September/October 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, October 18
PhillyRising Conference
PhillyRising will be hosting its 2nd annual conference to promote innovation and community engagement. The purpose of this conference is to create a platform in which community members can communicate directly with representatives from several city agencies/departments to address their concerns, ask questions, and submit service requests. Representatives from each agency/department will be present with their computers which will enable them to instantly input and submit work requests through their systems. Community members will leave the conference knowing that their voices have been heard and concerns noted. In addition to this focus of the conference community members will have the opportunity to participate in Career Boot Camp and Neighborhood Liaison Training sessions. Members of the North Central community who have completed the eight week Citizens’ Engagement Academy course will be recognized during the conference. To register for the conference please click on the hyperlink above.
9:00am – 5:00pm @ Temple University’s Mitten Hall, 1913 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, October 8
Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council
This meeting is your chance to learn about what’s going on at Lawncrest Rec and offer your ideas on how we can make the Rec Center better and more accessible to the community. All neighborhood residents are invited to be part of the Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council!
7:00pm – 8:30pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Saturday, October 11
Prevention Event in Kensington
PhillyRising will collaborate with Friends of Hissey Park to host a Fire and Crime Prevention event. Emergency Medical Service personnel will present helpful prevention tips to those in attendance.
12:00pm – 4:00pm @ Hissey Park, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Wednesday, October 22
PHS Gardening Workshop in St. Hugh’s
PHS will begin conducting monthly Gardening Workshops at Stetson Middle School for parents who have committed to maintaining the newly developed garden raised beds created by the Stetson Middle School students.
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ John B. Stetson Middle School, 3200 B St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Thursday, October 23
Mural Dedication
Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation along with the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia.
2:00pm @ 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Highlights from September

Friday, September 12Marathon Garden clean up
Marathon Garden Project
Over 100 AmeriCorps volunteers (City Year, YouthBuild, and SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs) committed their time and energy to help spruce up Marathon Garden and the Athletic Recreation Center located in Brewerytown. Tasks for this service project included weeding, mulching, mowing grass, and garden area cleanup. Volunteers grabbed their gardening tools and began working powerfully through their tasks. Amazed by the work completed by volunteers, community members and farm staff expressed their gratitude to volunteers for their constant “can do attitude” while completing their tasks.

Saturday, September 13
Strawberry Mansion Day
Members of the Strawberry Mansion community joined together at Mander Recreation Center to celebrate Strawberry Mansion Day. Community members participated in fun filled activities while enjoying entertainment and food.

Tuesday, September 16
Citizens’ Engagement Academy
Representatives from Philly 311 shared tips with members of the St. Hugh’s and Kensington community on how to effectively use the 311 system. This marked the first Citizens’ Engagement Academy that was presented in Spanish.

Hawthorne Peace DaySaturday, September 20
Hawthorne Peace Day Project
In honor of Peace Day volunteers from Peace Day Philly, Global Citizen 365, PowerCorps PHL, and the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition worked collaboratively with members of the Hawthorne community to beautify the Hawthorne Cultural Center and Ridgeway Park. Managing Director Richard Negrin shared powerful words of appreciation to all who volunteered their time to help improve the physical appearance of the parks. Volunteers united together to tackle various projects which included: painting, removing graffiti marked on park premises, and building picnic benches. As a result of these collaborative efforts children and families can once again enjoy a beautiful and friendly park.

Saturday, September 20Lawncrest Yard Sale
Lawncrest Community Yard Sale
Community members gathered together at the Lawncrest Recreation Center to sell their new or used items. Smiles, laughs, and conversations confirmed the pleasurable atmosphere of this event. During this event community members also had the opportunity to shred their sensitive documents via PROSHIELD Security. PROSHIELD Security donated a shred truck for this event and accepted donations from those who utilized their service. All proceeds collected went towards the Lawncrest Recreation Center.

Saturday, September 20
Strawberry Mansion Football Game
PhillyRising worked in collaboration with US Attorney’s Office, Strawberry Mansion NAC and CDC, Strawberry Mansion Alumni Association, and NET to host a resource fair and community day around the 1st varsity football game in strawberry Mansion history. 500 book bags were distributed to the youth and food and music was provided ahead of this community and school milestone.

