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 for location information

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

Highlights from May

140503 Haddington Library GardeningGardening at Haddington Library
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

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