For more than a decade, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has helped ensure local families have enough nutritious food by connecting people with food assistance programs, supporting food pantries, and educating the public about solutions to hunger. In order to help provide local families with fresh nutritious food, the nonprofit hopes to build an urban community garden in a neglected lot in North Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood. The goal of the garden is to provide a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables to local food pantries and soup kitchens, supporting their efforts to feed local children and protect families at risk for hunger. With funding for raised garden beds, seeds, equipment, and planting and distribution expenses, the Coalition Against Hunger can establish this community garden and help hunger-relief programs improve the nutritional quality of the meals they distribute.
Fashionable styles and foam-free suds coalesce during the second annual Brews and Bowties event, which pours the proceeds from its net ticket sales into the coffers of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During three full hours of high-end sips and schmoozing, attendees transfix palates with specialty beers delivered from some of the region's finest craft breweries, including Triumph and Old Dominion. Hors d'oeuvres offset smooth guzzles, and live music encourages attendees to do the box step, foxtrot, and mountain goat kick outside the confinement of day-to-day denim wear. In and among the festivities, partygoers learn the finessing art of tying a bow tie from one of Henry A. Davidsen’s master tailors, who ensure each neck knot is snug, both sides are even, and self-destruct switches are in the "off" position.
Clean Air Council was founded on the premise that each individual deserves the right to breathe clean air, and the nonpartisan organization aims to protect that right through public education, government oversight, and community advocacy. Now with 8,000 members, the Council educates the public at its indoor air-quality resource center and has expanded its focus to include environmental impacts on children’s health, recycling, climate change, and other energy issues. The Council also hosts the annual 5K Run for Clean Air—the Philadelphia area’s largest Earth Day event and a certified green run—which serves as a community effort to decrease air pollution and support programs that reduce waste.
An artist-run collective and gallery space, Little Berlin aims to attract the arts and cultural performances to the local community by curating a new show every month. The panoply of musical events, art exhibitions, and badminton tournaments brings diverse media indoors and out to engage community members in new experiences. Art installations add color to the gallery, concerts fill the courtyard, and sculptures stand in the outdoor Fairgrounds. Little Berlin also streams its live performances on the Internet, connecting guest speakers with a larger audience through its Open Web Studio.
Poochie's Place pampers dogs with a variety of services in a cage-free environment. Its organic bakery procures all-natural treats from local bakers, who make them free of harmful fillers such as corn, gluten, and grain, and who provide vegan options. The onsite grooming team deep cleans pups with HydroSurge aromatherapy bubble baths and sends them home adorned in bows or bow ties. Dogs also get red-carpet ready with the shop's selection of clothing and leashes.
Philadelphia’s history fills the pages of textbooks across the world. William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and the Liberty Bell fill the indexes. But these texts do little to educate people on and preserve the physical history of Philadelphia, specifically its buildings.
Enter the nonprofit Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Its volunteer team of tour guides leads architectural walking tours past downtown Philadelphia’s landmarks, buildings, and cityscapes, and its staff coordinates an array of events each month, which have previously included graveyard tours, concerts, and archaeological digs. Proceeds from these activities, along with various grants, are then used to preserve the Philadelphia region’s historical buildings, subsequently preserving its historical communities and the story of the city's influential past.