Ways to give during the holidays
The Temple community is reaching out to help make the holiday season a little brighter for the less fortunate.
Temple Way launches this week
|Donate to charitable organizations through the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania or through Temple Way, an annual campaign that began this week. (Watch your campus mail for more information.) For more than a decade, Temple Way has provided the opportunity to support initiatives such as the AIDS Fund, the Bread and Roses Community Fund, the Catholic Charities Appeal, the Environmental Fund for Pennsylvania, the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal, and Womens Way. Funds have also been contributed to University and Health System initiatives that assist students, patients, and campus neighbors. Temple’s goal is to raise $100,000.
|How to contribute: All employees will receive a mailing that details the process. Employees can contribute a tax-deductible donation by check, cash, credit card or payroll deduction by contacting their departmental representative. For more information, contact the Community Relations Office at email@example.com.
Through Nov. 17: Thanksgiving dinners will be provided to families in the Temple Children’s Hospital community. The Family Services Department will be accepting donations of food vouchers in increments of $5 to grocery stores such as Pathmark, Shoprite, Thriftway and ACME, as well as canned goods, boxed stuffing and corn bread mix. If you would like to participate, contact Ernie Bristow in Family Services at 215-707-6145.
Nov. 17 and 18: Students, faculty and staff are invited to donate or collect frozen turkeys. Several Ambler student organizations are hosting a turkey drive to support the Mattie M. Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler Borough. For more information or to volunteer to help with the Ambler Campus Student Organizations’ Turkey Drive, call 215-283-1290. Vouchers for turkeys from area supermarkets will also be accepted.
Location: Ambler Campus, Administration Building, first floor.
Hurricane Katrina Relief Drive
Through Nov. 18: The Ambler Campus chapter of the American Marketing Association is teaming up with the Salvation Army and the Project of Brotherly Love to sponsor a relief drive for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations from food and clothing to toiletries and appliances will be accepted. For more information, contact 267-625-6713 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Drop-off points will be located on the Ambler Campus in the Commuter Parking Lot, Bright Hall Lounge, and in front of Widener, Dixon, Cottage and Bright halls.
Through Nov. 18: The Pi Phi sorority of Ambler Campus is collecting books for the Books Through Bars program, which supplies quality reading material to prisoners. Books that are most commonly requested include dictionaries, thesauruses and books with historical, political and cultural content. Educational materials about GED or basic how-to books and health journals are also popular. For more information, contact email@example.com or www.booksthroughbars.org.
Location: Donation boxes will be located on Ambler Campus in Bright Hall, West Hall and the library.
Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Ambler Student Government Association is sponsoring a “home-cooked” Thanksgiving meal for about 40 young residents of St. Mary’s Villa in Ambler. Students, faculty and staff are asked to help provide food, arts and craft supplies and, most importantly, their time to help make this day successful. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-283-1283.
Location: A volunteer sign-up sheet is available in the Student Activities Office at Ambler Campus, Bright Hall.
Through Nov. 21: The Health Sciences Center faculty is hosting a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit Philadelphia’s Bethune Elementary School. People are asked to donate baskets that include turkeys and everything else needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. In the past, the staff has been able to provide clothing donations consisting of socks, underwear and light blue blouses or shirts. Non-perishable and monetary donations are being accepted through Nov. 18, but turkeys will be collected through Nov. 21.
Location: Contributions can be dropped off at Bethune Elementary School located at 3301 Old York Road or at Health Sciences Center, Jones Hall, room 407.
Through Nov. 21: The Fox School of Business’ student professional organizations sponsor their Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items to donate to Project HO.M.E. This non-profit organization provides food and shelter for the homeless and underprivileged families in the North Philadelphia area. This year their goal is to collect 1,500 items so that more than 400 formerly homeless residents and about 300 families in the community receive a proper Thanksgiving meal.
Location: Speakman Hall, room 106.
Hurricane Katrina Relief Drive
Through Nov. 23: The Sigma Chi Delta sorority and the Criminal Justice Society are collecting canned goods, clothes and monetary donations to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. On Nov. 23, to celebrate the semester-long campaign, members of the two organizations will also be accepting donations at the Acme Supermarket on Butler Pike in Ambler Borough from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact 215-283-1290 or email@example.com.
Location: Collection boxes are placed at Ambler Campus in the lobbies of Bright Hall and East Hall.
Dec. 1 through Dec. 12: The Temple Ambler Owl Reach student organization is sponsoring a toy drive to help support the Salvation Army’s efforts to bring a happy holiday to families throughout the Philadelphia region. All gifts must be new and unwrapped. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484-941-2450.
Location: Ambler Campus, Bright Hall lounge. Pick an ornament from the “Angel Tree.” Each ornament includes a child’s name, age and desired gift. Take the bottom half of the ornament, purchase the gift, and drop it off on the specified dates.
Through Dec. 5: The Ambler Campus chapter of the Criminal Justice Society will sponsor a toy drive benefiting the Philadelphia Child Advocacy Canter. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to donate new, unwrapped toys. For more information, contact 267-468-8913 or e-mail email@example.com.
Location: Donations will be collected as Ambler Campus in Bright Hall lounge and the East Residence Hall lobby.
Box Top Drive
Through Dec. 5: The Society for Human Resource Management of Ambler Campus is asking for the donation of box tops found on all General Mills cereal products to benefit the Wissahickon Middle School. The school, which participates in the Box Tops for Education Program, will be awarded 10 cents for each box top collected. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Collection boxes will be placed at Ambler Campus in the East Residence Hall, Bright Hall Lounge, Widener Hall and Dixon Hall.
Through Dec. 7: Recreation Services is sponsoring a nonperishable food drive to benefit the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank.
Location: Collection boxes will be placed in the main office of McGonigle Hall, the lobby of the IBC Student Recreation Center, the lobby of the Student Pavilion and the lobby of the pool.
Cell Phone Drive
Through Dec. 7: Recreation Services is collecting cell phones and accessories that are shipped to an organization that refurbishes them and re-distributes them to battered or in-danger women for emergency use.
Location: Two donation boxes are located in the lobby of the IBS Student Recreation Center and the lobby of the Student Pavilion.
Holiday Children’s Party
Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Department of Campus Safety Services hosts its annual children’s party, in which it partners with the local community to shed light on neighborhood children during the holiday season.
Location: Student Center Annex, second floor.
Through Dec. 25: The Family Services Department is accepting donations of new, unwrapped gifts that will be distributed to patients who are hospitalized at the Temple Children’s Hospital during the holidays. If you would like to participate, contact Ernie Bristow in Family Services at 215-707-6145.