Penn Graduate Student Center

Volunteerism & Community Service

About Volunteerism & Community Service

Whether you are new to the area or lived in the area all of your life, Philadelphia is a place where you can call home. The Volunteerism and Community Service Program focuses on giving back to the local Philadelphia community, Penn community, and the larger global community through service. Volunteering helps grad students mentally, spiritually, and professionally in addition to making friends and having fun. Give back to your community by signing up for our events today.


Started in 2017, Penn VOICE is an initiative intended to establish new relationships between our graduate students and the greater Philadelphia community through acts of volunteerism and mindful actions. With every act, we intend to be purposeful, thoughtful, selfless, patient and kind to those around us in the university, neighborhood and city.

We hope that you will join us in fulfilling these goals. Continue to visit our website and the Graduate Center Facebook page to stay up to date on all Penn VOICE opportunities.

Civic Engagement and Community Service at Penn 

Be sure to check our partners' websites for even more opportunities to engage with the community in and around Penn! 

Civic House is Penn's hub for student-led community service and advocacy efforts. Civic House also invites graduate students to lead discussions about community-oriented research and to serve as mentors for undergraduates.

Barbara & Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn's vehicle for academically based community service (ABCS), which emphasizes collaborative, local, real-world problem solving. The center works to create mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the West Philadelphia community.

Penn Volunteers in Public Service provides a vehicle for the Penn community and the West Philadelphia community to work together through community service activities and events.


Veterans Upward Bound Volunteer Corps

VUB Volunteer Corps Mid-Semester Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 04:30 PM - 05:15 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

For members of the VUB Volunteer Corps only! 

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221