February/March 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, March 21
PhillyRising Best Meeting
This event is open to all Philadelphia residents interested in connecting with City services/providers. Meet one on one with representatives from City agencies and discuss service requests and concerns in your community.
9:00am-3:00pm @ Diversified Community Services/ Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St, Philadelphia PA 19145

Monday, March 2
Wayne Avenue Merchant Association (WAM) Street Cleaning
This is a street cleaning event taking place in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. If you own a business on Wayne Avenue or know someone who does please inform them and join this cleanup effort.
12:30pm-2:00pm @ Wayne Avenue Berkley/Schoolhouse, 1800 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (3rd Floor)

Friday, March 6
International Women’s Day 2015
International Women’s Day 2015 is scheduled for March 6, 2015 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the International House. This FREE event will consist of live performances, and discussions to celebrate the wonderful initiatives and programs that support the rights of women.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, March 7
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Monday, March 9
Logan Olney Epic Stakeholders Wordsworth CUA #5 Transition Meeting
Residents of the 39th and 35 Police Districts/Dept. Human Services are encouraged to attend.
5:00pm-7:00pm @ Holy Trinity Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 1100 W. Rockland St, Philadelphia, PA, 19141 (Marvine St Entrance)

Tuesday, March 17
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Thursday, March 26
Germantown Community Connection
Meeting schedule consists of board, membership and committee meetings.
7:00pm-8:30pm @ 35 W. Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Highlights from February

February 2, 2015
National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Temple University
Sounds of excitement, laughter, and joy could be heard throughout Temple University’s Pearson-McGonigle Hall where girls in grades K-8 participated in a series of physical fitness activities with Temple’s female athletes. National Girls 10689539_1024744020886043_6348411002837378816_nand Women is Sports Day was founded with the focus of highlighting the advancement of women in sports and discussing different health/safety measures that can help reduce the amount of brain injuries sustained by athletes.  Mayor Michael Nutter made a guest appearance and participated in several sporting activities.

 

Mayor Nutter with Temple University athletes and students in grades K-8

February 3, 2015
Frankford Career Boot Camp
Residents of the Frankford neighborhood actively participated in a five-week Career Boot Camp series. Through this series residents learned and practiced professional work skills that can be used to prepare them for the workforce. PhillyRising staff members volunteered their times to conduct mock interviews with participants. This was a great moment for participants to practice what they have learned through the course of the Career Boot Camp series. At the conclusion of the mock interviews participants were recognized for their hard work and commitment throughout the series. Congratulations to the 2015 graduating class of the Faith Assembly of God!

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2015 graduating class of Career Boot Camp at Faith Assembly of God

February 14, 2015
Valentine’s Day at St. Matthew Manor
Senior residents of the St. Matthew Manor celebrated their Valentine’s Day in a special way that left them with huge smiles on their faces. In preparation for this event 10974545_1032242250136220_5917718360368707327_ovolunteers dedicated their time and artistic skills gift wrapping shoe boxes and filling them with toiletries that might be of use to the seniors. PhillyRising staff and other volunteers then presented the gifts to them on Valentine’s Day. The seniors were astounded by the gifts and expressed gratitude for the kind act!            Wrapped gifts for senior residents of St. Matthew Manor

February 18, 2015
Philly Innovates
Hundreds of innovators poured into the Philadelphia Convention Center to attend the Philly Innovates Summit. The focus of this summit was to introduce to demonstrate the ways in which City government utilizes technology to improve service delivery. During this summit Philly 311 revealed their new CRM which has been revamped for high quality performance. Throughout the event guest speakers elaborated on the City’s vision and growing sense of innovation.  Guest speakers included: Mayor Michael Nutter, Managing Director Rich Negrin, Chief Customer Service Officer Rosetta Lue, Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid, Executive Vice President of Salesforce Vivek Kundra, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Thank you to all who participated and attended the 2015 Philly Innovates Summit making it a successful event!

February 2015
Free Street Tree Giveaway
Congratulations to the 6300 and 6400 block of Rising Sun Ave on being selected to receive free trees for their blocks. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is pleased to award the free tree giveaway to the Lawncrest neighborhood!

