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Penn Community Day Health Fair

Community Day Health Fair Flyer

Call for Nominations for Education Power Players

Help us celebrate the leaders in education across Pennsylvania in our upcoming issue, Education Power Players, coming this September!

Metro Philadelphia is seeking to bring awareness and recognition to outstanding members of the education industry. We are looking for our readers to nominateexceptional individuals such as teachers, professors, teaching aids, principals and presidents of academic institutions, and other education leaders. If you know an Education Power Player, please nominate them today!

Nominate Here!


ITWorks Technology Training for Young Adults

We are seeking motivated young adults who are ready to pursue a career in technology. More than 750 young adults have graduated from Tech Impact’s ITWorks FREE training program – and 80 percent are employed within six months of graduation, earning an average salary of $35,000 – $40,000.

 ITWorks is a 16-week accelerated technology training program for adults, 18-26 years old. The course starts with 11 weeks of technical training on hardware, software, networking, security, and troubleshooting, which prepares participants for industry-leading Cisco IT Essentials and CompTIA A+ certifications. Each participant also completes a five-week internship to gain real-world experience and build their resumes.

Our Fall classes begin in late August and applications are open now!

Interviews will be conducted throughout July.

Please Come Out and Vote!

ELECTION DAY COMMUNITY MEETING Find out about the new Slate of Officers Nominated! Nominations from the Floor! Walnut Hill members Come Out and VOTE! We need more, more, more, Participation for 2022 – 2024

The Walnut Hill Community Association is on the move because of people like you who care about their community

WHCA Community Meeting

Link to Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 1315 1543 Passcode: 479777 One tap mobile 1-929-205-6099

Walnut Hill Community Association Slate of Officers for June 23, 2022 Election



Shuja Moore

1st Vice President:

Margaret Livingston Horace Patterson

2nd Vice President:

Margaret Livingston Horace Patterson


Debra Rose

Financial Secretary:

Dawn Deitch Maglicco


Nadine Livingston


Walnut Hill Received an Award!

Walnut Hill Community Association received an Award yesterday for the support they have done throughout the pandemic for the Alan Locke School.

The event took place at City Hall in the Mayor’s Reception Room.
Pictured with Principal Massey, School coordinator Jared Beck and two of my wonderful WHCA Board Members- Mary Livingston and Dave Brindley.
Margaret Livingston – President of the Walnut Hill Community Association 

Welcome to America Free Museum Day

Wawa Free Museum Day

Please Join Us for a Free Museum Day* as part of the Wawa Welcome America Celebration

Saturday, June 25th 

Museum Hours 1PM-5PM

4591 Walnut St 

2022 Free & Low Cost Music and Culutral Events

Here are some Free & Low Cost Cultural and Musical Events Coming Soon to the Community!


R5/19/2022Community – Malcolm X – Birtday CelebrationMalcolm X Park 52nd Pine 1913912:00 – 6:00FREE2022
R5/26/2022Jazz – Glenn Bryan & FriendsMalcolm X Park 52nd Pine 191397:00 – 9:00FREE2022
F6/3/2022Dirk Quinn BandCedar Park 50th Baltimore Ave6 pm – 8 pmFREE2022
Tues6/6/2022Kenny GWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
Sun06/12/22ODUNDE – Festival Event23rd & South St (15 City Blocks) odundefestival.org More DetailsNoon – 7 pmFREE2022
Mon6/20/2022Danilo Pérez’s Global MessengersWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
F6/24/2022Clef Club Youth EnsembleCedar Park 50th Baltimore Ave6 pm – 8 pmFREE2022
Sun6/26/2022Festival of The Drum – Food, Music, Venders Cultural FellowshipStenton Park 4600 N 16th StNOON – 7:00FREE2022
Mon6/27/2022Corinne Bailey RaeWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
Mon7/18/2022Ruthie FosterWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
Mon8/1/2022The Sugar Hill GangWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
Mon8/15/2022Matt CappyWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
Mon8/29/2022Third WorldWiggings Park 2 Riverside Dr Camden NY 081038:00pmFREE2022
T11/3/2022PEC CELEBRATES 50 Yr. MUSIC – Billy JollyTICKETS – Visit pec-cares.org/50yearsNoon 7pm$2022

