Welcoming A New Year

Last year was not the year any of us expected, however as we look back on our first year in Philadelphia we are proud to have: 

  • established a strong (and growing) board & board of advisors
  • created opportunities to "care actively"
  • raised & granted $300,000 to our partners for COVID relief
  • selected 14 nonprofit partners & granted $270,000

We look forward to the chance to connect you with our community in 2021 starting with the Meet Our Partners Virtual Event!
Meet Our Partners Virtual Event
Life Science Cares Philadelphia is starting the new year with additional nonprofit partners who were selected from a group of organizations nominated by our board of advisors. Each of these partners is doing outstanding work to reduce the impact of poverty in the communities they serve and is focused on one of three areas: education, economic sustainability or basic human survival.
We are excited to be able to share the resources of the life science community with our partners including grants of $220,000. More importantly, we look forward to increasing the impact of the grants through opportunities to engage our life science employees in meaningful volunteer activities that support the communities served by our partners.

Join us to Meet Our Partners and learn more about opportunities to "care actively" alongside other members of our life science community.
Thursday, February 11
Noon to 1pm
Zoom Virtual Meeting
Get Involved
Volunteer To Launch Students Towards A Career In The Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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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