SNAP volunteers with a wide variety of community partners in order to give back to our community. Typically, we host blood drives for the American Red Cross, help make meals for Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), volunteer with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and provide eye exams for Give Kids Sight Day, among others. Due to our virtual semester, we are limited in our community service abilities right now. Even so, we are continuing to partner with LLS and are working on voter engagement projects with hospitalized patients.
Check out our featured projects below.
SNAP Partnership with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
For over a year now, SNAP has had the incredible opportunity to partner with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Eastern PA chapter. Our partnership started out in the Fall of 2019, where we met with an incredible LLS campaign manager who encouraged SNAP to create a team for their largest event of the year called Light The Night (LTN). This event brings a community of patients, survivors, family, friends, and coworkers together to celebrate those who are fighting the disease and to honor those we have lost.
In 2019, SNAP rallied a team of seventeen members, raising just over $1,100 and in 2020, SNAP had a team of eighteen members raise $2,615. In 2019, SNAP members not only fundraised, but also volunteered setting up, checked in walkers, distributed lanterns, ran booths/tents during the event, and assisted with clean-up. Our team walked the event route together, starting from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and walking along Martin Luther King Boulevard, along the Schuylkill River past Boathouse Row, and back. In 2020, LTN took a different form online due to the pandemic. The experience was equally as amazing and participants were able to give back to their community from the comfort of their own home. Some SNAP members even made phone calls to rally participants for LLS and many other SNAP members took independent walks around their apartment or their neighborhood to honor what would have been done at an in-person LTN. Both were amazing nights we will not forget!
After our successful and incredible partnership for Light the Night in 2019, LLS granted SNAP an incredible opportunity by inviting us to be a part of the 70th Annual Red & White Ball in February of 2020. LLS asked Penn Nursing students to serve as ‘ambassadors’, special concierge-style volunteers, at this incredible black tie event in Center City. This event brings together the best and the brightest clinicians, researchers, and donors from Penn Medicine, CHOP, Jefferson, Fox Chase, and the Philly region who are renown leaders dedicated to finding a cure for cancer! It is a festive night, including a three-course meal, live entertainment, and incredible silent and live auction items, to celebrate the trailblazers and innovators who have worked alongside LLS to find a cure. SNAP was able to send 21 volunteers to be a part of this event - a truly inspiring and hope-filled night!
Nurse Thank You Notes
In honor of 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife, SNAP partnered with APANSA to write thank you notes to nurses at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. These notes were written to acknowledge all of the hard work nurses do everyday, before the pandemic even started. We collected hundreds of thank you notes written by students and distributed them in person to nurses throughout HUP’s many departments.
Crafting Study Breaks
In Fall of 2019, SNAP began hosting a weekly Knitting Club. This semester, Spring 2021, Knitting Club is transforming into “Crafting Study Breaks.” Every Friday from 3-4 pm, feel free to join the Zoom and work on whatever art project you would like along with fellow crafters! Come knit, crochet, paint, embroider, color, or work on any other craft you would like! Or come to just hang out and de-compress from the week!
In non-COVID times, the Knitting Club makes and donates items such as scarves, hats, and mittens to vulnerable populations in Philadelphia. SNAP is looking forward to continuing this initiative when we are able to!