Karabots Pediatric Care Center Practice Manager Position

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is recruiting for a Pediatrice Care Center Site Manager:

We are hiring a Site Manager who will be responsible for the financial, administrative, operational, managerial, human resources, and strategic planning issues related to the KPCC.  His/her responsibilities span all areas of the KPCC, including administrative leadership for clinical care, teaching and research.  Works in conjunction with the KPCC Site Medical Director, Ambulatory Nursing and Senior Leadership in the Ambulatory Department and the Hospital.  Is also responsible for the oversight of community outreach, billing and compliance initiatives and for all administrative personnel matters related to Physicians, Professional and Support Staff. 

​About Us:
We’re seeking breakthrough makers! Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was built on the belief that we can change lives. Today, in every role throughout our hospital, research institute and care network, the 22,000 members of our workforce are finding new ways – big and small – to make a difference for the patients and families we serve. 

If you are ready to challenge yourself, be inspired and grow – no matter what your role – you just may be the kind of breakthrough maker who will thrive at CHOP.

​CHOP is proud to share that we are ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s Best Large Employers!


Mental Health First Aid Training

Black Women’s Health Alliance is  partnering with the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Inc., Senator Vincent Hughes and DBHIDS to increase mental health awareness

Mental Health First Aid Poster

FREE Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training 
This Saturday, May 14th from 10AM-6PM on Zoom.

Training is provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.


Public Health Center Staffed by Penn Clinicians Opens at 54th and Cedar

A new public health center aimed at the local community and offering primary and preventative health care for adults and children, pre- and postnatal care, behavioral health and social services and addiction treatment has opened at 54th and Cedar.

The PHMC Health Center on Cedar is staffed by clinicians from Penn Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and is part of the non-profit Public Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) Public Health Campus, the former site of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

The federally-funded clinic at 54th and Cedar is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They accept walk-ins and in-person and telehealth appointments and accept most insurance plans. A sliding fee scale is available and everyone will be treated regardless of their ability to pay.

In addition to the new Health Center, the PHMC Public Health Center on Cedar includes an emergency department and onsite inpatient and hospital-based behavioral health services as a remote location for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), known as HUP-Cedar Avenue.

Community Champions Awards and Grants up to $2500 for individuals and $20,000 for nonprofits!

Full Scholarships for Penn Arts and Sciences High School Summer Programs

Application deadlines: 

International students: April 1, 2022

Domestic students: May 1, 2022 

Early applications are encouraged!

For more information visit https://hs.sas.upenn.edu

Project Safe Corridors Grant Guidelines

The Program Guidelines for Project Safe Corridors
West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative
President Jabari K. Jones
Section I – Statement of Purpose

The purpose of Project Safe Corridors is to provide free cameras and installation to residents and businesses in West Philadelphia. The program is consistent with advocacy from the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative calling for increased public safety investments in high-crime areas. The program is funded in part by the Department of Community Economic Development.

Section II – Eligibility and Priority Applicants
  1. Eligible Areas

    • Addresses for camera to be installed must be located within the district of the

      West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative (loosely defined as between 30th Street to the East, Fairmount Park to the North, City Line/Township Line/ 63rd Street (as applicable) to the West, and Island Avenue to the South.

    • Questions on eligibility can consult the district map here

  2. Eligible Applicants

    • Tenants leasing and occupying residential zoned property located in the Eligible Area (See Previous Section)

    • Property Owners owning property located in the Eligible Area (See Previous Section)

    • Tenant business leasing commercial zoned property located in Eligible Areas (See Previous Section)

  3. Priority will be given to applicants with addresses located in high-crime areas as determined by the Philadelphia Police Department

Section III – Application Process
  1. Application will open on March 18, 2022. The application can be accessed at www.westphillycc.org and eligible applicants can apply.

