Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009, when then Mayor Michael Nutter signed the declaration and committed to hiring a chief service officer. Philadelphia volunteers are making an impact in education, food security, community revitalization and youth engagement. They provide emergency meals to residents in need, help the city meet its waste diversion targets, increase the reading and digital skills of adult learners, and conduct cleanups and paint murals to decrease crime and blight.

Interested in volunteering in Philadelphia? Check out the Serve Philadelphia website.

To learn more about the great work being done in Philadelphia, please read the city's service plan, SERVE Philadelphia: A Blueprint for Promoting Service as a Strategy to Impact Challenges and Strengthen Communities.

For more information, visit Philadelphia's website.

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Education and Youth

Fun Safe Philly Summer (FSPS)

In 2011, then Mayor Michael A. Nutter launched Fun Safe Philly Summer to provide Philadelphia youth with summer programming and opportunities to stay active throughout the school holiday. In partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, the Mayor's Office also recruited AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to perform direct outreach and increase awareness of the summer meals program in targeted high-need neighborhoods. As a result of FSPS’s work with citywide partners, more than 4 million meals were served to Philadelphia youth during the summer of 2014, up 46% from its inaugural year in 2011.


Waste Watchers

Through its Waste Watchers initiative, 1,000 volunteers have been recruited and trained to help large public events become more sustainable by helping attendees separate their waste into trash, recycling, and compost receptacles. The initiative started with the Philadelphia Marathon and is now a part of four additional major events in the city. Event volunteers are trained in state of the art recycling practices that they then pledge to share with friends and family.

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