News in the Neighborhood

Shooting in the Area

On Sunday, 4/18, at 7:20 pm, two males were shot while standing outside on 4636 Walnut Street. Both victims drove themselves to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, where they made contact with police. There was no description of the suspects and no arrests were made.

Penn Medicine's COVID-19 Vaccination Update

As you may have heard, President Biden has directed the nation to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 19. Governor Tom Wolf announced that all adults in Pennsylvania (not including Philadelphia, which operates as its own jurisdiction) will be eligible starting tomorrow, April 13. For more information on how vaccine eligibility is expanding in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, please read the “Vaccine Eligibility by Area” section below.

While we are pleased to be able to offer the vaccine to more people, the expansion of eligibility does not mean that there is enough supply for everyone who is eligible to get a vaccine right away.

Our Vaccination Plan 

Penn Medicine will continue offering the vaccine supply we have to people based on their age and pre-existing medical conditions in compliance with public health guidance.

Throughout this effort, we are working hard to make sure the limited supply of vaccines we have gets to the people who need it most. That work includes:

As time goes on and more and more supply comes in, we will offer vaccines to patients who are younger and less at risk. How quickly we can do that depends on how quickly supply comes in.

All along, the vaccine supply we have received to take care of our patients has been much less than we have been ready and able to deliver. Based on our most recent conversations with city and state officials, we do not expect to receive an increase in supply by April 19. Our supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is particularly limited and future shipments have been delayed due to the recent manufacturing plant error in Baltimore.

Register to Receive a Vaccine

Once you are eligible to receive the vaccine, we encourage you to register on your state, county and city websites and to get vaccinated at any location you can. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine at Penn Medicine and have not already done so, please fill out our vaccine interest form.

We are working to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine gets one, and we are committed to doing all that we can to continue to deliver the vaccine to the patients and communities we serve.

Vaccine Eligibility by Area

Below is more detailed information on how COVID vaccine eligibility is expanding in the city of Philadelphia, the southeastern Pennsylvania suburbs, and New Jersey, and where Penn Medicine is administering it in each area.


On April 5, the first four groups ─ sanitation workers, janitorial staff, utility workers and postal employees ─ within Philadelphia’s Phase 1C became eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. The city expanded eligibility to all others within Phase 1C today, with the goal of all Philadelphians older than 16 becoming eligible by April 19.

Learn more about vaccine eligibility from the City of Philadelphia ››

At Penn Medicine locations in Philadelphia, we are continuing to administer the vaccine only to Philadelphia residents who meet the city’s eligibility requirements, in accordance with the city government’s instructions.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Suburbs

Pennsylvania counties outside of Philadelphia are continuing to vaccinate residents in the 1A and 1B categories, and are beginning to vaccinate people in 1C today. As of tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13, all Pennsylvania adults, ages 16 and older, will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID vaccine.

Learn more about each category from the PA Department of Health ››

We are still administering COVID vaccines at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital for residents of Delaware and Chester counties. Chester County Hospital has temporarily received an increase in its supply and is now supporting an additional vaccination site on weekends at Penn Medicine Valley Forge. We are contacting eligible patients directly to schedule appointments.

We have been vaccinating people who live and work in Delaware County with that county’s vaccine supply at Penn Medicine Radnor.

In early March, we received approval from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer our own vaccine supply at Penn Medicine Radnor and Penn Medicine Valley Forge. We still have not heard from the Commonwealth when it will ship or deliver our vaccine supply to the Radnor and Valley Forge sites. Once the vaccine is delivered, we will begin contacting eligible patients who live in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties to schedule appointments through the myPennMedicine patient portal, as well as outbound phone calls and text messages.

New Jersey

On April 5, New Jersey expanded COVID vaccine eligibility to include all residents 55 and older. On April 19, all New Jersey residents 16 or older will become eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.

Learn more about vaccine eligibility from New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub ››

Earlier this year, we submitted an application to administer the vaccine at Penn Medicine Cherry Hill. We have not yet heard back from the State of New Jersey, but we continue to seek approval to administer the vaccine in our Cherry Hill location.

Walnut Hill Spring Clean Up 2021

“I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to you all for coming out and assisting with the clean up! It was a great turnout and we really breathed some fresh air into this area. It felt great to work with you all and I look forward to more community events as the year progresses.”

-Shuja, Community Engagement Coordinator at The Enterprise Center

Walnut Hill Community Association Spring Clean Up 2021

Digital Marketing Workshop #4: Building a Business Website

Creating a website is a great way for customers to find, learn about, and engage with your business on the internet. It serves as an online home for your business that you can update to fit your needs. In this online session we discuss how to create, build, and make the most of your business website.

