Do Something: Rock Out And Resist

Get into the holiday spirit by volunteering to feed the homeless. Also this week, build power in your neighborhood, talk about what's needed from our public spaces, rock out for important issues, and more!

Do Something: Rock Out And Resist

Get into the holiday spirit by volunteering to feed the homeless. Also this week, build power in your neighborhood, talk about what's needed from our public spaces, rock out for important issues, and more!

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.

Build Power in Your Neighborhood

Last month, The Philly SUN Project screened three short videos and had a talkbalk on educational justice. The event was packed and passionate as organizers and audience members shared stories, concerns and victories on their fight to reform public schools. If you missed it, consider attending this follow-up, on building power in our neighborhoods, finding allies and doing the work in our communities that cut across lines of age, race, class and gender. Monday, December 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Free, Youth United for Change, 1910 N Front St.

Get To The Gig

Girls Rock Philly‘s teenage advisory board, Youth Action Council (YAC) hosts a conversation about the different ways youth are affected by violence in their everyday lives, and how they’re making moves (and playing tunes) to resist. Like everything GRP, the event will kick off with rock—short musical performances by the young ladies of GRP—followed by a discussion led by YAC. Tuesday, December 12, 6 pm – 8 pm, Free, Girls Rock Philly, 1428 Germantown Ave.

Speak Up For Our City’s Public Spaces

Philadelphia has invested significantly in improving its public spaces for all citizens to enjoy. And the benefits of a vibrant public realm and civic commons are clear: We need spaces to come together, get fresh air, rest alone, protest, and play. But are these spaces welcoming and accessible to everyone? Who are they designed by? Who are they designed for? Join Tya Winn, of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, Majeedah Rashid, of Nicetown CDC, and architect Ian Smith for a conversation about race and public space, and add your voice to what you want to see for the public spaces in your city. Wednesday, December 13, 6 pm – 8 pm, Free, Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St., 15th floor.

Restore Resources To Philly Schools

Clean water, nurses and counselors, and attention to overcrowding are among the changes happening in Philly public schools because of the work accomplished during town halls. The next Philly Schools Town Hall is in the Northwest this week, at Martin Luther King High School. Come talk about class size, climate, safety in schools, the quality of school facilities, and more. Join your neighbors this Thursday to learn more and improve the Philly school system. Thursday, December 14, 6 pm – 8 pm, Free, Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave.

Support Local Artists

Support local art and artists, shop for gifts and enjoy a cozy winter evening at this after-hours event. Get free admission to the world-renowned Barnes collection (normally $30) and check out their highly anticipated Kiefer Rodin exhibition, featuring Anselm Kiefer’s experimental responses to the works of Auguste Rodin. Do some holiday shopping and support local artists by checking out the funky apparel, artisanal goods, and handmade jewelry for sale by local vendors including Ameraucana Handmade, Upcycled Library, Harshita Lohia, and more. There will be complimentary holiday treats from Whole Foods and hot cocoa and holiday cookies courtesy of Parkway 100.  Friday, December 15, 5 pm – 8 pm, Free, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Help Feed The Homeless

2017 has been a tough year for many of us. Why not end it by doing something that will make you feel good—like taking care helping someone in need?Philadelphia is the poorest city in America, but we have a lot of people who take care of our homeless, relative to other cities. Join D.O.P.E. Inc as they work to put an end to poverty, feed those in need of a meal and hand out care packages. Bring any gently used gloves, hats, scarves, jackets you might have, to make someone’s winter that much more bearable. Saturday, December 16, 8 pm – 9:30 pm, Free, Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St.  Do Something Extra: If the weather is extremely cold and you see someone who appears to be homeless, call the city’s homeless outreach hotline at (215) 232-1984, which will enable them to get them to a safe, indoor space. 

Find A Lifelong Friend

The physical and emotional benefits to pet ownership are real; there is nothing better than coming home to a creature who loves you unconditionally. And there are thousands of pets in Philadelphia that need a home. This weekend at the largest adoption event in the tri-state area, for just $20 (regular adoption fees are around $250) you can bring home an animal that has been spayed/neutered, microchipped and is up to date on their vaccines. There will be 1000 pets at the event hosted by the Brandywine Valley SPCA—you are sure to meet a best friend. Before adopting a pet, keep in mind that you should plan to give them a lifelong home. We encourage you to take this commitment seriously. Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 10 am – 6 pm, $20 adoption fee22 S 23rd St.

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