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.
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.
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:
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.
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.