5548 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Phone: (215) 474-1807
Fax: (215) 474-1584

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LIFT-Philadelphia volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, as well as a broad range of academic majors including Accounting, Sociology, Marketing, Biology, Urban Studies, and Hospitality Management. LIFT-Philadelphia has strong relationships with area colleges and universities and recruits volunteers from:

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Drexel University
  • Haverford College
  • LaSalle University
  • Messiah College
  • St. Joseph's University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University

Volunteers receive extensive training at the beginning of their service term and complete a minimum of 10 hours of shadowing prior to independent client service; additionally, volunteers attend weekly ongoing trainings throughout the academic year to improve their service delivery.  They are required to dedicate three to ten hours per week to client service.  LIFT-Philadelphia also provides additional leadership opportunities through its Student Director positions and leadership teams. Specific areas for managerial roles include community outreach, fundraising, client service supervision, and training.


Meet LIFT-Philadelphia Advocate, Nicole

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: Temple University of Illinois

Nicole just transferred to Temple University from Widener University and is studying criminal justice.

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Meet LIFT-Philadelphia Advocate, Deven

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: Temple University of Illinois

Deven has been a LIFT advocate for two years and is a current Temple student with a double major in Spanish and speech, hearing, and language (speech therapy). She enjoys Philadelphia’s diversity and the passion of the Philadelphia community.

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Danielle Bainbridge

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: UPenn

"Working at LIFT has given me an unstoppable desire to continue to fight poverty and strive for ideals that I have come to value as a student advocate."

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Anisha Sinha

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: University of Michigan

Read more about LIFT-Philadelphia Site Coordinator Anisha Sinha from her hometown newspaper, The Photo News, and see why Anisha feels passionate about LIFT's work and seeing Philadelphia clients succeed.

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Trang Pham

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: Temple University

Trang Pham has risen among the ranks of LIFT-Philadelphia volunteers at a lightning-fast pace.  After discovering LIFT at a service fair at Temple University, Trang, then a freshman, immediately signed up to volunteer and was so taken with her work that she applied to become a Student Director within the first several months of her service.  Since then, her Site Coordinators have deemed her one of the major leaders in the office and her fellow volunteers consistently rely on her expertise—and Trang is only a sophomore at Temple University.

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Katie Sanders

Location: Philadelphia
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania

In her first days as a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, Katie Sanders participated in PennCORP, the university's pre-orientation program where incoming students explore issues related to urban health, education and poverty in West Philadelphia. After touring LIFT-Philadelphia’s office and hearing from volunteer Mark Pan about his experience, Katie was hooked.

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