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Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

August/September 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Peace Day Philly
On Sunday, September 21, nations across the world will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Peace Day Philly is a local initiative to support this effort. Every day during the week leading up to Peace Day, organizations around Philadelphia will be hosting meaningful events to promote peace in our community. Many of our events this month will be supporting Peace Day.

Saturday, September 13
Strawberry Mansion Day and Boxer’s Trail 5k
PhillyRising will be attending the annual Strawberry Mansion Day celebration! Come for food, fun, games and entertainment sponsored by the Strawberry Mansion NAC and CDC along with the 5th Council District. There will also be a 5k Run/Walk in East Fairmount Park that morning benefit Mander Recreation Center. Visit http://www.myphillypark.org or call 215 988-9334 to register for the run.
5k Run/Walk: 8:30 am – 10:30 am @ Mander Recreation Center, 33rd St. & Diamond St.
Strawberry Mansion Day: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Mander Recreation Center, 33rd St. & Diamond St.

Wednesday, September 17
Philly Urban Creators Peace Day Gardening
In honor of Peace Day Philly, Philly Urban Creators is teaming up with Repair the World and PhillyRising to host a community garden work day at their original location in Penrose.
9 am – 12:30 pm @ Philly Urban Creators, 11th St. & York St.

Thursday, September 18
Block Captain Information Session
One key player who helps with keeping peace in our communities is our neighborhood block captain. PhillyRising will be hosting a block captain information session at Myers Recreation Center. This event will feature a number of City and community partners such as Southwest CDC, Licenses & Inspections, Empowered CDC, Southwest Partners, and more!
6 pm @ Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave.

Saturday, September 20
Hawthorne Peace Day Service Project
On September 20, in honor of Peace Day, volunteers will come together at Ridgeway Park in the Hawthorne neighborhood to celebrate peace while cleaning, painting and building to beautify the park. The day will begin with a small ceremony of thanks and recognition. During the day, volunteers will build picnic tables and benches and clean the park and surrounding neighborhood. A children’s activity will take place simultaneously. To wrap up the day, there will be a small picnic with refreshments that have been donated. Register here!
9 am – 2 pm @ Ridgeway Park and Hawthorne Cultural Center, Carpenter St. between 12th and 13th Sts.

Wednesday, September 24
PHS Gardening Workshop in St. Hugh’s
PHS is conducting monthly Gardening Workshops at Stetson Middle School for parents who have committed to maintaining the newly developed garden raised beds created by the Stetson Middle School students.
5 pm – 6 pm @ Stetson Middle School, B St. & Allegheny Ave.

Highlights from August

Soccer Camp in Kensington
This month, PhillyRising supported the 24th Police District’s 3rd Annual Soccer Camp in Hissey Park. For two weeks, police coached youth from the neighborhood, concluding with a family fun day and scrimmage for the team.

School District of Philadelphia’s Education Day 2014
Early in August, the School District of Philadelphia hosted Education Day 2014 at the School of the Future in West Philadelphia. Parents were able to register their students, while students enjoyed free food, entertainment, and school supply giveaways.

Villanova Residential Life Day of Service
Villanova Residence Life joined PhillyRising and Mural Arts Program on the morning of August 13 for a huge beautification project at Myers Recreation Center. Over 100 RAs and community members volunteered to help plant a garden in front of the center, touch up paint and clean graffiti in the playground, clean up around the grounds, clean and paint the foyer, and paint a mural inside the gym. Philadelphia’s Community Life Improvement Program provided tools and arranged a special trash pickup for the event. A big thank you to everyone who made this day possible!

Dance Party

Visitors to the STAMP Pass End of Summer Dance Party

STAMP Pass Dance Party
On Wednesday, August 20, PhillyRising was able to transport over 100 students across the City to the Philly STAMP Pass End of Summer Dance Party. This party was a collaboration between PhillySTAMP and Fun Safe Philly Summer that included music, games, food and a special appearance by Mayor Nutter. At the end of the evening all students from PhillyRising neighborhoods received backpacks to start off the school year right. A special thanks to Dependability Bus Company of Frankford for providing the transportation.

Bonner Scholars

Volunteers from the Bonner Scholars Program at Ursinus College beautify the grounds and gardens at Lawncrest Recreation Center.

