Monday, June 29, 2020

SOSNA Newsletter


A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH OF SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
The week of June 29th is TRASH ONLY
Every week trash and recycling resumes Monday, July 6.
SOSNA is Moving!
Starting July 15, we'll be in our new office location at 1901 League Street.

We're also still seeking a roommate to share the space with us. The total space is 3,200 square feet. It was previously a wedding/photography studio. We're offering 1,400-1,600 square feet of space for $1/sqft. If you're interested, please email nicoleatsosna@gmail.com for more information.

Please note that office hours are still closed until further notice.
RESTORE & REOPEN GRANT
(THE MERCHANT'S FUND)

A grant program for Philadelphia small businesses impacted by civil unrest

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Goal: To provide grants to small, independently-owned businesses in historically disadvantaged communities that have suffered property damage, vandalism or inventory losses during the recent civil unrest. Grants will be made up to $10,000 depending on the extent of damage and needs of the business.
Eligibility:
Businesses must:
  • Occupy a storefront, retail, or commercial space physically located in Philadelphia. This includes kiosks.
  • Have experienced more than $500 in damage during civil unrest between May 30, 2020 and time of application.
  • Be independently-owned; franchises are eligible only if independently-owned.
  • Earn annual revenue of less than $2 million at the impacted location.
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes (or on an approved payment plan).
  • Have required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate.
Program Priorities:
Due to limited funding, the Restore and Reopen grant program will prioritize businesses that:
  • Are located in historically disadvantaged communities.
  • Employ local residents.
Where and How to Apply:
  • Applications are available online at https://webportalapp.com/sp/tmf-restoreandreopen. DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29. Applications will be evaluated beginning Tuesday, June 30; not as they are received.
IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR MARIAN ANDERSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM
Our neighborhood's beloved Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society has recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and Museum has been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to recruit volunteers to help clean up the damage of the flooding and fundraising to help make up costs incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the basement.

If you'd like to volunteer to help clean up: We'll be practicing social distancing so we will try to only have 1-3 volunteers in the basement at one time (**all must wear a facial covering at all times**). There are a few times slots available this week to volunteer. Please email damalikmartin@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer.

Tuesday, 6/30 - 10a-12p (need 3-4 people)
Tuesday, 6/30 - 12-2p (need 3-4 people)

If you want to donate: we're looking for donations (see list below) of tools to help the clean up team and there is also a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of the repairs and operational costs incurred due to COVID-19.

1. Bleach
2. Gloves
3. Mops
4. Towels
5. Buckets
6. Plastic storage boxes/bins
GOFUNDME LINK
CARPENTER GREEN PARK PERGOLAAAA!
The Carpenter Green Park Pergola is ALIVE (almost)! The pergola will offer a little respite from the sun in our new park WITH a misting feature!

BONUS: It's getting painted EAGLES green 🦅

There's still time to make your mark on the park. Donate today!
 
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WHAT WE'RE READING
ICYMI
(IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
RENAME TANEY STREET

Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case is one of the most racist and offensive decisions this country has ever experienced. That is why it is about time to take Taney’s name off our street signs and replace it with someone who we can be proud of!

Join Fitler Square Neighborhood Association & Rename Taney and sign their petition now: https://www.renametaney.com/
#MaskUpPHL
UPDATE: On June 26, Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley signed an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.
In addition to staying at home, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly, wearing a mask in public is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19. Many people are making their own masks for themselves and others with what they have available at home. Here are some tips to make sure you know why, when, and how to properly use a mask. LEARN MORE
OFFICE CLOSED
Our office will be closed until further notice. If you have any concerns or questions, you can reach our Executive Director, Nicole via email at nicoleatsosna@gmail.com.
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SOSNA is only able to do our work with the support of our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the countless hours our neighbors volunteer with us and we rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our mission of improving our community.
 
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SOSNA works in a number of ways to improve our neighborhood. Check out our committees below to learn how we’re making a difference.
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SOSNA is only able to do the work that we do with the support of our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the countless hours our residents volunteer with SOSNA, and we rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our mission of improving our community.

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