Walnut Hill Community Association

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Walnut Hill Community Association (WHCA)

To Improve Our Neighborhood

in matters concerning safety, sanitation, health, education, recreation, cultural and family stability; and to stimulate interest in the community by beautifying and maintaining vacant lots.

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Walnut Hill Community Association (WHCA)

To Improve Our Neighborhood

in matters concerning safety, sanitation, health, education, recreation, cultural and family stability; and to stimulate interest in the community by beautifying and maintaining vacant lots.

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About Us

Walnut Hill Community Association (WHCA) serves the neighborhood of Walnut Hill. The boundaries for the Walnut Hill neighborhood are Market Street on the North, 45th Street on the East, Spruce Street on the South and 52nd Street on the West.

WHCA was founded in 1961 by a group of neighbors, led by Charles Campbell Sr., who were concerned about the deterioration of their neighborhood.

WHCA continues to be a neighborhood group run by residents who are dedicated to their community revitalization. WHCA actively promotes the neighborhood and encourages residents to participate in community events and to help determine neighborhood improvement priorities. WHCA continues to strive and work for the betterment of the community and its residents. We welcome your input, energy and participation.

Dear Community, 

Join us in congratulating Margaret Livingston, President of the Walnut Hill Community Association on winning the Women of Color Penn Award!

From the Women of Color On Penn:

On behalf of the Women of Color at Penn Awards Committee, we congratulate Margaret Livingston on winning the (WOCAP) Community Member Award. Margaret has made outstanding contributions to this community with her long hours of dedicated work – a beautiful example of unselfish love and commitment.

Please accept this as evidence that her hard work has been recognized and will be celebrated in a Virtual Awards Ceremony Friday, March 18, 2022 at Noon. This could not happen to a more deserving person. Margaret’s persistence and courage will carry her far in this world. She is an encouraging example to many others. We are all proud of her accomplishments and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are excited to share that our work on 52nd Street is going to be featured on the Kelly Clarkson show! In partnership with Wells Fargo’s Hope USA initiative, we were able to support cosmetic improvements to storefronts and sidewalks on 52nd Street as well as festive holiday lights to brighten the neighborhood for residents and shoppers. Please be sure to tune in to NBC and watch the Kelly Clarkson show at 2pm on Tuesday, December 7th to see our featured initiative, and be sure to shop small, shop local, and support 52nd this holiday season.

Calling all young creatives!  Join us for Salamander Arts, an afterschool program for children ages 5-8 (more or less), in 2022! 

Register for Tuesday and/or Thursday for Puppetry, Fabric Arts, or Nature Art!  

*Registration/Info HERE
*Contact: info@visioningbody.com

Penn Medicine will be hosting a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic MONDAY, 1/17 from 11am-2pm at Overbrook High School (5898 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131).

To sign up text the word READY to the
number below. You can also call the number.

The number is 267-263-7618

Overbrook High School
5898 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Monday, January 17

Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines will be available including the vaccine for ages 5-11! Booster shots available for ages 12+

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am excited to announce we are now accepting applications for the Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice Community Health Worker / Certified Peer Specialist Training! Attached is a flyer about this paid job training program for young adults, ages 18-24.This program is a good fit for young adults impacted by violence or trauma who want to use their experiences to become healers and helpers in their communities and enter the human service field.  
Minimum requirements for eligibility include:
  • Philadelphia resident
  • Age 18-24 
  • HS diploma or GED
  • Not currently enrolled in school this semester
  • Lived experience of violence (to themselves or someone close to them)
  • Vaccinated/ or willing to receive COVID-19 vaccination by April 4, 2022*
  • Willing to commit to 165 hours of training over 9 weeks
PARTICIPANT PAYMENT and a FREE CHROMEBOOK laptop are provided to those accepted into the program. 
The application form is available online here: bit.ly/2022chwp. Applicants will be asked to email their resume to crc72@drexel.edu. If the applicant does not have a resume, work, volunteer, and education history can be typed into the application.  The deadline to apply is FRIDAY February 18th, 2022. 
Please submit applications as soon as possible. We will interview selected applicants on a rolling basis. Completion of application does not guarantee acceptance into program. Interested candidates will be assessed for eligibility. *For more information about Drexel University’s COVID-19 policies, click here
Please contact Jae Moses with questions at jm4933@drexel.edu or 267-455-9779. 

You are invited to read The State of University City 2022, the latest edition of our annual report on development projects, institutional milestones, and other trends from the previous year. This year’s publication documents University City’s status as the regional leader in innovation and development, and provides an in-depth guide to the development projects – academic, commercial, public space, residential, and more – that continue to transform University City, along with other economic development indicators. University City’s future is critical to the continued success of the city and region, and our district’s unique assets, opportunities, and environment serve as a major catalyst toward the continued regional economic recovery.
You can browse the publication online here, or you may drop by our offices at 3940 Chestnut Street between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, to obtain physical copies while supplies last.

The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund has launched to help homeowners facing COVID-related financial hardships. Applications will open on February 1.

More information about applications can be found at Governor Wolf’s website here

Our Committees

Keeping Our Community Association Running Smoothly

Implementation Committee

Mission is to keep the 2016 Neighborhood Plan at the center of its planning and keep implementation a priority. We advocate for priorities in the plan and identify new needs as they arise.

Zoning Committee

Monitors zoning notices, solicits community input about proposed zoning changes, communicates neighbors’ positions to city officials, intervenes in zoning disputes, and represents WHCA before Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Playground & Farm Committee

The Park Committee of Walnut Hill was formed to involve local volunteers in gardening and clean-up work days. We contribute to maintaining a healthy Playground on 4700 Sansom St. & The Max Paul Farm at 4610 Market St.

Upcoming dates

Become a part of something great

All neighbors are welcome to join the association and to support neighborhood programming.

Board Members

Meet Our Board Members

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