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Do Something: Get Your Hands Dirty

Look ahead to spring this week by learning about urban farming, playing with purpose, and helping to teach English at Frieda Cafe.

Do Something: Get Your Hands Dirty

Look ahead to spring this week by learning about urban farming, playing with purpose, and helping to teach English at Frieda Cafe.

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.

Play With A Purpose

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Join the Temple University chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America and With Purpose, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children suffering from cancer, for an interactive day of activity, food, music, and more at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. There will be activity stations to color, dance, read and more set up, while a train, tricycles and a play kitchen station will be set up inside the three-story playhouse. The purpose of this event is to educate parents and children about the therapeutic value of play. Monday, February 19, 11 am-3 pm, Free, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr. 

Help Fix Public Education

Since 2014, 23 public schools in Philadelphia have been shut down, while budget cuts have hurt the remaining that are open. Are you a teacher or staff member who is ready to stand up and find a solution? If so, join Councilmember Helen Gym at Richard R Wright Academy to discuss the School District’s next budget. Gym would like to hear from teachers and staff on what should be prioritized on the next budget, while working together to make sure those priorities are addressed. Tuesday, February 20, 4 pm-5:30 pm, Free, Richard R. Wright Academy, 2700 Dauphin St. 

Learn About Urban Farming

Throughout the city of Philadelphia there are more than 40 community gardens and orchards on park land that need maintaining. Join Philly Farm Crew, a network of volunteers supporting urban farms and gardens through the city, to learn more about urban farming, gardening and food justice. Philly Farm Crew is an initiative started as part of Jewish Farm School, an organization dedicated to teaching about contemporary food and environmental issues, and Repair The World: PhiladelphiaWednesday, February 21, 2 pm-4 pm, Free, One Art Community Center, 1431-39 N 52nd St. 

Teach English Over Coffee

As a bakery, coffee shop and community center for people of all ages and backgrounds, Frieda Cafe has created a diverse community within its walls. For many people throughout the city, English is a second language and are seeking ways to improve their fluency. Volunteer at Frieda, where many come together to learn, share, and meet, for a day of teaching English through conversation, and enjoy baked goods and coffee for a cover charge of $6. Friday, February 23, 3 pm-5 pm, $6, Frieda, 320 Walnut St. 

Help Feed Those Experiencing Homelessness

Pack a backpack full of PB&J, bottled water, and other food items and join One Kind Act a Month as they walk from 9th and Market St. to distribute food to the homeless. If you can’t march, food donations are still welcomed at the starting point. One Kind Act a Month is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness of homelessness and will also be hosting an adult clothing donation at 1600 JFK Blvd. on the same day as the walk from 12 pm-1 pm. Saturday, February 24, 12 pm-1:30 pm, Free, 9th and Market St. 

Back Handspring Over Breast Cancer

Ok, no gymnastics required but you can join United for HER, an organization dedicated to helping women diagnosed with breast cancer, as they host the nation’s largest gymnastics fundraising meet. Over 3,700 athletes will compete over three days in support of local women with breast cancer, including gold medalists Laurie Hernandez and six-time NCAA Championship-winning coach and breast cancer survivor “Miss Val” Kondos. All proceeds from this NCAA tournament fundraiser will be donated to United for HER. Sunday, February 25, 9 am-8 pm, Adults: $10, Children: $10, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 

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