What will be covered?

  1. The importance of a website
  2. Purpose of your website
  3. Obtaining a good domain name
  4. Choosing a website host
  5. What every website needs
  6. Building your website
  7. Setting up your payment system
  8. Testing and publishing your website
  9. Marketing your website
  10. Investing in search engine optimization (SEO)
  11. Maintaining your website
  12. Business website FAQs

Information on MAJOR: Part online incubator and development center, MAJOR is a one-stop shop for minority-owned businesses, providing underrepresented founders with access to opportunities and resources they may not otherwise have access to so that they can start, grow and be major.

Bio: Leyanis Diaz is a Bilingual Business Consultant and the Founder of MAJOR, an online one-stop shop for minority-owned businesses. Leyanis is passionate about helping small businesses start, grow and prosper and is on a mission to keep minority-owned businesses from closing their doors.

Join us on Thursday, April 29th from 4 – 5 PM.

Digital Marketing Workshop Walnut Hill Community Association Brand Enterprise

Digital Marketing Workshop #3: Social Media

Guest presenter Brand Enchanting Media is here to help demystify digital and social media marketing tactics with this hands-on online workshop customized for lean marketing teams, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits.

You will learn the following:

▸ Social Media & Content Development for Businesses

  • What Social Media Channels are right for your business (B2B or B2C)?
  • Audience trends by channel: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram

▸ Creating Content for Social Media

  • Original Content and Resources
  • Curated Third Party Content

▸ When to Incorporate Paid Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn demos)

Join us on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 from 4 – 5 PM.

Digital Marketing Workshop #2: Email Marketing

Digital Marketing Email Workshop Email Marketing Walnut Hill Community Association Creative Repute

Learn how to build effective email marketing campaigns.

Are you using this valuable marketing tool to its full capacity? In this workshop, discover how to make newsletters and build awareness of your business. This workshop will teach you skills to enhance your marketing efforts, while keeping you flexible and productive. Examples of some of the topics covered are:

  1. Lessons on the do’s and don’ts of email marketing.
  2. A quick tutorial on how to use email platforms like Mail Chimp and others.
  3. Instruction on some of the tools to keep your email lists accurate and productive
  4. Creating email campaigns to promote your business

You will learn: The benefits of building an email list and how to maximize your communications with your audience.

Join us on Thursday, April 15th, 2021 from 4 – 5 PM.

Ralston Center Education Sessions (April - July) 

The Ralston Center is offering a series of free workshops for the community via Zoom from April to June 2021. Please register for sessions at www.ralstoncenter.org . 

Here’s more information about the sessions below: 

free branding workshop west philly creative repute enterprise center

Sign up for a free workshop hosted by The Enterprise Center CDC Phila to learn the importance of Branding. Build brand awareness and customer loyalty. Workshop conducted by Creative Repute, LLC

Getting the Money You're Owed & Deserve Allen Domb Walnut Hill resources community

Getting the Money You're Owed & Deserve

Every year, Philadelphians miss out on receiving hundreds of millions of dollars that are owed to them through many local, state and federal tax benefits. Now, more than ever, it’s important that every resident who is eligible this year for these benefits learn how they can apply for and receive the money they deserve. 

Our city has many great agencies and organizations standing by, ready to help residents of all ages receive these benefits – whether it’s the Earned Income Tax Credit, Wage Tax Relief, Property Tax Relief, Medical Assistance, SNAP or any others.

Education and outreach are critical if we no longer want to leave money on the table for people most in need. That’s why I’m bringing together the city’s experts who can discuss all of the benefits available and to help residents take the necessary steps to file for the money owed to them.

Please join me Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a Tax Benefits Virtual Town Hall. If you know someone who would benefit from this event, please don’t hesitate to share this message with them. All Philadelphians are welcome! Click here to RSVP

Our featured guests include representatives from Benefits Data TrustCampaign for Working Families and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue. They will provide brief presentations about tax benefits available to all Philadelphians and open the discussion to questions from attendees.

WHCA Zoning Meeting 04/19

Walnut Hill Community Association will be hosting a zoning meeting for 4744 Market Street and 5141 Walnut Street on April 19th, starting at 7pm. This meeting is to discussed proposed signage on Market Street for the Community College of Philadelphia, and on Walnut Street in regards to a tattoo artist.

Visit the meeting link here , and please see the event description for the meeting ID and passcode. 

