Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities from January 2018 Newsletter

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.

Elizabeth Starrantino is a Spruce Foundation alumni board member and chair of the organization’s communications committee. She spent five years in non-profit marketing and fundraising, and knows from first-hand experience the difference dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers make to move organizations forward. She got involved with the Spruce Foundation because she knows her peers have the skills and drive to be those volunteers and make that difference, and she wants to help connect them to the causes that need them so they can start making Philadelphia even more awesome than it already is.

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