Bonner Scholars Day of Service
On Wednesday, August 20, 35 volunteers from Ursinus College’s Bonner Scholars Program spent a day helping PhillyRising and learning about national service opportunities. The morning kicked off with a @SERVEPhiladelphia VISTA panel, where students got to hear from VISTAs working within the City government. They then spent the afternoon at Lawncrest Rec Center, weeding, painting, and cleaning up trash. Many thanks to our volunteers, SERVE Philly, and the staff from the recreation center who made this possible!

Norristown is Rising
On August 27, Managing Director Rich Negrin, PhillyRising Director Adé Fuqua, and Deputy Directors Bennie Ruth and Jim Sanders met with city leaders from Norristown, PA. They explained how PhillyRising works in Philadelphia and how Norristown could transform their city with the help of residents, the Norristown Police, and City Government. Norristown will be implementing this initiative in September.

A New Resource for Our Community Partners
Have you seen PhillyRising’s new Guide to Conducting a Community Service Project? This guide has tips on finding volunteers, securing supplies, and more!

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

July/August 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

National Night Out
America’s Night Out Against Crime is an initiative of the National Association of Town Watch to promote neighborhood involvement in crime prevention activities. The following neighborhoods will host National Night Out Activities:
Haddington: Monday, August 4, 5 pm – 8 pm @ Rose Playground, N 75th St & Brockton Rd.
Southeast: Monday, August 4, 4 pm – 8 pm @ Sacks Recreation Center, 400 W Washington Ave.
Kingsessing/Elmwood: Thursday, August 7, 5 pm – 8 pm @ 62 Woodland Ave.

Friday, August 1
Ball 4 Peace
Unity in the Community, PhillyRising, and the Point Breeze Association are hosting a celebrity Ball 4 Peace game at Audenreid High School featuring Jason Thompson of the Sacramento Kings.
6 pm – 7 pm @ Audenreid High School, 33rd St. & Tasker St.

Saturday, August 2
Unity in the Community Block Party
Come enjoy free food, live music, children’s activities, giveaways, and more at Unity in the Community’s Block Party, hosted in partnership with PhillyRising. Featured performers include Lee Mazin, Asia Sparks, Brotherly Love, Astronauts Really Fly and a surprise guest.
2 pm – 8 pm @ 20th St. & Snyder Ave.

Saturday, August 9
Brewerytown/Sharswood Civic Association Unity Day
Come out for crafts and games, zumba, face painting, free food, and more!
11 am – 4 pm @ Athletic Recreation Center, 26th St. & Master St.

Saturday, August 9
Kindred the Family Reunion
PhillyRising along with Urban Roots and State Representative Jordan A Harris present Kindred the Family Reunion, a free event featuring Kindred the Family Soul, Jaguar Wright, Suzann Christine, Mont Brown and ARF, Brotherly Love, and more. There will be free food and moon bounces.
12 pm – 8 pm @ Chew Playground, 19th St. & Washington Ave.

Thursday, August 14
North Philly Citizens Engagement Academy
PhillyRising and Project HOME partner to bring the largest CEA ever to North Philadelphia this August. Citizens Engagement Academy is an 8-week course that teaches residents about local government and provides them with resources to take on leadership roles in their communities. The North Philly CEA will be held every Thursday beginning August 14. To register, call Jim Sanders at 215-686-8419.
6 pm – 7 pm @ Honickman Learning Center, 1936 N Judson St.

Friday, August 15
Community Cleanup in Kensington
PhillyRising will be partnering with La Casa de Mi Familia to clean Hope Park. Recycling bins will be distributed to neighborhood residents.
1 pm – 4 pm @ Hope Park, A St. & Indiana Ave.

Saturday, August 16
Hope Festival and Community Garden Dedication
Join La Casa de Mi Familia and Richard and Friends for the first annual Hope Festival and a Community Garden Dedication at Hope Park.
1 pm – 5 pm @ Hope Park, A St. & Indiana Ave.

Saturday, August 16
Hawthorne Craft and Flea Market and Concert in Hawthorne Park
Come out to shop for unique crafts and used goods starting at noon in Hawthorne Park. Then at 4 pm, enjoy live reggae music from Jah Ace and Sons of Ace.
12 pm – 8 pm @ Hawthorne Park, 12th St. & Catharine St.