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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

January/February 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, February 2
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
This is a free event for girls in 8th grade and under to participate in mini clinics and workshops with female varsity athletes from Temple University.
3:00pm-6:30pm @ Temple University Fitness Mezzanine, 1800 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (3rd Floor)

Tuesday, February 3
PhillyRising Career Boot Camp
This is a 5-week class designed to prepare entry level job seekers to enter the workplace and advance their positions.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ 1926 Margaret St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Wednesday, February 4
Shoe Box Decorating
Help decorate shoe boxes and fill them with toiletries and cleaning products which will be given to senior residents.
3:00pm-5:00pm @ St. Matthews Manor, 230 N. 57th St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Saturday, February 7
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Friday, February 13
Energy Conservation Workshop Center in the Park
Weatherization/Conservation instruction & material provided FREE of Charge.
1:00pm @ 5818 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tuesday, February 17
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Friday, February 20
West Philadelphia Epic Meeting
Meet with community members to discuss concerns and share resources.
12:00pm-2:00pm @ 4725 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19139

Highlights from January

January 7, 2015
Philadelphia Youth Commission Monthly Meeting
The Philadelphia Youth Commission hosted their January Monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 7th focused on Public Safety. Lt. Michael Goodson from the South Philadelphia Police District led an open conversation with the participants about the relationship youth of Philadelphia have with the police officers and how it can be improved. The Youth Commission Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month.

The Commission represents Philadelphia’s youth in public hearing and gives testimony that reflects the youth perspective. We work with the City, non-profits, community organizations, PYC Youth Violence Programand private entities to develop strategies to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s youth. The Commission also advises the Mayor, City Council, Philadelphia Schools, and other key decision makers inside and outside of city government.

Philadelphia Youth Commissioners with Lieutenant Michael Goodson

January 16, 2015
Beyond the Uniform
On a late afternoon at Vare Middle School students sat quietly and listened to Police Officers from the South Philadelphia Police Department share their experiences. During this program students had the opportunity to ask officers about their duties to provide better insight of what a day in the life of a Philadelphia Police Officer looks like. Students were divided into small groups and sat with a police officer at their table to learn about the duties of a police officer.  Following the small group conversations Lieutenant Michael Goodson spoke to the students about the importance of education and practicing accountability. PhillyRising thanks Lieutenant Michael Goodson and the officers of the 3rd Police District who sacrificed their time to meet and speak with students!

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Strawberry Mansion Cleanup
To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day PhillyRising with the support of the Managing Director’s Office tackled the 32nd and Cumberland corridor for a neighborhood cleanup. Many Strawberry Mansion residents grabbed their coats, gloves, cleaning tools and joined PhillyRising staff and the Managing Director to beautify their neighborhood.

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January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Panel Discussion
Youth and families made their way to the National Museum of American Jewish Museum to hear panelists’ views on contemporary social issues. Panelists directed their attention on the rampant violence that is plaguing our nation and how citizens have responded to this issue. Throughout the discussion panelists addressed the effectiveness of marches and MLKDayPanelprotests as a way of combating violence and allowing citizens to voice their thoughts. Panelists reflected on historic events in effort to enhance their thoughts as to how the nation responded to issues in the past and how our nation is responding to issues in this generation.                                                                    Panelists discuss violence and protests in America

January 20, 2015
Food Packing at Philabundance
Staff members from the PhillyRising volunteered their time at Philabundance to help package foods that will be delivered to families throughout various communities. Volunteers spent their afternoon sorting plantains and packing them in boxes in preparation for delivery.

January 22, 2015
Afterschool Homework Help at Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio is home to many neighborhood residents for worship service but also a Mr. Negrin speaking with students at Iglesia del Barrioplace of that academic support for students. Throughout the school week, Iglesia del Barrio opens its doors to students for afterschool homework help. Pastor Cookie and her staff work diligently to ensure that all students who enter their doors for homework help receive the tutoring support that they are seeking. City Deputy Mayor and Managing Director, Rich Negrin made a guest appearance at Iglesia del Barrio to speak to students.

City Managing Director, Richard Negrin speaking with students

January 30, 2015
Shoe Box Decorating Event
Volunteers participated in a shoe box decorating event and filled their decorated shoe boxes with toiletries which would be distributed to senior residents. Thank you to all who have volunteered and helped make the shoe box decorating event possible!

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

December/January 2015

OFFICE OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
RICHARD NEGRIN, ESQ
Managing Director & Deputy Mayor
for Administration and Coordination

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1683

Memo

From: Richard Negrin, Managing Director & Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination
Date: 1/26/2015
Re: MDO Press release (Personnel changes)

The City of Philadelphia announced today a number of staffing changes at the Office of the Managing Director. Adé Fuqua Deputy Managing Director and Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative has been promoted to the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Managing Director. Mary Stitt, the prior MDO Chief of Staff was promoted to Procurement Commissioner in December 2014. In addition to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Fuqua will remain Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative. In his new role, Mr. Fuqua will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Managing Director and handling external affairs affecting the Office. “From the beginning Adé has demonstrated the type of service-centered leadership that we value in City government. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow into roles of increasing responsibility over the last four years. I am certain he will continue this record of achievement and service in his new role as my Chief of Staff.” said Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration, Richard Negrin. “I also want to thank outgoing Chief of Staff Mary Stitt for her dedication over the last two years and wish her every success in her new role as Procurement Commissioner.”

