Volunteers


Beautification and Capitolo and Event and Newsletter and Volunteers01 Jun 2015 11:47 am
Volunteer at Passyunk Gardens!
The garden is in full swing and a reminder to neighbors that we open to all and always need help! With the help of PHS’s City Harvest program and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener’s program, we run the garden as a demonstration garden and grow a wide variety of edible plants. Produce is donated to local partner and shared with volunteers and visitor! Right now we’ve got kale, collards, garlic and other greens finishing up and tomatoes and peppers just taking off. We’re preparing for another try at hay bale gardening and getting ready to tie up the hops.
Sundays from 4-6 are our open hours and we need volunteers to greet visitors and show them around during these times, bring a snack to share, play some music or otherwise help make these open hours a fun time. Volunteers can also take a week out of their summer and agree to spot water the garden as needed. We have an irrigation system for most of the beds, but potted plants need to be watered by hand if it doesn’t rain.
Finally, we’re always looking for new ideas for events, gardening projects and workshops. Get in touch if you’d like to do something fun in the garden!To get involved, stop by Sundays 4-6 or email beautification@passyunk.org. More information is also available on our website, or like the garden Facebook page and follow us on twitter/instagram @passyunkgardens

 

“Don’t Trash on Me” sidewalk art event with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Fleisher’s ColorWheels – June 10, 4-6, Capitolo Playground

Help promote litter prevention! Through a generous grant from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful we’ll be working with some local after school programs and Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels program to create sidewalk art encouraging passers by to use the Big Belly trash and recycling receptacles near Pat’s and Geno’s.  Lil’ Pop Shop will be on hand with some free popsicles during the event and the artwork will stay on display into the summer. If you’re not already part of a nearby after school program and you’d like to bring your child to participate, email us at beautification@passyunk.org.

 

Passeggiata and Inside Out

East Passyunk Business Improvement District is promoting Wednesday evenings as the night for “Passeggiata” – an Italian evening summer stroll on East Passyunk Avenue with discounts and special offers. It’s perfect opportunity to visit all the outdoor reproductions of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art that are up in our neighborhood! Download a map of the Inside Out sites on our website and take a stroll around the neighborhood! On Wednesday June 3, PSCA and East Passyunk Crossing Civic will be out at the Fountain with maps to give out as well – so stop by and say hello!

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
PSCA continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.
We have a great team working on this but can always use more help! Volunteers to help us monitor these sites and receive training about how the sites function and how the neighborhood can report problems and give feedback to PWD.  Email beautification@passyunk.org for more information about joining our team. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Cleanup and Event and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 12:17 pm

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Kick things off with the Trash & Recycling Committee at a Happy Hour this Thursday, April 9, at 6pm at Garage. Then on Saturday, April 11 join your neighbors to clean up your block during the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup from 9am-2pm – come out to Passyunk Gardens (at Passyunk & Wharton) to borrow cleaning supplies for your block! And don’t forget to bring your old paperwork to the Shredding Event at Capitolo Park, also on April 11 from 10am to noon, for safe, secure, and eco-friendly disposal!

For cleanup inspiration, look no further than Jamal, an ABM employee who does street cleaning for our neighborhood twice a week… thank you Jamal!
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Beautification and Columbus Square and Newsletter and Trees and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 11:16 am
Calling all Tree Tenders! Tree Planting April 25
Capitolo Playground
8:45am – 1pm

Our spring tree planting is scheduled for Saturday April 25 and we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers in general but we’re also looking for 3-4 tree tenders to be group leaders at the event. We could also use help picking up the trees on Friday April 24 and setting up for the event on Saturday morning. If you’re available to help with any of these special tasks email beautification@passyunk.org!

Even if you’re not a tree tender, the tree planting is a fun day out in the neighborhood and no prior experience is required. Breakfast snacks provided and post-planting happy hour details to come!  Join us if you can!

Passyunk Gardens open days begin Sunday April 26
4-6pm

We had a great first work day this past weekend and by the end of the month should have a quite a few things starting to come up!  Join us on April 26 for our first open day! We’ll be open every Sunday after that for the rest of the season.

This year we’ll be working with the Philadelphia Master Gardeners to help answer all of your gardening questions during open hours! Feel free to bring plants and specialized requests. If we can’t answer them immediately, we’ll take them back to the Master Gardeners’ network to get them answered! And speaking of the Master Gardeners, their annual plant sale is earlier in the day on the 26th, so consider stopping by there as well: April 26th 11-2:30 at the PA Hort Center in Fairmount Park.

We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out in the garden, so like our Facebook page and email us at beautification@passyunk.org to get on our Google group.

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Now that Spring has come we’d love to show more volunteers how to monitor these sites! If you’re interested in joining this team of volunteers please email beautification@passyunk.org for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

And save these dates in May for other beautification projects:

May 5: Tree applications due for fall planting. Details and application form here.
May 16: Yard Tree giveaway. Details here including free tree delivery courtesy of ZipCar!

Newsletter and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers02 Feb 2015 05:21 pm
The PSCA Trash and Recycling Committee will meet on ThursdayFebruary 12 at 7 pm (location TBD). All who are interested in helping out on the committee in some way are invited. Please contact nicholas.ventrola@gmail.com for details.