Please email zoning@walnuthillca.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Centennial Pharmacy Vaccination Clinic

Centennial Pharamacy has reserved vaccination appointment slots for Philadelphia residents who are 65 and older. Please use the link below to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Amazon Hiring Event 04/01/2021

The Amazon Fresh facility at 4101 Sansom Street and Amazon delivery facility at 7575 Brewster Avenue are hiring entry-level positions immediately. All positions start at $15 an hour.

If you’d like to apply independently, please visit here.

There will be a virtual hiring event to guide folks through the application process on Thursday, April 1st, at 1 p.m., please see the flyer below for more details.

a flyer with information and links for Amazon's virtual hiring event on Thursday April 1st 2021

The Walnut Hill Community Association is embarking on Philly Clean Up Day on April 10th 2021 from 9:30am – 11:30am.

Volunteers are encouraged to meet up at the Walnut Hill playground at 4700 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

The WHCA is accepting donations to provide: bottles of water, coffee, donuts, gloves, hand sanitizer, and masks to volunteers. Please follow this link to donate: walnuthillca.com/donations/support-spring-2021-clean-up

In addition to making a donation to support volunteers as they are working, we’d also like to encourage the community to register and participate by following the link below to complete a short form: Philly Spring Cleanup (philadelphiastreets.com)

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities 

We wanted to share some opportunities for our community members to access the COVID-19 vaccine! 

There is a mass vaccination clinic at the Salvation Army in West Philadelphia, 5501 Market Street , with appointments available every Friday until April 30th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins may be available after 3 p.m. if there are leftover doses towards the end of the day. 

There are walk-up vaccination clinics opening at University of the Sciences on Tuesday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


vybe Urgent Care and Independence Blue Cross are also opening a vaccination clinic to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Philadelphians. At the location of Independence LIVE (1919 Market Street), appointments are available at a first come, first serve basis. Philadelphia residents who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine can make an appointment at Independence LIVE by visiting www.vybe.care or by calling 215-999-3715.

For more information regarding the City’s vaccination clinics, please visit here. It is updated with clinics opening through April 30th. 

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines available in pharmacies, please visit here.

Armed Robbery Reported in the Area

Good Morning,


On 3/25/21 @ 4:43 pm, Philadelphia Police responded to an Armed Burglary / Robbery at 35 S. 45th Street. The complainant reported coming home to her apartment to find the offender inside. The complainant states the offender put his hand in his pocket and implied that he had a gun while demanding money. The offender eventually fled on foot through the rear door of the property; it appears that he may have entered from the rear of the property after kicking in a back door.


Police did not make an apprehension in this case. Please continue to use caution, and call 911 immediately if you notice any suspicious activity around your property.



Thank you,

Captain Nicole W. McCoy

Commanding Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Penn Police

Jazz Dance with RockReach! 

ADAC @ Home is partnering with RockReach Dance and DEA Educational Foundation to bring a free, five-week dance education program to youth ages 5-14! Youth are invited to join us this Spring on Friday afternoons April 16 – May 14 at 4:30pm to learn the foundations of jazz dance! No experience required.


Before participating in this program, all registrants must complete the following steps:


1) Complete the following registration form for each program participant.  

2) Complete the RockReach Dance program waiver for each program participant. ADAC staff will send the link to access the waiver in advance of the program. Your child will only be able to participate after the waiver has been submitted.

3) Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for an email from ADAC during the week of April 12th providing the Zoom link.


Materials required: Youth should come dressed in comfortable clothing that they can move freely in and not feel self-conscious, but nothing extremely baggy, per the advice of the instructor. Youth should wear sneakers and socks.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3shOHFh

A flyer promoting youth Jazz Dance classes every friday from April 16th to May 14th

#Flatten the Hate

In light of the horrific events in Georgia, DPS wanted to share information with you on Penn University’s Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars that began in April of 2020 to support those in the Penn community affected by Asian xenophobia and bias, which as you may know has steadily increased during the year-long Coronavirus pandemic.


Over the summer, DPS began a campaign titled #FlattenTheHate, showing members of the Penn community standing in solidarity and support with our Asian and Asian-American community members. For those of you in the University City area, you may see these posters throughout our campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Attached is a brief fact sheet on the Task Force which includes resources for both Penn and community members effected by this unnerving trend.


Additionally, the Task Force website provides a link to a PennBox account that has downloadable versions of the #FlattenTheHate posted in 12 different languages.

a flyer depicting eight members of the asian and asian american community with red text reading "flatten the hate" printed over them

Community Zoning Meetings for the Third District

Summer Job Opportunities for Youth

In 2020, the City suspended lifeguard training courses due to the pandemic – but they’re coming back! Philadelphia Parks & Rec is now recruiting 16 to 24-year-olds for the 2021 season. This is a great opportunity for kids and young adults looking for summer work. Click here for more information on how to apply.

