Our Service Partners of Philadelphia
A current list of organizations we partner with. (May 2019) The groups vary from advocacy, environmental action, soup kitchens, mentoring, and more. Listed below are a few our Philadelphia urban partners. We're always looking to develop more relationships with Philadelphia-based organizations.
Service Focus: Neighborhood nutrition
Through the various Community Nutrition Programs at St. Luke's Germantown we offer meals to 1,800 people a month. From breakfasts, lunches, dinners and Food Cupboard, serving meals to those in need.
URDC (Urban Resource Development)
Service Focus: housing needs of low and moderate income families.
RDC purchases and renovates abandoned or dilapidated houses and then sells them to first time home buyers.
Service Focus: Food insecurity; caring for elders
Aid For Friends seeks to alleviate hunger and loneliness
for isolated, home-bound individuals. The organization
serves around 2,200 people/year -- that makes them 10X
bigger than any other meal service program in the area!
Service Focus: Environmental Stewardship
The Awbury Arboretum seeks to preserve and interpret
Awbury's historic house and landscape, thereby connecting
an urban community with nature and history. Awbury hosts
events throughout the year to teach neighbors in
Germantown about farming and gardening.
Homelessness, Addiction, Domestic
Violence, & Mental Illness
Seeking God's guidance and believing that we are all
members of one family, the mission of Bethesda Project is
to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family
with those who have none.
Service Focus: Caring for elders
Center in the Park is a non-profit community center in
Northwest Philadelphia primarily focused on the needs of
older people. The Center fosters respect, independence,
and personal growth for each individual.
City Camp is an urban day camp adventure serving parishes
of the Diocese of Pennsylvania to families in their local
communities. Through creative and innovative activities and
programs, children and you build community and encounter
the Gospel through games, songs, storytelling, and more.
Service Focus: Urban Church Life and Neighborhood
The Advocate Center for Culture and Education (ACCE,
pronounced ace) unites community residents, volunteers,
churches, service providers and educational institutions in a
cooperative effort of mutual support and learning to
improve the life prospects and well-being of North
Service Focus: Homelessness, food insecurity, access to
Face to Face meets basic human needs and reduces
suffering. With hospitality, they provide a safe environment
and practical tools, which enable the people of their
community to confront personal challenges, empower their
lives, and fulfill their unique potential.
Service Focus: Education and community development
The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to
advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Free
Library has 56 branches with 6 million visitors each year!
Service Focus: Environmental stewardship, education
The gardens at the historic Grumblethorpe house in
Germantown are tended by children in the Grumblethorpe
Education Program with assistance from middle and high
school volunteers under the guidance of Grumblethorpe
educators. They provide educational opportunities for
children and fresh food for the local community.
Service Focus: Farming and sustainability
Greener Partners seeks to create healthy communities
through food, farms, and education. With a diverse range of
projects throughout the Philadelphia region, they seek to
make local food accessible by offering multiple ways of
experiencing fresh, local food in our communities.
Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based movement to prevent
gun violence by uniting people of faith in the sacred
responsibility to protect our sisters, brothers and
children. They advocate for faith communities to make
commitments to raise voices and take action to prevent gun
violence. Heeding God’s Call helps faith communities
organize to publicly pressure local gun stores to adopt a set
of practices to deter straw purchasing.
Service Focus: Food access
Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-
threatening illness, MANNA (Metropolitan Area
Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) prepares and delivers
delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering
individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life.
Philabundance seeks to reduce hunger and food insecurity
in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in
partnership with organizations and individuals.
In Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, 65%
of children live in poverty and 54% do not complete high
school. Boys and Girls Clubs offer young people in these
communities a positive, safe place to learn and grow.
Project HOME seeks to empower adults, children, and
families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to
alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all
of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as
members of the broader society.
Service Focus: Urban Education
St. James School is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school
in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating
traditionally under-resourced students in a nurturing
Saint John’s Hospice seeks to be a community grounded in faith and service where homeless persons find dignity,
respect, nourishment, and opportunities for new
beginnings. Saint John’s Hospice provides a noon meal to
300-350 men each weekday.
Service Focus: Food insecurity
The SHARE Food Program is a nonprofit organization
serving a regional network of community organizations
engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy.
SHARE promotes healthy living by providing affordable
wholesome food to those willing to contribute through
volunteerism. Families who receive food from SHARE also