Volunteers


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.

 

Communication and Newsletter and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 06:05 pm

General Meeting Location Change

Brr! Feel that chill in the air… November has arrived! And of course November means Election Day! After you cast your ballot, come to our November 4 general meeting at a special Election Day location: Cafe Crema (formerly Zoey’s frozen yogurt), at 1205 S. 9th Street, across from Capitolo Playground. Join us for coffee, cannolis, and news from around the Square, along with a guest speaker from the Mural Arts Program!

And save the date for a few important events in December: first, our December 2 general meeting and holiday party at Garage – you won’t want to miss it! And December 6 from noon to 4 pm is our annual fundraiser at Urban Jungle, featuring Santa, singers, and beautiful trees and greenery for your holiday home. (P.S. – volunteer singers needed! Email contact@passyunk.org for more information.) Watch for details about these events in the coming weeks!

Capitolo and Columbus Square and Gold Star Park and Newsletter and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 05:50 pm

The citywide Love Your Park fall service day is Saturday, November 15! Volunteers are needed at Gold Star Park from 10:00 am til noon. Keep up with Gold Star Park’s events on the park’s Facebook page or email goldstarphilly@gmail.com with questions. Contact Columbus Square or Capitolo Playground to volunteer for their events!

Education and Newsletter and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 05:45 pm

Community Days at Jackson School: Thank You!
Thanks to all who have donated time, supplies, and funding for the projects around Andrew Jackson School! Check out some pictures of volunteers in action. Principal Kaplan offers her thanks in this video. And if you’ve walked past the schoolyard recently, you know the kids are clearly enjoying the new playground!

Beautification and Newsletter and Trees and Volunteers03 Nov 2014 05:35 pm

Tree Planting – Volunteers Welcome
Saturday, November 15 at 8:45 am, meet at Capitolo Playground to help us plant 25 trees! Email beautification@passyunk.org for details or to sign up.

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. We’re looking for volunteers to help us monitor 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.

For more information on tree events, Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at beautification@passyunk.org, or visit our web page

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