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Do Something: Celebrate Civic Innovators

Help The Citizen make Philadelphia better at our Civic Impact Birthday Party. Plus, solve problems with YIP and GiveBackHack and more ways to be a philanthropic citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guides.

Welcome Older Residents to Their Own Homes

The most affordable housing is often the housing someone already lives in—if, that is, they can keep it up. That’s the mission of AARP’s new Home Design Tool Kit, a guide to keeping a home comfortable, safe and a good fit as people age. AARP is hosting a panel as part of Design Philadelphia to spread the word about affordable housing for people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds with a panel of experts on housing issues facing older Philadelphians. They include: Shannon Guzman, AARP Policy Search Senior Analyst; Jill Roberts, Executive Director, Healthy Rowhouse Project; Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez; and Jefferson University Population Health director Drew Harris. Wednesday, October 11th, 12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m., free but registration is required and seating is limited, Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street.

Say Happy Civic Impact Birthday to The Citizen!

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The Citizen is changing out of our swaddling clothes as we celebrate our second birthday. It’s been an eye-opening two years of meeting disruptors, finding Ideas We Should Steal, civic-minded football seasons, Citizen of the Weeks, Mystery Shoppers, and constant gazes into the heart and soul of Philadelphia. We want to give you the real stories behind those working to make Philadelphia better. Come and join us as we celebrate our community, and find ways to get more involved yourself on our Wall of Impact. Wednesday, October 11th, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m, free, but registration is encouraged, Saxbys Headquarters 2300 Chestnut Street. 3rd Floor.

Better the State of Young Philly

Photo: YIP

Young Involved Philadelphia, a grassroots organization turned civic powerhouse has more than 6,000 members, mostly millennials between 22 and 35. This week, YIP hosts its annual Civic Engagement Fair—the kick off to this year’s State of Young Philly—where you can meet and mingle with people and organizations pledging themselves to bring Philadelphians closer together. The rest of the week is equally interesting, with events about voting, economic development, gerrymandering, startups, food and government. If you’re young and looking to get involved, YIP’s annual event is a great place to start. Come for the socializing, stay to enjoy the presence of other like-minded individuals with the same common goal: A Better Philadelphia. Thursday, October 12th, 5:30pm-7:30pm, tickets are free but donations are encouraged, Painted Bride Art Center 230 Vine Street.

Hack Problem Solving

Want to solve problems in Philadelphia? Have an idea that needs a technologist to bring it to fruition? Then you’ll want to check out GiveBackHack, a national series of civic impact hackathons that comes to Philadelphia this weekend. The event will bring together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to some of our most pressing social issues. You don’t have to be a technologist to participate; you just need an idea. Teams will form around the chosen ideas, and will work with mentors, including Milkcrate’s Morgan Berman, NeedsLists’s Amanda Levinson, and Philly Startup Leaders’ Yuval Yarden. And unlike other hackathons, this one has legs: A team of judges—including ROAR for Good founder Yasmine Mustafa, GoodCompany Ventures’ Garrett Melby, and Azavea Founder/CEO Robert Cheetham—will pick winners to provide with resources to help make their product a reality. That is, truly, tech for good. Friday October 13th 6 p.m. – Sunday October 15th, 6 p.m., $35, Azavea, 990 Spring Garden Street. Register here. Submit ideas here.

Clean the Streets

Photo: US Air Force

It’s no secret that Philadelphia doesn’t do it’s chores on a daily basis. On most any street, you’ll see some form of litter tossed by someone in a rush or who’s just careless (or both). In South Philly, Passyunk Square Civic Association is hosting a clean up day every other Sunday until November 12th. This week, the cleanup is from 8th to 9th and Federal to Reed streets. Join PSCA as they beautify our city and finally get some brownie points from Mom and Dad. Sunday, October 15th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., free, starting at Passyunk Gardens, Passyunk and Wharton

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