It may seem unlikely, but the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. That?s because homes cycle air, which can contain pollen, dust, and dander, through HVAC systems until somebody finally breathes it. The team of technicians at Crystal Clean applies 18 years of experience to help keep indoor atmospheres clear of particulate offenders by scouring air ducts, vents, and ducts. Techs also undertake water-damage repair, stymying the growth of mold and mildew.
As a chapter of America's largest breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia provides support and funding to medical practitioners in 15 Eastern Pennsylvania counties. Three-fourths of the money raised stays in the local community; over the years, the chapter has distributed more than $51 million in grants to efforts ranging from free mammograms to treatment and education for at-risk (and underserved) communities. The rest helps finance national cancer research, going toward efforts to eradicate the disease once and for all.
The yellow and purple Philly PHLASH trolley dedicates its entire 19-stop route to Philadelphia's historical and cultural landmarks. Based in Center City, the trolley whisks passengers to interactive fun at the Please Touch Museum or tours of Eastern State Penitentiary, where Al Capone was once incarcerated. Other destinations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market, and the National Constitution Center, whose exhibits prove that the senate is not just the president's 100 best butlers.
In the Boston area, Points of Light Institute will equip and mobilize volunteers with the tools and funding necessary to complete local service projects organized by Boston Cares. Volunteers will work indoors and out, on projects such as creating a chalk mural on City Hall Plaza and preparing library books for Boston Public Schools's libraries. Meanwhile, caring cadets in other parts of the city will transform an urban orchard into an outdoor classroom at Hennigan Elementary School, clear land on an unused railroad for a recreational trail, and pack medical supplies for developing countries.
Knowledgeable, friendly locals enlighten visitors on their city's rich history, art, culture, and dining scene during Philadelphia Urban Adventures' informative walking excursions. Following a philosophy of responsible travel—which aims to support local businesses whenever possible—the guides steer sightseers through intriguing neighborhoods and districts such as Center City, the 9th Street Italian Market, and the campuses of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Along the way, they make pit stops at local pubs, cafés, galleries, and food trucks, working to cultivate an authentic experience for all guests. They also dispense helpful tips, such as how to talk to locals and where to find good views of cheesesteaks in their natural habitat.
The cello-shaped Verizon Hall serenades eyes with mahogany accents under the 150-foot barrel-vaulted glass ceiling of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With seats for 2,500 audience members, the hall immerses both spectators and musicians in the clarity generated by its premium acoustics, which absorb vibrations from the subway tunnel below with 225 rubber isolation pads and allow for precise tuning with retractable curtains and sound-reflecting panels. Seasoned jazz artist Branford Marsalis confirmed Verizon Hall's sound acumen when he told NPR it is "the best concert hall on the East Coast."