Penn State Philly

Community Service

The Philadelphia Chapter offers a number of Chapter sponsored, Chapter supported, and Chapter promoted service opportunities in our community. In an effort to support the organizations we volunteer with, in the most efficient manner, we are often allotted a specific number of volunteer slots to fill- no more, no less. Volunteers must RSVP for events by email, to reserve your space on the team. All Penn State and Philly alumni, friends, family, fans and neighbors are welcome to serve at any event.

Our organization of and participation in community service events allows the Penn State Alumni Association, Philadelphia Chapter to continue our mission of, “uniting and maintaining a network of Penn State alumni, while giving back to the community…”

If you have an idea, opportunity, or question or to RSVP for an event, please contact our Community Service Director, Christina, at

If you are a Chapter Member, you can contact us to get a local Philadelphia event posted on the Chapter Calendar.

Thank you for your service! For the Glory... For the Kids... For the Community... WE ARE...Penn State!


Next Event:

April 8, 2017 | 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup


Community Service At-a-Glance (See Below for Details)



Ongoing │Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship Fund (benefiting current and future Penn Staters)


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April 2017 │ Spring Clean Up Volunteer Day

2017 Game WatchesFundraising Activities supporting Liberty Ball (Four Diamonds) and Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship Fund.

January 2018 │ Martin Luther King Day of Service

February 2018 | Liberty Ball, A Knight for the Kids


Your Membership Dollars at Work!

November 2015 | Chapter Sponsorship of Runner for Cents of Hope

August 2015 | $250 donated to each Philabundance and The Hope Express

2014-2015 & 2015-2016 School Years | Donations of school supplies to Philly school children through various organizations.

For more information or to RSVP for events, contact our Community Service Director, Christina, at


Philly Spring Clean Up 

Date: April 8, 2017

Time: 9:00AM TO 1:00PM

Place: Schuylkill Banks Center - under the Walnut Street Bridge

Registration Required: RSVP directly with the Schuylkill Banks at Be sure to mention you are with Penn State Philly. 

We are returning to the Schuylkill Banks for our annual Philly Spring Clean Up volunteer event. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the city-wide Philly Spring Clean-up.  Join fellow Penn State alumni, family, and friends as we join volunteers from throughout the city on Schuylkill Banks for a morning of mulching, trash pickup and beautification. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. This event is rain or shine. For more information or to sign up directly with Schuylkill Banks, please email Zoe Axelrod at, and tell her you are with Penn State Philly.

 Meet with our leader, Tyler, at 9 a.m. under the Walnut Street Bridge.



Cents of Hope

Date: May 2017 Application Due | November 2017 Run

November 2017's information will be announced in May 2017, but read requirements below to see if you qualify.

Join Penn State Philly in support of Cents of H¢pe, a results-driven, fitness fundraiser supporting THON and Four Diamonds through the Philadelphia Half Marathon November 2017. COH runners start LAST and collect donations for each runner they pass.

All proceeds benefit pediatric cancer patients at the Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families in need of financial aid, medical assistance, and emotional support. In 2017, the Philadelphia Chapter will be sponsoring a runner to cover the runner’s registration fees for the Half Marathon. Interested runners must:

  • Be Philadelphia Chapter members (join/renew today here )
  • Submit a single-paragraph statement on why you should our sponsored runner to (2017 Applications will be accepted May 2017} 

Questions? Contact Christina at


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Game Watch Fundraising Activities at Field House

Liberty Ball (Four Diamonds) │ Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship Fund │ Philadoptables

Community service is giving what you can, however you can, to support others. Sometimes it requires hard labor such as cleaning a local park or sorting donated food, but sometimes it's as easy as buying a beer at Mad River or Field House during a Penn State football game. Because we are unable to volunteer as a team for many amazing organizations we would love to support, in the same way we do at Philabundance or LOVE Your Park Day, we had to think of other ways to give. So, when you join us at any of our Game Watches, you will be supporting great causes- Four Diamonds through Liberty BallPhiladelphia Chapter Scholarship Fund,  and Philadoptables. If you would like more information on how you can directly serve these organizations through individual service or donations, click on the organization's link or contact our Community Service Director at

Support Our Chapter Sponsored Cents of Hope, Philly Half Runner

Date: November 2017

Our sponsored runner will run the Philly Half Marathon this November as the Philly Chapter's sponsored runner. But unlike most runners, he will position himself, directly in the back. From that position, he and the Cents of Hope team will raise money for THON and Four Diamonds for each runner they pass on their way to the finish line. 

As our sponsored runner, he/she will continue to contribute to Penn State Dance Marathon while raising awareness for Cents of Hope, the Four Diamonds and THON. You can do the same by visiting for more information as to how you can join the team.



Philabundance Volunteer Day

Date: December 2017

Time: TBD

Place: Hunger Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway Street 19148

Registration Required with Christina at

Space is limited. Volunteers will join other volunteer groups in sorting, stacking, and packing donated food to be distributed to food centers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.  Please wear sneakers. No open-toed shoes allowed in warehouse.  Everyone is welcome to join us at Philabundance. Volunteers over 14 years old can work in the warehouse. Families with children under 14 will be able to make holiday cards in the volunteer room for recipients of Senior Boxes.


Martin Luther King Day of Service

Date: January 2018

Time: TBA

Place: TBD

Registration Required with Christina at

Our Martin Luther King Day Tradition of Service:

2015 was our 4th year supporting our Northwest Philadelphia neighbors and our first service day supporting Face to Face Germantown. Our service team- Gmerice, Tony, Melissa, and Christina- braved the cold, snow and ice to meet at The Cedars House Cafe and explored their creative side to make bags for the guests of Face to Face Germantown.

