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Meet Our Fellows: Olivia Ortiz

Ever wonder what it's like to be a member of Philly Fellows? In the 'Meet Our Fellows' series, we'll introduce you to our current fellows, their projects, and how they are benefiting from the Philly Fellows program. This post features Olivia Ortiz, who is serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Philadelphia Parks Alliance. Name: Olivia Ortiz Hometown: Canton, Georgia University: Swarthmore College Major: Mathematics (minor in Environmental Studies) How did you decide to become a Philly Fellow? I had initially applied to the program because I didn't quite know what I wanted to be doing after graduation, so staying nearby and doing something vaguely environmental or food [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Back & better than ever: welcome to the newest Philly Fellows!

The 2016-2017 Philly Fellows Although it's been awhile since we've had a new blog post, this summer has been busy with activity at Philly Fellows! After saying goodbye to our 2015-2016 fellows, we welcomed our newest cohort for move-in to the Philly Fellows houses on July 17. With the new fellows' move-in date falling on the same day as move-out for our previous fellows, there was a lot happening at once. However, everyone arrived ready to adapt and "get things done" (in traditional AmeriCorps style!), so this new cohort got off to a great start. After attending AmeriCorps VISTA Pre-Service Orientation [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates, Meet Our Fellows|0 Comments

Another successful ‘Give Kids A Smile Day’ for PCCY

We love to highlight the work that our Philly Fellows are doing for their host agencies. While no two days are alike, the "Day in the Life" blog post series aims to highlight the types of projects and events that our members work on. This post was written by Chris Capron, who is currently serving as the Child Health Outreach Specialist at Public Citizens for Children and Youth. From March 22-25, 2016, PCCY coordinated its 13th year of Give Kids A Smile Day. The first Give Kids A Smile Day was held in 2002 in St. Louis, MO, and soon the American Dental Association worked to [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Day in the Life|0 Comments

Philly Fellows alum wins one of Mayor’s national service awards

  Thanks to AmeriCorps, Senior Corps & returning Peace Corps members for your service! #MayorsDayPHL #Mayors4Service pic.twitter.com/O8fuARrdph — Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) April 5, 2016     This past Tuesday, April 5, 2016, communities across the country celebrated the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, a day dedicated to showing appreciation for the hard work put in by national service volunteers, past and present. The City of Philadelphia has consistently been a leader in promoting national service, celebrating this day of recognition since it was first undertaken in 2013 during Mayor Nutter's administration. Current Philadelphia Mayor Kenney continued the tradition last week for his first event, [...]

Philly Fellows VISTA Leader reflects on her national service experience

As we approach the 4th Annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, our VISTA Leader Shannon Macika was coincidentally interviewed for the SERVE Philadelphia VISTAs blog to reflect on her experience as a second year national service member. Prior to arriving at Philly Fellows, Shannon served from June 2014- June 2015 as the Child Hunger Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. In that role, she was a member of both the SERVE Philadelphia VISTA Corps and the national Anti-Hunger & Opportunity Corps. Here are a few of the thoughts she shared on her experiences as an AmeriCorps VISTA [...]

It’s AmeriCorps Week 2016!

Each year, national service programs in Philadelphia join together with programs from across the country to celebrate AmeriCorps Week, recognizing the extraordinary commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums from programs like our own. Today marks the kickoff of Philadelphia AmeriCorps Week, with events and social media intiatives running through this Saturday, March 12th. Current Philly Fellows members, alumni, and potential members are encouraged to participate in the daily social media themes and attend events to celebrate national service with other Philadelphia AmeriCorps members and supporters. Check out the Events Schedule and Social Media Calendar below to learn more about the opportunities for you to [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates|0 Comments

Last Chance Info Session at Philly Fellows HQ!

Applications for the 2016-2017 fellowships are due February 7th, but there's still plenty of time to get your questions answered! To give you one more chance to learn about the program in person and meet some of our current fellows, we'll be holding one final information session before the deadline: This Wednesday, February 3rd at 4 p.m. Philly Fellows HQ: 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia RSVP on the Facebook Event   If you have specific questions about the program or would just like to hear more about what life is like as a Philly Fellow, we hope you'll be able to join us!

By | February 1st, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates|0 Comments

Looking back: 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ’s legacy, volunteers across the country made #MLKDay a day on, instead of a day off, to strengthen their communities. Our Philly Fellows were no exception! The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation, so there were plenty of service opportunities across the city for the Philly Fellows to join in on with their host agencies and with other organizations. Photo courtesy of the South Philly Review Philly Fellow Hannah Armbruster was one of our fellows serving with her host agency. Hannah, who serves [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Events & Projects|0 Comments

Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia celebrates its 15th Anniversary

We love to highlight the work that our Philly Fellows are doing for their host agencies. While no two days are alike, the "Day in the Life" blog post series aims to highlight the types of projects and events that our members work on. This post was written by EboniJoi McNeill, who is currently serving as the Community Outreach Associate at Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) launched the 2016 Men in Blue of Philadelphia photo series that highlights the narratives of men who have either graduated or are presently in the program. Currently in [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Day in the Life|0 Comments

Join us! Apply to be a 2016-2017 Philly Fellow

Are you a recent or soon-to-be college graduate looking for a way to jump start your nonprofit career? We've got a great opportunity for you. Philly Fellows offers year-long fellowships that connect top college graduates to dynamic nonprofit opportunities in the city of Philadelphia. All fellowships are full-time positions, and our 2016-2017 placements include a variety of focus areas, such as food access, education, refugee resettlement, and prisoner reentry. In addition to working at their host agencies, our Philly Fellows develop their leadership and professional skills and engage in the city’s vibrant communities. Benefits of our program include: A living stipend, healthcare benefits, and an [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Announcements & Staff Updates|0 Comments