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Become a Reading Captain

June 18
6 - 7:30 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave
A Reading Captain (a takeoff on Block Captain) is a member of the community who connects families to resources and information that will help children become great readers.

You're invited to attend an orientation session to learn about Read by 4th, what your role as a Reading Captain requires, and receive hard-copy resources and swag to help you in your new role.

You can register to attend the Reading Captain orientation session here

Volunteer at Repair the World's Fight Night
June 4
6:30 - 8:30 pm
1233 Locust Street

Join the Repair the World: Philadelphia, Moishe House Philadelphia, and Philadelphia FIGHT for a hands-on volunteer project. You will package conference materials for the AIDS Education Summit in mid-June: "End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit." A light dinner will be provided.

To sign up, please click here.

Attend the West Park Arts Fest

June 9
12 - 5 pm
South Concourse Drive between 41st and East Memorial Hall Drive
West Fairmount Park

Spend some time enjoying West Fairmount Park for a free arts festival. The event will bring the community together to learn about the area's history while celebrating Philadelphia's rich cultural diversity and art.

To learn more about the event, please click here.  

Become a Reading Coach

Join the Philadelphia Reading Coaches, a new program, based on proven models, that
combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for our city’s children. The program works by pairing trained volunteers with young students - kindergarten through 3rd grade, and by providing fun and child-guided reading experiences that help build reading skills and motivation.

To learn more or to sign up to be a Reading Coach, please click here.  

​​​​​Join Us!

If you represent an organization in need of volunteers or service support opportunities, let us know! We'll work with you to develop an outreach plan, workshops on community engagement, volunteer recruitment mailings, or direct support for a service event. From there, we'll feature your organization in our newsletter to help spread the word. 

Please contact us here
June 2018 Newsletter
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Dear --FNAME--, 

Earlier this week, I participated in MSNBC’s town hall forum in Philadelphia on “Everyday Racism in America.” This discussion, hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Chris Hayes, explored the harsh realities of individual and institutional racism toward black and brown people in America and the contrasting power and privilege of white people. 

The town meeting took place at the same time as some 175,000 Starbucks employees in 8,000 stores across the nation were participating in racial bias trainings.

One afternoon of frank talk about the everyday injustices of racism in America does not change the attitudes and practices, conscious and unconscious, of millions or erase several centuries of marginalization experienced by so many of our fellow citizens. It is, however, a step forward in what must be an ongoing process of exploration and problem solving, particularly for people like me and other white people, to take responsibility for a lifetime of unearned privilege and benefits denied so many others. The key question is, “What am I going to do to fight for parity and justice for all?”

A meaningful way of breaking down barriers and building understanding among people of varying backgrounds is the common experience of serving together in the community, resulting in the building of greater civic engagement and responsibility as citizens. We hope to see you at some of this month's opportunities.

On Sunday June 3, we'll be at the Anti-Defamation League's Walk Against Hate hosting a table in the Diversity Expo. Come find us to spread the word about the issues you care about. We also hope to see you at the Disability Pride Parade on June 16 - either as a volunteer or participant. You could be part of the giant puppets on parade, among other volunteer roles.  We also encourage you to participate in Chosen 300's meal distribution or join in on Awbury Arboretum's community food forest work day.

For additional volunteer opportunities this month and beyond, visit our Events Calendar. If your organization is interested in submitting a service project for our calendar, please click here. If you represent a volunteer group or organization interested in enlisting our support, please click here.  

To learn more about our programs, visit, email us at or call 215-851-1811. Please like us on Facebook to stay updated on upcoming events, service opportunities, and the King Day of Service.​​​​​

Best regards,

Todd Bernstein, President, Global Citizen 
Founder and Director,
Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service

Volunteer at Disability Pride 
June 16
9 am - 4 pm
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Volunteer for the Philadelphia Disability Pride Parade. The parade is designed to celebrate people living with disabilities, change the way people think about and define disability, end the stigma of disability, and  promote the belief that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with disabilities can take pride. Volunteers will help set up and take-down the event.

To sign up as a volunteer, please click here 

Support the Chosen 300 Meal Distribution
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
5:30 pm
4:30 pm
8 am
Center City
Join Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc. as they bring people of different groups together to distribute meals and services to those experiencing homelessness throughout the Philadelphia region. Chosen 300 began in 1996 with 40 bagged sandwiches and has grown to distribute more than 100,000 meals each year.

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the organization, please click here

Volunteer in a Community Food Forrest
June 16
10 am - 12:30 pm
6336 Ardleigh St
Awbury Ag Village
Lend a hand at Awbury Arboretum's community food forest! Help out with seasonal tasks to care for the food forest's diverse fruit trees, berry bushes, pollinator and medicinal plants. This work day will focus on scouting orchard pests and diseases and demonstrating ecological management techniques. Join the group after the work day for an orchard tour of the space.

If you'd like to participate, please register here

Thank you to the following organizations for their ongoing support of 
our Year-Round Volunteer Program