National Volunteer Week is about serving others and honoring those who serve. It’s an important week in Philadelphia, a city rooted in volunteerism. From establishing the country’s first (and most active) MLK Day of Service to Mayor Nutter’s appointment of a Chief Service Officer, serving one another has long been a priority in the City of Philadelphia.
National Volunteer Week is bursting with activity from a long list of busy organizations in the City of Philadelphia. In spirit of National Volunteer Week, today’s blog would like to highlight a few of these organizations.
First is City Year Greater Philadelphia. City Year, a service-oriented educational initiative within Americorps, has been a frequent and influential partner of PhillyRising, assisting with clean-ups, murals and garden builds. Since being founded in 1997, City Year Greater Philadelphia has improved the lives of over 100,000 children and provided over 2,000,000 service hours.
Next is the Salvation Army. While this organization needs no introduction, the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia was honored by the City of Philadelphia yesterday for their service during emergencies. Most recently, the Salvation Army provided over a dozen of volunteers to assist those who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy and affected by the water main break at 21st and Bainbridge Streets.
We also have United Way, the organization that has uplifted communities and individuals across the nation for over a century. United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has a catalog of impactful volunteer opportunities including community food banks, career fairs, and nutritious food drop-offs.
As it is National Volunteer Week, we warmly invite you to explore the opportunities to serve around the city. One of the best resources to find these opportunities is through Serve Philadelphia, a City’s of Service Initiative led by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services.
Whether it be this week or not, we hope that you find a way serve soon; it’s important to others, it’s important to our city and you won’t regret it.