I can't believe our summer is coming to a close. Luckily, our committees
and board members are working hard to make sure that you have more
opportunities to engage with our organization and neighbors in the Fall!
Some important things to note this month are Board Nominations, SOSNA
Dines Out at Kei Sushi, and our Police Community Meeting with Special
Guest Larry Krasner (DA Candidate).
We're saying farewell to a few of our Board Members in October as they
move on to keep up their hard work being changemakers in Philly. We're
on the prowl for five new board members from our community to help us
move SOSNA forward. Know someone passionate, engaged, and energetic who
can help lead SOSNA? Nominate them (or yourself) by Sept. 10! Read more about board nominations here.
We've got a lot of great events and opportunities to get involved as we bridge from Summer to Fall. I'll see you soon!
an effort to increase transparency of SOSNA's operations to you, we
will resume posting our Board meeting minutes following the subsequent
month's meeting on our website. You can read last month's minutes on our
website at the link below. Thank you for your patience!
Nominations Committee for the South of South Neighborhood Association
is now accepting nominations for open positions on our Board of
Directors. The SOSNA Board of Directors is a working volunteer Board
that establishes the policies and helps implement the programs and
activities of the organization.
Make sure you register to be a SOSNA Member (it’s free) to participate in our elections. It only takes a minute to complete the membership form. We also have membership applications available at our office on 1901 Christian Street during office hours.
The SOSNA Safety Committee works to improve safety and the quality of life within the Southwest Center City neighborhood.
Next Meeting: Thursday, August 17th at 7:30pm
Police Community Meeting for PSA-1 Thursday, August 24th at 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for our next Police Community Meeting for PSA 1 (Police Service Area 1) on Thursday, August 24th from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street. This is an opportunity to speak face-to-face with officers from the 17th Police District
who watch our neighborhood. You will hear about recent crime activity
and have the opportunity to raise ideas and concerns directly to the
*Disclaimer: This is not an official
endorsement of DA candidates on behalf of SOSNA. We have invited both DA
candidates to attend our Police Community Meetings. DA Candidate Beth
Grossman attended our June meeting.
We focus on key areas important to creating and maintaining a pleasant, clean, and quality neighborhood.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM
RAIN CHECK WORKSHOP
SOSNA is hosting a Rain Check Workshop. Come
to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from
Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain
gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered.
completing Phase 1 of the construction last year, we have spent the past
year fundraising for the second and final phase of construction. This
will include installation of benches, trees, flowers, and a water feature, and will allow us to open the park to the public.
We have secured $175,000 in funding from various grants and generous donations. Before breaking ground, we need to raise approximately $20,000 more. We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise this money from neighbors and friends over the coming weeks.
Our plan is to finalize the fundraising and break ground in September,
in time for the fall tree planting season! So don't delay - big or small
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS (COPS) To promote
awareness of SOSNA's services and resources within the neighborhood and
to coordinate with local businesses, residents, and other organizations
to find ways to "Give Back".
Next Meeting: Thursday, September 7 at 7:00PM
SOUP GROUP X UBC GARDEN OF EDEN
SOSNA has recently
contributed $2,500 to the UBC Garden of Eden, a collaboration between
the Union Baptist Church on 19th and local artist/urban farmer and
neighbor, Meei Ling Ng. The garden aims to provide fresh vegetables,
fruits, and flowers to the Union Baptist Church Soup Kitchen and guests,
attracting volunteers/neighbors/visitors to visit the church and
Our COPS committee is exploring ways to bring together SOSNA Soup Groupers and Union Baptist Church Soup Kitchen.
We are a group
of volunteers hoping to foster, facilitate and nurture positive and
appropriate economic development within our neighborhood, and support
existing local businesses.
Next Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00PM
welcoming a (kind of) new business, Kei Sushi, in to our neighborhood.
For those who have been already, they say the BYOB is their new "go-to
sushi spot". Haven't been or can't stay away? Come enjoy a community
dinner with us and neighbors on 8/8 at Kei Sushi!
$25 will get you a 3-course prix fixe menu (vegetarian option available!) and a chance to support our new local business.
We are a group
of volunteers and business owners dedicated to improving the Triangles
Plaza at 23rd and South and all the intersections along Grays Ferry Ave.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 12 at 7:15p
TRIANGLES SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Don't miss out on the final performances for our Triangles Summer Music Series. Our next performance is on Sunday, August 6 from 5-7p. The Grays Ferry Triangles Project is partnering with Intercultural Journeys to bring you singer/songwriter and musician Keisha Hutchins.
Sundays from 5:00-7:00 PM at Grays Ferry Triangles
Join a SOSNA Committee. SOSNA
has four active committees that hold open public meetings. These
committees develop and implement initiatives on an ongoing basis Only
the Zoning Committee is appointed by the SOSNA Board of Directors..
membership in SOSNA is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age
and whose primary residence, business, or other real estate is within
SOSNA’s boundaries. Membership is also open to one employee of a
nonprofit headquartered within SOSNA’s boundaries. There is no fee
associated with registration.