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Parkwood: Aid For Friends Shares Compassionate Cause with Community

Parkwood: Aid For Friends Shares Compassionate Cause with Community

Cooking, cleaning and running errands are all routine tasks many people accomplish every day. But for some, those tasks can’t be done without assistance. Aid For Friends is an organization that helps those who cannot do these responsibilities on their own by providing meals, companionship and transportation. Steven Schiavone is the executive director of AFF and […]

 

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Sometimes historic sites hide within their neighborhoods. That’s been the case for Ryerss Museum & Library at 7370 Central Ave. in Burholme Park near the Fox Chase section of the city. Built and donated to Philadelphia by the Ryerss family, the mansion served as a summer home until Joseph Ryerss passed away and his son Robert moved in with […]

 

Immigration: Five Organizations Helping Immigrants

Immigration: Five Organizations Helping Immigrants

Community organizations have evolved into some of the most powerful advocates for immigrants. Some groups focus solely on activism, while others perform multiple services to ease the fear of refugees who are in dire need of assistance. Here are five organizations willing to lend aid to legal immigrants, undocumented residents and refugees alike. Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia CAGP serves […]

 By Micaella Wesley, Michael Morrison and Lauren Dunn

South Philadelphia: Valley Green Bank Opens a New Branch in South Philadelphia

South Philadelphia: Valley Green Bank Opens a New Branch in South Philadelphia

Valley Green Bank opened its new branch in South Philadelphia at 1536 S. Broad St. with a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7. The event focused on Valley Green Bank’s commitment to serve the local neighborhood in an impactful way and adding to the vibrancy of the growing business community in South Philadelphia. Mayor […]

 By Dariel S. Johnson

Ludlow: Free Lunch Operation Serves Those in Need

Ludlow: Free Lunch Operation Serves Those in Need

A stoop located at the corner of Lawrence and Jefferson streets offered some shelter from the wind and cold rain. On that stoop stood 76-year old Domingo Martinez, with a plate of hot food in his left hand and a fork in his right. That plate held sliced, hot turkey smothered in gravy along with […]

 By Kris Kitts

Mount Airy: Non-profit Provides Hundreds of Educational Opportunities

Mount Airy: Non-profit Provides Hundreds of Educational Opportunities

As a non-profit organization, Mount Airy Learning Tree’s (MALT) educational services are not intended to bring any large profit. MALT Executive Director Jonna Naylor explained the fees attached to each of the organization’s approximately 250 seasonal classes facilitate its ability to continue offering its services. “The goal of Mount Airy Learning Tree is to make […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

The Veterans Group, located at 32nd and Baring streets, is an organization that provides help to former soldiers dealing with homelessness in Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to give them  place to live and the necessary tools to transition into productive members of society. “We help the guys coming from divorces or whatever […]