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Cobbs Creek: Food Pantry Serves As A Staple At St. Cyprian Church

Cobbs Creek: Food Pantry Serves As A Staple At St. Cyprian Church

Several years ago, April Robinson needed groceries— so she turned to the St. Cyprian Church for a meal. “A bag of chicken, some canned goods and some noodles, and juice,” Robinson said. She still remembers the groceries she received in the church’s basement, which has served as a food pantry for well over a decade. […]

 

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Eight years ago, Darrow Lyons’ wife encouraged him to join Never 2 Late, an adult literacy program offered through the Center for Literacy, an organization that provides programs to adult learners. The 63-year-old South Philly resident has been attending classes ever since. The program is held at the Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library every […]

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Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

When she was 14 years old, Jennell Moody (above) started braiding her neighbors’ hair on the front steps of her mother’s North Philadelphia home. Word of her skills spread through word of mouth, and Moody eventually turned her hairstyling into a small business, charging $10 for the neighborhood girls to come get their hair done. […]

 

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

 

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Carlos Pérez Sámano wasn’t sure why his phone kept losing service on Sept. 19, but when he returned home from Center City and connected to the wifi, he was bombarded with text messages. “Everyone was saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK,’” Pérez Sámano said. “And I was like, what happened?” There had been a […]

 

Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Walnut Hill: Community Rebuilds Park From The Ground Up

Community members in Walnut Hill gathered in a collaborative effort with the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and the Enterprise Center to rebuild the Walnut Hill Park creating a safe and relaxing space for children and families.   An ongoing project since 2007, Walnut Hill Community Association and the Enterprise Center Partnerships Manager Lorna Peterson, went […]

 

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Tiffany Murphy, a native of West Philadelphia, fell in love with community organization and civic engagement during her childhood. Years later, she is now the coordinator for the Uhuru Flea Market and the upcoming One Africa, One Nation Uhuru Book Fair Market that institutionalizes and develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of people […]

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Powelton Village: Connecting West Philly’s Community Leaders

Powelton Village: Connecting West Philly’s Community Leaders

Ryan Draving’s goal is to seek out leaders in West Philadelphia and bring them together. He was part of a group which helped more than two dozen organizations in West Philly put on the West Philadelphia Community Action Fair last April. Draving, a senior partner at Manayunk-based consultancy Muhlenhaupt + Company, LLC, grew up in Jenkintown and […]

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Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Eric Edi arrived in the United States in 1999 from his native Ivory Coast during a turbulent time in many West African countries. Conflicts in countries such as Liberia, Sudan and Eritrea left many refugees seeking shelter in the United States. Edi was attending Temple University on a Fulbright scholarship when he found out about […]

 

Spruce Hill: Musician Gets Personal At West Philly Porchfest

Spruce Hill: Musician Gets Personal At West Philly Porchfest

Spenser Colmbs has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a certificate in neuroscience from Temple University. He has a friendly, honest demeanor that helps make his day job as an insurance agent a little bit easier. Colmbs is also an active musician, performing solo as well as in two Philadelphia-based bands, Three Man Cannon and […]

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