What is DU to the Zoo?
The DU to the Zoo resources inform members of the Drexel community about the wide variety of community service opportunities right in their own back yard!
A wealth of volunteer opportunities area available between Drexel University and the Philadelphia Zoo, from 30 th to 42 nd Streets.
Students are encouraged to serve and advocate for our neighbors in the Powelton and Mantua communities. The DU to the Zoo resources offer students concrete ways to engage in service and volunteerism. This resource highlights over 40 organizations' names and contact information where you can volunteer and make a difference!
For information about the CEO Program's “DU to the Zoo Leadership Certificate” visit: www.drexel.edu/OCA/Leadership
While DU to the Zoo maps are available in various
locations around Drexel's campus, please visit the Office
of Campus Activities for a copy.
DU to the Zoo: Organizations, Agencies, and Opportunities: (Some information may not be up to date)
3401 Baring Street
Contact: Jean Wisniewski
The Baring House was established to help prevent child abuse by providing emergency day care and overnight respite care to parents with children up to five years old. It is a safe place for children in the community in case of crisis.
Caring About Sharing
500 North 39th Street
Contact: Beverly Smith or David Logan
“Helping Those in Need” We distribute food to the community and agencies, house an emergency food cupboard for families and single adults, and provide special delivery services to seniors and individuals who are shut-in.
3101 Spring Garden Street
The Caring Center is a comprehensive day care and learning center. We focus on early childhood activities and after school programs. We have been recognized nationally for the services we provide for children.
of the Savior
38th and Chestnut Street
In conjunction with University City Hospitality Coalition, Cathedral Church of the Savior
holds a soup kitchen on Wednesdays. Volunteers can help anytime from 4:30 - 7:30 pm .
Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Avenue
Contact: Joe Revlock
Responding to the neighborhoods' need to come together; CEC works toward strengthening a sense of shared community and culture among people of different backgrounds.
33rd and Race Streets
The Community Garden is a one acre plot of land consisting of 35 individual plots which, in conjunction with the City Greening Committees, are in need of maintenance and restoration.
Drew Elementary School
38th Street and Powelton Avenue
4040 Market Street
Elwyn creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and disadvantages to learn, to work and to build more meaningful, independent lives, helping people to recognize that each person is an important contributor to a better society.
Family Support Services, Inc.; Family School
3828 Spring Garden Street
Contact: Celeste: On-site supervisor
Family Support Services' Family School is a center based child abuse and neglect treatment and reunification program for parents and their children, ages birth to five years. Parents learn about limit setting, child development, safety, physical care, and family violence, while children attend age appropriate classrooms.
Grace Lutheran Church
36th and Haverford Avenue - 3529 Haverford
Contact: Rev. Arthur Gilbert
We host a food pantry where families take classes on nutrition and food preparation, and receive food. This is from September through June on Mon. from 10am - 3:30pm . We host a Philabundance Program giving food to the community the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
4225 Chestnut Street
Intercultural Services works to stabilize, strengthen, and unite families and diverse communities. We offer 21 programs for the community such as youth/family development program for at risk teenagers; HIV/AIDS, emergency food bank; music and mentorship programs.
Mantua and Haverford Community
631 N. 39th Street ( Haverford Ave )
Contact: Rich Purdie
The Mantua and Haverford Community Center works to keep kids off the street and to keep them involved with beneficial and fun programs such as summer camps, after school programs, computer classes, basketball leagues, fieldtrips and workshops.
Mantua Family Center ; Morton McMichael
3543 Fairmount Avenue
We provide the following services to the Mantua community: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Rites of Passage Youth Program, Lollipop Pre-school Program, Food Referrals, Fatherhood Program, Consumer Education, Health Education, Computer Assistance Program, Information and Referral Center and much more.
3320 Haverford / 34th and Haverford Avenue
Contact: Vincent Singleton
The Mantua Library hosts volunteers to support the librarians, offer computer skills, and possibly work with children in the community.
Mantua Recreation Center
34th and Haverford Avenue
Contact: James Wright
The Mantua Recreation Center is an indoor facility that offers various opportunities for children including a basketball league (needing coaches), an after school program, tutoring programs, and working with kids with problems and their families.
36th and Aspen Streets
Contact: Alisa Haywood
Working with the Department of Recreation, from September to June, this after-school program offers tutoring, field trips, a recreational center and outdoor playground, and workshops for children. The program services around 25 kids and is run from 3 pm - 6 pm .
Metropolitan Baptist Church
3500 Baring Street
(215) 222-9536 or (215) 222-3930
The Metropolitan Baptist Church provides after school programs for kids in the community.
Morton McMichael Elementary School
3543 Fairmount Avenue
New Choices / New Options University City High School
36th and Filbert Street , Room 11
(215) 382-2745 or (215) 387-5100
New Choices/New Options University City High School offers an educational program to help kids enter training programs for the work-force.
New Life Consumer Center
3119 Spring Garden Street
Contact: Jaqueline Qilliams, Director
The Mental Health Association of South Eastern Pennsylvania provides daytime services to adults living in supervised group homes, primarily those with mental health problems.
