December/January 2015

Managing Director & Deputy Mayor
for Administration and Coordination

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1683


From: Richard Negrin, Managing Director & Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination
Date: 1/26/2015
Re: MDO Press release (Personnel changes)

The City of Philadelphia announced today a number of staffing changes at the Office of the Managing Director. Adé Fuqua Deputy Managing Director and Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative has been promoted to the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Managing Director. Mary Stitt, the prior MDO Chief of Staff was promoted to Procurement Commissioner in December 2014. In addition to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Fuqua will remain Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative. In his new role, Mr. Fuqua will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Managing Director and handling external affairs affecting the Office. “From the beginning Adé has demonstrated the type of service-centered leadership that we value in City government. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow into roles of increasing responsibility over the last four years. I am certain he will continue this record of achievement and service in his new role as my Chief of Staff.” said Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration, Richard Negrin. “I also want to thank outgoing Chief of Staff Mary Stitt for her dedication over the last two years and wish her every success in her new role as Procurement Commissioner.”

Mr. Fuqua will be supported in his new role by Manny Citron, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Citron has been with the Office of the Managing Director since 2010; first as a Coordinator in the PhillyRising Collaborative, and more recently as Assistant Managing Director for Policy and Special Projects. “Manny Citron has a reputation of getting it done. He is a great asset to the Office of the Managing Director and someone that is very knowledgeable about internal operations.’’

Joann Gontarek, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director has been promoted to Office Manager. Additionally, Marcus Bullock, a PowerCorpsPHL service member has joined the MDO team to assist with administrative and research functions.
The PhillyRising Collaborative is also seeing some changes. Alex Peay and Luz Paradoa have recently joined the staff as Coordinators. Prior to joining PhillyRising, Mr. Peay founded Rising Sons, a nonprofit that engages millennials with community service opportunities. Ms. Paradoa brings more than twenty years of experience in program management and community outreach to the position. Additionally, Jimmie Sanders, Deputy Director has been promoted to Deputy Director for Operations and is responsible for PhillyRising outreach in all nineteen neighborhoods. Joandelis Marquez, PhillyRising Coordinator since 2010 has been promoted to Deputy Director for Administration and is responsible for managing PhillyRising’s internal matters. “I am excited about the new roles and new faces we are announcing today for the PhillyRising Collaborative. Joandelis and Jimmie have both been part of PhillyRising from day one and their proven experience and leadership will be critical to providing outstanding service to our citizens over the coming year.” said Negrin. “Luz and Alex, our two newest members of PhillyRising will add their own valuable experience to the team ensure that it continues to grow and deliver services to our most challenged neighborhoods.”
In your service,

Rich Negrin
Managing Director/
Deputy Mayor

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities


Saturday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center Cleanup
Join the staff of the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center in a beautification project to spruce up the appearance of the Rec Center.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

*Monday, January 19
MLK Day Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PhillyRising is working with volunteers from Temple Medical School, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, and neighborhood residents for a cleanup of the 32nd and Cumberland Streets corridor. 9:00am @ W Cumberland St & N 32nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
*= MDO selected service event

Monday, January 19
Lawncrest Beautification Project
Lawncrest Recreation Center is home to many children and families who utilize the facility all throughout the year. Volunteers will help beautify this space to enhance the appearance of the recreation center.
9:30am-12:30pm @ 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, Shelbourne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Tuesday, January 20
Volunteers will help sort and package food which will be sent to food cupboards and distributed at shelters.
12:00pm-4:30pm @ Philabundance Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, January 21
Chosen 300
Chosen 300 opens their doors during the week to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness to provide them with a meal. Volunteers will assist by either serving food to guests.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Thursday, January 22
Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio hosts an afterschool homework help program for students. Throughout this time frame volunteers will serve as tutors to assist students with their school assignments
3:00pm-5:30/6:00pm @ 240 E. Cambria St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

PhillyRising Monthly Events

Tuesday, January 20
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 @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Tuesday, January 20
Lawncrest Community Association
The Lawncrest Community Association is back from summer vacation and will start meeting monthly again. All neighborhood residents are invited to attend!
7:00pm-9:00pm @ Community Room at St Williams, Corner of Argyle and Robbins Sts, Philadelphia PA 19111

Wednesday, January 21
Friends of Hissey Park
Monthly meeting organized by the Friends Group to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Hissey Park, C St & Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Highlights from December

December 2014-January 2015
Summer Valentine Anti Bullying Tour
Popular recording artist Summer Valentine has embarked on an anti-bullying tour at schools throughout Philadelphia. With an increasing case of multi-faceted bullying which has plagued our nation artist Summer Valentine and PhillyRising have coordinated an anti-bullying tour to increase awareness of the dangers of bullying. During her tour Ms. Valentine is shedding light on the different types of bullying such as: physical, verbal, and cyber. Through skits, dances, and musical performances Summer Valentine, Project Positive, and PhillyRising are aiming to gear up students for the fight against bullying.


