Tuesday, May 24, 2022

SOSNA Newsletter


MAY 2022


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Thank you all for a successful Plazapalooza that was held on Sunday May, 15, 2022 where the neighborhood gathered for food, music, drinks, and family fun at the South St. Triangle.  We could not have done it without all of you and our wonderful sponsors!

This summer, we continue our efforts to preserve the neighborhood history by creating a walking tour and preserving the oral histories of long-term residents and business owners.  If you're interested in getting involved or hearing more, please join us on June 1, 2022 at 7pm for our Preservation Task Force meeting; you can find the virtual meeting information below.

SOSNA has partnered with the STREAM Engine to provide the community with a co-working and after-school activity space at our office, 1901 Washington Ave.  Our board member and life-long neighborhood resident, Brandon Washington (son of the late Ron Washington) continues to build this space, which now includes an audio room that is available for booking.  This space has welcomed grade school students to learn STEM skills after school, art exhibitions, and community meetings.  To find out more or reserve space, please email Brandon Washington at 1901bwashington@gmail.com.

This month we said a sad but grateful goodbye to our Executive Director, Nicole Koedyker.  Nicole has joined an exciting firm called Council Fire and is loving her new work with them.  While we cannot express how much she has meant to our organization and this neighborhood, we thank her for her service and wish her all the best at her new job.  Congratulations Nicole!

Below, you can find information on upcoming committee meetings and events, including a donation drive for our neighbor Puentes de Salud.  Please see below for more information.

Thank y'all for your support and dedication to this neighborhood and our community!

-SOSNA board

Thursday, May 26, 2022:  SOSNA Zoning Meeting

This was rescheduled last week due to technical issues on our end.  We apologize, and thank you for your patience.

To find information on the projects, please visit:  https://bit.ly/3uX62Y6 

Meeting information:


DATE: May 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM EST


Meeting ID: 848 0689 3843
Passcode: 035534

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Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 9:30am:  Friends of Carpenter Green Park volunteer day

17th and Carpenter Streets

Come out and help the Friends of Carpenter Green Park finish their spring cleaning and mulching at the park!  This park is managed by the Friends group and operates exclusively on generous donations from neighbors. 

If you can't attend but still want to help, please consider donating what you can at: carpentergreenpark.com.  To get involved, please email carpentergreenpark@gmail.com.

June 1, 2022 @ 7pm (virtual):  Preservation Task Force Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 2501 4367
Passcode: 102469

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Sunday, June 5, 2022 @ 4-5pm:  Community Impact Committee monthly meeting

In-person, SOSNA office
1901 Washington Ave., Unit B
(entrance is the metal steps on 19th St.)

This meeting is open to everyone so please join us on Sunday June 5th! 

This committee is integral to our work in the community.  They outreach directly to other non-profits, businesses, schools, and individuals.  This committee is also responsible for our mini-grant program, which has funded projects like the community garden at the United Baptist Church and the annual Michelle Cutner Awards for local elementary students at Chester Arthur and E. Stanton.    


The following event details, including dates and times are still being determined.  Stay tuned for more information soon!

June:  Plant Swap @ Carpenter Green Park!

July:  SOSNA General Meeting



Donation drive ends this weekend, 5/27

Every summer, our wonderful community partner Puentes de Salud hosts a summer donation drive.  SOSNA members have been critical to the success of this campaign so please see below for this year's wishlist and other ways to help.

Puentes de Salud is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization - and Graduate Hospital neighbor - that serves Latinx immigrant families throughout the Philadelphia region. The Puentes Education branch serves students ages 3-18 and their families through year-round, out-of-school-time programming. Since 2013, we have run a summer program for elementary-aged students in South Philadelphia, and this year will be our first time returning to in-person summer programming since 2019. Our program will engage 40 students ages 6-12 in a month-long camp to explore multilingual literacy, the arts, field trips, and more. We are also celebrating graduations for our 13 eighth grade students and 7 high school seniors. We are in need of supplies both for our summer program and gift bags for graduating students. Please consider purchasing some items from our Amazon wishlist by 5/27 and sharing it in your networks.

Thank you - we truly appreciate your support! 


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Join a SOSNA Committee. SOSNA has five active committees* that hold open public meetings. These committees develop and implement initiatives on an ongoing basis. 

Check the SOSNA Events Calendar for meeting dates and times.

*Only the Zoning Committee has a set number of members which are appointed by the SOSNA Board of Directors. 


Voting 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 of membership.  We ask that you donate what you can to help support our work.  After registering, please remember to sign up to get the SOSNA E-News blast to stay abreast of all our activities, news, and events!

The SOSNA area is bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and the Schuylkill River.


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