March/April 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday, April 23
Hello Indego: Philly welcomes new bike share program in April
The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is proud to introduce Indego, Philadelphia’s bike share system, this spring. Indego is sponsored by Independence Blue Cross and will officially launch on April 23rd, with over 60 stations with 600 bikes available 24/7. With Indego, you can check out a bike and ride from station to station whenever you need a convenient, healthy, and affordable way to travel. If you live or work in any of the following neighborhoods, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia can provide free bike riding classes, bike share demo events, and bike rides: Mantua, Powelton, Spruce Hill, Point Breeze, Francisville, Yorktown, Poplar, Ludlow, Olde Kensington/South Kensington.  For more information or to set up a class, contact or call 215-242-9253 ext. 310.

Tuesday, April 21
Sharswood Blumberg Planning Meeting
PHA is hosting a community planning meeting for the redevelopment of the Sharswood Brewerytown neighborhood.
6:00pm-7:30pm @ 1423 N 23rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

Tuesday, April 21
PSA 1 & 2 Meeting in the 1st District
Meet with community members and the police officers of the 17th police district to discuss resources and concerns within the district.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ S. 24th & Wolf Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, April 21
Frankford Spring Speaker Series
This is a speaker series geared towards the youth. Twelve hand selected speakers will come to the Boys & Girls Club in Frankford to mentor a group of youth ranging in ages from 14-19 years.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ Boys & Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Sunday, April 26
Ruth Wright Hayre Scholarship Luncheon
One of PhillyRising’s partners is being honored as part of this luncheon that benefits the scholarship fund for Strawberry Mansion graduates.
1:00pm-4:00pm @ Strawberry Mansion High School, 32nd St & Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Tuesday, April 28
NET Healing Fair
NET is hosting a Healing fair that will highlight resources available to community members across the 22nd District.
3:00pm-7:00pm @ Stephen Klein Wellness Center, 2144 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thursday, April 30
Northeast EPIC Stakeholders Meeting
Meet with community members to discuss concerns and share resources.
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Second Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Highlights from March

March 14-21, 2015
Ohio State University Volunteers in Philadelphia
In mid-March volunteers from the Ohio State University Buck-I-Serv program visited Philadelphia to engage in various beautification projects throughout the city. From the moment the volunteers arrived in Philadelphia they were ready and eager to make positive changes in various neighborhoods. During their week of service they completed 10 lot cleanups, repainted park equipment at 2 recreation centers, 3 neighborhood cleanups, and constructed 2 flower beds at William D. Kelley School. As the Buck-I-Serv volunteers pushed through their projects community residents stopped by to thank them for their amazing efforts. PhillyRising thanks our Buck-I-Serv partners for their remarkable work!

Buck-I-ServOhio State University Buck-I-Serv volunteers after repainting park equipment at Waterloo Playground

March 19, 2015
Faith Based Community Meeting
Clergy from area churches, community residents, and block captains gathered together at the Rehema Deliverance Church to learn more about PhillyRising and how they can be CAukDz2VEAAPXF2drivers of positive change in their neighborhoods. Managing Director Richard Negrin discussed the mission of PhillyRising and answered questions regarding quality of life concerns posed by community residents. We thank Bishop Dash of Rehema Deliverance Church for allowing us to host this meeting at his church.

Community partners at the Faith Based Meeting

March 21, 2015
PhillyRising Best Meeting
PhillyRising kicked off its first Best Meeting on Saturday, March 21st at the Diversified Communities Services-Dixon House located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Best Meeting was introduced as a strategy to enhance community residents’ level of accessibility to City services. The Best Meeting is technology driven which means that community residents can meet one-on-one with representatives from different City agencies to review and electronically submit service requests.  Through the use of technology at the Best Meeting City agencies will be able to expedite service delivery. As a result of this Best Meeting 230 service requests were successful submitted that day. There are plans to host a Best Meeting in each PhillyRising neighborhood throughout the year to ensure that community residents have easier access to city services.

March 24, 2015
Frankford Spring Speaker Series 2015
This year PhillyRising has introduced its first Speakers Series in Frankford. The Speaker Series is a thirteen week program that was founded as a platform for adults from diverse occupational background to provide mentorship support to youth. The goal of this program is to inspire to focus on their plans and work towards their goals so that they 10375101_1054507327909712_4462741817425102428_ncan achieve success. Speakers have been able to create a strong connection with the students by sharing their own stories to inspire the youth that they can overcome barriers and accomplish whatever they have their minds set on.


     Pastor Chris Kimenez sharing his life changing experiences with the youth




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