December 4, 2014PhillyRising volunteering at BSM
PhillyRising volunteers at Broad Street Ministry
Volunteers from PhillyRising and other organizations devoted their time and energy to help serve meals to individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to the arrival of the individuals all volunteers received training on effective food service techniques to create an enjoyable experience for the guests. As the room filled up volunteers quickly grabbed their trays of food and began serving individuals as they took their seats.  Smiles could be seen all throughout the room on the faces of the individuals who received their meals and the PhillyRising volunteers who served them.

Kensington Christmas EventDecember 20, 2014
Joy for Families
PhillyRising partnered with Iglesia Del Barrio in the Kensington Community to host “Joy for Families”. This event takes place every year in an effort to provide low income families with gifts for their children and food baskets as well. This year 250 pre- registered families of all zip codes attended this event and participated in raffles, enjoyed a Christmas show and received boxes of groceries and toys.

December 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
The long awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park took place on Monday, December 22nd. Residents of the Point Breeze neighborhood and students from the local Delaplaine McDaniel School gathered together at the park to participate in this special ceremony. Dignitaries and special guests from the state and city shared powerful messages about the transformation taking place in the Point Breeze including City Managing Director Richard Negrin’s notation of the 10% crime reduction. Speakers highlighted the significance of the park and the positive impact that the new park will have on the neighborhood. The renovation of the park is expected to be complete by Spring 2015.


Special thanks to: Pastor Lovett, Deacon Johnson, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis, Managing Director Richard Negrin, Deputy Managing Director -PhillyRising Director Ade Fuqua, State Representative Jordan Harris, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Eagles Player Connor Barwin, Executive Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Jane Golden, I.A.M. South Philly Founder Jahmall Crandall, Urban Roots Founder and President Jeffrey Taube.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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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!

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

October/November 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

*Deadline: Saturday, November 15
Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service
The Richardson Dilworth Award founded by Mayor Nutter was established to honor distinguished City employees who exhibit excellent public service. Community partners are encouraged to nominate a City employee for one of the following awards: Distinguished Public Service, Innovation in Government, and Excellence in Customer Service. Please click on the hyperlink above to review eligibility requirements and submit your nomination by Saturday, November 15th.

Saturday, November 1
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, November 4
Community Policing Meeting
Monthly meeting held in St. Hugh’s to discuss public safety in the neighborhood.
6:30pm-7:30pm @ St. Hugh’s Convent, 145 W Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Saturday, November 8
A Day of Service in Honor of Veteran’s Day 2014
In preparation for Veteran’s Day the Travis Manion Foundation, PhillyRising Collaborative, and Frankford CDC will host a cleanup of the Frankford commercial corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.
10:00am-2:00pm @ St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Saturday, November 8
Lawncrest Recreation Center Cleanup
On Saturday, November 8, 2014 the Lawncrest Community Association and PhillyRising will conduct a cleanup of the outdoor area of the Lawncrest Recreation Center. This space will be the site for a Veteran’s Day event on Tuesday, November 11th.
10:00am-1:00pm @ Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Monday, November 17
19th District Captain’s Workshop
Licenses & Inspections and PhillyRising are interested in working with you. Meet with community members regarding the resources and concerns within the 19th district.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 19th Police District, 6059 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia 19151

Highlights from October

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Hawthorne Cultural Center Cleanup
Students from Temple University Beasley School of Law volunteered their time and services to help clean up the interior of the Hawthorne Cultural Center. Temple volunteers expressed their reasons for participating in the cleanup and were ready to enhance the appearance of the recreation center. The volunteers left the site with smiles on their faces knowing that their efforts will benefit the children, parents, and staff who utilize that facility.