Mr. Fuqua will be supported in his new role by Manny Citron, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Citron has been with the Office of the Managing Director since 2010; first as a Coordinator in the PhillyRising Collaborative, and more recently as Assistant Managing Director for Policy and Special Projects. “Manny Citron has a reputation of getting it done. He is a great asset to the Office of the Managing Director and someone that is very knowledgeable about internal operations.’’

Joann Gontarek, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director has been promoted to Office Manager. Additionally, Marcus Bullock, a PowerCorpsPHL service member has joined the MDO team to assist with administrative and research functions.
The PhillyRising Collaborative is also seeing some changes. Alex Peay and Luz Paradoa have recently joined the staff as Coordinators. Prior to joining PhillyRising, Mr. Peay founded Rising Sons, a nonprofit that engages millennials with community service opportunities. Ms. Paradoa brings more than twenty years of experience in program management and community outreach to the position. Additionally, Jimmie Sanders, Deputy Director has been promoted to Deputy Director for Operations and is responsible for PhillyRising outreach in all nineteen neighborhoods. Joandelis Marquez, PhillyRising Coordinator since 2010 has been promoted to Deputy Director for Administration and is responsible for managing PhillyRising’s internal matters. “I am excited about the new roles and new faces we are announcing today for the PhillyRising Collaborative. Joandelis and Jimmie have both been part of PhillyRising from day one and their proven experience and leadership will be critical to providing outstanding service to our citizens over the coming year.” said Negrin. “Luz and Alex, our two newest members of PhillyRising will add their own valuable experience to the team ensure that it continues to grow and deliver services to our most challenged neighborhoods.”
In your service,

Rich Negrin
Managing Director/
Deputy Mayor

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEK OF SERVICE EVENTS

Saturday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center Cleanup
Join the staff of the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center in a beautification project to spruce up the appearance of the Rec Center.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

*Monday, January 19
MLK Day Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PhillyRising is working with volunteers from Temple Medical School, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, and neighborhood residents for a cleanup of the 32nd and Cumberland Streets corridor. 9:00am @ W Cumberland St & N 32nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
*= MDO selected service event

Monday, January 19
Lawncrest Beautification Project
Lawncrest Recreation Center is home to many children and families who utilize the facility all throughout the year. Volunteers will help beautify this space to enhance the appearance of the recreation center.
9:30am-12:30pm @ 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, Shelbourne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Tuesday, January 20
Philabundance
Volunteers will help sort and package food which will be sent to food cupboards and distributed at shelters.
12:00pm-4:30pm @ Philabundance Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, January 21
Chosen 300
Chosen 300 opens their doors during the week to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness to provide them with a meal. Volunteers will assist by either serving food to guests.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Thursday, January 22
Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio hosts an afterschool homework help program for students. Throughout this time frame volunteers will serve as tutors to assist students with their school assignments
3:00pm-5:30/6:00pm @ 240 E. Cambria St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

PhillyRising Monthly Events

Tuesday, January 20
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Tuesday, January 20
Lawncrest Community Association
The Lawncrest Community Association is back from summer vacation and will start meeting monthly again. All neighborhood residents are invited to attend!
7:00pm-9:00pm @ Community Room at St Williams, Corner of Argyle and Robbins Sts, Philadelphia PA 19111

Wednesday, January 21
Friends of Hissey Park
Monthly meeting organized by the Friends Group to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Hissey Park, C St & Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Highlights from December

December 2014-January 2015
Summer Valentine Anti Bullying Tour
Popular recording artist Summer Valentine has embarked on an anti-bullying tour at schools throughout Philadelphia. With an increasing case of multi-faceted bullying which has plagued our nation artist Summer Valentine and PhillyRising have coordinated an anti-bullying tour to increase awareness of the dangers of bullying. During her tour Ms. Valentine is shedding light on the different types of bullying such as: physical, verbal, and cyber. Through skits, dances, and musical performances Summer Valentine, Project Positive, and PhillyRising are aiming to gear up students for the fight against bullying.

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PhillyRising volunteers at Broad Street Ministry
Volunteers from PhillyRising and other organizations devoted their time and energy to help serve meals to individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to the arrival of the individuals all volunteers received training on effective food service techniques to create an enjoyable experience for the guests. As the room filled up volunteers quickly grabbed their trays of food and began serving individuals as they took their seats.  Smiles could be seen all throughout the room on the faces of the individuals who received their meals and the PhillyRising volunteers who served them.

