15 Ways Philadelphians Can Give Back this Thanksgiving

However you feel about the holiday — its lore, its food, its super-spreader potential — you can still use it as a chance to do good. Here, some simple, impactful tips to get started.

By Ethan Young

Help the Homeless in Philadelphia

More than 15 ways to make a difference in the lives of Philadelphians experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness

By Christine Speer Lejeune

How to Fight Food Insecurity in Philly

Donate peanut butter! Organize a food drive! Sort cans! Here are 15 simple things you can do now to help food insecure citizens of Philadelphia.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Ronnie Listens: Why “Housing First” Works

The “Housing First” model is helping homeless people get — and stay — off the streets. So why is it still considered “radical?”

By Ronnie Polaneczky

Want a Job? Get a Job.

Since The Citizen wrote about First Step Staffing in 2018, the nonprofit has placed thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians in entry level jobs around the region. Now, it’s launching Second Step to create even better opportunities for all.

By Courtney DuChene

Help Keep Philadelphians Warm

As temperatures stay low, many Philadelphians will urgently need to find warmth over the next several weeks. Here, some simple, impactful ways you can support them.

By Nina Dilworth

What Mattered In 2021

2021 was another year of tragedy and hardship—and also hope and resilience. In other words: It was Philly.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Guest Commentary: Tiny Houses Have a Big Problem

The favorite bourgeois solution to homelessness won’t solve the problem and reveals sneering class bias, a formerly homeless Philadelphian and City staffer says. Why aren’t we doing what actually works?

By Josh Kruger