20141013_120049October 11-14
Lafayette College Alternative Fall Break Experience
The Alternative Fall Break School Break Club from Lafayette College traveled to Philadelphia for their fall break to perform a series of community service projects throughout the city. Volunteers helped beautify the Francis Myers Park, painted a stairwell at the Houston Community Center, prepared flower beds at a community garden in Strawberry Mansion, and assisted in the packaging of food at MANNA. Through their hard work and positive attitudes the Lafayette College volunteers exhibited the power of teamwork.

PhillyRising ConferenceOctober 18, 2014
2nd Annual PhillyRising Conference
Hundreds of community partners poured into Temple University’s Mitten Hall to meet with representatives from different City agencies in order to submit their service requests. Through the effective practice of the “Best Meetings” agency representatives were able to note and submit service request via their technological devices during their meeting with community partners.  In addition to meeting with agency representatives community partners participated in Career Boot Camp and Financial Counseling sessions. We would like to thank the Philadelphia Police Department, Town Watch Integrated Services, Licenses & Inspections, Philadelphia Streets Department, Philly 311, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, Community & Life Improvement Program, Financial Empowerment Center and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for the services they provided at the conference.

October 23, 2014
Mural Dedication at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Members of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Guild Program worked diligently to create the “Staircases and Mountaintops” mural portrayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. On Thursday, October 23rd Mayor Michael Nutter, Managing Director, Rich Negrin, and Philadelphia Mural Arts Executive Director, Jane Golden gathered with community partners to celebrate the completion of the mural.

October 2014PHS Award
Garden of Distinction Award
Congratulations to the Germantown Avenue Business District on winning the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Garden of Distinction Award! Amid a large pool of contestants the Germantown Avenue Business District was selected as the winner.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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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.


Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

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!

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Jacki Boone at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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July/August 2014

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 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.

Central Division Day of Service

Strawberry Mansion residents harvest cucumbers at the Green Resource Center

Strawberry Mansion residents harvest cucumbers at the Green Resource Center

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.

Strawberry Mansion youth visit the Franklin Institute

Strawberry Mansion youth visit the Franklin Institute

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:

Special guest pitchers at Unity in the Community's Charity Softball Game

Special guest pitchers at Unity in the Community’s Charity Softball Game

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.

Success Conference
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.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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June/July 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 4
4th of July Celebration in Lawncrest
Join neighbors in Lawncrest for their 99th annual 4th of July Celebration! Activities throughout the day include a parade, car show, food court, children’s rides, paintball, and, of course, fireworks.
Festivities begin at 9 am @ Martins Mill Rd. & Rising Sun Ave.

Saturday, July 5
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and the Aquinas Center are partnering up to offer free legal counseling the first Saturday of every month.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St.

Saturday, July 12
Garden Build in Strawberry Mansion
Volunteers from the community as well as the US Attorney’s Office, PA Horticultural Society, East Park Revitalization Alliance and the Strawberry Mansion NAC will be installing 30 more raised beds to the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ 32nd St. & Ridge Ave.

Saturday, July 12
Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PowerCorps PHL will join residents and the committee person from the Myrtlewood and Hollywood corridors for a cleanup in Strawberry Mansion.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ 30th St. & Cumberland St.

Saturday, July 19
Join Philly Urban Creators for a day of service and concert at their Life Do Grow farm in Penrose.
10:00 am – 8:00 pm at 11th St. & Dakota St.

Friday, July 25
Family Movie Nights in Hawthorne Park
Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition hosts movie nights in Hawthorne Park, with snacks and activities beginning at 7:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:30 pm. Visit their website for more information about the movie.

Looking Ahead: Tri-Neighborhood Citizens Engagement Academy
PhillyRising is preparing to host its largest CEA yet in Brewerytown, North Central, and Strawberry Mansion. The Citizens Engagement Academy is a free 8-week course designed to help community leaders learn more about local government and gain ideas to make their neighborhoods stronger. Courses will be held every Thursday from August 14 to October 2 at the Honickman Learning Center. Contact Northwest Divisional Coordinator Jim Sanders at 215-686-8419 for more information or to sign up.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information and to RSVP or volunteer for any event.

