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Dragon Volunteers

 Professional Staff Volunteer Opportunities Drexel Human Resources has teamed up with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to identify multiple ways for faculty and professional staff to give back to the community. Programming opportunities are a direct result of the overwhelming response to a campus wide survey which clearly demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement.  We encourage volunteer activity, and as a result of our survey, we have decided to provide some selected opportunities for a smaller number interested faculty and professional staff.  We encourage you to volunteer in a way that best suits you.  We wanted the campus community to be aware of these organizations, and we are seeking deeper connections through Dragon Volunteer Captains who can help coordinate the volunteer effort.  When we work together we are able to channel our efforts to make an impact in our community.

Apply to be a Dragon Volunteer Captain. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

PhillyPatientRide

Location: Various locations throughout Philadelphia and suburbs – cars are available for pickup on our campus!

PhillyPatientRide is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and PhillyCarSharethat provides transportation to cancer patients in treatment using volunteer drivers and PhillyCarShare vehicles. All volunteers must be over 21 with a valid license, and are only required to commit to providing one ride per month (about 3 hours). There are opportunities both within Philadelphia using PhillyCarShare vehicles, or alternative programs in suburban areas for staff who want to volunteer closer to home. Volunteers will schedule their own timeslots via the organization’s website and the coordinator at the American Cancer Society.

The staff liaison will help with recruitment and retention of volunteers. A one-hour training is required for all volunteers. There may be related volunteer opportunities through the American Cancer Society as well.

MANNA Location: 2323 Ranstead St. – Just minutes from Drexel!

MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals to people suffering from acute life-threatening illness. Volunteer groups will work in their kitchen, helping to prepare meals. A kitchen training is required for all volunteers. Volunteer groups are not required to supply food for these meals.

The staff liaison will work with MANNA volunteer coordinators to identify open shifts, and recruit and schedule volunteer groups of 5-10 staff members to work in the kitchen. The goal for the Spring/Summer  terms will be to provide volunteer groups every other month, but this may increase depending on the level of volunteer interest. MANNA has both day and evening shifts so it would be a great fit for departments to use this as a teambuilding activity for staff during the work day or immediately after.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Location: Varies – possibly on campus

Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a leading mentoring organization, regionally and nationally. The staff liaison would be responsible for promoting BBBS mentorship on campus, and recruiting new Big Brothers and Big Sisters (with an emphasis on Big Brothers to meet the needs of their waiting list of male mentees). The liaison will also work with BBBS staff to explore the possibility of bringing the BBBS “Beyond School Walls” program to campus, which would involve partnering with a local school to bring groups to campus for mentoring. There is a small cost associated with this program, which may require fundraising on the part of volunteers.

Goodwill

Location – Donation Drive on campus

Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. The liaison will work with the local VP of Operations to coordinate donation drives to engage the Drexel community as well as partners including Penn, UCD, PYN, and others. Proceeds from the donation drives will be used to fund employment programs in West Philadelphia.

For more information please email dragonvolunteers@drexel.edu.

Dragon Volunteer Captain

Dragon Volunteer Captains will serve as a liaison between Drexel and the volunteer organization and are responsible for administrative tasks, including but not limited to: recruiting and retention of volunteers, communicating information to the volunteers, and scheduling Drexel faculty and professional staff for volunteer hours. Dragon Volunteers Captains must be able to commit up to 8 hours a month and will serve for a one-year term.

Apply  to be a Dragon Volunteer Captain. 

For more information please email dragonvolunteers@drexel.edu.