In 2014, our Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service volunteers- Christina Moresi, Emily Dugan, Joel Ravitch, Michael Helbing, Michelle Ravitch, Rachel Ravitch, Sara Ravitch, and Zach Galante, joined together at the USG-Unitarian Society of Germantown, then split to complete two different projects- making ceramic bowls at Six Senses- Collaborative Clay Studio, benefiting Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN)'s Empty Bowl Dinner and cleaning PIHN's Day Center.

In 2013, volunteers joined the Unitarian Society of Germantown at the Six Senses- Collaborative Clay Studio to make ceramic bowls for the PIHN’s 2013 Empty Bowl Dinner.

In 2012, volunteers painted murals at Germantown High School and wrote letters to military service men and women.

 Image result for liberty ball logo 2017 Penn StateLiberty Ball: A Knight for the Kids

Date: TBD 

Place: Crystal Tea Room (100 East Penn Square)

 Time: 7:00 p.m. |

The annual black-tie optional event fundraises to support the efforts of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) for its sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Click here for information about Mini-Events, Planning Committee meetings and event details. For questions about The Liberty Ball please contact the Liberty Ball Chair -



The Philadelphia Chapter would like to send a special THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. Your service has helped to make Philly great and exemplify the true Penn State spirit. We are…PENN STATE!

Chapter Service Awards

2014 Penn State Alumni Association Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service Project

Chapter Service Records

    • Most Volunteers at One Event- 44 volunteers, Fill Philabundance, December 2013(Previous Record: 38 participants at the 2012 Virtual Hope Express)
    • Most Food Packed by Penn Staters at Philabundance- 13,581 lbs, December 7, 2013
    • Most Food Collected/Donated- 63 lbs, Game Watch Food Drive/SHARE & Philadoptables, November 30, 2013
    • Most Money Collected/Donated- $340.50 to the Gregory Hennigar Memorial Fund, thanks to membership and Game Watch drink special donations. (Previous Record:$228, Game Watch Food Drive/Philabundance & Philadoptables, November 17, 2012)
    • 2014-2015 Volunteer With Highest Event Attendance- TBD
    • 2013-2014 Volunteer With Highest Event Attendance- Ami Patel Hopkins and Zach Galante (4 out of 6 events)
    • 2012-2013 Volunteer With Highest Event Attendance- Ami Patel Hopkins (7 out of 10 events)
    • 2011-2012 Volunteer With Highest Event Attendance- Ami Patel, Brittany Barbato, Taryn Correll and Zach Galante (5 out of 6 events)

Service Team Members

2014-2015 Service Team Members: Alphonso DandridgeAmi Patel Hopkins, Christina Moresi,  Gmerice J Welch Dandridge,  Kimberly Linden, Meghan McNamara,  Melissa Creely,  and Tony Recalde

2013-2014 Service Team Members: Amanda Doty, Amanda Kohler, Amanda Sayer, Ami Patel Hopkins, Anthony Recalde, April Vassilos, Becky Oliver, Brandy Snyder, Brian Costello, Brian DiMattesa, Carl Dietz, Caroline Pember, Carrie Frey, Christina Moresi, Christyn Rossman, Chuck Pierce, Chuck Sanford, Dan Vinokurov, Danielle DiMattesa, Darla Zecchin, Elizabeth Werner, Isaac Fullman, Jeff Bunn, Jen Sanford, Jennifer Witmer, Julie Colvin, Karen Eizman, Kathleen McKitish, Kelly Sopko, Kevin Boylan, Kirsten Burghardt, Lauren Greselin, Leah Semmelhaack, Lisa Friend, Lucas Morack, Luke DiMattesa, Marissa Gernett, Mark Wicoff, Meghan Hartley, Meghan McNamara, Meghan Quinn, Natalie Dallard, Nathan Doty, Phillip Schmidt, Rashida Mark, Rebecca DiMattesa, Robert Hauck, Taryn Correll, Tyler Doppelheuer, Zach Galante

2012-2013 Service Team Members: Alex Rodden, Amanda Collett, Ami Patel, Andrea Scioscia, Andreea Micu, Anna Davitt, April Haas, Ben Balance, Brian Costello, Brian DiMattesa, Brittany Barbato, Catherine Theisen, Chelsea Conway, Chirag Amin, Chris Sweeney, Christina Moresi, Christine Prifti, Christopher Godwin, Christopher Pilla, Colleen Cassidy, Danielle DiMattesa, Darla Zecchin, David Misko, Dianna Gross, Emily Decker, Eric Prouty, Gene Coletta, George Turbett, Halley Park, Jason Mullenm Jean-Gabriel Coignet, Jeff Bunn, Jen Curran, Jen Tsui, Joanne Ahn, Joel Ravitch, John Zagurski, Justin Rodden, Karen Eizman, Tiffany, Kate Crawford, Kathy Thomas, Keith Torrey, Kelly Smack, Kimberly Linden, Kimberly Papay, Kirstin McGowan, Leah Milito, Leslie Hopper, Louis Muccia, Luke DiMattesa, Maggie McCormick, Margi Linden, Maribeth Wicoff, Marina Zambrotta, Mark Wicoff, Marla Wexler, Mary Fitzgerald, Matt Huber, Megan Collins, Megan Delany, Michel Medina, Michelle Ravitch, Mike Patitucci, Mike Webber, Nikki Kemper, Philip Bixby, Rachel Ravitch, Rebecca DiMattesa, Sara Ravitch, Sean  McGowan, Siobhan Cooney, Stephanie Lidd, Taryn Correll, Tom Holena, Tricia Wetzel, Tyler Doppelheuer, Wayne Snover, and Zach Galante.

Bold= Supported/attended more than 1/2  of the service events.

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