In addition to QVNA, its committees and groups, there are many non-profit organizations in Philadelphia that provide assistance, education, engagement and empowerment. Here are just a few of them. Each of them serves residents in different ways; all of them need contributions; most have opportunities for volunteers. For more information, look at their websites and Facebook pages, or call their phone numbers.
Old Pine Community Center 401 Lombard Street (215) 627-2493 oldpinecommunitycenter.org
The Center offers after-school and summer programs for children and teens, Cub Scout and Boy Scout groups, adult education, sports leagues for adults, support groups and 12-step programs, meals and social activities for seniors, emergency aid, meals, clothing and showers for the homeless. Volunteers are needed for many of these activities.
St. Peter’s Church Food Cupboard 313 Pine Street (215) 925-5968 stpetersphila.org/serve/food-cupboard
Provides food to approximately 180 families each week. Volunteers needed on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to sort and organize food, or on Saturday mornings to distribute it. Mandarin and Cantonese interpreters are needed on Saturday mornings.
Friends of the South Street Police Mini Station 905 South Street (215) 922-6706 policeministation.org
Police station serving Queen Village, Bella Vista and the South Street Headhouse District. Friends support police needs for bicycles, IT, station renovations, repairs and upgrades and strengthen the partnership among residents, business owners and police. Volunteers needed for the Fundraising, Communications and Improvements Committees.
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Episcopal Community Services 225 South 3rd Street (215) 351-1400 ecsphilly.org
Focused on addressing poverty in the area. Programs provide emergency shelter for women and children, assist families in finding affordable housing, offer educational enrichment for children, professional skills training, mentoring and networking for teens and adults, companionship for the elderly and meals and food aid for all ages. Volunteers needed especially for tutoring, mentoring, and companionship for the elderly.
HIAS Pennsylvania 2100 Arch Street (215) 832-0900 hiaspa.org
Since the late 19th century, HIAS has helped refugees and displaced persons settle in this country. It provides refugee resettlement assistance with housing, medical and legal aid, education and citizenship preparation. Volunteers are needed to tutor refugees in English and to help them learn how to use public transit, shop for food and essentials, etc., and in general become familiar with the customs and practices of their new home.
Career Wardrobe 1822 Spring Garden Street, 3rd Floor (215) 568-6693 careerwardrobe.org
Offers free or low-cost professional clothing and workshops on resume writing, job searches and professional skills for those in the job market. Donations of new or very lightly used professional clothes are welcome. Volunteers are needed to assist with job search and related education and training workshops and to help with two annual fundraising events. They are also needed to sort clothing donations and provide customer service for shoppers.
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