The Friends of Blackwell Library and Friends of Malcolm X Park are seeking Junior Ambassadors, who will plan events, acquire leadership skills, and represent our community. This is a PAID opportunity. Please share this opportunity with any West Philly 13-15 year olds that you know! Apply by April 2 by clicking here

COVID Relief Resources

Great news: The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is returning for Phase 4 later this month! If you are having trouble paying rent due to COVID-19, click here to get more information about this program and the materials you’ll need to apply.

There are no water shutoffs until April 2022, but some enforcement action is restarting as early as May 1 of this year. If you need help paying your water bill, there is likely assistance you are eligible to receive. Call the City’s Revenue Department at (215) 685-6300 or click visit their website for further assistance.

Virtual Event Alert

On Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. the Philadelphia Commission for Women, the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs, the Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Offices of Immigrant Affairs and the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion will pay a virtual tribute to Philadelphia’s top women doctors as they discuss the COVID-19 vaccines. 

a flyer describing a virtual event with the Mayor's Office discussing the vaccine with Philadelphia's top women doctors

Local Sites for Community Food Distribution

New Journey Christian Center | Mondays |  11AM-2:00pm

1001 E. Chelten

Philadelphia PA. 19138 


Councilwoman Cindy Bass | Mondays | 9:30AM



Germantown Ave. & Windrim Ave.

Philadelphia PA 19140


West Oak Lane Charter School  | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10AM-12:30 PM


7115 Stenton Ave.

Philadelphia PA  19138


The Friends of David P. Richardson Celebration Committee | Wednesdays | 10AM


Corinthian Educational Building – in the parking lot 

21st. and Spencer St  19138


Masjid Muhammad of Philadelphia and Muslims- | Wednesdays | 11 AM – 1 PM
414 East Penn Street
Philadelphia PA 19144

Dare to Imagine’s |  Thursday |  10AM-12PM

6610 Anderson St.

Philadelphia PA 19119


Christ Center | 3rd. Saturday of each month | 

1615-19 W. Chelten Ave.

Philadelphia PA.19126


Holy Innocents Church | last Thursday & Friday of each month | 10 am – 2:00 pm 

1337 E. Hunting Park Ave.

Philadelphia PA 19124


Masjidullah | Mondays and Tuesdays | 9:30 am – 12:00pm

7401 Limeklin Pike

Philadelphia PA 19138


Community Resource | Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays |  8:30 am – 2:30 pm 

245 E. Chelten Ave.

Philadelphia, PA. 19144


Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ |  Wednesdays & Thursdays | 12:00 pm -2:00 pm 

6401 Ogontz Ave.

Philadelphia, PA. 19126


Upper Room Baptist Church | (5 day schedule) |

Monday & Tuesday at 10 am, Wednesday produce at 8:30 am, Thursday box food at 9 am, Friday bags of food at 9am

7236 Ogontz Ave.

Philadelphia, PA. 19138


True Vine Church Community | Sundays from 1-1:30 pm & 3rd Thursday of the month from 11 am-12 pm

4610 Deveraux St.

Philadelphia,  PA  19135

CareerLink Emergency COVID-19 Resources

Pennsylvania CareerLink has a collection of COVID-19 Resources for our community ranging from testing and vaccination info, free job trainings, emergency loan information, maternity care, grocery distribution, and so much more. 

Please click this link for a downloadable PDF with all the information on these resources. 

Workforce Opportunities for Our Community

Amazon Hiring

Amazon is hosting virtual hiring events every Friday, where applicants can start as soon as 7 days.

Amazon is also hiring transitioning military members, veterans, reservists, National Guard members, military spouses, and military dependents 18 years and older for hourly positions. 

Please see the flyers below for more information:  

Amazon is holding Virtual Hiring events every Friday starting March 5th
Amazon is hiring transitioning community members via the military

Waste Management Hiring

Waste Management is hiring Diesel Mechanics and Diesel Technicians in New Jersey! Please scan the QR codes on the flyers below to apply : 

Waste Management hiring a Diesel Mechanic in Toms, NJ
Waste Management hiring a Diesel Mechanic or Technician in Camden, NJ

Shipping Department for Music Retailer Hiring

Beautiful World Syndicate, an online bulk music media retailer, is hiring a part time shipping department position to work three days a week with the schedule to be determined with the employee. There is room for growth to eventually work full time. Starting pay is $12.50/hr.

Please click this link with a downloadable PDF with more information on this position.

Interested Applicants please email resume to ​bwsmusic@hotmail.com . 

