Institute for Community Engagement and Civic Leadership

Are you looking for ways to help our community during the COVID-19 pandemic? Make a difference from home and give back to others during this time of need for so many by channeling your energy into virtual volunteering! Our community needs you more now than ever before.

We're supporting city efforts that are in high need of service, and also continuing to run programming that enables you to be an active and engaged citizen.

Virtual Volunteering

Sharpen your skills and find fulfillment while giving back during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ideas taken directly from Mayor Jim Kenney:

  • Support health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. Donate supplies. Craft a mask. Say thank you!
  • Help your neighbor, especially the elderly. Grab some essential items from your grocery run and drop them off to neighbors in need.
  • Stay in touch with others through video conferencing on Zoom or Google Hangout to make someone’s day!
  • Remind others why social distancing is crucial right now. Positively influence on social media.
  • Support your local businesses by ordering your favorite take out.

You can find a complete list of the city’s service opportunities please here.

Student Engagement and Resources


Pennsylvania's primary election date has been moved to June 2. The last date to register to vote is May 18. Please visit the #CCPVotes webpage to register, learn about the new mail-in ballot option and more. Voter education classroom presentations will be done virtually via Zoom. If you are a student interested in a Paid Democracy Fellowship, email 

Fostering Caring Connections

All students who are in the Institute’s Fostering Caring Connections program (or would like to be in the program due to your experience in the foster care system) are encouraged to stay in contact with us for future updates and resources, or to schedule one on one calls. Text 717-685-5982 if you are seeking support.  

Adopt-A-School Program

The personal care items drive will continue. Please feel free to put aside new items you may have at home or order needed essentials listed below for students and their families at Spring Garden and Waring Schools. Both schools serve large populations of transient students.

  • Soap 
  • Deodorant 
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry Pods
  • Large Ziploc Bags

When the College’s campuses reopen, all items can be brought to Room S3-03 in the Winnet Student Life Building.

For interested volunteers and work study participants: All Philadelphia School District schools are closed until further notice. When they reopen, we will notify all previously recruited volunteers and Work-Study students as to when you may begin service. In the meantime, take the District’s virtual volunteer orientation and complete your clearances to get engaged!

Virtual Office Hours

Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Contact us via email at  or text at 717-685-5982.