Kensington Christmas EventDecember 20, 2014
Joy for Families
PhillyRising partnered with Iglesia Del Barrio in the Kensington Community to host “Joy for Families”. This event takes place every year in an effort to provide low income families with gifts for their children and food baskets as well. This year 250 pre- registered families of all zip codes attended this event and participated in raffles, enjoyed a Christmas show and received boxes of groceries and toys.

December 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
The long awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park took place on Monday, December 22nd. Residents of the Point Breeze neighborhood and students from the local Delaplaine McDaniel School gathered together at the park to participate in this special ceremony. Dignitaries and special guests from the state and city shared powerful messages about the transformation taking place in the Point Breeze including City Managing Director Richard Negrin’s notation of the 10% crime reduction. Speakers highlighted the significance of the park and the positive impact that the new park will have on the neighborhood. The renovation of the park is expected to be complete by Spring 2015.

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Special thanks to: Pastor Lovett, Deacon Johnson, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis, Managing Director Richard Negrin, Deputy Managing Director -PhillyRising Director Ade Fuqua, State Representative Jordan Harris, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Eagles Player Connor Barwin, Executive Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Jane Golden, I.A.M. South Philly Founder Jahmall Crandall, Urban Roots Founder and President Jeffrey Taube.

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

November/December 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, December 2
Community Policing Meeting
Monthly meeting held in St. Hugh’s to discuss public safety in the neighborhood.
6:30pm-7:30pm @ St. Hughs Convent, 145 W. Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, December 3
Weatherization Workshop
PhillyRising will conduct a weatherization workshop in the Hartranft community. During this workshop presenter(s) will share useful, cost-effective tips on how residents can prepare their homes for the winter weather.
1:00pm-3:00pm @ Hartranft John F. School, 720 W. Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Thursday, December 4
PhillyRising Resource Fair
PhillyRising will host a resource fair at William Cramp Elementary School where residents will learn valuable information and have the opportunity to participate in a weatherization workshop.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ William Cramp Elementary School, 3449 N. Masher St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Thursday, December 4
North Philly Remembers….
Project Home invites members of the North Philadelphia community to attend and participate in an evening of storytelling and memory sharing of events from the past.  This will be a wonderful event for families and neighbors.
6:00pm-7:30pm @ Honickman Learning Center, 1936 N. Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Saturday, December 6
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, December 9
Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot Groundbreaking Ceremony
Community partners are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot which will be restructured into a state of the art playground. This project is being conducted in an effort to create a safe and pleasurable environment for community residents to enjoy.
2:30pm @ 20th & Tasker Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, December 16
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ Hancock & Susquehanna Aves, Philadelphia, PA 19122

*S.A.G.E. (Senior Adults for Greater Education) is looking for individuals 55 years and older who have a few hours available to volunteer at William D. Kelley STEM Academy. SAGE will provide training, support, and clearances, so the volunteer experience is successful and meaningful. Volunteering at Kelley is a wonderful way for seniors to get out in to the community, make friends, have fun and make a difference in the life of a local young person.

Highlights from November

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Eagles and PHS Garden Day in Strawberry Mansion
Philadelphia Eagles football players joined the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in a day of gardening at the PHS Green Resource Center in Strawberry Mansion. Throughout the day volunteers from PowerCorps and the U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted in painting the fence surrounding the garden and planting daffodils. Philadelphia Eagles football players teamed up with Strawberry Mansion High School football players to plant trees near the entrance of Strawberry Mansion High School. Towards the end of the event students from the culinary arts program showcased their skills with delicious snacks made from fruits and vegetables handpicked from the garden.

November 8, 2014
Frankford Commercial Corridor Cleanup
The Travis Manion Foundation in collaboration with Frankford CDC and PhillyRising planned and executed a large-scale cleanup in Frankford. In the morning of the cleanup hundreds of volunteers arrived at the St. Mark’s Church where they were divided into groups to cleanup and beautify blocks around the community. Volunteers gathered their cleaning tools and walked over to their assigned areas where they began removing trash from the streets and planting flowers. As a result of their dedication and hard work over 8000 lbs. of waste has been collected and removed from the surrounding neighborhoods. With the amazing support of the Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Northeast Treatment Centers, CLIP, Turning Points for Children, and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. we were able to initiate and complete this cleanup.

