News in the Neighborhood

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.

Now accepting applications: Drexel's Paid Community Health Worker/ Certified Peer Specialist Training

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


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.

Penn Med COVID Vax Clinic MONDAY 1/17 at Overbrook High School

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

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

To sign up text the word READY to the
number is 267-263-7618

The number can also be called.

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

Penn Med COVID Vax Clinic THIS FRIDAY 1/7 at Henry C. Lea Elementary School

Penn Medicine is hosting a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic THIS FRIDAY, 1/7 from 3pm-6:30pm at Henry C. Lea Elementary School (4700 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19139).

Text “READY” to 267-263-7618 to register in advance, but walk-ups welcome!

Pfizer (age 5+), Moderna (age 18+), and J&J (age 18+) available. Third Booster Shots are available for those 16 and up. 

The Enterprise Center Virtual Community Meeting

Please join us next Thursday, December 16th for a virtual community meeting! See attached and below for more information, and please help us spread the word.

This meeting will include updates on housing resources and 52nd Street projects, as well as staff changes on our community development team at The Enterprise Center.

We’d love if it you or someone from your organization or community could attend. We appreciate your feedback and participation, and we hope to have time for partners to share updates as well.

Please note that for this meeting we are using Zoom registration in advance! You can register at the link below:


TEC Virtual Community Meeting Flyer

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

Vaccine and Booster Clinic December 10th & 11th

With the omicron variant, now is a great time to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19. We have vaccines for ages 5+ as well as boosters for those 18+.

To register for our vaccine clinic on 12/10 from 11:00am-2:00pm at McDonalds 7500 City Line Ave. 19151 text READY to 267-263-7472

To register for our vaccine clinic on 12/11 from 10:00am-2:00pm at McDaniel School 1801 S 22nd St. 19145 text READY to 267-263-7618 

Wells Fargo Hope USA Project to be featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show

Promotion image for the Kelly Clarkson Show featuring The Enterprise Center's Work in Partnership with the Wells Fargo Hope Initiative on 52nd Street

Dear Friends and Supporters,

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


FREE Shredding Event Oct. 3 - 10:00 - 1 @ 5300 Baltimore Ave 19143

State Representative Rick Krajewski FREE shredding event on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the trucks are full. You can protect yourself from identity theft and get rid of unwanted or outdated personal documents, safely and securely.

There’s a limit of three full boxes of papers to shred per person.

State Representative Rick Krajewski is hosting this event in partnership with Councilmember Jamie Gauthier. 

FREE COVID Vaccines at Mastery Charter Mann School 9/11

This Saturday 9/11 Penn Medicine is hosting a FREE COVID vaccine clinic at Mastery Charter Mann School (5376 W. Berks St) from 3-6pm. Vaccinations are open to anyone, and no insurance is required. Text: READY to 267-263-7472 to register ahead of time.  


Penn Rheumatology has continued to monitor the situation regarding third dose vaccinations and would like to provide the following guidance. Please note we are experiencing an extremely high volume of messages and thank you in advance for your patience as there may be a delay in response. 

The FDA recently authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for people who have a weakened immune system. Eligible patients should receive a booster dose at least 28 days after receiving the second of the two vaccine doses. People who received the Pfizer vaccine should get a Pfizer booster dose and people who received the Moderna vaccine should get a Moderna booster dose. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not advised to get a booster dose at this time.  

The American College of Rheumatology has recently released guidelines on how to manage your immunosuppressive medications when you receive the COVID-19 booster shot. 

If you take any of the following medications, you do not need to make any changes to how you take your medications when you get your booster shot:

  • Adalimumab (Humira)
  • Anakinra (Kineret)
  • Apremilast (Otezla)
  • Canakinumab (Ilaris)
  • Certolizumab (Cimzia)
  • Eculizumab (Soliris)
  • Etanercept (Enbrel)
  • Golimumab (Simponi / Simponi Aria)
  • Guselkumab (Tremfya)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
  • Infliximab (Remicade)
  • Ixekizumab (Taltz)
  • Leflunomide (Arava)
  • Natalizumab (Tysabri)
  • Rizankizumab (Skyrizi)
  • Sarilumab (Kevzara)
  • Secukinumab (Cosentyx)
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Tocilizumab (Actemra)
  • Tildrakizumab (Ilumya)
  • Ustekinumab (Stelara)


If you are on any other immunosuppressive medications, you should contact your provider for additional guidance on how to manage medications before you schedule your COVID booster shot. 

