We kicked off our first General Meeting of 2018 by going through out priorities for 2018.
Through community feedback, reflection on
2017, and some intense workshopping at our Board Retreat, these goals
for 2018 will be an easier way to keep track of what we're doing and
measure the impact.
So how do we accomplish the goals? Well as a completely
volunteer organization, we've turned these goals over to you, our
neighbors, and our committees with the intention to have programs and
projects they work on in 2018 keep focused on the five aspirations
How can you get involved? Does one of these priorities
really speak to you? Do you have a neighborhood project, event, or
program that you'd want to lead or jumpstart with the help of SOSNA's
resources and network? Want to hear what projects or programs each of
our Committees are already working on? Reach out to us today!
The SOSNA Safety Committee works to improve safety and the quality of life within the Southwest Center City neighborhood.
Next Community Meeting: Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm at 1901 Christian
Police Community Meeting for PSA-1 Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00-8:00pm
Our next Police Community Meeting for PSA-1, on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm. This is an opportunity to speak face-to-face with officers from the 17th Police District and raise concerns about neighborhood safety.
Police Community Meetings are on the 4th Thursday of every month at 7p at SOSNA's Office, 1901 Christian Street.
LIGHTS ON SOUTHWEST CENTER CITY
Safety Committee distributed a survey late last year in an effort
to gather community input with regards to lighting in our neighborhood.
With over 400 responses, this survey aimed inform the Safety Committee
about lighting habits in the neighborhood and how we can work to make
our streets safer and brighter!
We are currently in the process of breaking down all the survey data.
Using data visualization, the survey data will map out the darkest and
brightest areas of the neighborhood to share with community partners and
begin to seek funding for more lighting capital in the areas
If you have experience in heat maps (or similar data visualizations) and have an hour or two to volunteer with us, send firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create safe pathways to two neighborhood elementary schools, Chester A. Arthur and E.M. Stanton Elementary Schools
Foster a safer and more pleasant pedestrian environment
Implement innovative traffic calming improvements to increase safety for residents and students
The SOSNA Safety sub-committee is exploring the installation of:
part of SOSNA's Clean & Green Committee's core programming, Clean
Block Representatives provide resources and support for their neighbors
(1) Target the drivers of litter;
(2) Beautify the neighborhood;
(3) Maximize community partnerships and
(4) Promote community green space
The 2018 Clean Block Rep information sessions are intended to recruit
those neighbors already doing the work to reduce neighborhood litter and
provide them the organizational support they need to address the
drivers of litter on their own blocks in partnership with their
Our next Information Session and Training is on Wednesday, May 9th.
SOSNA Green will be planting 10 street trees in the neighborhood in honor of Earth Day this year!
help us green the neighborhorhood and invite friends! We will have a
complement of tools at The SOSNA Office, but please bring any of the
following that you might have: Spade, coarse broom, reusable water
bottle and your enthusiasm for greening our neighborhood!
We'll meet at the SOSNA office at 9:00 a.m. to fill out some waivers, distribute tools and assign teams before setting forth!
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.
Monday, April 23 at 7:00p
SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street, 19146
Rain Check helps residents pay for special landscaping tools that improve the environment and beautify their homes.
Be part of the solution.
Homeowners can help protect Philadelphia's creeks and rivers while
beautifying their properties. Installing green stormwater infrastructure
tools like downspout planters, rain gardens, permeable pavers and rain
barrels reduces pollution that would otherwise end up in our local
MICHELLE CUTNER SCHOLARSHIP
FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Community Outreach and Partnerships Committee of SOSNA is offering
a scholarship opportunity for a high school senior who resides in the
neighborhood (south side of South Street to the north side of Washington
Avenue and the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River) and
plans to attend a 2-year or 4-year college in Fall 2018.
SMALL FRY COOKING PROGRAM -
SPRING 2018 VOULUNTEERS
The Small Fry cooking
program (for kids and their parents) at the Marian Anderson
Recreational Center has volunteer opportunities to assist with their
Spring 2018 classes, Saturdays 11am to 2pm. No formal cooking skills
are required - you can volunteer for one class, or however many you like
– the class schedule and volunteer signup sheet via the link below.
an effort to connect to new and existing residents in the neighborhood
to resources, businesses, local nonprofits, and more, our Economic
Development Committee is seeking volunteers to help develop and build a
Neighbor Welcome Packet. Volunteers needed for data gathering, graphic
design, commnications, distribution, and more!
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, April 10th at 7:00p, Grace Tavern
Next Triangles Cleanup: Sunday, April 1 at 10:00a
Mark your calendar - our Triangles family member, The Igloo, is turning 5! Celebrate their birthday on March 18 from 12-4. There will be free servings, face painting, and more!
We'll also be turning on the Catharine Thorn Fountain at 12:00p - an annual Springtime tradition!
Chick's is Turning 1!
Chick's is partnering with the Children's
Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) to raise money for pediatric cancer
research on April 22. There will be entertainent and food with portions
of proceeds going to the fundraiser.
Chick's, 1807 Washington Avenue
Sunday, April 22nd
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.