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
Witness to Innocence
Mission: To abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement.
Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. Their purpose is to bring death row exonerees together as a collective force, for mutual peer empowerment and peer support, so that survivors can continue to be leaders in the movements to abolish the death penalty. A volunteer is needed to participate in committee work, maintain a database of supportive resources, attend in-person membership events including their annual gathering, create and write op-ed pieces and website content, and assist with data-entry.
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.
Nationalities Service Center
Mission: To prepare and empower immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region to transcend challenging circumstances by providing client-centered services to build a solid foundation for a self-sustaining and dignified future.
Nationalities Service Center provides comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to achieve English language proficiency. A volunteer is needed to serve as a health access liaison who conducts education and connection to primary care and preventive services and provides general health access supports. This support includes health screening, health literacy, insurance screening, and health care enrollment and scheduling. The volunteer will also be responsible for staffing, promoting, organizing, and receiving food deliveries for the on-site food pantry and connecting clients with needed food support.
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