These medications include:

  • Abatacept (Orencia)
  • Azathioprine (Imuran)
  • Baricitinib (Olumiant)
  • Cyclosporine  
  • Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
  • Methotrexate  
  • Mepolizumab (Nucala)
  • Mycophenolate (Cellcept or Myfortic)  
  • Prednisone more than 20 mg daily
  • Rituximab (Rituxan)
  • Tacrolimus (Prograf) 
  • Tofacitinib (Xeljanz)
  • Upadacitinib (Rinvoq)


Booster shots are available at local pharmacies – no prescriptions or physician orders are needed to receive a booster. Please note that Penn Rheumatology is not administering the COVID-19 vaccine.  


For more details and the most current information, please visit the Penn Medicine COVID-19 website  https://www.pennmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine


Vote on Walnut Hill's new Banner Design

Please vote on your top choice for a banner design to print and install in the Walnut Hill neighborhood. Only one design will be implemented. There are approximately 10 poles in the neighborhood. Voting is open from July 15th to August 1st. Please visit: walnuthillca.com/banner

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.

Free Produce Vouchers Available Through 2021 Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Applications for the 2021 Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are now being accepted via the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging website and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The annual program offers free produce vouchers totaling $24 to income-eligible Pennsylvanians age 60+ that they can use to purchase fresh, Pennsylvania-grown produce. PCA is once again distributing produce vouchers for the 2021 program in Philadelphia.

Applications for the 2021 program have been mailed out to all those who received SFMNP vouchers in 2020. If you did not receive produce vouchers in 2020, but would like to apply for the 2021 program, you can download an application below:

English Application https://www.pcacares.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/PCA_2021_SFMNP_Application_FILLABLE_V6.pdf 

Spanish Application


Returning Your Completed Application

Please provide all of the requested information, including signature(s), full mailing address and phone number, and circle your ETHNICITY AND RACE. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Applications will be processed as they are received and SFMNP vouchers will only be available while supplies last.

By Mail:

Please print out your application and mail the completed form to:

SFMNP Produce Vouchers

642 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130

By Email:

Complete this fillable PDF form on your computer. Be sure to SAVE your completed form to your computer after filling it out and email the completed form as an attachment to sfmnp@pcacares.org.

Redeeming Your Produce Vouchers

When your vouchers arrive, please make sure to use them sooner rather than later as some markets close earlier than November 30. To see an updated market list throughout the season, please visit www.pafmnp.org or search “FMNP Market Locator” in Apple or Android App Store. You can also call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040, or download a current market list by clicking here.

Vote on our Banner Design

Please follow this link to vote on your top choice for a banner design to print and install in the Walnut Hill neighborhood: walnuthillca.com/banner Only one design will be implemented. There are approximately 10 poles in the neighborhood. Voting is open from July 15th to August 1st.

Updates from the Netter Center for Community Partnerships

UACS Programming 
UACS Virtual Summer Program Flyer

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.

UACS Nights

Summer UACS Nights

Tuesdays at 6 PM via Zoom: 
Cooking Around the World (Zoom Link: TBA)
Painting @ Home (Zoom Link: TBA) 

Thursdays at 6 PM at West Catholic Prep Courtyard
Line Dancing with In the Dance

Saturdays at 11 AM (various locations)
Nature Hikes with Trap-n-Trail  

Contact Ashely Mapp at ashleyamapp@gmail.com
Local News

The City of Philadelphia will be implementing the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban on July 1st. Click here to read more. 

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. 
Community Events, Highlights, and Resources

Join Einstein’s A Better Start F.U.N. program and your local libraries for a series of free, virtual nutrition classes this June and July! Each 1-hour interactive Zoom class for adults will feature healthy eating tips, movement breaks, and recipe demos. Click HERE to sign up for as many classes as you’d like!

Einstein FUN Program
AchievAbility Free Summer Lunch Program

AchieveAbility is providing free, to-go breakfast & lunch to youth (18 and under) at their office at 59 North 60th Street, Monday through Friday between 10 AM – 1 PM.

Masks are required for pick-up.

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! 

Drexel U - Philadelphia Teenshop

Philadelphia Teenshop (Drexel U)

The Way Club's Summer Growth Academy

Summer Growth Academy info pt 1
Summer Growth Academy info pt 2

Outdoor Events in West Philly All for July 2021

rediscover west philly events

Live, in-person events are returning to West Philadelphia! Below, see July highlights for music, free fitness, BBQs, and more. For additional events, check out University City’s community calendar.  

Daily weekday lunch vending is back at The Porch at 30th Street Station! The schedule for July will be:
The next performance at The Porch will be with singer/songwriter Joshua Park on Thursday, July 22nd, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Stay tuned for more details, and make sure to follow us on either TwitterInstagram, or Facebook to stay up to date!

