Dear --FNAME--, 

As the new school year begins, Global Citizen has wrapped up another successful, annual school supplies drive. We will be sorting and presenting the supplies on Wednesday, September 5 at the Robert Morris School in Brewerytown. I wish it was not necessary to appeal to the community-at-large for donations, but the reality is the School District of Philadelphia is underfunded and some schools do not have all the materials to enable all young people to be the most successful students and learners. 

Thank you to all who donated supplies and to our sponsors for serving as drop-off sites, including the School District of Philadelphia, Target, Philadelphia Media Network (Inquirer, Daily News, and, WURD Radio, 
iHeart Media, High Point Cafe, Liberty Coca-Cola, Sysco Philadelphia and Harcum College. Our annual donation drive provides the opportunity for everyone to make a difference in the lives of young people by making contributions of schools supplies, small and large.

Last spring, Global Citizen began organizing a new initiative, mobilizing young student leaders from throughout the Philadelphia-area to support their efforts to lead an ongoing anti-gun violence campaign. We also invited community partners active on the front lines addressing issues of violence to provide their expertise and support to these young people as they organized. These efforts have led to weekly meetings during the summer and the new student-led organization, Push for Peace.

As students have begun returning to school, Push for Peace is organizing an anti-violence festival inside Philadelphia City Hall. On September 21- International Day of Peace, and locally, Peace Day Philly 2018, hundreds of concerned students will participate in the festival at City Hall Courtyard from 10 am-1 pm. Activities will include resource tables, speakers, music, and spoken word. 

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 or Twitter to stay updated on upcoming events, service opportunities, and the King Day of Service.

Todd Bernstein, President, Global Citizen 
Founder and Director,
Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
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​​​​​​​Become a Reading Captain

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.

If you're interested in becoming a Reading Captain, you can register to be notified of upcoming Reading Captain orientation sessions here
Painting at John Welsh School

Date: September 8
Time:  9 AM - 2 PM
Location: 2331 N 4th St,
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Help Welsh become a more exciting & inviting space for its students and families! We need volunteers to help transform our outdoor space. We are painting the school exterior on Saturday, September 8 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please contact Jaribel James at to learn about how you can help or volunteer. Both groups and individual volunteers are welcome to join us!
Monthly Job Readiness Workshops

Date: September 11
Time: 4 - 5:30 PM 
Location: 1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave.,
2nd Fl/ Room #214, 
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Temple University Office of Community Relations and Office of Human Resources present FREE monthly Job Readiness Workshops for adult job seekers. Their September workshop is on "creating a Winning Resume!" Seating is limited-Call today to reserve your seat! Click on the image above for more information.
Pan-African Studies Community
Education Program (PASCEP)
Date: September 20
Time: 5 - 8 PM
Location: 1509 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 
Philadelphia, PA 19121
The Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) is a low-cost, non-credit continuing education service of the Office of Community Relations.
PASCEP has remained a pillar in the community for over 40 years and is the most unique community education program in Philadelphia. With over 25 volunteer faculty members, PASCEP offers a multitude of diverse courses, including Introduction to Computers, Financial Education, American Sign Language, Workforce Development, Rites of Passage, African Drumming, Etymology, Entrepreneurship, Sewing, Reentry Education, Real Estate, Hip Hop, Spanish, and much more. Click here to register for upcoming classes! 
Sisters Interacting through Stitches

Date: September 22
Time:  1 - 4 PM
Location:5325 Overbrook Avenue
(54th St. & Overbrook Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Looking to pick up a hobby this year? Join Sisters Interacting Through Stitches in their monthly meeting at Wynnefield Branch Library. They create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations. The meetings, which are free and open to the public, are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, from 1 to 4 PM. Youth and adults who are interested in learning the Arts of Crocheting and Knitting are encouraged to attend.  In addition, club members are willing to teach the art of crocheting and knitting to interested adults and teens. Click here for more information! 
Golf Out Hunger

Date: October 1
Time: 8 AM
Location: Mainland Golf Course
2250 Rittenhouse Rd . 
Mainland, PA 19451
Chosen 300 Golf Out Hunger is open for golfers. All of the funds raised from Golf Out Hunger will go directly to support the many programs offered by Chosen 300, including:

  • Serving over 2,100 persons each week
  • Job Readiness training
  • Maintaining meal service

Currently, they have 12 vacant slots that do not have church sponsorship. Register here to participate and click here for more information.
Art Sphere Inc. 
Art Sphere uses art as the means to enhance learning. Programs include art workshops, murals, curriculum development and cultural exchanges. They are looking for volunteers for the following positions: 

If none of the positions interest you, join them on an Open Studio Event! Check out their volunteer match for other opportunities throughout the year to stay involved!
Chosen 300 Ministries Inc. 

Date: September 3, 7, 14 & 28
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 1116 Spring Garden St, 
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Chosen 300 needs volunteers to help serve meals to people experiencing homelessness. Volunteer shifts are 9/3, 9/7, 9/14, 9/28 at various times in Center City and West Philadelphia. 

The mission of Chosen 300 Ministries is to bring people of different membership groups together; helping them to realize that--despite their differences in race, ethnic group, denomination, social class, economic classes, or the diverse ways they practice their faith--everyone can unify themselves for the common good.
Forcing Peace:
Where Do We Go From Here?

Date: September 17
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Friends Center
15th and Cherry St, Philadelphia PA 19102
How was social change forwarded in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968? How can we, in the current context, inform and sustain our activism? Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate, but is it possible to turn our anger at injustice toward making meaningful, positive change? What is our responsibility to help others better understand problems facing society and to build peace in peace? Rev. David Brown will explore these questions with participants.
International Day of Peace with
Peace Day Philly

Date: September 21
Time: 10 AM- 1 PM
Location: City Hall Court Yard

As part of Peace Day Philly 2018, a new youth-lead Philly Anti Violence Coalition called Push for Peace has been planning to host an event on International Day of Peace-September 21. Organized by students, the day will be filled with speakers and performers who have been impacted by gun violence and will provide resources to inspire the Philadelphia community to take action for peace. Follow their pages on Facebook and Instagram for more information about the event! 
 West Philadelphia Community
Health and Resource Festival 

Date: September 29
Time: 9 AM- 3 PM 
Location: 4400-4600 block of Haverford Avenue
The 4400-4600 block of Haverford Avenue residents are sponsoring a Community Health & Resource Festival and we need some extra hands.  
The festival will be held on September 29 (rain date of October 6) from 11 AM - 3 PM.  Volunteers are being asked to report at 9 AM for an orientation and to assist with setting up. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: greeting participants, signing in vendors, setting up and breaking down, serving food, reading books to children, monitoring and facilitating games and helping participants navigate through the festival to find everything, like the restroom areas. Interested people can RSVP to Pam Evans  at with their name and t-shirt size. 
Volunteer at Radnor Run 2018

Date: October 28
Time: 6:30 AM
Location:  Randor Township Building Encke Park, Wayne, PA 19087

The 41st Annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run includes a 5-Mile USA Track & Field sanctioned and certified timed road race through scenic Radnor Township. Radnor Run attracts runners from around the area for this fun & festive annual race. The race starts and finishes at the Radnor Township Building in Wayne, PA. The event also includes an un-timed 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk for all ages, as well as a Health Fair. The money raised supports the ALA’s mission to promote lung health and prevent lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. 

Volunteers can register here

Volunteers will come to the event at 6:30 am to help set up. There will be various jobs that include registration, water stops, route marshals, t-shirts and other tasks.

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

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