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Penn Serves LA at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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Penn Serves volunteered at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital at the Hospital’s annual Holiday party on Saturday, December 14th.    The party was coordinated through the Chase Child Life Program and included patients and their families in a joyous celebration of the holidays and an opportunity to enjoy some sweets while taking a break from their hospital stay!

Penn Serves volunteers shared their Quaker holiday spirit while greeting and serving ice cream cookie sandwiches from Diddy Riese to the patients and their families.

The Child Life Program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital helps children and adolescent patients cope with the fears and anxieties of hospitalization by offering therapeutic activities  tailored to meet their social, emotional, and educational needs which contributes to healing and tries to make the hospital experience as normal as possible.

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The Child Life program is nearly 50% philanthropically funded by generous donors and foundations.

More information on the program can be found here:

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Contributions or ways to get involved can by found  online, or by contacting Danielle Dietz, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development at UCLA Health Sciences Development at .

Thank you to Anthony Orlando, Denise Karagulle, Erica Howard, Jason Resnick, Carolyn Newman, and Lisa Cohen for volunteering.

About Penn Serves LA

Penn Serves LA logo volunteering with Penn Alumni in Los Angeles

Penn Serves LA impacts the Los Angeles community by engaging University of Pennsylvania alumni, parents and families in meaningful community service activities.

Since our founding in 2012, we have done everything from serving meals to the homeless to restoring the environment to fixing homes. Six times annually, we find another great opportunity to learn about interesting nonprofits, lend a hand and enjoy a fun experience with fellow alumni.

Join Us

We invite the Penn community in Los Angeles (alumni, parents, and kids) to join us at a future event, to help spread the word and to help us plan future activities. Join us, meet new Penn people, demonstrate what service means to your kids and friends, and help fellow Quakers make a little bit of difference in our complex city!

If you have an established nonprofit that you would like us to consider for future events or announcements, please let us know. We are looking for new nonprofits to serve in meaningful ways.

Contact Us

Questions? Want to join our email list? Reach us at

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The Penn Serves LA Team

Jane Gutman, CW’73, PAR’14, PAR’16 | Lisa Cohen, C’85, PAR’15 | Leanne Huebner, W’90| Cheryl Nakao-Miller W’81|Irene Park, C’05 Kiera Reilly, C’93|Denise Winner, W’83, PAR’21

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