Last month, PhillyRising’s Penrose neighborhood received a lot of help from its friends.
The Goldenberg Group sponsored a vibrant day of service in the community, pulling efforts from a wide-range of organizations. While the Goldenberg Group is a successful development corporation, it has a robust community-development and service arm, People Helping People. PhillyRising helped connect the People Helping People Foundation with over 100 City Year volunteers for the event.
City Year is an AmeriCorps organization that pairs college graduates with a year of service in a major city.
Some of the day’s service activities were facilitated by the Philly Urban Creators, a youth and community driven organization that inspires inner-city neighborhoods to transform neglected landscapes into food hubs, social enterprises, and models of urban sustainability.
City Year’s volunteers helped the Philly Urban Creators’ co-founder Alex Epstein with maintenance work in the organization’s urban garden and a clean-up in the surrounding neighborhood. PhillyRising’s Amanda Finch facilitated a second volunteer effort at the nearby Dunbar Promise Academy, helping the school with repainting and other refurbishing efforts.
The day of service was a shining example of how a diverse range of organizations can positively impact a community through the power of collaboration. PhillyRising would like to thank the Goldenberg Group’s People Helping People, City Year, and the Philly Urban Creators for their valuable service.
For more information about PhillyRising and its volunteer opportunities, visit myphillyrising.com.