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November 15, 2014
Tindley Temple Health Fair
On Saturday, November 15th Tindley Temple United Methodist Church hosted a health fair in effort to promote healthy living. This event was open to the public with the hopes that community members would stop by and learn of different strategies/practices they can implement in their daily lives to maintain or achieve good health status. During the health fair members in attendance had the opportunity to participate in health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba classes, etc. We would like to thank our buildOn volunteer partners for all of the support that they provided throughout the health fair.

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November 15 & 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Area Cleanup
In preparation for the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Groundbreaking ceremony community residents, volunteers, and PhillyRising staff joined together to clean up the area. With shovels and trash bags in hand, all who participated in this cleanup made a powerful impact in the South Philadelphia community. Bursting trash bags and wastes were collected from the streets then stacked together for trash pickup. As a result of this cleanup and the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for early December 2014 the South Philadelphia residents will have a reason to smile.

St. Hughs CEA Graduation 2014November 25, 2014
St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy Graduation Ceremony
Approximately 20 residents from the St. Hughs community were recognized for their active involvement in the Citizens Engagement Academy. This year’s Citizens Engagement Academy in St. Hughs was the first to be conducted in Spanish.  Congratulations to the St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy 2014 Class!

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

October/November 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

*Deadline: Saturday, November 15
Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service
The Richardson Dilworth Award founded by Mayor Nutter was established to honor distinguished City employees who exhibit excellent public service. Community partners are encouraged to nominate a City employee for one of the following awards: Distinguished Public Service, Innovation in Government, and Excellence in Customer Service. Please click on the hyperlink above to review eligibility requirements and submit your nomination by Saturday, November 15th.

Saturday, November 1
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

Tuesday, November 4
Community Policing Meeting
Monthly meeting held in St. Hugh’s to discuss public safety in the neighborhood.
6:30pm-7:30pm @ St. Hugh’s Convent, 145 W Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Saturday, November 8
A Day of Service in Honor of Veteran’s Day 2014
In preparation for Veteran’s Day the Travis Manion Foundation, PhillyRising Collaborative, and Frankford CDC will host a cleanup of the Frankford commercial corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.
10:00am-2:00pm @ St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Saturday, November 8
Lawncrest Recreation Center Cleanup
On Saturday, November 8, 2014 the Lawncrest Community Association and PhillyRising will conduct a cleanup of the outdoor area of the Lawncrest Recreation Center. This space will be the site for a Veteran’s Day event on Tuesday, November 11th.
10:00am-1:00pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Monday, November 17
19th District Captain’s Workshop
Licenses & Inspections and PhillyRising are interested in working with you. Meet with community members regarding the resources and concerns within the 19th district.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 19th Police District, 6059 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia 19151

Highlights from October

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Hawthorne Cultural Center Cleanup
Students from Temple University Beasley School of Law volunteered their time and services to help clean up the interior of the Hawthorne Cultural Center. Temple volunteers expressed their reasons for participating in the cleanup and were ready to enhance the appearance of the recreation center. The volunteers left the site with smiles on their faces knowing that their efforts will benefit the children, parents, and staff who utilize that facility.

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Lafayette College Alternative Fall Break Experience
The Alternative Fall Break School Break Club from Lafayette College traveled to Philadelphia for their fall break to perform a series of community service projects throughout the city. Volunteers helped beautify the Francis Myers Park, painted a stairwell at the Houston Community Center, prepared flower beds at a community garden in Strawberry Mansion, and assisted in the packaging of food at MANNA. Through their hard work and positive attitudes the Lafayette College volunteers exhibited the power of teamwork.

PhillyRising ConferenceOctober 18, 2014
2nd Annual PhillyRising Conference
Hundreds of community partners poured into Temple University’s Mitten Hall to meet with representatives from different City agencies in order to submit their service requests. Through the effective practice of the “Best Meetings” agency representatives were able to note and submit service request via their technological devices during their meeting with community partners.  In addition to meeting with agency representatives community partners participated in Career Boot Camp and Financial Counseling sessions. We would like to thank the Philadelphia Police Department, Town Watch Integrated Services, Licenses & Inspections, Philadelphia Streets Department, Philly 311, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, Community & Life Improvement Program, Financial Empowerment Center and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for the services they provided at the conference.

October 23, 2014
Mural Dedication at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Members of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Guild Program worked diligently to create the “Staircases and Mountaintops” mural portrayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. On Thursday, October 23rd Mayor Michael Nutter, Managing Director, Rich Negrin, and Philadelphia Mural Arts Executive Director, Jane Golden gathered with community partners to celebrate the completion of the mural.

October 2014PHS Award
Garden of Distinction Award
Congratulations to the Germantown Avenue Business District on winning the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Garden of Distinction Award! Amid a large pool of contestants the Germantown Avenue Business District was selected as the winner.

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

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.

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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.

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