Philadelphia is rich in both its history and its diversity. Best known for its neighborhoods, historical richness, pop-up gardens, events, and food, Philadelphia is a major East Coast tourist destination. Volunteers live on the second and third floor of a residential home in the Manayunk section of the city within walking distance to great restaurants, art galleries, and many outdoor festivals! Volunteers work downtown and utilize public transportation as it is very accessible in this urban environment with a bus stop right outside the volunteer residence. Biking is also a very popular mode of transportation.
Housing: apartment (2 floors)
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Broad Street Ministry
Mission: To practice radical hospitality and work for a more just world through civic engagement.
Broad Street Ministry (BSM) seeks to provide a space of welcome and hospitality to those who are unable to find it elsewhere. This is manifested through BSM’s largest program, the Hospitality Collaborative, which provides meals and services to adults experiencing poverty and homelessness in a trauma-informed way. A volunteer is needed to support the work of the Hospitality Collaborative through volunteer recruitment and coordination; coordination of personal care and clothing distribution; assisting with the mail service program, or assisting with program evaluation.
Skills: Social Work, Resource Facilitation, Hospitality, Relationship Building
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Mission: To create partnerships and services that respond to the needs of those who are poor in the North Philadelphia community, especially women, children and persons with special needs.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries offers a variety of holistic programs to the residents of the Tioga neighborhood for women, children, persons with special needs and the elderly: school-age child care, adult education and human development, health and wellness programs, as well as a supervised adult day care program for frail elderly and special needs adults. The population served is one that is culturally rich, predominantly African American, and economically poor. A volunteer is needed as an assistant teacher in the preschool program. The volunteer must have a degree in early childhood learning, elementary education, or related field experience in working with preschool-aged children.
Mission: To provide permanent solutions to homelessness and poverty through housing, education, employment, health care, and the revitalization of a low-income community.
Project H.O.M.E. provides a continuum of services for children, youth and adults who are homeless/chronically homeless. These include street outreach; supportive, transitional, and permanent housing options; community-based supportive employment and education opportunities for youth and adults. Project H.O.M.E. also provides education and advocacy to the larger community on behalf of and in collaboration with homeless and low- income persons for more just and humane public policies. A volunteer is needed as a case aide/outreach worker, providing outreach services to homeless individuals on the street and assessing and providing services to those who come to the office.
Mission: Seeking God’s guidance and believing that we are all members of one family, the mission of Bethesda Project is to find and care for the abandoned poor and be family with those that have none.
Bethesda Project- Spruce is located in a residential neighborhood in Center City Philadelphia. The residence serves as a permanent supportive housing for 16 formerly homeless women who cope with chronic mental illness. A volunteer is needed to serve as a Case Manager. The Case Manager provides social service support to individuals with histories of drug and alcohol addiction and/or mental health issues. The volunteer will also be responsible for working closely with the Program Coordinator and Residential Aide staff to ensure that the residents are safe and are making healthy choices.