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Hiring 

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions is hiring for an entry-level position as a Service Technician. 

This position is with a Black owned franchise business operating from a mobile van. 

The basic function of the Service Technician is to provide onsite filtration of cooking oil and the deep cleaning of commercial fryers located in hospitals, colleges, stadiums and other commercial kitchens. After completion of the initial training, the Service Technician will know how to safely and efficiently operate our Mobile Filtration Unit (MFU) and how to efficiently deep clean commercial fryers. After the initial training the Service Technician is assigned specific client accounts that he/she will service independently. While this is our primary service the Service Technician may be introduced to and trained on other service offerings.

Please click here to view a downloadable PDF with more information. 

PECO Hiring 

PECO is hiring an Energy Technician to work with Gas and Electric Service.

Energy Technicians are considered essential personnel and are required to respond to emergencies and work under all types of weather conditions. 

The Energy Technician’s major responsibilities include gas odor response, mechanical pipe fitting on customer meter sets, repair of single secondary outages on the PECO Electric distribution system, trouble shooting and repair of customer electrical issue, including voltage irregularities, and gas and electric emergencies. 

Click here to read about and apply to this federally contracted position. 

Join the 2021 cohort of the Human Services Pathway Program 

Congresso and Temple University Harrisburg are offering a training program to provide you with a direct pathway to a career in Human Services starting April 5th, 2021! 

For more information on what’s included, please see the flyer below: 

Recruitment details for the Human Services Program Pathway

Philadelphia’s Office of Re-entry Partnerships (ORP) is launching an initiative to provide emergency financial assistance to Philadelphia residents released from the Philadelphia jails since the outbreak of COVID-19.  We know that over the past year, the pandemic has worsened the economic instability and difficulty meeting basic needs that so many Philadelphians face as they return home from incarceration. The COVID Reentry Payment program will provide eligible individuals with a one-time electronic payment of $500.

Our partners in the community will play a critical role in helping get these resources into the hands of those we are trying to reach. We hope you can attend one of two virtual info sessions to learn more about this program before the application opens in early April. You can register here for Thursday 3/25 @ 1:30pm and here for Friday 3/26 at 12pm.

All the information below is related to the returning citizen/ex-offender/second chance population:

Why not prosper Town hall meeting
FCHI Job Announcement Shipping Department Compressor
FCHI Job Announcement Vegan Crust Bakery Dishwasher
High School Voter Project Media Literacy Workshops

Program will run March 31- May 12 from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM on Zoom. There are 7 workshops. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate. 

To participate, please register in advance. Link here: www.tinyurl.com/medialiteracyworkshops 

Any questions? Contact Ashley Mapp Esq.,MSW: ashleyamapp@gmail.com or Isabel Sampson-Mapp: sammapp@upenn.edu

UACS Nights Goes Winter!

University-Assisted Community Schools Nights also known as UACS Nights offers free classes to the West Philly community in partnership with surrounding schools such as West Catholic High School!

The program will run from March 31st through May 12th.  Those who complete the program will receive a certificate.  To participate, please register in advance.  Link here: www.tinyurl.com/medialiteracyworkshops


Seven (7) exciting and fun workshops are being held by Zoom meetings.  Check out the list below!

Mondays: Money-Making Mondays with Bridges to Wealth, from 5.00p to 6.00p

Mondays: Cardio Boxing with Wayne Shareef, from 6.00p to 8.00p

Tuesdays: Line Dancing with In The Dance LLC, from 6.00p to 8.00p

Tuesdays: Painting at Home with Latonia Brown, from 6.00p to 8.00p

Wednesdays: Cardio Boxing with Wayne Shareef, from 6.30p to 8.00p

Thursdays: Cooking Around the World with Chef Sone, from 6.00p to 8.00p

Thursdays: Sassy Dance Fitness with Cheryl Chambers, from 6.00p to 8.00p


Any questions?  Contact Ashley Mapp Esq., MSW: ashleyamapp@gmail.com or Isabel Sampson-Mapp: sammapp@upenn.edu

COVID-19 vaccine site at Pa. Convention Center to reserve shots for eligible walk-ups – no appointment needed


FEMA’s Center City COVID-19 vaccination site will reserve half its daily vaccine supply, beginning Wednesday, for people who show up at the convention center clinic without an appointment, are part of the eligible group to receive the vaccine and live within specific ZIP codes in the city, Philadelphia officials said.  Walk-ups begin Wednesday, March 17th through Monday March 22nd.