A new location for lunchtime food trucks is on the way! Beginning Friday, July 9th, we’re helping to bring Friday vending to the Lawn at uCity Square, the new public space located at 37th & Cuthbert (accessible by foot from 37th and Market). Each Friday in July, Barkley’s BBQ will vend their mix of traditional Southern BBQ and soul food from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Bring some friends, grab a table, and enjoy!

Shakespeare in Clark Park is thrilled to return to Clark Park this summer, presenting PERICLES, July 28th – August 1st. This adventurous tale of love, peril, and perseverance will begin at 7pm each night and feature a troupe of tumbling circus performers. In the lead-up to opening night, there are several opportunities to engage with Shakespeare in Clark Park staff at the bowl at Clark Park during free family workshops:
  • Sundays July 11th and July 25th from 2-3 PM: Let’s Make a Play! In this workshop, participants will explore traditions of playful audience participation, object manipulation, and embodied storytelling. Help turn the whole audience into a community chorus for this summer’s production of PERICLES in Clark Park. Ages 5+
  • Sunday, July 18th from 2-3 PM: What is Pericles? This workshop will familiarize participants with the story of PERICLES through embodied play, basic acrobatics, and creative movement. Come learn the story of this summer’s Clark Park production, and prepare to become a part of our community-created video trailer for the summer show! Ages 5+

World Cafe Live is throwing two rooftop music parties at Cira Green! On July 15th & 16th from 6-10pm, catch WCL faves PhillyBloco and Lady Alma. Join the parties at Cira Green, 129 South 30th Street, for music, food, and drinks with a sweeping skyline view. These shows are part of Independent Venue Week, and every ticket sold helps support WCL on the road to reopening.

On Saturday, July 17 from 5pm to 7pm, join The Rotunda on their front plaza (4014 Walnut Street) for an evening of site-specific music experimentation and improvisation. Through community Dan Blacksberg will bring together musicians from across the city of Philadelphia to play together and cross paths in a vibrant musical ecosystem. The piece is a storyline of musical scenes that will unfold over three 30-minute performances over the course of an afternoon.

a Black man in a red tank top leading his community in a pilates class outdoors
Are you ready to sweat? There are several opportunities for free outdoor fitness classes this July in University City!
Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm join Schuylkill Yards for FREE low-impact, high-energy Pilates classes taught by students from Drexel University’s Pilates Program.
Every other Wednesday from July 7th through September 22nd, head to The Woodlands where Ars Nova Workshop, The Woodlands, and Spirits Up! will host a series of free outdoor yoga and mindfulness sessions paired with live music.
4th of July cookout Cirra Green

Celebrate the 4th of July at this family-friendly BBQ at Sunset Social! Head to rooftop oasis Cira Green (129 S. 30th street) for BBQ, ice cream, drink specials, DJs spinning from 3-9pm, face painting, a caricaturist, and Wawa Welcome America festivities playing on the big screen.

A Black person working clay on a table of tools

Starting Friday, July 9, Black Hound Clay Studio will offer a variety of weekend workshops, held in their Studio at 715 S. 50th Street. From planters to mugs to bowls to exploring natural dyeing, each class lasts 2 or 3 hours and has easy step-by-step instructions designed for beginners who have never touched clay before. Your project is then fired and glazed for you by BHCS staff and available for pick up at the studio in a few weeks.

schuykill riverboat tours
Discover the Hidden River on a fun and educational riverboat tour! One-hour tours start at the Walnut Street Dock, and then you’ll cruise up to the Fairmount Water Works and down to Bartram’s Garden before returning back to where you started. Participants will learn something new about the unique history of the city while seeing spectacular views of the river and skyline. 
Select Thursdays from 5:30pm and 7pm and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm from June 10 to September 26. Tickets are $22/adult and $12/child age 12 and under. 

COVID Vaccination Clinic Happening Today!

There is a COVID vaccination clinic happening in West Philly today, please see the flyer below for more information: 

Volunteer @The Paul Robeson House 06/26

The Paul Robeson House is seeking volunteers for their grand opening this weekend, on Saturday, June 26th, between 11 am and 5 pm. If you are interested, please shoot a text to the Executive Director, Janice Sykes-Ross at 267-303-0661. 

The Enterprise Center Hiring Now!