Saturday, August 16
4th Council District Block Captain Boot Camp
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will be hosting the 7th annual Block Captain Boot Camp in the 4th Council District. Workshops will include “Block Captains 101: Back to the Basics,” “Safe Avenues for our Students,” and “At Your Service.” Registration is required; call 215-686-3416 to register.
12 pm – 3 pm @ Beeber Middle School, 5925 Malvern Ave.

Saturday, August 23
3rd Council District Block Captain Boot Camp
Learn about City and community resources, how to keep your block clean, how to organize a block party, and more at Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez’s 3rd Annual Block Captain Boot Camp.
9 am – 1 pm @ Roberto Clemente Promise Academy, 122 W Erie Ave.

Saturday, August 23
Joe Young Back to School Event
Join us for a cleanup and backpack giveaway at Connell Park!
10 am – 2 pm @ Connell Park, 6500 Elmwood Ave.

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

Highlights from July

Hedge Street Park Rededication
On Wednesday, July 9, the Frankford community came together for a Ribbon Cutting and Rededication of the Hedge Street Park. Many thanks to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Kimberly Washington of the Frankford CDC for the park’s playground equipment and to the Frankford Parks Groups and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for keeping the space in beautiful shape.

Central Division Day of Service

Strawberry Mansion residents harvest cucumbers at the Green Resource Center

Strawberry Mansion residents harvest cucumbers at the Green Resource Center

One hot Saturday in July, more than 100 volunteers joined PhillyRising and community partners for a three service projects in the 22nd Police District. Power Corps PHL, the Philadelphia Fire Department, and neighborhood residents came together to clean streets and lots in Strawberry Mansion. In Brewerytown, PhillyRising was joined by more committed residents as well as volunteers from Philadelphia Youth in Service to clean up a garden in Brewerytown. Finally, PhillyRising along with Philadelphia Horticultural Society, East Park Revitalization Alliance, and the US Attorney’s Office helped to build more than 20 raised garden beds at the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center. Thanks to the many parties that made these events a reality.

Shades of Greatness Play 60
On Sunday, July 13, Eagles player LeSean McCoy’s charity Shades of Greatness teamed up with the Lawncrest Lions football team to host a Play 60 event at Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. All 50 boys on the team received free football training and a brand new pair of Air Jordan sneakers.

Strawberry Mansion youth visit the Franklin Institute

Strawberry Mansion youth visit the Franklin Institute

Target Community Night at the Franklin Institute
On Thursday, July 16, PhillyRising brought youth from Strawberry Mansion Play Streets to the Target Community Night at The Franklin Institute, where they learned about engineering and the science behind fireworks and took a tour of the world-famous heart.

Frankford CDC Youth Career Boot Camp
PhillyRising partnered with the PYN youth workers of Frankford CDC to conduct a youth Career Boot Camp at Aria Health. The CBC course teaches job readiness skills like resume writing, interview tips. Thirty-one youth completed the program.

Haddington Citizens Engagement Academy
Eleven residents from the Haddington neighborhood graduated from PhillyRising’s Citizens Engagement Academy this July. The CEA program teaches residents about their local government and introduces them to City resources that enable them to become leaders in their community.

Unity in the Community’s Peace Week
Unity in the Community, a South Philadelphia nonprofit, held its third annual Peace Week during the last week of July 2014. The following events took place as part of the festivities:

Special guest pitchers at Unity in the Community's Charity Softball Game

Special guest pitchers at Unity in the Community’s Charity Softball Game

Charity Softball Game
UITC’s first ever charity softball game was held at Smith Playground on Sunday, July 27, co-hosted by Wired 96.5 FM and PhillyRising. Mayor Michael Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin were special guest pitchers for the event. Participating organizations included South Philly Review, Universal Companies, Don’t Shoot I Want a Future, Yesha Ministries, the Office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Representative Jordan Harris, Diversified Community Services, R.O.A.D, West Passyunk Association, Rainbow Coalition and more.

Southwest and South Philly Peach Rally/March
Unity in the Community partnered with PhillyRising, Power 99 FM, hip hop artists and activist Mont Brown, and Rasheen Crews to conduct a peace march to the Grays Ferry Bridge on Monday evening, July 29. Residents from South and Southwest Philadelphia met up at Stinger Square Park and Kingsessing Recreation Center, respectively, and united at the bridge in the middle. Many thanks to all the groups that participated, which included Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Mothers in Charge, State Representative Jordan Harris, Redemption Forgiveness Peace, Handbagz for Peace, Carvin Haggins, Mina Say What, and the Office of State Senator Anthony Williams.