  2. Application will remain open until program funds have been exhausted.

  3. At time of application, Applicants that are tenants will be asked to certify that there is no legal restriction in the terms of their lease preventing the tenant from installing outdoor cameras.

  4. Every thirty (30) days, the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative shall select,  from eligible applicants that have submitted a complete application, sixty (60) addresses from the highest-crime communities for free camera (called “Grantees”).

  5. Grantees will be notified by staff from the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative and/or contractors that they have been selected for a camera. Camera Installation shall be scheduled where convenient for both the contractor and Grantee.

  6. Applicants who have applied and are not selected, do not need to re-apply, they will beautomatically considered for subsequent rounds of installs every thirty (30) days.

  7. Upon the program’s end, any applicant that has not been selected will be notified that funds have been exhausted.

Project Safe Corridors Grant Guidelines Rev 3/15/2022
  1. The President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative may, at sole discretion, determine certain addresses for camera grants outside of the normal grant process. This may occur in response to recent violent crimes that may happen to residents and/or businesses while the program is running, or the threat of violence occurring to residents and/or businesses.

  2. The program goals are to install, at a minimum, 100 cameras for businesses and 210 cameras for residents. These goals may be updated if additional funds become available or cost-overruns affect the existing budget.

Section IX. Business Concern
  1. The West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative is West Philly’s largest business association, representing major commercial corridors in West Philly. Under its operating agreement, it is required to ensure that all projects supported have a business concern that supports small businesses in its district and disclose that concern publicly.

  2. Project Safe Corridors is an eligible business concern as the sense of safety and security provided to in-district residents and businesses will create better peace-of-mind for residents to shop locally and for businesses to operate.

Part-time Job Opportunity with Office of Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier


Part-Time Scheduler/Constituent Services Coordinator
Office of Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier

Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier has represented Philadelphia’s 3rd Councilmanic District since January 6, 2020. Since then, Councilmember Gauthier and her team have worked hard to build a 3rd District Council office that prioritizes direct engagement with residents, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, shared decision-making with our constituents, the centering of the most vulnerable among us, passion for our work, and fun. Internally, we’ve strived to foster an environment of empowerment, where each team member provides ideas and input, enabling us to make decisions with our constituents’ best interests in mind. We now invite interested parties to apply for the integral role of our team’s Constituent Services Representative.

Job Purpose

The Scheduler/Constituent Services Coordinator will help Councilmember Gauthier achieve her vision by executing the Councilmember’s constituent services program in concert with the Director of Constituent Services and Engagement and organizing the Councilmember’s schedule.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Respond to constituent service inquiries and work with City and non-governmental partners as appropriate to attempt to fulfill requests

  • Coordinating all aspects of the Councilmember’s schedule

  • Answering the office phone, routing calls to members of our team and taking messages

  • Greeting constituents, stakeholders and others who visit our office

  • Providing general administrative support

  • Performing other duties as assigned

  • High School diploma/GED required

  • Highly proficient computer skills, especially with MS Word and Excel

  • Desire to be proactive and create a positive experience for others

  • Ability to organize a daily workload by priorities

  • Must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment

  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making skills

  • Excellent judgment and analytical skills

  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others

  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner

  • Knowledge of Philadelphia and communities of the 3rd Councilmanic District is a plus

  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia within 6 months of start date

Rate of Pay

$20/hour for 20-30 hours/week M-F from April-June 30th; $20/hour for 15 hours/week M-F thereafter

Physical Requirements

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Max Weiss at Max.Weiss@phila.gov by April 1, 2022.

16th District Spelling Bee Contest


Mighty Writers West and the 16th Police District Present 16th District Spelling Bee Contest

There will be two grade divisions, 3rd – 5th and 6th – 9th.

The student(s) must attend school or live within the 16th District.

If your school is interested in participating, please contact below person(s) for more information.