Highlights from June

KaBOOM! Playground Build at Montessori Charter School

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

On Wednesday, June 4, over 200 volunteers came out to help plan and build a playground at Montessori Charter School. Thanks to the many partners who made this project possible: Kaboom, Carmax, PhillyRising, PMCS and families, friends, and boards, CHOP, Brown’s Shoprite, Goldenberg Peanut Chews, Tincum Girl Scouts, Herr’s, Advance Auto Zone, Giant Food Store, WAWA, Job Corps, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, Self Inc, A More Excellent Way Church, Acme, Roots Cafe, PASCO, Panera, Ms. Pearlie’s Family and Friends, Cups&, Bible Union Church, Firinji, EIGENX, and 7 Eleven.

Lawncrest Peace Rally
On Thursday, June 5, the Lawncrest community came together for a Peace Rally at Lawncrest Recreation Center. Residents were united by the common goal of restoring the peace to their community. Special thanks to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Captain Frank Palumbo and the 2nd Police District; Jackie Coelho, Chief of the Northeast Division for the District Attorney’s Office; Bill Dolbow and the Lawncrest Community Association; and to the Lawncrest community!

Strawberry Mansion Community Paint Day with Mural Arts
On Saturday, June 7, the community of Strawberry Mansion came together with PhillyRising to paint two new murals and create new green spaces in the community. Many thanks to Jane Golden and Cathy Harris from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for making this all possible, and to our community partners Council President Darrell Clarke, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, PowerCorps PHL, and the ASIR Youth Development Program for all their hard work!

Cleaning Up South Philly
South Philadelphia saw three PhillyRising cleanups this month, with residents working hard to keep Point Breeze and Southeast clean. On Saturday, June 7, PhillyRising partnered with CLIP and community members for a cleanup on the 2000 block of McClellan Street. A week later, as part of an ongoing initiative to clean up all of Southeast Philly this summer, Town Watch, EPIC Stakeholders , Power Corps PHL, local residents, and the Police helped clean Snyder avenue from 6th to 9th Streets. That Wednesday, PhillyRising partnered with Central High School and the Friends of Mifflin Square Park to paint and clean Mifflin Square Park in Southeast Philadelphia.

Maasai Tribesmen Visit Haddington Library
On Wednesday, June 11, the students in the Teen Café at Haddington Library were treated to a special performance by the Maasai Tribesmen. Many thanks to the Friends of Haddington Library and the Goldenberg Group, who sponsored this event.

Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative Education Workshop
Frankford is going to be cleaner than ever this summer thanks to the Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative! On Saturday, June 14, the Frankford CDC, Streets Department, and PhillyRising came together hosted a workshop to share information with residents who wish to make a change in their community. PhillyRising gave away over 100 20-gallon recycling bins and 50 34-gallon trash cans to residents who attended the workshop. Many thanks to our presenters and other partners, including Kim Washington with the Frankford CDC, Deputy Commissioner Donald Carlton and the Streets team, Hakim Mubarak of Councilwoman Sanchez’s Office, State Representative Jason Dawkins, and Betsy Baxter of the Frankford Library.

East Kensington Cleanup
Also on June 14, PhillyRising conducted a very successful cleanup in the East Kensington neighborhood. With the help of CLIP, volunteers removed 1.57 tons of trash, including 2 mattresses, 2 chairs, 3 slabs of concrete, one chain link fence that was blocking and alley, and over 500 needles.

Painting at Robert Morris Elementary School
On Wednesday, June 25, PhillyRising joined PowerCorps PHL at Robert Morris Elementary School to paint the school yard fence and flagpole. Thanks to the school staff for their help and the great volunteers from PowerCorps for the hard work on a hot day.

Hartranft Festival and Handball Tournament
On Saturday, June 28, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and the Rainbow de Colores Park Group hosted their Annual Festival and Handball Tournament at Rainbow de Colores Park in Hartranft. Hartranft residents enjoyed a day of free food, great music and resource sharing.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Gridiron Classic
This year’s Gridiron Classic in Point Breeze was a great success, with 50 youth taking part in a day of training with professional football players and cheerleaders. Even more residents came out for a health and resource fair complete with free health screenings by St. Christopher’s Hospital, free Recycling Bins from the Streets Department and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, and free energy-efficient light bulbs courtesy of PECO. Special appearances were made by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin, who not only spoke on stage but took part in the football coaching as well. The event wrapped up with a concert by local youth celebrity Summer Valentine. Thanks to our many sponsors and partners, who are listed on our Facebook page.

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