Success Conference
Unity in the Community partnered with HOT 107.9 FM to host its annual Success Conference on Wednesday, July 30. This panel discussion covered overcoming obstacles and maintaining success in the business world. Thanks to participants from PhillyRising, Bellargo Piarge, (Anti)-Cancer Apparel, the NFL, FBFFitness, and to television personality Kharisma McIlwaine.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

June/July 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 4
4th of July Celebration in Lawncrest
Join neighbors in Lawncrest for their 99th annual 4th of July Celebration! Activities throughout the day include a parade, car show, food court, children’s rides, paintball, and, of course, fireworks.
Festivities begin at 9 am @ Martins Mill Rd. & Rising Sun Ave.

Saturday, July 5
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and the Aquinas Center are partnering up to offer free legal counseling the first Saturday of every month.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St.

Saturday, July 12
Garden Build in Strawberry Mansion
Volunteers from the community as well as the US Attorney’s Office, PA Horticultural Society, East Park Revitalization Alliance and the Strawberry Mansion NAC will be installing 30 more raised beds to the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ 32nd St. & Ridge Ave.

Saturday, July 12
Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PowerCorps PHL will join residents and the committee person from the Myrtlewood and Hollywood corridors for a cleanup in Strawberry Mansion.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ 30th St. & Cumberland St.

Saturday, July 19
Hoodstock
Join Philly Urban Creators for a day of service and concert at their Life Do Grow farm in Penrose.
10:00 am – 8:00 pm at 11th St. & Dakota St.

Friday, July 25
Family Movie Nights in Hawthorne Park
Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition hosts movie nights in Hawthorne Park, with snacks and activities beginning at 7:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:30 pm. Visit their website for more information about the movie.

Looking Ahead: Tri-Neighborhood Citizens Engagement Academy
PhillyRising is preparing to host its largest CEA yet in Brewerytown, North Central, and Strawberry Mansion. The Citizens Engagement Academy is a free 8-week course designed to help community leaders learn more about local government and gain ideas to make their neighborhoods stronger. Courses will be held every Thursday from August 14 to October 2 at the Honickman Learning Center. Contact Northwest Divisional Coordinator Jim Sanders at 215-686-8419 for more information or to sign up.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information and to RSVP or volunteer for any event.

Highlights from June

KaBOOM! Playground Build at Montessori Charter School

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

On Wednesday, June 4, over 200 volunteers came out to help plan and build a playground at Montessori Charter School. Thanks to the many partners who made this project possible: Kaboom, Carmax, PhillyRising, PMCS and families, friends, and boards, CHOP, Brown’s Shoprite, Goldenberg Peanut Chews, Tincum Girl Scouts, Herr’s, Advance Auto Zone, Giant Food Store, WAWA, Job Corps, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, Self Inc, A More Excellent Way Church, Acme, Roots Cafe, PASCO, Panera, Ms. Pearlie’s Family and Friends, Cups&Cakes.com, Bible Union Church, Firinji, EIGENX, and 7 Eleven.

Lawncrest Peace Rally
On Thursday, June 5, the Lawncrest community came together for a Peace Rally at Lawncrest Recreation Center. Residents were united by the common goal of restoring the peace to their community. Special thanks to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Captain Frank Palumbo and the 2nd Police District; Jackie Coelho, Chief of the Northeast Division for the District Attorney’s Office; Bill Dolbow and the Lawncrest Community Association; and to the Lawncrest community!

Strawberry Mansion Community Paint Day with Mural Arts
On Saturday, June 7, the community of Strawberry Mansion came together with PhillyRising to paint two new murals and create new green spaces in the community. Many thanks to Jane Golden and Cathy Harris from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for making this all possible, and to our community partners Council President Darrell Clarke, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, PowerCorps PHL, and the ASIR Youth Development Program for all their hard work!

Cleaning Up South Philly
South Philadelphia saw three PhillyRising cleanups this month, with residents working hard to keep Point Breeze and Southeast clean. On Saturday, June 7, PhillyRising partnered with CLIP and community members for a cleanup on the 2000 block of McClellan Street. A week later, as part of an ongoing initiative to clean up all of Southeast Philly this summer, Town Watch, EPIC Stakeholders , Power Corps PHL, local residents, and the Police helped clean Snyder avenue from 6th to 9th Streets. That Wednesday, PhillyRising partnered with Central High School and the Friends of Mifflin Square Park to paint and clean Mifflin Square Park in Southeast Philadelphia.