Angelique S. Israel

aisrael@mightywriters.org w – (215) 387-1066

Jesse Woodhouse

Jesse.woodhouse@phila.gov w – (215) 686-3160

Full-time Job Opportunity with The Anti-Drug Drug & Alcohol Crusaders


Salary: $38,000-$40,000 yearly w/benefits

The Anti-Drug & Alcohol Crusaders, Inc. (ADAC) is a non-profit organization that has been in operation for 34 years delivering substance misuse and violence prevention education, recreational activities, and support services to youth and families residing in Philadelphia.

Position Overview:

The Family Advocate/Practitioner is responsible for providing individual advocacy and support to families; family-based prevention/intervention strategies using an evidence-based parent curriculum; facilitating parent workshops; and identifying families in need of services.

Key Responsibilities

  • ●  Work under the direct supervision of the Program Director.

  • ●  Work closely with school counselors and community organizations to identify youth and

    families in need of individual support.

  • ●  Engage in creating and implementing recruitment strategies.

  • ●  Represent the organization by participating in school functions, community events, and/or

    health fairs.

  • ●  Manage incoming referrals in addition to existing caseload.

  • ●  Provide support and services through school visits, home visits, office, phone, video

    conferencing, and/or written communication.

  • ●  Provide one-to-one parent support and family-based prevention/intervention using an

    evidence-based curriculum to about 20-25 families per year.

  • ●  Support parents and families in a manner that fosters independence, growth, and


  • ●  Accurately assess the strengths, supports, and needs of the parent, families, and communities served.

  • ●  Make referrals to quality trauma-informed support services and behavioral health care systems for families in need of intervention or treatment.

  • ●  Establish goals with families and make appropriate referrals to support families in achieving their stated goals.

  • ●  Ensure that referrals are completed promptly; follow up to verify that a linkage and services between the family and the referred resource(s) are secured, and continuously monitor to ensure that the family is utilizing services.

  • ●  Accompany families, when necessary, to support service appointments.

  • ●  Conduct individual, family, and small group sessions for intensive assistance and support.

  • ●  Document parent and family’s progress in case notes, databases, and case files.

  • ●  Maintain a professional rapport with parents, families, and professional partners.

  • ●  Plan and facilitate workshops, speaking engagements, activities, and events to educate parents and the community on the prevention of violence and substance misuse and its related problems.

    ● Refer or recommend parent participation in various workshops and events.

    ● Use email and social media to spread awareness on violence and substance misuse and its

    ● Assist with the planning of data collection, management, analysis, evaluation, and
    performance assessment.

    ● Collect and analyze data from surveys and observations to determine program outcomes.

    ● Assist with the preparation of outcomes reports and evaluate the advancement of program

    ● Gather data for required documentation and submit it in a timely manner.

    ● Other duties include: preparing workshop facilitation materials; designing materials for
    program marketing and family communications, and developing and implementing the

    ● Assist the lead staff in the overall planning, implementation, and advancement of program

    ● Other duties within reason may be added as deemed necessary by the lead staff to ensure quality services.

    Skills and Knowledge Required:

    ● A Bachelor’s degree in studies related to sociology, psychology, education, behavioral health, human services, or in a related field.

    ● A minimum of two years of advocacy/case management experience working in social services, and/or a related field is required. Experience working in parent and family programs is preferred.

    ● Experience with facilitating parent and/or community workshops.

    ● Experience working with a diverse population in an urban environment is preferred.

    ● Working understanding of community and resource development.

    ● Experience providing community-based social support.

    ● Great relationship-building skills are a must.

    ● Effective verbal and written communication.

    ● Strong organizational and time management skills.

    ● Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms).

    Other Requirements:

    ● The candidate will need to work occasional evenings and Saturdays, but flex time is offered.

    ● Child Abuse, Criminal Background, and FBI clearances will be needed.

    ● Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required due to The City of Philadelphia’s mandate.