Education and Newsletter and Volunteers05 Jan 2015 07:36 am

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities at Jackson

Looking for a way to help our neighborhood’s students and educators? Andrew Jackson Elementary School could use the support of:

1. Trained professionals who can help level readers and organize books in the library.
2. Dependable volunteers who are willing to partner with a particular teacher and volunteer in the classroom regularly (once a week for at least a couple of hours a week).
3. Trustworthy volunteers to staff the front desk.
4. Trained mental health professionals who are willing to help the counselor out regularly at least once a week).
5. Trained medical professionals who are willing to help the nurse out regularly (at least once a week).

6. People willing to help out at various afterschool programs regarding the roof deck garden, the forthcoming greenhouse, chess club, or who might be willing to run an afterschool homework club.

Email friendsofjacksonschool@gmail.com if you are able to assist with any of the needs above, or to request more information. Thank you for supporting our local schools!

Art Show and Event and Newsletter and Volunteers05 Jan 2015 07:35 am
Come join the committee for this year’s Art Auction! If you have an interest in the growing artist community in South Philadelphia or love planning events, please consider joining our great team to make it happen. The first meeting will be in January, with bi-monthly meetings in anticipation for the March event. Interested? Contact event chair Lindsey Scannapieco  at artauction@passyunk.org.

Beautification and Newsletter and Volunteers05 Jan 2015 07:35 am

stormwater management garden

Soak It Up! Adoption Program – Volunteers Needed!
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email beautification@passyunk.org. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these gardens. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Beautification and Newsletter and Volunteers01 Dec 2014 01:08 pm

stormwatergardenSoak It Up! Adoption Program – Volunteers Needed!

PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean. We’re looking for extra volunteers to help us monitor these sites. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these sites. If you are interested in helping out, please email beautification@passyunk.org for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning15 Nov 2014 06:01 pm

November 4, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua.
Meeting began at 6:39 pm, adjourned at 7:18 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Zenzola, Anton, Silva, Wyatt, D’Ippolito
Absent: Emma, DiGiulio, Antonellis

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She sent around a sign-in sheet to add names to our database. She encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another. Pam explained that a representative from Mural Arts was invited to speak tonight, but was unable to make it at the last minute. Pam encouraged residents to take down flyers/signs around the neighborhood when the events have passed.

Board Updates:

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that Columbus Square, Gold Star and Capitolo Parks will be holding their Love Your Park fall clean up day on Saturday, November 15. Guests should check park Facebook pages or websites for more information. He also announced that the next session of ESL classes will begin after the new year in January. The next South Philly Language Exchange will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho’s Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St). Chris invited all those interested, regardless of their level of Spanish, to attend this community-building event.

Beautification

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing for the season. The final workday was scheduled to be held last weekend, but was postponed due to the weather until this Saturday from 11-1. Sarah explained that the garden will be put to bed for the season. All are welcome to participate. Please send Sarah an email at beautification@passyunk.org to get on list serve.

A tree planting is set for November 15, at 8:45 am, starting at Capitolo Playground. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah anticipates a good core volunteer group, including students from Furness High School, but she could always use more help. Volunteers will be trained on how to plant trees. Those interested should email her for more details. Sarah announced that she is looking for people with tree tender experience especially. An after party will be held at Garage.

Mural Arts is beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. They are looking to interview neighborhood residents in January to gather more information for the mural. Those interested in talking to Mural Arts people are encouraged to email Sarah.

Sarah explained to meeting guests that we partner with the PWD to take care of neighborhood stormwater planters, and we are looking for volunteers to help monitor them. We have volunteers for all five locations, but we need back up monitors. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in volunteering.

 Education

Tom announced that our second community day at Jackson School took place recently and was a great success. Volunteers painted fences, mulched, and built a greenhouse among other things. Tom informed guests that Friends of Jackson got their 501c3 from the IRS. They will be having a rooftop fundraiser scheduled for spring. Last Wednesday night at 6:30 at Columbus Recreation Center the Education Committee hosted Professor Cucchiara from Temple University who discussed enhancing community schools with a focus on equity. Last Thursday night Tom co-hosted a Teach For America alumni event at Cantina for all TFA alums in the 19147 zip code. Pam was invited to come and connect the group to the PSCA.

Home Tour

Caroline New, Home Tour event chair, announced that this year’s home tour was a successful event with 10 homes featured, 173 wristbands sold and 10 advertisers in the program book. Caroline thanked homeowners, advertisers and volunteers. She announced that over $4500 was raised. Three Home Tour sponsors were present at meeting and Pam recognized and thanked them.

Zoning

Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning case as follows: Only 1 November case – 1246 Federal owner came back for more discussion. Jared announced that last month the committee heard a preview presentation from the owners of a lot across from Pat’s. The owner wants ground floor retail space with 21 residential units above it. No provision for parking was discussed. The building would be 4 stories high. The owner will be coming back to discuss further.

Fundraising

Ilene passed out annual appeal letter. She asked guests to consider donating money to be able to keep up the great work that the civic association does.

Announcements:

Pam announced that out annual Holiday Party will take place on December 2. It will be held at Garage starting at 6:30 pm. She invited all guests to attend.

Pam announced the Christmas Tree Sale will be held this year at Urban Jungle on December 6. She asked those who wish to volunteer to be PSCA Christmas carolers this year to see her.

 

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