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 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!

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