  • West and Southwest Philadelphia: 19104, 19131, 19139, 19142, 19143, 19151, 19153
  • North Philadelphia: 19122, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19140
  • Northeast and Lower Northeast Philadelphia: 19116, 19120, 19124, 19135, 19136, 19138, 19141, 19144, 19149, 19152

Presently, only residents in those areas of the city who are also eligible as part of phases 1A or 1B (which now includes people 65 and older) can show up without appointments. Those who live in the ZIP codes above must provide evidence of their address using an ID card, a piece of mail with an address or a PHL City ID. Walk-up dates in Center City will run for six days from Wednesday, March 17, through Monday, March 22. The timeframe for walk-ups during these days is between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. People must enter the FEMA clinic from the northeast corner of 12th and Arch streets, after being screened by staff outside the Convention Center.

FEMA’s Center City Vaccination Site provides shots to about 6,000 people each day. The city health department will continue to reach out by phone and email to schedule appointments for about 3,000 people daily. The remaining 3,000 vaccine doses will go to eligible residents from these 22 ZIP codes.

Philadelphia Department of Health  –  https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

Information about the Netter Center for Community Partnerships | University of Pennsylvania

Netter Center Partnership Brochure - Page1 Netter Center Partnership Brochure - Page 2

Blackwell Library Friends Of Malcolm X Park Junior Ambassadors
We’re working with a group of neighbors to help people in West Philly find vaccination appointments. At this stage, we’re looking for people who want to volunteer to help us connect folks who need appointments with resources to get them.
 Anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity can sign up here https://bit.ly/3t5scDD.  
Help West Philly Get Vaccinated!
Many people in West Philly who need and want the COVID-19 vaccine are blocked by lack of computer/internet access, transportation, resources in multiple languages, and other barriers. We are a group of volunteers working to bridge the gap. We are looking for organizers from all West Philadelphia communities to participate in many ways: keeping track of updated, accurate vaccination information, doing outreach to community organizations, and eventually to provide one-on-one support to neighbors to help them follow through with their vaccinations.

Who runs this page? This project came out of Block by Block West Philadelphia, a collaboration to create and share newsletters about free resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a volunteer effort led by West Philadelphia residents and community organizations.

You can contact us at BlockbyBlockWestPhilly@gmail.com

More about Block by Block West Philadelphia: We’re an informal organization composed of community members who organized early in the pandemic to facilitate “mutual aid” among West Philly neighbors, encouraging the strengthening bonds with those who live in physical proximity on our blocks, especially to support the well-being of neighbors who are elderly, disabled and otherwise in need. Block By Block (http://www.tinyurl.com/BlockbyBlockWestPhilly) communicated up-to-date details about rapidly changing resources like COVID testing facilities and food distribution sites, intently sharing information with those who unable to access resources online.

You can sign up here — https://bit.ly/3t5scDD

Passing The Torch West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Winners of Walnut Hill Community Association’s 4th Annual Black History Essay Contest

Grade 3/4 category

Winner ~ Sofia R. Figueroa from the Greenfield Elementary School, Grade 3

2nd Place ~ Noa Yurdin from the Samuel Powell School, Grade 4

3rd Place ~ Willow Nichols from the Samuel Powell School, Grade 4

Grade 5/6 category

Winner ~ Willa Roberts from the Penn Alexander School, Grade 6

2nd Place ~ Amiya Henderson from the Gesu School, Grade 6

3rd Place ~ Jordyn Evans from the Gesu School, Grade 6

Grade 7/8 category

Winner ~ Samoa Hossain from the Henry C. Lea School, Grade 7

2nd Place ~ Drew Feldman from the Penn Alexander School, Grade 7

3rd Place~ Jauziyyah Hameed from the Henry C. Lea School, Grade 7

Honorable Mention

Lily Brimfield from the Penn Alexander School, Grade 2

This year we had over 55 applicants that participated in our 4th Annual Black History Essay Contest!  We recognize and appreciate the hard work of all the participants, therefore, the students that did not place in the top three categories will also receive a gift and certificate.

All 56 participants can pick up their award and certificate beginning on Friday, March 26th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Enterprise Center located at 4548 Market Street.

The winner of each grade group will be invited to our Zoom Community Meeting to read their essay on March 25th at 6pm. Meeting details are listed below. I hope everyone can join in to support them.  

Walnut Hill Community Association Community Meeting

Time: Mar 25, 2021 6pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 892 8466 2078

Passcode: 075604

Or dial in:

One tap mobile

1-301-715-8592 (US)

Meeting ID: 892 8466 2078

Passcode: 075604th

On 3/11/21 @ 9:49 pm, Penn and Philadelphia Police responded to an Armed Robbery report in the 4400 block of Pine Street. Three (3) Males surrounded the complainant and displayed a handgun, and demanded property. There were no injuries reported.