    ● Valid driver’s license, car, and proof of current insurance policy for local travel to schools, community agencies, meetings, and training. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to Chantal Brabham at careers@adacphilly.org

    We are proud to be an EOE employer. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Together We Can End the Cycle of Violence Community Listening Session

The Phight Network and Beloved Care Project Present: Together We Can End the Cycle of Violence

Come listen to lived experiences of violence, from those who have experienced it in real life

Community Listening Session streaming live from Penn’s Campus featuring victims, co-victims, trauma care, and providers.

Tuesday March 29th from 4 – 5:30 PM 

Register Here!

Learn About the Affordable Connectivity Program and How to Connect to Free Home Internet!

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a longer-term replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, designed to help keep families connected to the Internet. Qualified households can receive a monthly credit of up to $30/month (up to $75/month for customers in Tribal lands) towards their Internet and mobile services.​

As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping everyone connected, Comcast is proud to participate in ACP. We’re making it simple for new and existing customers to apply this credit towards Xfinity Internet, Internet Essentials and Xfinity Mobile services.

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, March 24th from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Click Here to Register!

Celebrate the 124th Birthday of Paul Robeson with the Paul Robeson House & Museum

Flyer for the 124th Birthday of Paul Robeson
Come celebrate the 124th birthday of Paul Robeseon with the Robeson House & Museum 

Join us in celebrating on April 9th, 4-6 PM Streaming Online

More info to come!

Job Opening: Learning & Engagement Manager at the Association for Public Art

The Association for Public Art are seeking a full time Learning & Engagement Manager for our public art nonprofit. This is a full-time, hybrid position. 

The aPA’s award-winning and innovative programs carry out our mission to commission and acquire, preserve and protect, interpret and promote public art in Philadelphia. The aPA is dedicated to creating a Museum Without Walls that informs, engages, and inspires diverse audiences, while supporting the art of our time and advancing the importance of public art to the city’s places and spaces. Contemporary commissions and acquisitions include works by Jody Pinto, Rafael Ferrer, Martin Puryear, Pepón Osorio, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Candy Coated, Roxy Paine, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Jennifer Steinkamp. In 2022, the aPA celebrates its 150th year as a leader in the field of public art.

The Learning and Engagement Manager will be responsible for planning and implementing aPA’s educational offerings, public programs, and community engagement in order to advance aPA’s commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in our work. We are a small, dedicated, and dynamic team, seeking a proficient, highly motivated, community-minded, astute, gregarious, collaborative, and organized individual to “hit the ground running” and represent aPA with enthusiasm and confidence.

The position will focus on expanding audiences for public art through digital and in-person opportunities. The Learning and Engagement Manager will report to the Executive Director/Chief Curator and will work collaboratively with aPA curatorial, communications, and development staff.

Apply Here



Wolf Administration Launches $350 Million Pa. Homeowner Assistance Fund

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

The Latest News from University City

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.


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.

StepTogether Study Looking for Participants

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are looking for families to participate in a research study about increasing physical activity. 

This study may be a good fit for you if you and your family want to start moving more – whether for your health, enjoyment or to spend time together.  

Please visit STEPTogetherStudy.org for more information and to find out if you’re eligible to participate!  

Step Together Flyer encouraging families to participate in the study on increasing physical activity

Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) Seeking New Members!

The Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) recently announced that applications are now open for young people ages 12-24 to join the PYC, which is the official youth branch of City government. Created by referendum and added to the Home Rule Charter in 2009, the Youth Commission is appointed by and advises both the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia on all legislation and policy as it relates to youth.

Composed of 21 members, the Commission, in addition to its legislative responsibilities, also works to bridge the gap between adult policymakers and youth by holding public, youth-centered, and youth-led events on the issues affecting Gen-Z residents.

Applicants to the Commissions must be Philadelphia residents and between 12 and 24 years old. They should be interested in public service and eager to represent their peers at the highest level of Philadelphia government. Young Philadelphians can apply below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply as early as you can.

Join the Philadelphia Youth Commission.

Updates from the Netter Center for Community Partnerships

UACS Programming 

Looking for something fun (and remote) to do this summer? Virtual summer programming for rising 1st through 6th grade starts June 28th! Join us Mondays through Thursdays 10 am-1 pm for reading, games, sports, art, science, and more! For more information, please contact Elizabeth Tonnon at 484-221-4302 or elizabethtonnon@gmail.com.

