Inspiration Available Here!

Are you still feeling a bit socially isolated this winter? Life Science Cares Philadelphia can help you beat the winter blues with:
  • inspiring presentations from our partners
  • help with recruiting first generation college students as summer interns through Project Onramp
  • news regarding the impact our partners are having in the community
  • volunteer activities
Meet Our Partners: Brief Video Replays
Life Science Cares Philadelphia invites you to 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 fourteen 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. Select an individual partner presentation on our website by clicking on a logo. 
We encourage you to follow up with us to schedule a lunch & learn or plan a future volunteer event!
Project Onramp
Life Science Cares, in partnership with Philadelphia Futures, has launched Project Onramp Philadelphia – a program designed to connect high-potential, economically disadvantaged Philadelphia college students with paid summer internships at life science companies. Internships are not limited to STEM-related, high science roles; business disciplines, including human resources, finance, marketing, and administrative roles, are also available. Read our announcement of the program.
In its first summer, Project Onramp Philadelphia is targeting 25 to 30 internship positions at leading life science related companies - like yours.

Complete the online form to get started today!
Grant Impact
Funding Workforce Development 

Read how our nonprofit partner ACHIEVEability launched the TechUp program to train high school graduates who are underemployed or unemployed in in-demand Salesforce skills. This program is funded in part through your financial support of Life Science Cares!
Virtual Goal Setting Workshop
Issue area: Economic Sustainability | Youth
Monday April 12
Time: ~2pm - 5pm
Zoom link to be provided
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.
Guest Survey (In Person)
Issue area: Survival | Youth
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
Volunteer To Launch Students Towards A Career In The Sciences (Virtual or In Person)
Issue area: Education | Youth
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.

Volunteer opportunities are on several Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:15 now until May. Contact Life Science Cares to request additional information and be connected with Breakthrough Philadelphia.
Tax Return Preparation (Virtual or In Person)
Issue area: Economic Sustainability | Skills based volunteering
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.
Help Welcome Refugee Families to Philadelphia 

Issue area: Survival | Economic Sustainability
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. 
Donate Books To Support A Social Enterprise
Issue area: Survival | Economic Sustainability
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.
Virtual Resume Review and Mock Interview Workshop
Issue area: Youth | Economic Sustainability
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
Make Inspirational Notes
Issue area: Survival | Youth | Immigration
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
  • "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
Purchase Needed Supplies: Amazon Wishlists
Issue areas: Survival | Education | Youth | Immigration

Many of our partners benefit from receiving supplies to be provided to the communities they serve and have created Amazon Wishlists to make it easy to help!

Shop the wishlist of clothing and hygiene items for guests of Broad Street Ministry. All items will be sent directly to Broad Street Ministry where they will be packaged into kits and distributed.

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 COVID. Help ensure that these students continue to have access to health food by sending Giant Food or Acme Markets gift cards that will be distributed by Year Up staff to students in need ASAP. 

Purchase a range of items to help set up a refugee's first home in Philadelphia.

Provide items needed by families with children including clothing, coats, boots, diapers, hygiene kits and other supplies.
Stay In Touch

Is your organization interested in learning more about how to get involved with Life Science Cares Philadelphia? Schedule a presentation for your colleagues by contacting us - we can include one or more partners to help your team stay connected to the work being done in our community.

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