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9 Oct 2011

18th Annual Philly Cares Day to be held Oct. 22

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Greater Philadelphia Cares will mobilize more than 7,000 volunteers on Saturday, October 22 for the 18th annual Philly Cares Day. Projects will be held at more than 100 sites throughout the region, including schools, community spaces, and recreation centers.


The day will start with a kick-off rally at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 South Broad Street (Broad St. and Snyder Ave.) at 8:30am. Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Principal Otis Hackney will welcome the volunteers. Students from the high school will partner with volunteers from the La Salle University African-American Student League and the Temple University Asian Students Association. This day will serve as a celebration for the progress that is being made at South Philadelphia, a school that has experienced violence and racial tension in the last several years.


“I am so proud of to be a part of this effort and commend Greater Philadelphia Cares for coordinating this great day,” said Mayor Nutter. “It is especially important to engage volunteers at a time when the school district and community-based organizations face tough budget challenges. The efforts of these 7,000 volunteers will not only help with projects today, but many will stay engaged and continue to contribute to our communities.”


Volunteers will make a particular impact on the School District of Philadelphia, completing projects at 75 schools throughout the city. Projects include painting, landscaping, and general maintenance.


Philly Cares Day volunteers come from throughout the region and represent corporations, churches, universities, and community groups. For many, volunteering on Philly Cares Day is a tradition and a way to strengthen bonds with co-workers, family, and friends.


“Philly Cares Day has become a catalyst for long-term change,” said Martin Molloy, Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia Cares. “We are seeing our volunteers stay involved in their communities beyond this one day, making a real commitment to take ownership for positive social change.”


In addition to the school district sites, projects will also be implemented at 25 community sites throughout the region. Project sites in Delaware and Montgomery Counties include: New Beginnings Academy (Chester, PA) and Paul V. Fly Elementary School (Norristown, PA). Project sites in Philadelphia include: A.S. Jenks Academics Plus School; Blaine Academics Plus School; Blakenburg School; Edwin M. Stanton School; Henry C. Lea School; Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School; Universal Vare Charter Middle School; and William D. Kelley School.


Greater Philadelphia Cares is the region’s volunteer action center. We recruit, engage and manage volunteers through large scale days of service, a calendar of on-going service opportunities, customized corporate and civic engagement as well as support two core programs; Reading Stars & Neighbors in Action. In partnership with community based organizations, GPC mobilizes volunteers to positively impact social needs in the eight county Philadelphia region.




Delaware County

New Beginnings Academy

710 Sproul Street

Chester, PA 19013-4209


Montgomery County

Paul V. Fly Elementary School

2920 Potshop Road

Norristown, PA 19403


Philadelphia County

A.S. Jenks Academics Plus School

2501 S. 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148


Blaine Academics Plus School

3001 W. Berks St.

Philadelphia, PA 19121


Blakenburg School

4600 W. Girard Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19131


Edwin M. Stanton School

1700 Christian St.

Philadelphia, PA 19146


Henry C. Lea School

4700 Locust St.

Philadelphia, PA 19139


Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

1699 Spring Garden Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130


Universal Vare Charter School

2100 S. 24th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19145



William D. Kelley School

1601 N. 28th Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19121

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