Maasai Tribesmen Visit Haddington Library
On Wednesday, June 11, the students in the Teen Café at Haddington Library were treated to a special performance by the Maasai Tribesmen. Many thanks to the Friends of Haddington Library and the Goldenberg Group, who sponsored this event.

Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative Education Workshop
Frankford is going to be cleaner than ever this summer thanks to the Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative! On Saturday, June 14, the Frankford CDC, Streets Department, and PhillyRising came together hosted a workshop to share information with residents who wish to make a change in their community. PhillyRising gave away over 100 20-gallon recycling bins and 50 34-gallon trash cans to residents who attended the workshop. Many thanks to our presenters and other partners, including Kim Washington with the Frankford CDC, Deputy Commissioner Donald Carlton and the Streets team, Hakim Mubarak of Councilwoman Sanchez’s Office, State Representative Jason Dawkins, and Betsy Baxter of the Frankford Library.

East Kensington Cleanup
Also on June 14, PhillyRising conducted a very successful cleanup in the East Kensington neighborhood. With the help of CLIP, volunteers removed 1.57 tons of trash, including 2 mattresses, 2 chairs, 3 slabs of concrete, one chain link fence that was blocking and alley, and over 500 needles.

Painting at Robert Morris Elementary School
On Wednesday, June 25, PhillyRising joined PowerCorps PHL at Robert Morris Elementary School to paint the school yard fence and flagpole. Thanks to the school staff for their help and the great volunteers from PowerCorps for the hard work on a hot day.

Hartranft Festival and Handball Tournament
On Saturday, June 28, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and the Rainbow de Colores Park Group hosted their Annual Festival and Handball Tournament at Rainbow de Colores Park in Hartranft. Hartranft residents enjoyed a day of free food, great music and resource sharing.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Gridiron Classic
This year’s Gridiron Classic in Point Breeze was a great success, with 50 youth taking part in a day of training with professional football players and cheerleaders. Even more residents came out for a health and resource fair complete with free health screenings by St. Christopher’s Hospital, free Recycling Bins from the Streets Department and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, and free energy-efficient light bulbs courtesy of PECO. Special appearances were made by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin, who not only spoke on stage but took part in the football coaching as well. The event wrapped up with a concert by local youth celebrity Summer Valentine. Thanks to our many sponsors and partners, who are listed on our Facebook page.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

May/June 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, June 4
Montessori Charter School Playground Build Day
Montessori Charter School is building a playground for students to enjoy – join us on June 4 to help with the building efforts! The school is also looking for individuals to help out with the planning and preparation process on June 2 and 3, but the major need for volunteers is on the build day.
7:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Montessori Charter School, 2227 Island Ave.

Saturday, June 7
Empowered CDC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Come join the celebration as Empowered CDC hosts a day of fun for the entire family. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon but the rest of the day will be full of fun activities, including informational tables, live entertainment, children’s activities, and special appearances by Doc McStuffins and Spiderman!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave.

Saturday, June 7
Mural Arts Paint Day in Strawberry Mansion
PhillyRising will be working with the Mural Arts Program and community members to paint a number of walls selected by the community.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm @ 32nd St. & Cumberland St.

Thursday, June 12
Swampoodle Resource Fair
Come out to learn about City and community resources in Swampoodle.
Time TBD @ Dobbins High School, 2150 W Lehigh Ave.

Saturday, June 14
Southeast Cleanup
Join PhillyRising and the Southeast community for a cleanup and cookout!
10:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Snyder Ave. from 6th St. to 9th St.

Saturday, June 14
Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative Educational Workshop
Come learn about the litter problem in Frankford and how you can be part of the solution. Trash cans will be given out to the first 50 participants who register with the Frankford CDC by calling 215-743-6580 and who live between 4200-5200 Frankford Ave.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ SanKofa Freedom Academy Charter, 4290 Penn St.

Tuesday, June 16
St. Hugh’s Resource Fair
Come out to learn about City and community resources in St. Hugh’s.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm @ William Cramp Elementary School, 3449 N Mascher St.

