March/April 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, April 5
Philly Spring Cleanup
More than 20,000 volunteers came out for the 7th annual Philly Spring Cleanup this year! Check back for a full recap next month.

Saturday, April 12
Community Paint Day at Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center with Mural Arts
Join Strawberry Mansion residents and Mural Arts Program staff in painting the community garden shed and fence at the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center.
10:30 am – 2:00 pm @ Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center, 32nd St. and Ridge Ave.

Tuesday, April 15 – Thursday, April 17
Brewerytown Beautification Project in partnership with City Year and Frederick Douglass
Volunteers from City Year will be working with students from Frederick Douglass Charter School on a three-day beautification project in Brewerytown. They will be cleaning a garden and vacant lots in the area and cleaning and painting the Athletic Recreation Center on Jefferson St.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ 27th St. & Master St.

Saturday, April 19
Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative Educational Workshop hosted by Frankford CDC
The Frankford CDC will be hosting an educational workshop with information regarding the Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative. Attendees will receive a free recycling bin! Call 215-743-6580 to register.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ Sankfofa Freedom Academy Charter School, 4290 Paul St.

Saturday, April 26
Comcast Cares Day in Southeast
Join volunteers from Comcast and the Mural Arts Program in Southeast Philly.
Time TBD @ 7th St. & Dudley St.

Saturday, April 26
Germantown Resource Fair
Come learn about City and community resources at Happy Hollow Playground in Germantown!
11:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Happy Hollow Playground, 4701 Wayne Ave.

Saturday, April 26
Day of Service in Lawncrest
Join the Office of Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council, Travis Manion Foundation, Dow Chemical Company, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and the Lawncrest Community Association in a day of service to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.

To attend or volunteer for any of these activities, RSVP at

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

Highlights from March

We’re Mobile!

Have you used the new MyPhillyRising app yet? MyPhillyRising is your online and mobile portal to everything going on in your neighborhood. Use it to find resources, connect with neighbors, and learn about events occurring throughout the city. Visit YouTube for a tutorial.

PhillyRising Featured in South Philly Review

PhillyRising made the front page of the South Philly Review this week after a large-scale cleanup in the Southeast neighborhood. The paper included interviews with community leaders and residents as well as Southeast neighborhood coordinator Amanda Finch.

Youth Citizens Engagement Academy

In February and March, a group of students from the Village of Arts and Humanities’ after-school program participated in a youth-focused Citizens Engagement Academy. This six-week course taught students about City government and introduced them to programs and services that could help them become more engaged in their community and prepare them for thinking about the future, including AmeriCorps, Philly311, PhillyGoes2College, and the Philly STAMP Pass.

GVSU volunteers painting picnic tables at Hawthorne Cultural Center

GVSU volunteers painting picnic tables at Hawthorne Cultural Center

Alternative Spring Break Volunteering

Last month, PhilyRising hosted a team of Alternative Spring Break volunteers from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The students helped with a variety of painting and cleanup projects in Kensington, Haddington, Hawthorne, and Swampoodle. Visit our Facebook to see photos of their work!

Cleanup with Frankford CDC

On Friday, March 21, PhillyRising and Frankford CDC teamed up for a cleanup at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street. PhillyRising  provided over $500 worth of equipment to be used for future cleanups as part of the Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative. Many thanks to the Streets Department for the special trash pickup!

Results of the cleanup with Frankford CDC

Southeast Block Cleanup and Resource Fair

Over 150 volunteers came out on Saturday, March 22 to participate in a cleanup and community celebration in Southeast Philadelphia. The daylong event also included a resource fair, featuring organizations like the 3rd Police District, Town Watch, EPIC Stakeholders, PECO, and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards. Many thanks to Starbucks for donating coffee to fuel our early-morning volunteers, to PECO for supplying residents with energy-efficient lightbulbs, and to Philadelphia Recycling Rewards for giving out recycle bins and helping residents sign up for Recyclebank.


