September/October 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, October 18
PhillyRising Conference
PhillyRising will be hosting its 2nd annual conference to promote innovation and community engagement. The purpose of this conference is to create a platform in which community members can communicate directly with representatives from several city agencies/departments to address their concerns, ask questions, and submit service requests. Representatives from each agency/department will be present with their computers which will enable them to instantly input and submit work requests through their systems. Community members will leave the conference knowing that their voices have been heard and concerns noted. In addition to this focus of the conference community members will have the opportunity to participate in Career Boot Camp and Neighborhood Liaison Training sessions. Members of the North Central community who have completed the eight week Citizens’ Engagement Academy course will be recognized during the conference. To register for the conference please click on the hyperlink above.
9:00am – 5:00pm @ Temple University’s Mitten Hall, 1913 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, October 8
Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council
This meeting is your chance to learn about what’s going on at Lawncrest Rec and offer your ideas on how we can make the Rec Center better and more accessible to the community. All neighborhood residents are invited to be part of the Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council!
7:00pm – 8:30pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Saturday, October 11
Prevention Event in Kensington
PhillyRising will collaborate with Friends of Hissey Park to host a Fire and Crime Prevention event. Emergency Medical Service personnel will present helpful prevention tips to those in attendance.
12:00pm – 4:00pm @ Hissey Park, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Wednesday, October 22
PHS Gardening Workshop in St. Hugh’s
PHS will begin 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.
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ John B. Stetson Middle School, 3200 B St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Thursday, October 23
Mural Dedication
Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation along with the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia.
2:00pm @ 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Highlights from September

Friday, September 12Marathon Garden clean up
Marathon Garden Project
Over 100 AmeriCorps volunteers (City Year, YouthBuild, and SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs) committed their time and energy to help spruce up Marathon Garden and the Athletic Recreation Center located in Brewerytown. Tasks for this service project included weeding, mulching, mowing grass, and garden area cleanup. Volunteers grabbed their gardening tools and began working powerfully through their tasks. Amazed by the work completed by volunteers, community members and farm staff expressed their gratitude to volunteers for their constant “can do attitude” while completing their tasks.

Saturday, September 13
Strawberry Mansion Day
Members of the Strawberry Mansion community joined together at Mander Recreation Center to celebrate Strawberry Mansion Day. Community members participated in fun filled activities while enjoying entertainment and food.

Tuesday, September 16
Citizens’ Engagement Academy
Representatives from Philly 311 shared tips with members of the St. Hugh’s and Kensington community on how to effectively use the 311 system. This marked the first Citizens’ Engagement Academy that was presented in Spanish.

Hawthorne Peace DaySaturday, September 20
Hawthorne Peace Day Project
In honor of Peace Day volunteers from Peace Day Philly, Global Citizen 365, PowerCorps PHL, and the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition worked collaboratively with members of the Hawthorne community to beautify the Hawthorne Cultural Center and Ridgeway Park. Managing Director Richard Negrin shared powerful words of appreciation to all who volunteered their time to help improve the physical appearance of the parks. Volunteers united together to tackle various projects which included: painting, removing graffiti marked on park premises, and building picnic benches. As a result of these collaborative efforts children and families can once again enjoy a beautiful and friendly park.

Saturday, September 20Lawncrest Yard Sale
Lawncrest Community Yard Sale
Community members gathered together at the Lawncrest Recreation Center to sell their new or used items. Smiles, laughs, and conversations confirmed the pleasurable atmosphere of this event. During this event community members also had the opportunity to shred their sensitive documents via PROSHIELD Security. PROSHIELD Security donated a shred truck for this event and accepted donations from those who utilized their service. All proceeds collected went towards the Lawncrest Recreation Center.

Saturday, September 20
Strawberry Mansion Football Game
PhillyRising worked in collaboration with US Attorney’s Office, Strawberry Mansion NAC and CDC, Strawberry Mansion Alumni Association, and NET to host a resource fair and community day around the 1st varsity football game in strawberry Mansion history. 500 book bags were distributed to the youth and food and music was provided ahead of this community and school milestone.


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