3214 Baring Street
(215) 387-8331 or (215) 462-5041
Contact: T.J Williams
Opportunity Place is a supervised residential facility serving men with mental health problems. We also offer transitional housing for dual diagnosed adults.
Penn Center for
Rehab and Care
3609 Chestnut Street
Contact: Evette Odom
Penn Center for Rehab and Care is a nursing home that provides long-term and short term care for the elderly and those with special health rehabilitation needs.
Penn Children's Center
3160 Chestnut Street - Left Bank Commons , Suite 100
The Penn Children's Center is the University of Pennsylvania 's child care center for ages three months to five years. Volunteers can assist staff with children in classrooms, help to implement lesson plans, and supervise and interact with children on field trips.
Penn Early Childhood Program
4212 Chestnut Street
Contact: Robin Frugone
A community-based program that provides early intervention services to children, ages birth-5 years as developmentally delayed. Children receive special education, psychological, occupational, physical, and/or speech therapy in the home or day care center.
People's Emergency Center
3902 Spring Garden Street
(215) 382-7523 x221
Contact: Lizz Gable
The People's Emergency Center helps thousands of abused, abandoned and homeless women to rebuild lives of dignity through programs that help themselves. In addition, PEC offers an emergency food cupboard.
Philadelphia Children's Alliance
4000 Chestnut Street
Contact: Chris Kirchner
The Philadelphia 's Children Alliance conducts forensic interviews, provides victim support services, support groups, advocacy, case tracking and coordination, and education for professionals who intervene in cases of alleged child sexual abuse.
3400 West Girard Ave
Contact: Frances Andrews
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts student volunteers in small groups for various one-time service projects. In addition, there are opportunities to participate, on a regular basis, in early morning animal care in the Children's Zoo. Also, the Zoo is in need of clerical/office support, computer help, and assistance with marketing surveys.
Powel Elementary School
3501 Powelton Avenue
Contact: Marge Neff, Principal
Contact: Michael Jones
The Powelton Village Civic Association oversees many volunteering activities in the community such as: community clean-ups, greening initiatives, historic preservation, advocating for community members, connections with government leaders, and much more.
Presbyterian Medical Center
38/39th and Market/Powelton Streets - 39th and Market Streets
Contact: Rene Donnard
Students can apply for volunteer positions in the Public Relations Department. Activities include assisting in the Surgical Lounge where families wait to hear about patients and helping with the Hospital's information kits.
3615 Chestnut Street
Contact: Michael Ardman
The Ralston House is a nursing home that provides skilled and intermediate care to an elderly and disabled population, specializing in the care of people over the age of 65.
Ronald McDonald House ( Philadelphia )
Chestnut Street between 39th and 40th
(215) 387-8406 x302
Contact: Tina McDonnell
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families and their seriously ill children who are treated at area hospitals.
Spiral Q Puppet Theater
3114 Spring Garden Street , 2nd floor
The Spiral Q. Puppet Theater works with neighborhood groups to organize street fairs and similar events.
St. Agatha and St. James Roman Catholic Church
3728 Chestnut Street
In conjunction with the Hospitality Coalition, St. Agatha and St. James Roman Catholic Church hosts a soup kitchen every Tuesday evening.
St. Andrew / St. Monica
3600 Baring Street
Aside from the emergency food cupboard that they provide, St. Andrew/St. Monica Church participates in Episcopal Community Services.
St. Mary's Family Respite Center
3723 Chestnut Street and 3119 Spring Garden Street
St. Mary's Family Respite Center provides support for families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Sunnycrest Family Support Center
3828 Spring Garden Street
Contact: Iraina Salaam
Through transportation, case management, parenting groups, and recreational activities, Sunnycrest Family Support Center gives support for parents in West Philly with kids under 5.
Tot - Lot
Corner of Powelton and 35th Street
Contact: Marylin Taylor
The Tot-Lot is a community playground in the Powelton Village Community.
4013 Chestnut Street
UC Green's goals include the creation and maintenance of greenways along streets and pathways, landscaping around homes and apartments and the rejuvenation of vacant lots.
University Lutheran Church
of the Incarnation
37th Street Walk and Chestnut Street
Contact: Fred Wolfe
Every Tuesday evening, from 4-6pm , the University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation hosts a meal for those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
West Philadelphia Community Center
3512 Haverford Avenue
Contact: Arlene Scofield
We provide service to infants, youth, teens, families, and elderly (in surrounding communities in West Philly) through social, recreational, health, technical, and educational services.
West Philadelphia Partnership
3901 Market Street
Contact: Jenna Musket
West Philadelphia Partnership is a group of community organizations and educational institutions, providing services like education/employment support and victim services.
Youth Service, Inc.; Child Abuse Prevention Program
3828 Spring Garden Street
Youth Services, Inc. provides education on child abuse prevention through prenatal and post partum services including counseling, parenting groups, educational support, transportation, case management, activities for kids, focus on fathers, and heath screenings.