A flyer with a job description as a cleaning ambassador for The Enterprise Center

Vaccine Clinic at Beulah Baptist Church

info on a moderna vaccine clinic at Beulah Baptist Church

Shakespeare in Clark Park 2021 Season

Shakespeare in Clark Park presents free outdoor Shakespeare plays under the green canopy of Clark Park in Philadelphia.  There is no stage, only the green lawn, and hand-built props to frame the scenes. From July 28th, 2021 through August 29th, 2021, there will be performances open to (and including) the West and North Philadelphia community! Find the production(s) you to bring your family to below: 

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, a production directed by Carly L. Bodnar will be performed nightly from July 28th, 2021, to August 1st, 2021 in Clark Park.

“It starts with an innocent riddle. But the answer is deadly and when Pericles uncovers the terrible truth he flees the land of Antioch and sets in motion an adventure full of love, peril and perseverance that reverberates across three nations. With a troupe of tumbling and swirling circus performers, Shakespeare in Clark Park brings to life Pericles’ windswept tale of shipwrecks, chivalry and family finally found.”

Shakespeare in Clark Park Peril's Island Poster describing info for the Aug. 13th - Aug. 15th performance

Peril’s Island is a production that will be in North Philly, performed nightly at Harrowgate Park from August 13th to August 15th. Inspired by Pericles,  production is written by Alexandra Espinoza, and directed by Sam Tower. 

“We are thrilled to introduce the first of our Park Plays — Peril’s Island — co-created and co-starring the people of North Philadelphia.

Peril’s Island is inspired by our July production of PERICLES (performed in our home base, Clark Park!), but is a completely original immersive experience. This new play was created through the collaboration of community members with professional theater artists. Thanks to lead support by the William Penn Foundation, this Park Play will be presented to the public free of charge.”

The Vernon Park Play will be performed nightly at Vernon Park in Germantown, from August 27th, 2021 to August 29th, 2021. This production was written by Angela Bey, and will be directed by Seema Sueko. 

“Our second in The Park Plays series, Shakespeare in Clark Park is collaborating with Germantown artists, organizations, and community members to co-create an artistic experience that connects and nourishes the soul of the people of Germantown.

Utilizing Shakespeare’s PERICLES as an ideating launch point, this experimental and interactive artistic piece will take place outdoors, in Vernon Park, at the end of August 2021. Thanks to the lead support of the William Penn Foundation, this Park Play will be presented to the public free of charge.”

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.

Philadelphia Vaccination Clinic Info as of 04/27

The City of Philadelphia has deemed all Philadelphia residents ages 16 and older eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Center City Vaccination Center has appointments available Tuesday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center has appointments available on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m.  They are both accepting walk-up appointments. 

When going to get vaccinated, bring either:
  • Proof of residency (examples: ID, piece of mail, or bill).
  • Proof of employment in Philadelphia (examples: work ID, work schedule, paystub with work address).

The Philadelphia Health Department has links to register for appointments and a blog post consistently updating with new information on vaccine clinics

In addition, Philadelphia FIGHT is hosting a Community Vaccination Clinic to administer doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the West Philadelphia Monumental Baptist Church (4948 Locust St.) on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, from 11 AM – 4 PM.  

There are walk-up and scheduled appointments available, please see the flyer below! 

Spring Programs at the YMCA Starting 04/26!

Spring Programming for the Greater Philadelphia YMCA starts as early as Monday, April 26th this year! 

Feel free to browse here to find active programs that start this Spring. 

See below for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What if my membership is on hold– can I still register for programs?
A: You will need to resume your membership in order to register for programs.  You can stop in to your Y, give us a call, or contact our team here

Q: I have a credit on my account–can I apply that towards a program if I register online?
A: To apply a credit towards a program, you must register in person or over the phone so our team can assist you.  Stop in to your Y, give us a call, or contact our team here

Q: I am trying to register another person on my account for a program but I am getting an error message–why are they not eligible for the program?
A:  If you added a member to your account after you signed up for your membership, they may not have been officially assigned to your membership and the system is reading them as a nonmember.  Stop in to your Y, give us a call, or contact our team here to make sure they have been added to your membership.

Indego's Offering a Discount for Bike Month

Indego, Philadelphia’s bike share program, is turning 6 years old on April 23rd!

To celebrate this milestone, as well Bike Month, which takes place during the entire month of May, Indego is offering the first month of the Indego30 and Indego30 Access pass at a greatly reduced price. From April 23rd – May 31st, use the code INDEPRO21 at www.rideindego.com for a $5 Indego30 pass or $2.50 Indego30 Access pass (sales tax will be added.)

If you go to www.rideindego.com , and click on “Passes”, then the discount is already applied, and you can sign right up. Happy Bike Month!

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. 

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/