Summer of Service

The hard work of creating a more just society falls on each of us - every day. One impactful way you can help this is summer is to join with others from the life science community to give your time and talents to support young adults from our region through a variety of virtual mentoring engagements. Complete our survey to be matched with upcoming opportunities to connect with young adults and share career experiences, talk about science and give business advice. Read about these opportunities as well as other ways that Life Science Cares Philadelphia is supporting our nonprofit partners!
Life Science Cares Condemns Racism
Life Science Cares condemns racism and other acts of injustice. We stand with our nonprofit partners to support their critical work in the communities they serve and call upon our colleagues in the life science community to stand alongside us and join an upcoming volunteer event!
Emergency COVID-19 Grants
Life Science Cares Philadelphia reached our fundraising goal and made additional emergency grants in the amount of $200,000 to support our nonprofit partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to our nonprofit partners for the work they are doing to support our community and our donors who made the grants possible!
Get Involved - Virtual Volunteering
Mentoring, Tutoring or Career Development Volunteer Opportunities
 Issue areas: Education & Sustainability | Youth

This summer and fall will look significantly different for students across Greater Philadelphia, and for the nonprofit organizations who support them with programs focused on education and economic sustainability. 

Life Science Cares Philadelphia is recruiting volunteers who are interested in being virtual tutors, mentors and career speakers for a variety of opportunities under development.

Please share some information about your interests and background and we will be in touch to match you with opportunities as they are developed. 
Upcoming opportunities include:
  • Connect with students who are interested in starting a business: work with a small group of students to guide them through the process of developing a business plan & budget, developing a pitch, and conducting informational interviews
  • Work with high school graduates as they gain a basic understanding of laboratory skills 
  • Serve as a virtual "career consultant" to Philadelphia high school students to help students prepare for college, explore career interests, and develop 21st century work skills
Year Up Wilmington is looking for male leaders and innovators from the community to support the young adults in their program at a virtual Men's Panel & Life Coaching Event.

Wednesday July 8: 9am to 11am
At Home Activities
Issue area: Survival | Youth
Cradles to Crayons has created a toolkit of activities so you and your family can continue helping provide essential items to local kids from the safety of your home. Just click on an activity to download instructions, then “Collect & Hold” the donations you accumulate!
In June we had twenty volunteers register to participate in a series of virtual mock interviews with Year Up students from Philadelphia and Wilmington. Volunteers asked questions, reviewed resumes and gave real time feedback. These experiences were incredibly important and impactful as the Year Up students are now currently interviewing in the real world. 
Thanks to our volunteers from KPMG, Spark Therapeutics, PCI Ventures, Strongbridge Bio, Prelude Therapeutics, Ocugen and Radius Health!
Responding to COVID-19 Webinars
Life Science Cares Philadelphia began a series of webinars to showcase how our nonprofit partners have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep an eye on our social media for announcements of upcoming webinars or listen to a recording of an earlier event in order to hear directly from the leaders of our partners about the needs of the communities they serve.
Recorded Webinars:

Special Guests:

Michal Smith, Executive Director Cradles to Crayons

Vin Milano, CEO
Idera Pharmaceuticals
In this interview with Michal Smith, executive director of Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia we learned more about how Cradles to Crayons responded to their community partners who turned to Cradles to Crayons with urgent needs for new diapers, school and art supplies, hygiene items and other essentials needed by families with children. 

Special Guests:

Mike Dahl, Executive Director Broad Street Ministry

Lisa Dalton, Chief People Officer, Spark Therapeutics

Learn more about how Broad Street Ministry modified their services to protect the health of vulnerable populations and their staff while still distributing food and providing services to those in need. Executive director Mike Dahl also discusses how collective effort is more powerful than working alone as he reviews partnerships created with other local organizations. 

Congratulations to Broad Street Ministry for being selected for the Wawa Foundation Hero Award!
Get Involved - Other ways to help
Contact Tracing Volunteers

Contact tracing is a process in which officials identify whom an infected person may have exposed and warn them to self-isolate to reduce the spread of the virus. Having effective contact tracing programs in place will be necessary in order to safely reopen our economy. A contact tracing effort will involve a lot of people and local governments are working to increase their capacity to do that work.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer to assist with contact tracing, please complete this survey and you will receive additional information from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as it becomes available.
Donate tablet devices
At virus hotspots across the country, countless patients - especially the elderly and low-income - are suffering in social isolation without a smart device to stay connected to their families and communities.  Connect for COVID-19 is collecting excess smart devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) to enable digital access for vulnerable populations to tackle patient isolation and enable remote access for medical staff on the frontlines. Fill out this form to start the process of getting your device to an ICU patient in need:
In the news
Watch Joseph Fetterman's video interview with Pete Wolf of Life Science Cares Philadelphia as part of Collier's LabNotes newsletter .
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