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Do Something: Clean Up Our Mess

This week, kick off Women's History Month, cook for the homebound and tackle litter in the streets and in waters.

Do Something: Clean Up Our Mess

This week, kick off Women's History Month, cook for the homebound and tackle litter in the streets and in waters.

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make you city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming tips? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.

Cook for the Homebound

Photo: DFAC staff

Join Impact100 Philadelphia––an organization dedicated to engaging women in philanthropy, while collectively funding high-impact grants to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area—for a day of cooking and preparing meals for those who are homebound. The event will be held at Aid for Friends, one of the largest and most-established meal-delivery programs in the country. For the last 40 years, they have served about 300,000 free dinners to about 1,700 homebound people each year. Monday, February 26, 10 am-1 pm, Aid for Friends, 12271 Townsend Rd. 

Eat Pizza

Come to Pizzeria Pesto or order one of their several pizza options to support Citizens Who Act Together Can Help (CATCH), an organization that provides community behavioral health and developmental disability services for children, adults and the elderly throughout Philadelphia. On Tuesday, 10 percent of all proceeds at Pizzeria Pesto will be donated to CATCH. Tuesday, February, 27, 11 am-10 pm, Pizzeria Pesto, 1925 S Broad St. 

Get Ready For Warmer Weather

Spring is approaching! Join Greensgrow––a nationally-recognized urban farm that engages community members in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture and urban greening––at their location in West Philadelphia as they prepare for opening day. Volunteer to help with their seasonal cleanup and maintenance projects. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about urban gardening, while breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided. Wednesday, February 28, 10 am-3 pm, Free, Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave. 

Share Women's Truth

As Women’s History Month begins, join Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown at the Pen & Pencil Club to discuss how we can make sure women’s perspectives and voices are heard. During this happy hour event, the lessons, struggles, triumphs and celebrations of women will be honored, while an open mic will encourage women in attendance to share their personal stories and truths. Thursday, March 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Free, Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St. 

Play In The Park

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After years of work, a new green schoolyard will be opened at John M. Patterson School in Southwest Philadelphia. Nearly 3,000 students who live within 10 minutes of the park will now have a place to play. The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization that works to create green play places in communities that need them the most, is welcoming community members to the grand opening of this park. Come celebrate this achievement and learn how you can spark a similar effort in your neighborhood. Friday, March 2, 1:15 pm-2:30 pm, Free, John M. Patterson School, 1100 Buist Ave.

Help Clean Your Streets

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Join an initiative to tackle Philadelphia’s garbage issue. The Olde Richmond Civic Association, an organization with a goal to maintain and improve the quality of life for those in Philadelphia, are welcoming volunteers as they clean the area around Almond St. and East Hagert St. Sweeping and cleanup tools will be provided, and there will be coffee and donuts for all who volunteer. Saturday, March 3, 10 am-12 pm, Almond St. at East Hagert St. 

Help Keep Our Waters Trash Free

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Each month, Sea Shepherd Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to cleaning bodies of water and protecting the animals who live in them, will be hosting a river and beach cleanup throughout Philadelphia. With so much garbage in the rivers and on the shores of Philadelphia, Sea Shepherd is welcoming volunteers to help in their effort. Join them on Sunday as they clean bodies of water near St. Joseph’s University, and enjoy lunch afterward. Sunday, March 4, 10 am-12 pm, St. Joseph University Men’s Rowing, 2200 Kelly Dr. 

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