Re-installing the mural at CAPA

Re-installing the mural at CAPA

Mosaic Installation at CAPA
PhillyRising has been working with the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia(MSoP) to move a 40-foot-wide glass mosaic from the Loews Hotel on Market Street to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). The mosaic, which until recently adorned the restaurant at Loews, was set to be removed during renovations at the hotel and needed a new home. After a number of meetings with MSoP, Loews Hotel, and other great partners to determine the perfect fit, it was donated to CAPA. With the help of Richard Watson, the original artist, Stephen Miotto, the original fabricator, Jason Zahaczewski, and the Humphrey Construction Group, the mosaic has been safely re-installed in the Grand Hall at CAPA.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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East Park Revitalization Alliance

Posted in Brewerytown, Partners - Brewerytown

Brewerytown CDC

Posted in Partners - Brewerytown, Uncategorized

Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association

The Brewerytown Sharswood Civic Association is a group of active residents who meet monthly at Camelot Academy at 26th and Jefferson. Topics include neighborhood beautification, development and safety.

Posted in Brewerytown, Resources - Brewerytown

Germantown United Community Development Corp.

Mission: To promote and facilitate the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors through a sustainable, creative, and community-driven approach to economic development.

Objectives for 2014

  • Expand corridor tree planting to include 5600 block of Germantown Avenue
  • Host the third Annual Spring Forum
  • Partner with neighborhood and organizations and City departments on Vernon Park activities, including “Stars Under the  Trees”  Movie Nights
  • Implement improvements to Maplewood Mall in advance of city reconstruction, including decorative lighting, street festivals, and technical support for businesses
  • Initiate Vacant Storefront improvements and activation
  • Launch an online Germantown Business directory
  • Begin regularly scheduled meetings with Germantown businesses on topics of interest to businesses
  • Launch the Fund for Germantown micro grant program for community improvement
  • Continue Re-Start Germantown community visioning process with Philadelphia University
  • Hire an Executive Director and expand volunteer base

Contact: We are located at 5219 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

P.O. Box 12226, Philadelphia, PA  19144


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NW Neighbors Of Germantown


United to Stand for Our Community


Our mission is to stand united for our community in restoring Germantown back to its original greatness that is free of violence, drugs, trashed neighborhoods and racial tension.


The Northwest Neighbors of Germantown is a grass roots organization representing the Pulaskitown area. We were formed to avenge the Ancestors of the Germantown Potter’s Field and to address community issues, zoning concerns, and to rid negative energies that plague our community.

Phone: 215.844.6098


Posted in Partners- SW Germantown

W. Rockland St. Project

W Rockland Street is a 1-block residential street in the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia. We are located between the 4800 blocks of Germantown Avenue and Greene Street, flanked by the 100 blocks of Logan and Wyneva Streets. Zip code: 19144.

There are 46 three-story, century old row homes on W Rockland Street. Property types include homeowners, full house-rentals, row-homes converted into full apartments, rooming houses and subsidized housing. Scattered in between houses, there are 6 vacant lots – all maintained by our block residents.St. Francis of Assisi Parish and The DePaul Catholic School are also part of the block, at the corner of W Rockland and Greene Streets.

Like many neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Germantown has struggled over the years. As a single unit block, W Rockland Street has certainly seen its ups and downs. Four years ago, W Rockland Street was a very different place. People were disconnected, did not often communicate with one another and kept to themselves. A shift in quality of life, which had been growing, became strikingly noticeable. The surrounding neighborhood was also declining in similar ways, with an increase in blight, disrepair, litter and illegal dumping, and escalating crime.

In 2009, W Rockland Street got energized and established a new block committee. Through our regular cleanup activities, improvement projects, community events and block meetings, we have made visible improvements to the streetscape, engaged the community, and rebuilt an organized group of invested block residents (comprised of ALL residents – homeowners and renters).

This is a project being undertaken by citizens of Philadelphia for the betterment and growth of the city. We believe in active citizenship and sweat equity. The impact of creating change you can see is real and much of our work happens on the street in plain sight for that reason. This method gets people interested and excited. We also believe in the power of information. We keep our residents informed and provide valuable information about useful city services, resources, and neighborhood news.

In October 2011, W Rockland Street won a Neighborhood Transformation Award for beautification projects, presented by the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, an arm of the Streets Department of Philadelphia.

The goal has always been to improve W Rockland Street by creating a cleaner and safer place to live, in effect building a better and more sustainable community. With each block project, the efforts and participation of residents grows! 2011 was a tremendous year (here’s a quick recap of 2011 accomplishments). We know just how big a difference we all can make, one tiny urban intervention at a time, and we can’t wait to see what happens next in 2012 and beyond.

“We are not going to settle for what is, we are going to imagine what might be.”

- President Barack Obama

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Posted in Partners- SW Germantown