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.



Welcome to Campus, Everyone!

It's the start of a new year, and we at the Penn Graduate Student Center sincerely hope that you are settling in well and that you are getting excited for the semester! This year, the Grad Center has upped its commitment to our community by planning numerous events centered around community service, volunteerism and fundraising. We call it "Penn VOICE- Volunteering Out In the Community Everyday."

Penn VOICE Mission Statement

Penn VOICE will work 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 our mission. Continue to visit our website and the Graduate Center Facebook page to stay up to date on all Penn VOICE opportunities.

We are happy to have your on our team.


Veterans Upward Bound Volunteer Corps

Office Hours with Tara

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

All volunteers are welcome to stop by these drop-in office hours to speak to Tara, the VUB Volunteer Coordinator, about their volunteer experience! I'm happy to answer questions, listen to concerns, and support you in any way that I can. Plus, I usually bring some sweet treats with me! 

End of Semester Wrap-Up and Happy Hour

Thursday, December 06, 2018, 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

All VUB Volunteer Corps members are asked to attend our End of Semester Celebration to wrap-up the class semester with a debrief on the classroom experience and then registration for the spring semester! The meeting will last no longer than 30 minutes, and you are invited to stay for a happy hour afterwards with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a spread of food!


Please direct any questions or schedule conflicts to Tara at

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