September/October 2013

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

You’ll notice this month that our events now link to our new site and mobile app, MyPhillyRising. MyPhillyRising is your online and mobile portal to everything going on in your neighborhood. You can find resources, connect with neighbors, and learn about events occurring throughout the city. Join the community at

Saturday, October 5
Girard Park Fall Cleanup & Green Day with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Girard Park (21st & Shunk Streets)

Tuesday, October 8
Point Breeze Block Representative’s Meeting
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm @ 17th Police District Headquarters (1201 S 20th St.)

Thursday, October 10
Southeast Quality of Life Community Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ Houston Center (2029 S 8th St.)

Wednesday, October 16
PhillyRising Monthly Meeting in St. Hugh’s
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ HACE Community Room (167 W Allegheny Ave.)

Friday, October 18
Haddington EPIC Community Meeting
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm @ Community College of Philadelphia (48th & Chestnut Streets)

Monday, October 21
19th District Captain’s Workshop
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ 6059 Haverford Ave.

Thursday, October 24
Community Job Fair hosted by State Representative J. P. Miranda
10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 W. Hunting Park Ave.)

Thursday, October 31
Avenue of Treats hosted by Beech Community Services
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ 1508 Cecil B. Moore Ave.


Market East Live!
Every Friday and Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, enjoy live entertainment at 12th and Market Streets.

Youth Jobs Workshop at Ford PAL
Free workshop from 5:00 to 7:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until November 4 to prepare youth for employment and a job fair on November 5.
Ford PAL, 631 Snyder Ave.

Six Ways in Six Days
Women’s Christian Alliance presents a series of workshops throughout the month of October in honor of Parent and Family Appreciation Month.

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

Highlights from September

PhillyRising First Annual Conference
On Wednesday, August 14, PhillyRising brought together community leaders and partnering organizations for a series of workshops and presentations on improving quality of life for residents. After a full day of workshops on topics like building community gardens and hosting career boot camps, community heroes were recognized at an awards ceremony.  You can see photos and videos and download workshops from the conference on the 2013 PhillyRising Conference website.

Community Mural Paint Day in Point Breeze
On Saturday, September 14, PhillyRising partnered with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, The Guild, Saint Thomas Aquinas and over 100 community volunteers to paint a multicultural mural at 1700 Fernon Street. This mural represents the more than seven ethnic groups living in the Point Breeze community. Neighborhood residents also led a cleanup on the block that day.

Strawberry Mansion High School Garden Build
On Saturday, September 21, PhillyRising joined volunteers from the US Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, East Park Revitalization Alliance, and the Strawberry Mansion community to build 12 raised bed gardens at the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center. These beds will be used by the new culinary arts program at the high school. Due to a successful summer of gardening, the volunteers were also able to add four more plots to the community garden.

United Way Day of Caring in Kensington
Also on September 21, PhillyRising, along with 300 community members and corporate volunteers, took part in a cleanup and community resource fair at Hissey Park in Kensington. Volunteers worked on projects that will have a lasting impact, like restoring basketball nets, painting playground equipment, and planting a flower garden.

Douglas Street Enters Clean Block Competition
When the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s Clean Block Competition arrived at the 2500 block of Douglas Street on September 24th, they were greeted by an enthusiastic and motivated group of residents. With the support of PMBC and PhillyRising, these community heroes have worked tirelessly this year to clean and paint their block. We look forward to working with them for years to come to ensure these improvements are lasting.

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PhillyRising Collaborative


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