Help the Homeless in Philadelphia

With winter here, helping those without the warmth of home is more important than ever. Here, more than 15 ways to make a difference in the lives of homeless Philadelphians

By Christine Speer Lejeune

How to Help Afghan Refugees in Philadelphia Now

It’s been three months since the last US military plane left Kabul. After a traumatic evacuation and weeks living on military bases, hundreds of Afghan refugees are arriving in Philadelphia—they need our support now more than ever.

By Katherine Rapin

18+ Ways To Help Students (and Teachers) Succeed This Year

Let’s commit to be all in on making this pandemic school year the best it can be

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How to Become a Block Captain—and Rock At it

Super citizen (and longtime block captain) Jen Devor shares hard-won tips on how to fill this crucial neighborhood role

By Claire Wolters

How to Start a Garden in the City

Gardening experts share practical advice on how to start a garden when you live in a city—whether you have a small patio, rooftop deck or just a sunny windowsill

By Katherine Rapin

How to Start Little Free Libraries in Your Neighborhood

After a year of majority-online activities, here’s how you can encourage someone to crack open a book by building a little free library

By Claire Wolters

How to Start a Voter Registration Drive

12 steps to running a safe, legal and effective sign up by the May 3 registration deadline (in a pandemic, no less)

By Claire Wolters

How to Organize a Street Cleanup

In this installment of The Citizen’s new “How To” series, we talked to @YaFavTrashman for tips on rallying your neighbors to beautify your block

By Nick Fiorellini