Philadelphia looking for volunteers

    ‘Serve Philadelphia’ begins outreach for help in enhancing community vitality and promoting education.

    Philadelphia is recruiting new volunteers to help promote the community and schools with projects ranging from planting trees to tutoring kids.

    The new effort, dubbed “Serve Philadelphia,” is funded with a two-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Chief Service Officer Catie Wolfgang says there are three major goals of the effort.

    It aims “to create or elevate volunteer opportunities that impact community vitality and educational outcomes,” says Wolfgang. “The second goal is to simply make it easier for Philadelphians of every age to volunteer.”

    Finally, Serve Philadelphia intends to “to support public and private sector efforts to engage volunteers in ways that have the greatest impact,” says Wolfgang.

    Mayor Michael Nutter, who says there is a wealth of untapped volunteer energy in the city, believes a major outreach could help convince people to share their time.

    The grant money funds Wolfgang’s office.

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