Penn Updates

Penn Medicine will continue its collaboration with the West and Southwest Philadelphia communities to operate a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in partnership with community organizations, faith-based institutions, restaurants, barbershops, and even professional sports teams, thanks to $1 million in funding from the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with PMHCC.

Click here to learn more!

School District of Philadelphia Updates

The School District of Philadelphia announced the acquisition of five electric school buses for the 2021-2022 school year through the support of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).

Click here to read more!

Community Schools Policy Brief 
Netter Center Founding Director Ira Harkavy and fellow community school leaders Martin J. Blank, Jane Quinn, and Lisa R. Villarreal have released a brief, Partnerships for Equity and Excellence: The Community School Strategy, to inform school and community leaders how the American Rescue Act funds can be used to expand community schools.

There is specific recognition that higher education institutions have an important role to play by “engag[ing] their students, faculty, and staff as active partners working with public school teachers and students to improve learning, as well as providing an array of opportunities and the use of university facilities.”

The American Rescue Plan Act gives schools and communities an opportunity to reimagine education systems and accelerate the transformative change many communities have been striving for. 
Apply for Job Training, Employment & Volunteer Opportunities at Penn Medicine

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is again partnering with Penn Medicine for training and job opportunities as Patient Services Associates earning $15.99 an hour.
Click HERE for more information! 

SEPTA Seeking Community Feedback on Bus Network Redesign

This project, SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution, will take a broad and detailed look at SEPTA’s bus network with the goal of making it easier to understand and use. Our goal of the revolution is to better serve you – our community of riders. That’s why we’re taking a blank slate approach to reimagine the bus network and match service with the way people travel.
We want to hear from you. SEPTA’s Bus Revolution will have lots of opportunities for people to be involved. This will be a 3-year process, beginning with two years of planning and analysis while the third year will focus on implementation.
To start
  1. Forward this information along to your community! Bus Revolution has the potential to affect everyone in the region, and we look to include all voices in the creation of this improved network.
  2. Please fill out a brief survey to let us know your vision and priorities for the bus network and to sign up for updates ‘delivered’ right to your mailbox: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEPTACBNR
  3. Join us at our first Virtual Open House on May 13, at either one of the following two times, to learn more:
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: REGISTER NOW
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: REGISTER NOW
  • Or register via the project website or phone number below
You can also…
  • Visit www.SeptaBusRevolution.com, email us at busnetwork@septa.org or call us at 267.291.6045 for more information and upcoming opportunities to share your thoughts
  • Check out our Fact Sheet (attached & on the website) and list of FAQs (on the website) to learn more. Look for our team at block parties, farmer’s markets, and other community events soon

We look forward to hearing from and working with you!

Public Safety Notes from the 18th District Town Hall Meeting

Captain Nicole W. McCoy reported back the following notes during the 18th District Town Hall Meeting: 

  • Abandoned Cars: They are not only an eyesore but can be a stash location for drugs. If there are any abandoned cars in your area, please forward the location, make, model and tag# of the vehicle, along with a picture to P/O Baukman (Shamssadeen.Baukman@Phila.gov)
  • Gun Violence: Doorbell Cameras are a big help with solving crimes.
  • Car Jacking: Suspects in Car Jacking Crimes have been known to watch for double-parked cars, and lay in wait for unsuspecting drivers.
    • Police will strictly be enforcing double-parked vehicles.
    • They will attempt to locate owners first.
    • Parking Tickets will be issued if the owner does not return within 1-2 minutes.

Theft from Vehicle Trend

License plates are being stolen from community members’ vehicles.


Consider purchase a license plate anti-theft kit. It will include special screw heads that allows limited access. The screw heads is an easy installation and comes in an affordable price range ($6-$15). You can purchase the kits at auto stores or online. 

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

#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

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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
Burglary tips 1
Burglary tip 2
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/