, the Attic’s development associate. Nikele is generously giving some of their time tonight to talk to me about the success of The Attic’s music therapy group, a new program focused on creative expression and personal storytelling.

Each year, the Spruce Foundation awards a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit supporting Philly youth in the LGBTQ space, and Spruce’s most recent LGBTQ grant went to the Attic to start the music therapy program. Nikele reports that it’s a favorite for the teens the Attic serves, consistently filling the room and giving the youth the chance to both be creative, and also just be themselves.
The music therapy program is part of The Attic’s health and wellness programming, which is in turn part of its Life Skills programming.

In addition to health and wellness, Life Skills programs provide services like homelessness prevention and remediation, academic achievement, and workforce readiness. For example, The Attic offers life coaching, where coaches meet with youth individually to discuss career possibilities, develop resumes, apply for financial aid, search for jobs, and practice interviews. The Attic also helps ensure that students understand graduation requirements, works with students and their schools to address issues such as bullying, and arranges to take students on college tours each year.

The Attic also offers paid internship opportunities for youth.

“Our THRIVE program, for example, offers youth paid internships at the Attic focused on outreach and programming around HIV prevention,” Nikele explains. “One area our current interns are focused on is how mental health plays a role risk-taking behavior.”

The Attic also places youth in external internships. Recent partners include Oyster House and Davio’s. External partners typically cover the cost of these internships, but The Attic is working to get funding that would allow it to cover the cost of placing youth in small businesses that may not be able to support the cost of an intern.

In addition to its Life Skills programming, the Attic offers mental health counseling, where Attic therapists help individuals, couples, and families with issues including coming out, problems at school, gender questions, depression, anxiety, relationships, stress management, anger management, and conflicts with friends or family. The Attic draws on grants to provide mental health counseling at no cost.

Finally, the Bryson Institute of the Attic Youth Center offers trainings to other organizations on best practices for working with LGBTQ individuals. The Bryson Institute brings these trainings to social service and health care providers, faith communities, schools, and other organizations. “To make all of Philadelphia a safe and inclusive city for LGBTQ youth, we’re trying to help people move from ‘tolerance’ to being accepting and welcoming,” Nikele explains.

For Sprucers interested in getting involved with the Attic and its mission, Nikele outlines several ways to pitch in and help.

First, the Attic looks for groups to volunteer to cook and serve dinner for approximately 30-35 youth each weekday evening. Volunteers need to provide the food and can either cook it in advance or make use of the Attic’s full kitchen. Dinner is served at 5:15 p.m. (The volunteer groups also handle the clean-up.) There are no dietary restrictions and this opportunity gives volunteer groups the opportunity to interact a bit with the youth the Attic serves.

Second, the Attic is currently running a winter supply drive, and is accepting donations of new hats, new gloves, new socks, new scarves, and new or gently-used coats. The winter supply drive will end in February.

Finally, the Attic runs a hygiene supply drive on an ongoing basis, and accepts donations such as travel-sized toiletries, menstrual products, and more.

For more information on the Attic, or to volunteer for one of these opportunities, please contact Nikele at nikele@atticyouthcenter.org.

Mark your calendars for April 21, 2017, and join us for Spruce Gala at the Center for Architecture and Design. Tickets are now on sale at the incredible Early Bird rate of only $75, with sales helping to support the $5,000 grants Spruce will give — at Gala — to five nonprofits serving the city’s youth in the areas of Education, Arts, Health & Wellness, LGBTQ, and Peacebuilding.

In addition to giving you a chance to make a difference, Spruce Gala also gives you the chance to simply have a really good time. You’ll get to enjoy delicious heavy apps from 12th Street Catering, incredible cookies from Insomnia, scoops from the Little Baby’s Ice Cream cart … and did we mention there’s an open bar? Plus you get to network with Philadelphia’s philanthropic leaders and changemakers!

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Flying Fish Brewing Co., Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Yards Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Yuengling, Insomnia Cookies, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

Interested in sponsoring or donating to our annual gala? Email us at events@sprucefoundation.org!