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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

The intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson streets may seem like a regular corner, but between noon and 1 p.m. a line will form in front of a nondescript apartment window. Members of the community will patiently wait outside The Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House for the free, hot lunch it provides Monday through Thursday […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

 

Fishtown: Local Community Board Unites the Neighborhood One Block at a Time

Fishtown: Local Community Board Unites the Neighborhood One Block at a Time

Fishtown has been called one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Philadelphia, and the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) has a few ideas why. FNA members Jamie Ware, president, Ian Wilson, reporting secretary, and Arthur Meckler, at-large board member, have witnessed countless changes to the neighborhood since they’ve moved there. FNA is a board […]

 

Roxborough: Environmental Groups Work Together To Make Their Community A Better Place

Roxborough: Environmental Groups Work Together To Make Their Community A Better Place

Ivy Ridge Green was co-founded six years ago by Chris Kingsley, Annie Scott and Blaise Syrnick. Spearheaded by Destination Schuylkill River, Ivy Ridge Green’s goal is to add more green to the communities of Roxborough and Manayunk. Though Kingsley is no longer with Ivy Ridge Green, the organization continued to grow immensely thanks to dedicated volunteers such as Marlene Schleifer, […]

 By Samuel Scimeca and Micaella Wesley

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

Powelton Village: As School Libraries Close, a Non-Profit Fills the Void

[vimeo 80776295] It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia has fallen on hard times. The district has to work with the budget it has set and because of this budget there have been many staff layoffs. Among those laid off include principals, assistant principals, secretaries and teachers. One position that was hit hard were […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Haddington: WePAC Holds a Conversation on Philly Schools Budget Crisis

Haddington: WePAC Holds a Conversation on Philly Schools Budget Crisis

Members of the West Philadelphia Alliance for children (WePAC) recently hosted a discussion “Budget Battles: A Conversation on Philly Schools” at the Haddington Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. WePAC provides literary programs to young students. It’s funded by private dollars and offers all of its services at no cost to schools or to […]

 By Diana Cooper and Colin Lindsley

Kensington: Volunteers are Main Faces Behind Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Kensington: Volunteers are Main Faces Behind Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a second-hand retail outlet in Kensington, primarily donates back to the community by helping build homes. However, ReStore also gives back by giving individuals and organizations a platform for volunteering. “We are very much a volunteer-run organization,” Javier Lanchang, store manager of Habitat for Humanity ReStore, said. “They do everything […]

 By Alyssa Saylor

Plan Philly: South Kensington Residents Volunteer for Philly Cleanup

Plan Philly:  South Kensington Residents Volunteer for Philly Cleanup

The streets in South Kensington were fairly busy this weekend. Residents were saying goodbye to trash and blight and hello to clean streets. Thanks to help from the South Kensington Community Partners and the Olde Kensington Neighborhood Association, brooms, trash bags, gloves, shovels and other cleaning items were given away to residents to aide them […]

 

Holmesburg: Local Institution Continues to Help Neighborhood Kids

Holmesburg: Local Institution Continues to Help Neighborhood Kids

While other organizations are working to give kids something to do to stay out of trouble. the Holmesburg Boys Club has been working to get kids off the streets and into a safe environment for the past 50 years. The Holmesburg Boys Club is a local establishment located at the intersection of Ditman and Lansing […]