Wednesday, June 18
Cleanup and Paint Day
Students from Central High School and the Friends of Mifflin Square Park will be coming together to clean the park and paint benches.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Mifflin Square Park, 6th St. & Wolf St.

Saturday, June 21
Townwatch Safe Streets Bike Ride
Townwatch Integrated Services is working with PhillyRising and the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition to promote their safe streets community bike ride around North Philadelphia.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ 32nd St. & Cumberland St.

Saturday, June 21
Summer Crush
Volunteers will clean up over 100 blocks in Southwest Philadelphia and then enjoy a concert in the afternoon.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Myers Recreation Center, 5303 Kingsessing Ave.

Wednesday, June 25
PhillyRising Presentation and Neighborhood Liaison Training
PhillyRising and Philly311 will be partnering with staff from the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. to conduct a Neighborhood Liaison Training.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm @ SEAMAAC, 1711 S Broad St.

Saturday, June 28
Gridiron Classic and Health and Resource Fair
The Gridiron Classic is a free professional football skills combine, cheer leading camp and resource fair with free food and live performances by special guest recording artist. The event supports healthy activities and mentoring for youth throughout Philadelphia. This year’s Gridiron Classic will be held in Point Breeze at the Chew Recreation Center. The event is in collaboration with PhillyRising, The Gridiron Classic’s Alphonso Roundtree, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Revitalization Project, Philadelphia Youth Music Program, several NFL players, community leaders and many other professional athletes.
8:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Chew Recreation Center, 1800 Washington Ave.

Saturday, June 28
Alleyway Cleanup in Haddington
PhillyRising will partner with National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice to clean alleyways around the Haddington community.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm; RSVP at myphillyrising.com for location information

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit http://www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information and to RSVP or volunteer for any event.

Highlights from May

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On Saturday, May 3, volunteers from Cub Scout Troop 5500 joined members of the Friends of Haddington Library and the library’s Teen Café as well as volunteers from the community to help with a gardening project at the Haddington Library. The volunteers planted rosebushes and other plants in the library’s gardens.

Hawthorne Community Leader Social
Community members gathered this month at New Hope Temple Baptist Church in Hawthorne over lunch to discuss collaborations, solutions, and plans for the future. Many thanks to Starbucks, Chipotle, and Café Ynez for providing lunch to the participants.

Hawthorne Resource Fair
On Saturday, May 10, PhillyRising and Hawthorne residents celebrated Love Your Park Day with a resource fair in Hawthorne Park. Presenters included Town Watch Integrated Services, the Commission on Human Relations, the Water Department, Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, Focused Deterrence, PECO, and the Office of Property Assessment.

Northeast CEA Graduation
Congratulations to the 27 graduates of PhillyRising’s Northeast Citizens Engagement Academy! This eight-week course teaches residents about City government and prepares them to become more engaged in their communities. Over the past eight weeks, residents have heard from the Streets Department, Philly311, the Public Nuisance Task Force Unit, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Resources, Licenses and Inspections, CLIP, Financial Empowerment Centers, and Town Watch Integrated Services. On Thursday, May 22, participants celebrated with a graduation ceremony where they received pins and certificates. Many thanks to all of our presenters, to Shannon Boccella of Boccella Sweets for donating a cake for the graduation ceremony and to Shop Rite at Levick and Oxford for donating additional food, and to the Philadelphia Protestant Home for hosting the CEA sessions.

140422 Northeast CEA Cake

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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April/May 2014

Congratulations to the new Deputy Managing Director-Director of PhillyRising, Adé Fuqua, and the new Deputy Director, Jim Sanders! Adé and Jim have been with PhillyRising since near its inception, Adé as the South Divisional Coordinator and then as Deputy Director, and Jim as the Northwest Divisional Coordinator. Please refer to the press release for more information.

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, May 3
Hawthorne Community Leader Social
Join Hawthorne residents and community leaders for lunch to discuss neighborhood issues and activities and plan for the future. RSVP to Amanda Finch.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm @ New Hope Temple Baptist Church, 711 S 12th St.

Saturday, May 10
Hawthorne Resource Fair
Celebrate Love Your Park Day with a resource fair in Hawthorne Park!
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Hawthorne Park, 12th St. & Catharine St.

