Community Services Committee


The goal of the Community Service committee is to provide opportunities for the biomedical postdocs to participate in service activities, sharing our skills with the community while gaining valuable experiences and having fun. 

Current activities

Volunteering opportunity for 18th annual Philly Cares Day on October 22nd, 2011

The Biomedical Postdoc Council Community Service Committee will participate in the 18th annual Philly Cares Day (PCD) on October 22, 2011 - National Make a Difference Day!  Greater Philadelphia Cares (GPC) has worked with The School District of Philadelphia for 18 consecutive years to make Philly Cares Day a success.  It is the largest managed volunteer day in Philadelphia that will help approximately 100 schools, communities, and recreation centers around the Philadelphia region. You will help improve the quality of these organizations that help inspire our students to learn.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come volunteer on October 22, 2011 so friends and family are welcome.  We have been assigned Kenderton School in North Philly (near Temple Hospital) where we will be painting murals, hallways, playgrounds and gardening to make the school a nice environment for the students.

If you would like to join the BPC community service volunteer team for this event and for more information, please e mail me at by Wed Oct 19th. 

Volunteering opportunity at the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run in Fairmount Park on Sunday July 17th, 2011

The mud run features 5K and 10K off-road courses filled with:

Race alongside local Military personnel, Public Safety Officers and Police Academy trainees.  We are looking forward to an exciting event with 5000+ runners, obstacles and mud!

Volunteers needed for the following:

Saturday, July 16th from 12:00pm-5:30pm at Fairmount Park, Belmont Plateau
Will be helping stuff packets, open and run registration
Should wear comfortable clothes, will be given a t-shirt and check in with MESP staff member at registration tent

Sunday, July 17th from 5am-1pm at Fairmount Park, Belmont Plateau
Will be helping with execution of event including registration, finish line, burger bash, etc.
Should wear comfortable clothes that may get muddy (will receive t-shirt), hat and sunscreen and check in at the registration tent.  Snacks will be provided during day and lunch will be at end of shift.

More information can be found here

Please contact if you would like to volunteer by Wed July 20th, 2011.  

Past activities

Project Discovery - Fall 2010
We taught the 3rd and 4th grade students at the Sheppard Elementary School about chemistry

Million Meals for Haiti – Summer 2010
We helped the Salvation Army package one million meals for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake

Postdoc Blood Drive – Summer 2010
We sponsored a blood drive at the new Penn Medicine Blood Donation Center

Science Fair mentoring at Belmont Charter School – Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
We mentored seventh and eighth grade students as they prepared for a year-end science fair. 

Philadelphia Cares Day – Fall 2009
We cleared out storage rooms in two elementary schools to make room for new educational materials. 

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in doing some community service on your own?  Check out these great local organizations! 

How can you contribute?

We are always looking for activity ideas and/or leaders.  If you have an idea of an activity you think would be fun, or if you’d like to lead an activity, please let us know. 

Announcements of upcoming community service events will be sent by email to the postdocs.  Keep your eyes open for new volunteer opportunities.  


Sarah Collington, Ph.D.
Chair, Community Services Committee

Angela Brown, Ph.D.
Council Co-chair
Member, Community Services Committee

Laurence M. Wood, Ph.D.
Member, Community Services Committee

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