November/December 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, December 2
Community Policing Meeting
Monthly meeting held in St. Hugh’s to discuss public safety in the neighborhood.
6:30pm-7:30pm @ St. Hughs Convent, 145 W. Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, December 3
Weatherization Workshop
PhillyRising will conduct a weatherization workshop in the Hartranft community. During this workshop presenter(s) will share useful, cost-effective tips on how residents can prepare their homes for the winter weather.
1:00pm-3:00pm @ Hartranft John F. School, 720 W. Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Thursday, December 4
PhillyRising Resource Fair
PhillyRising will host a resource fair at William Cramp Elementary School where residents will learn valuable information and have the opportunity to participate in a weatherization workshop.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ William Cramp Elementary School, 3449 N. Masher St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Thursday, December 4
North Philly Remembers….
Project Home invites members of the North Philadelphia community to attend and participate in an evening of storytelling and memory sharing of events from the past.  This will be a wonderful event for families and neighbors.
6:00pm-7:30pm @ Honickman Learning Center, 1936 N. Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Saturday, December 6
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, December 9
Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot Groundbreaking Ceremony
Community partners are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot which will be restructured into a state of the art playground. This project is being conducted in an effort to create a safe and pleasurable environment for community residents to enjoy.
2:30pm @ 20th & Tasker Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, December 16
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ Hancock & Susquehanna Aves, Philadelphia, PA 19122

*S.A.G.E. (Senior Adults for Greater Education) is looking for individuals 55 years and older who have a few hours available to volunteer at William D. Kelley STEM Academy. SAGE will provide training, support, and clearances, so the volunteer experience is successful and meaningful. Volunteering at Kelley is a wonderful way for seniors to get out in to the community, make friends, have fun and make a difference in the life of a local young person.

Highlights from November

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Eagles and PHS Garden Day in Strawberry Mansion
Philadelphia Eagles football players joined the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in a day of gardening at the PHS Green Resource Center in Strawberry Mansion. Throughout the day volunteers from PowerCorps and the U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted in painting the fence surrounding the garden and planting daffodils. Philadelphia Eagles football players teamed up with Strawberry Mansion High School football players to plant trees near the entrance of Strawberry Mansion High School. Towards the end of the event students from the culinary arts program showcased their skills with delicious snacks made from fruits and vegetables handpicked from the garden.

November 8, 2014
Frankford Commercial Corridor Cleanup
The Travis Manion Foundation in collaboration with Frankford CDC and PhillyRising planned and executed a large-scale cleanup in Frankford. In the morning of the cleanup hundreds of volunteers arrived at the St. Mark’s Church where they were divided into groups to cleanup and beautify blocks around the community. Volunteers gathered their cleaning tools and walked over to their assigned areas where they began removing trash from the streets and planting flowers. As a result of their dedication and hard work over 8000 lbs. of waste has been collected and removed from the surrounding neighborhoods. With the amazing support of the Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Northeast Treatment Centers, CLIP, Turning Points for Children, and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. we were able to initiate and complete this cleanup.


November 15, 2014
Tindley Temple Health Fair
On Saturday, November 15th Tindley Temple United Methodist Church hosted a health fair in effort to promote healthy living. This event was open to the public with the hopes that community members would stop by and learn of different strategies/practices they can implement in their daily lives to maintain or achieve good health status. During the health fair members in attendance had the opportunity to participate in health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba classes, etc. We would like to thank our buildOn volunteer partners for all of the support that they provided throughout the health fair.


November 15 & 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Area Cleanup
In preparation for the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Groundbreaking ceremony community residents, volunteers, and PhillyRising staff joined together to clean up the area. With shovels and trash bags in hand, all who participated in this cleanup made a powerful impact in the South Philadelphia community. Bursting trash bags and wastes were collected from the streets then stacked together for trash pickup. As a result of this cleanup and the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for early December 2014 the South Philadelphia residents will have a reason to smile.

St. Hughs CEA Graduation 2014November 25, 2014
St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy Graduation Ceremony
Approximately 20 residents from the St. Hughs community were recognized for their active involvement in the Citizens Engagement Academy. This year’s Citizens Engagement Academy in St. Hughs was the first to be conducted in Spanish.  Congratulations to the St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy 2014 Class!

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