Saturday, May 10
MRC Volunteer Training
Are you prepared to help in the event of a public health emergency? The Medical Reserve Corps is offering two free clinics on May 10 to prepare volunteers for emergency service. No medical experience necessary.
8:30 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm @ University of the Sciences’ McNeil Science Center Auditorium, 43rd St. & Woodland Ave.

Saturday, May 17
Lawncrest Community Yard Sale
Meet your neighbors and support your community while you shop! Contact Beth to reserve a vendor table.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.

Saturday, May 17
PMBC 39th District Cleanup
Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee will be hosting a cleanup in the 39th Police District, which encompasses the PhillyRising neighborhoods of Germantown and Swampoodle. To see how you can get involved, or if you are a block captain and need supplies, contact 39th District Clean Block Officer Robyn Matthews.
9:00 am – 2:30 pm @ Germantown Ave.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit http://www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information and to RSVP or volunteer for any event.

Highlights from April

Philly Spring Cleanup
The 7th annual Philly Spring Cleanup took place on April 5, 2014. On that windy Saturday, 14,225 volunteers cleaned up 970,940 pounds of trash, recycled 29,940 pounds of material, and distributed 3,200 recycling bins. PhillyRising and our partners hosted cleanups in Frankford, Germantown, Hartranft, Hawthorne, Lawncrest, and Strawberry Mansion. A special shout-out to PowerCorps PHL for helping out at five of our sites! Visit our Facebook to see photos from all of our cleanups.

Volunteers painting the garden shed at Strawberry Mansion Green Resource CEnter

Volunteers painting the garden shed at Strawberry Mansion Green Resource CEnter

Mural Arts Paint Day at Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center
On Saturday, April 12, volunteers from the Strawberry Mansion community and the Mural Arts Guild kicked off the 2014 growing season with a paint day at the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center. Volunteers painted the gardening shed that had been built in November and the fence surrounding the garden.

City Year and Young Scholars Spring Break Cleanup in Brewerytown
This month, City Year Philadelphia members brought students from Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School to Brewerytown for a three-day service project. The volunteers painted a mural, cleaned lots in the neighborhood, and cleaned and planted at a local community garden. We look forward to working with these amazing youth and mentors in the future and thank them for spending their Spring Break beautifying the community.

Students at Robert Morris Elementary School getting ready to repaint a mural

Students at Robert Morris Elementary School getting ready to repaint a mural

Be Amazing Community Event
On Thursday, April 24, students at Robert Morris Elementary School in Brewerytown were dismissed to find a Spider Man surprise! Volunteers from PhillyRising, SERVEPhiladelphia, PowerCorps PHL, Playworks, Repair the World Philadelphia, and The Amazing Spider Man II came out to help repaint a mural and install two basketball hoops donated by Sony Pictures. Students also attended an assembly to learn how they could become superheroes in their community and participated in face painting and other activities. Thanks to the many parties that made this event possible.

SoLo/GCA Renaissance on Wayne
On Saturday, April 26, SoLo/Germantown Civic Association celebrated its second anniversary with a cleanup and resource fair on Wayne Avenue. Students and residents collected 12 bags of trash from the area. Visit our Facebook for a full list of businesses and organizations represented at the fair.

Volunteers at Southeast Comcast Cares Day

Volunteers at Southeast Comcast Cares Day

Southeast Comcast Cares Day
Also on April 26, PhillyRising partnered with Comcast, Friends of Mifflin Square Park, and the Mural Arts Program to hold a neighborhood beautification event in Southeast Philadelphia. Volunteers painted five murals and cleaned up 7th Street between Dudley Street and Snyder Avenue as well as Mifflin Square Park. This event was one of 27 throughout the city that was part of Comcast’s annual day of service, Comcast Cares Day. Over 80 volunteers from Comcast, Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania came out to help.

Progress on Ralph Brook Tot Lot
Construction has begun for the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot revitalization project on 20th and Tasker Streets in Point Breeze. Many thanks to Urban Roots for conducting a geological study of the site and to the Philadelphia Phillies for $100,000 in donations to support the park’s ongoing construction. Community partners I.AM.SP and Philly Urban Creators will be hosting a cleanup in early June; check back on MyPhillyRising for updates.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in All Neighborhoods, PhillyRising Monthly Update

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 http://www.myphillyrising.com.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit http://www.myphillyrising.com 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 Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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