Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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ROAR for Good is a Philadelphia start-up dedicated to providing women with the tools to protect themselves as well eradicating gender-based violence. The group designed a device that women could wear to let others know their real-time location and call for help if they felt unsafe or found themselves in danger. Part of the device’s proceeds go to organizations that both support survivors of gender-based violence and provide anti-sexual violence educational programming. On Monday, November 20th, celebrate ROAR for Good’s 3rd anniversary! The group is also celebrating milestones like providing 250 Athena devices to Women Against Abuse (WAA), Philadelphia’s domestic violence service provider. Attendees will also be able to purchase “Hear me ROAR” sweatshirts (50% of proceeds will go to WAA), as well as Athena devices. Monday, November 20, 6 pm – 8 pm, Suggested Donation, Saxbys Headquarters, 2300 Chestnut Street, Suite 310.
Homelessness is a big issue in all U.S. metropolitan areas, and Philadelphia is no stranger to it. In 2015, organizations that tackle homelessness in Philadelphia offered services to over 6,500 individuals living on the streets, cars, abandoned buildings, train/bus stations, and other places not suitable for human habitation. In one year, around 15,000 people stay in shelters around the city. However, there is no space to accommodate them all, and many are turned away. Join the Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and the Trinity Memorial Church as they discuss ways to address issues of homelessness in Philadelphia. In particular, the interfaith gathering will be discussing how to support the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit that has provided housing and support to thousands of individuals for over 38 years in the city. Tuesday, November 21, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Free, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square.
Instead of blowing all your dough on Amazon, Best Buy or Walmart this year during Black Friday sales and pre-sales, take a stroll through the winter wonderland at Dilworth Park starting November 18 through January 1. Visit more than 40 local artists and explore the wonders of handcrafted pottery, jewelry, embroidery, and more; talk with the owners and sellers; and pick up a gift or two for the upcoming holiday season. Wednesday, November 22 through January 1, Pay As You Go, Dilworth Plaza.
Explore downward dog and mountain pose, deep breathing and child’s pose while supporting the native-led fight against fossil fuels on native land. Just last year, the DAPL caused a national uproar as native peoples stood up and fought to protect sacred land at Standing Rock. The fight continues, and this yoga class offered for all levels will send funds to the Indigenous Environmental Network, which works to protect land from contamination and exploitation. Participants can donate at the door or directly at http://www.ienearth.org. Thursday, November 23, 8 am – 10 am, donations, Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue.
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Have ideas you’d like to share about how to make Philadelphia a better place? Want to talk about them with the person who can make it happen? The Free Library is making that possible by virtually bringing State Representative Jason Dawkins of the 179th District this Friday. Engaging with our policy makers can be a powerful tool for change. Don’t miss the chance to meet and speak about community or statewide concerns with a local legislator. Additionally, there will be an office representative on site who can address any questions about different state programs such as PENNDOT, LIHEAP, Rent Rebate, and more. Can’t make it this Friday? Good news! Rep. Dawkins “comes in” every Friday to the Greater Olney Library to talk to constituents. Friday, November 24, 10 am – 2 pm, Free, Greater Olney Library, 5501 North 5th Street.
On September 25, 1986, Philadelphians flooded the streets for a candlelight vigil mourning those lost due to HIV/AIDS. During the evening, attendees collaborated and developed the idea for the AIDS Library and today it continues to be a safe space for knowledge, growth, and insight in its new location on Spruce street. Earlier this year, the library was also awarded a historic marker to honor its role in bringing awareness to the epidemic. Recently, the William Way LGBT Community Center, where the library is located, celebrated 30 years and now is holding an ongoing exhibition, ‘Still Fighting for Our Lives’, that remembers the fight against the HIV epidemic that still rings true for many. Saturday, November 25, Ongoing Exhibition, Free, The William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.
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In the Delaware Valley, over 700,000 people don’t know where their next meal will come from. Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest hunger relief organization, is dedicated to combating food insecurity in our region. Last year, they collected about 1.7 million pounds of non-perishable, shelf items. This holiday season, they’re teaming up with Garage Passyunk, the Preston and Steve Show, and 93.3 WMMR to ignite more donations and awareness around hunger. For every can of food that you bring to Garage, the South Philadelphia bar is offering a free beer! Here is a list of things they are accepting, which includes canned foods, breakfast cereals, peanut butter, and jelly donations. Although there is a limit of two beer per visit, there isn’t a limit on the amount of cans of food you can bring. Sunday, November 26-Thursday, November 30, Free, 1231 E Passyunk Ave.