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Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Community gardens are spreading like weeds throughout Philadelphia. These beautiful green spaces ensure sustainable, fresh produce in a concrete jungle and provide a refreshing feel to a metropolitan area. Not only do these open spaces equip their communities with healthy food options, they also improve the daily quality of people’s lives and give them opportunities […]

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Chinatown: Asian Americans United Leads Youth Engagement Projects

Chinatown: Asian Americans United Leads Youth Engagement Projects

Asian Americans United hosts and organizes a variety of civic engagement programs and events, most of which are largely facilitated by youth volunteers. But one woman, Teresa Engst, helps organize and train the young volunteers in order to facilitate change in the Chinese immigrant community. Between leading youth programs and summer camps, organizing civic engagement […]

 

Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

Spring Garden: Green Street Church Adapted into Chapel Lofts

When Isaac and Rose Miller arrived to Philadelphia in 1986, they were originally looking for a historic district to buy a home from. After seeing the Spring Garden neighborhood in a book about restored historic areas, they became convinced about moving there, which they eventually did in 1998. They moved next to an old church […]

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Nonprofits: Providing Education For People During And After Incarceration

Nonprofits: Providing Education For People During And After Incarceration

While Abdul Lateef was incarcerated, he spent most of his time reading. At first, spy novels were his favorite. Then, he moved on to heavier material, like biographies of civil rights leaders and accounts of historical revolutions. “If I didn’t have access to literature, then the culture that permeates the prison environment could have easily […]

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Callowhill: First Phase of Rail Park to Add Green Space to Neighborhood

Callowhill: First Phase of Rail Park to Add Green Space to Neighborhood

The Callowhill Neighborhood Association, which is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 dedicated to improving the area, has a defined boundary for its neighborhood. According to the association, Callowhill’s northern border is the north side of Spring Garden Street, its southern border is the north side of Vine Street, its western border is the east […]

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Callowhill: History a Large Consideration as Rail Park Construction Continues

Callowhill: History a Large Consideration as Rail Park Construction Continues

The first phase of the Rail Park on the former Reading Viaduct in Callowhill is set to open in June at a cost of $10.3 million paid for by contributions from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia, William Penn Foundation, Knight Foundation, Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust, Friends of the Rail Park and others. The […]

 

Politics: Women Leading Charge on Reentry in Philadelphia

Politics: Women Leading Charge on Reentry in Philadelphia

Ask Sisters Returning Home founder Peggy Sims (below) why women are the leaders in reentry in the city and she will say that it’s because they believe in their fights. And often those fights are for women who are returning to their communities after incarceration. Sims is just one of the female leaders in organizations including Pennsylvania […]

 

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

Robert Listenbee was lucky to have two supportive moms while growing up in the projects of Michigan. He had his biological mother, who was African American, and his “white mom,” a woman by the name of Hazel Persons. Persons’ primary role was as Listenbee’s high school activities director but she quickly became his chief motivator. […]

 

Nonprofits: Women Dominate Sector, But Lag Behind in Leadership Roles

Nonprofits: Women Dominate Sector, But Lag Behind in Leadership Roles

Women dominate the nonprofit field, making up nearly three quarters of all employees in the sector, yet they still face barriers when trying to obtain leadership positions. While the struggles women face in the nonprofit world, such as the wage gap, are not unique to the sector alone, they are, perhaps, surprising for a field […]

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Center City: Morris Animal Refuge Serves the Community

Center City: Morris Animal Refuge Serves the Community

Anthony Wessel is the lifesaving manager at the Morris Animal Refuge, a nonprofit animal welfare services organization in Philadelphia. Morris Animal Refuge was America’s very first animal shelter, founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, one of the country’s early animal welfare advocates. Morris Animal Refuge provides care for abused, neglected and abandoned animals throughout the Philadelphia region. […]

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