We had amazing weather and lots of fun cleaning up John Heinz Refuge!Read More
Want to do good for the environment AND your community? Get creative with recycling!Read More
March was all about supporting the 15,000 residents who access shelter in Philadelphia each year.Read More
February was all about sending love to some of the strongest and bravest kids we know.Read More
We have had nine wonderful events since starting Volunteering Untapped PHL, and during that time have generated over 900 volunteer hours. This time was spent salvaging lumber, developing urban gardens, beautifying playgrounds, and packaging toys for children. Most importantly, the time was spent building a sense of community and togetherness.
Going forward, we are committed to developing Volunteering Untapped PHL into the city’s leading service community and have an even greater impact. In order to do so, we are looking for additional support for our Board through adding committees.
These are the positions we are looking to fill:
- Events committee: Work with the Directors of Nonprofit Relations to plan and coordinate monthly volunteer events.
- Fundraising committee: Help develop and implement efforts to attract non-grant funding and in-kind donations (such as coffee, snacks, and event supplies) needed to sustain and grow the VU-PHL service community.
- Grant Writing committee: Work with Board Chair to search and apply for grant opportunities
- Volunteering Untapped PHL Ambassador: Serve as an Ambassador for VU-PHL, build interest and brand recognition across Philadelphia
If any of these sound appealing, and like something you would like to get involved with, click here for full position descriptions and to answer a few questions to let us know which position(s) you are interested in and a little about yourself!
If you are not quite ready to join a committee, and want to receive our newsletter, visit our website and sign up here!
We were honored and excited to participate in the #MLKDayofService with some excellent partners!Read More
'Tis the season for giving back! Check out the mountains of toys we moved with Salvation Army.Read More
The weather was a bit frightful, but the #voluntbeering was SO delightful!Read More
Every once in a while, you just want to feel like a kid again!Read More
An emotional week for immigrants in America aligned with our September Event partner's mission. Learn more about it on our blog.Read More
Why were we all talking about Harry Potter and absinthe during this event? Unfortunately, it's definitely not because either one showed up.Read More
North Broad Street is key to the continued rise of Philly. Learn about how we can all #ThinkBroad and help revitalize a key commercial corridor in our city!Read More
Our June event involved an underground river and a garden that will grow sky scrapers!Read More
We launched the newest chapter of Volunteering Untapped in Philadelphia! Check out the recap of our first event.Read More
Over three years ago, when Seth Franz looked around Baltimore and saw the opportunity to engage thousands of young people with volunteerism, others might have missed the potential he saw. Now in 2017, Seth and his team are drawing 200 plus young professionals each month to plant trees, paint playgrounds, and enjoy a few pints when they're through.
This is Volunteering Untapped. And now it's live in Philly!
We're here to tell you briefly about our mission and why we think it's crucial to bring this program to Philadelphia.
Our Mission Statement
Make volunteering a habit for young professionals in Philadelphia
To us, this means developing exciting and impactful volunteer opportunities that engage you in your community. These events should be reflective of the needs and population of our city, and should span all neighborhoods within the city limits. It also means these events are just as much about you as the non-profits we support. You are eager to donate your time to a great cause, and these groups are extraordinarily grateful for your contribution. It is VU PHL's job to make sure all parties get the maximum value out of the exchange.
Our Delivery Model
On the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, VU volunteers with a different nonprofit organization, and then the group spends the afternoon at a local bar.
This setup provides volunteers structure and a community of young people who are passionate about giving back to their city without requiring a lot of upfront investment. Our goal is to inspire and educate volunteers about our partner organizations and enable those who find a connection with your cause to explore opportunities with them.
How To Get Started
That is one of the biggest benefits to being part of the VU Crew! Our membership mantra is "Sign up, Show up" - meaning all of the details will be managed for you. No need to bring gear, tools, or anything else besides yourself! We provide a fully developed event, water, snacks, and food/drink specials afterwards all to reward your hard work.