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Community Outreach

Food Cupboard A Lifeline for Residents

MathildaLyonsCroppedThe Interfaith Food Cupboard, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Lansdowne, has been providing emergency food to the underserved areas of Delaware County for 30 years. Its mission is to provide three days of food (breakfasts, lunches and dinners) up to once a month to residents in need.

Mathilda Lyons, medical technologist, has been a part of its efforts for at least half of those years, wearing many “hats” —from early volunteer to “in charge” to her current one: shopper. Every Sunday, she takes a peek into the church’s cupboards to see what looks low; food packages are given out on Mondays and Wednesdays. “We can only handle nonperishables so I buy staples, like canned tuna or chicken, beef stew, peanut butter and jelly,” she said. “If a lot of people come in on Monday and supplies are running low, I’ll get a call to do another shopping trip.”

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Congrats to Our CAREs Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the most recent winners of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant! If you volunteer for community outreach, you might also be eligible to receive a grant. Awarded up to four times a year, the grant pays for expenses directly related...Full story

Simple Screenings Can Save Lives

For the past 20 years, Raymond Townsend, MD, of the Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, has been helping prevent heart attacks and strokes in local residents through community screenings. “Four factors predict the most risk of a h...Full story

HUP Reaches Out to West African Community

Last month, several members of HUP Nursing and others volunteered their time at the Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church in Delaware County to provide the influenza vaccine to members of the West African community. Chyke Doubeni, MD, chair of Fam...Full story

Call for Participants 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is just a few months away and the Penn Festival Coalition is writing to let you know about programming areas and opportunities that remain available for the Penn community. Neighborhood Science After Sch...Full story

Penn Medicine to Offer Free Mammograms this Valentine’s Day

Mammography is currently the best screening test available for early detection of breast cancer. However, ongoing debates about what age and how often a woman should get a mammogram and the potential financial cost may hold some back from g...Full story

How We Helped on MLK Day

Many Penn Medicine employees were out and about on MLK Day, volunteering their time and talents to help out in the surrounding communities. All told, our volunteers put in approximately 185 hours in multiple community service projects. Mon...Full story

Ground Zero: Life in an Ebola Treatment Unit

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More than 21,000 people have contracted the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the longest record outbreak of the disease over the past 10 months. More than 8,000 people have died from the virus. Thanks to the increasi...Full story

Eye Screenings in West Philly Help Prevent Vision Loss

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Rebecca Salowe (project manager), Laura O’Keefe (head clinical research coordinator), and Gideon Whitehead (director of Community Outreach) all work with Joan O’Brien, MD, chair of Penn Ophthalmology, on a study investigating the genetics...Full story

Another Year of Generous Giving!

Staff throughout HUP, CPUP and Corporate help those in need throughout the year but the “giving” reaches new levels in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Holly Days again brought in a huge number of gifts and monetary donations. Depart...Full story

Two Fundraisers Help MS

Several employees in HUP’s Pharmacy put their shaving routines on hold for all of October, growing beards to help raise money for a worthy cause – Multiple Sclerosis. With 73 female sponsors donating a dollar for each day her chosen partici...Full story


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