Police did not make an apprehension in this case. Please continue to use caution, and take advantage of the UCD Walking Escorts when walking at night. 

University of Pennsylvania Police Department

Division of Public Safety

4040 Chestnut Street, Phila., PA  19104-3020

Office (215) 573-6684

Website: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu


For Emergencies:

PennComm Center: 215-573-3333

Or 511 from any campus phone

Garden Court Community Association

COVID Vaccination Appointments available at 59th & Spruce Sts.

Philly lowers eligibility age to 65!!

Call 215-474-4444 for an appointment. (Two different people reported being on hold ten minutes or less)

Location: Sayre Health Center, 227 South 59th Street

Hours of Operation:

Monday:  8.30a – 4.30p

Tuesday:  8.30a – 4.30p

Wednesday:  8.30a – 4.30p

Thursday:  CLOSED

Friday:  CLOSED

Saturday:  CLOSED

Sunday:  CLOSED

Check out link below:


Due to CORONAVIRUS for the 2021 year, our Community Meetings will be conducted by Zoom. 

Topic: Walnut Hill Community Association Community Meeting

Time: Mar 25, 2021 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 892 8466 2078

Passcode: 075604

Here’s what’s happening at the West Philadelphia Y

  • City ID pop-up site: The West Philadelphia YMCA will be hosting a pop-up Philadelphia City ID Mobile site on March 25 from 10a-2p.  This is a registration-only event, with all details (including a registration link) on the attached flyer.  Please share with your network.
  • Meals for Kids: Every Tuesday morning we distribute food, milk, and snacks to anyone who cares for kids. Recipients may have one box for every child they care for! Each box contains 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches, provided by Archdiocese Nutritional Development Services. Shout Out to Men on a Mission for their volunteer support!
  • Computer Access: We are installing a “community computer” at the Y.  We are working on the restrictions and figuring out the sign-up process, but expect it to be ready within a week or so. 
  • Water Safety: We are committed to providing water safety workshops to any group that would like to participate (school/church/community groups, etc). Being with friends, peers, and neighbors makes it more enjoyable and reduces anxiety. Please reach out to me for further information. 
  • HIV Testing: Every Friday from 3-6pm, Positive Effect Outreach Ministry offers FREE HIV Testing at the Y for anyone age 18-30 years; no registration required, just stop by.

To Whom It May Concern at the Walnut Hill Community Association,

My name is Krista Scheffey and I am a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.

I am writing to ask for your help sharing information about our team’s virtual prostate cancer education project with members of Walnut Hill Community Association (WHCA). In this project, men will attend a virtual educational session about prostate cancer and complete three surveys. Men can earn up to $40 in gift cards for participation and completing the evaluation surveys. 

Men 40-69 years old living in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties are eligible to join the study. This is a great opportunity for men to connect virtually while learning about an important health topic. 

Are you a man interested in learning about how to improve your prostate health? 

UPenn is holding information sessions for men online. Men will learn about risk factors and questions to ask their doctor.

Visit http://bit.ly/EMPaCTSignUp or call (267) 935-9224 to sign up! 

Men who participate can earn a total of $40 in gift cards for attending a session and completing three short surveys over the course of a month.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like more information about this project.

Krista Scheffey

Krista Scheffey, MPH, MSW

Senior Research Coordinator

Center for Health Behavior Research

University of Pennsylvania



Please click here to view a downloadable PDF with more information.

On Friday, 2/26/21 @ 9:45 pm, Philadelphia Police received a report of an Armed Carjacking at the Sunoco Gas Station (4600 Chestnut Street). The victim was forced to drive the assailants to 50th & Ludlow before they forced him to exit his vehicle. Fortunately, the victim was not injured during this crime.

Please use caution, and utilize the UCD walking escorts when walking alone at night.

Hello Neighbors, 
As part of our Letter to Future Investors work with The Enterprise Center (and community partners such as Walnut Hill Community Association and Mill Creek Community Council), we are excited to announce the next stage of the project: focus group conversations.
From your insightful survey responses, we saw a need for focus groups to dig deeper together on a few key topics that rose to the top from the community-wide survey.
We would like to invite you to register your interest in joining these upcoming focus groups. Please register your interest herehttps://forms.gle/T8qAJWgqFHvDyAyF9. If selected, you will be able to join on Zoom or via the phone.
The focus groups are:
1.March 15: Business / Employment Challenges & Opportunities: This session will be mainly for businesses, entrepreneurs, workers in the area focused on needs, wants, and vision for economic growth and success.
2. March 18: Public Spaces Discussion: This session is open to all, focused on public spaces such as green spaces, safety, needs, and ideas for the area.
3. March 25: Interactions with Developers and Investors: This session is for CDC, RCO, Block leaders focused on exploring challenges and needs related to interacting with investors and developers.
More information about each group is attached. To follow this project, go to www.westboundphilly.com
Please register your interest here: https://forms.gle/T8qAJWgqFHvDyAyF9
Feel free to pass this information along to your networks and neighbors as well. 
All best
The Letter to Future Investors team

