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.

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