Thursday, February 25, 2021
A Notice to Walnut Hill Community Association Members and Friends:

It has come to the attention of the Walnut Hill Community Association (WHCA) that a proposal to install a KIPP Public Charter School Grades K – 4 in the building at 4601 Market St is underway. The tentative launch of this school facility is Fall 2022.

I, Margaret Livingston, WHCA President and members of the board have been in conversation with KIPP Philadelphia and Iron Stone Real Estate Partners about this proposal, how it may affect our community, and what impact it may have on the traditional public schools in our community.

The WHCA board does not intend to oppose the KIPP proposal at this stage. We believe that the impending business relationship between KIPP Philadelphia and Iron Stone can produce an advantageous community partnership for the residents and businesses of Walnut Hill. While we affirm our commitment to advocating for the continuous improvement of the public schools in
our community, we encourage our neighbors and members to join us in learning more about the KIPP organization and educational model. We have invited their team to build a meaningful working relationship with our community association as their project takes shape.

KIPP representatives have been invited to present more information about this proposal at our next public community meeting on March 25, 2021, 6PM. Please plan to participate in this

important exchange of information. Contact Ms. Lorna Peterson at lpeterson@theenterprisecenter.com or 215-895-4045 for the meeting Zoom link or

phone dial-in number. Always check our website frequently for emerging details and updates at: https://walnuthillca.com.

Connect the Dots is Hiring

They are looking for a motivated and purpose-driven Community Engagement & Communications Associate to join their team here in Philly, working with a diverse array of team-members, collaborators and partners all focused on co-creating inclusive, equitable cities and places. 

Please click here to view a downloadable PDF with more information.

Good afternoon friends and partners,

Our office is hiring and has a job posting live for a Director of Legislation and Policy.  Please share with your networks if you know someone who might be interested. 


Thanks so much, everyone, I greatly appreciate it!



Andrew Goodman (He/Him)

Director of Equitable Development

Office of Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier, 3rd District

215-782-7496 (cell)


Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As you may already know, we’ve seen an alarming trend of armed robberies, including carjackings, in the neighborhood. At UCD, we have been working in conjunction with the 18th District Police department to increase patrols in the neighborhood in an effort to provide more eyes on the street.
We want to remind you of the following tips to help keep yourself protected while traveling through the neighborhood after dark:
  • Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings, especially when walking in poorly lit areas;
  • Avoid using your electronic devices as you walk;
  • Try not to have loud music playing in both ears while out at night;
  • Do not leave your vehicle running if you need to exit your vehicle, even if you plan to be away from for less than a minute;
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving.
As always: Please be aware of your surroundings at all times. Remember that anyone in University City in need of a Walking Escort – someone to accompany them to transportation, a meeting, home, or class – can call 215-387-3942 between 10am-3am and a UCD Ambassador will be dispatched. Stay in the know on Twitter by following the feeds of both The Philadelphia Police Department (@PhillyPolice) and West Philadelphia Captain Matthew Gillespie @ppdmgillespie.
 – Matt Bergheiser
President, UCD
 – Alan Garry
Senior Vice President, Public Safety & District Services
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Street smarts guide 2

Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) creates training programs that connect talented South Philadelphia residents to permanent employment at the Navy Yard.

Together, we work closely with Navy Yard employers to understand hiring needs and to develop four tailored training programs in 2021. Carefully selected cohorts of local residents will be trained to fill open positions upon graduation from the program.

· This program will connect South and West Philadelphia residents who have been disconnected from the workforce or who have limited professional experience to full-time employment with a Navy Yard employer.

· Our first participant recruitment for a Grounds Maintenance Laborer Training Program will begin on January 20.

Please share with your networks so interested job-seekers can learn more about NYWDI’s current and future training programs and employment opportunities. Visit the Navy Yard Workforce Website https://navyyard.org/workforce

Visioning 46th & Market – Join your neighbors in providing insights to ensure equitable and sustainable impact for your community. Together, we’d like to make a Letter to Future Investors in the 46th & Market area to share your views. Make your voice heard! Visit https://www.westboundphilly.com/