18th Annual Philly Cares Day to be Held Saturday, October 22, 2011

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7,000 Volunteers to Implement Projects Throughout Philadelphia Region

Greater Philadelphia Cares will mobilize more than 7,000 volunteers on Saturday, October 22 for the 18th annual Philly Cares Day. Projects will be held at more than 100 sites throughout the region, including schools, community spaces, and recreation centers.

The day will start with a rally at South Philadelphia High School, located at 2101 South Broad Street. Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Principal Otis Hackney will welcome the volunteers.

Students from the high school will partner with volunteers from the La Salle University African-American Student League and the Temple University Asian Students Association. This day will serve as a celebration for the progress that is being made at South Philadelphia, a school that has experienced violence and racial tension in the last several years.

“I am so proud of to be a part of this effort and commend Greater Philadelphia Cares for coordinating this great day,” said Mayor Nutter. “It is especially important to engage volunteers at a time when the school district and community-based organizations face tough budget challenges. The efforts of these 7,000 volunteers will not only help with projects today, but many will stay engaged and continue to contribute to our communities.”

Volunteers will make a particular impact on the School District of Philadelphia, completing projects at 75 schools throughout the city. Projects include painting, landscaping, and general maintenance.

Philly Cares Day volunteers come from throughout the region and represent corporations, churches, universities, and community groups. For many, volunteering on Philly Cares Day is a tradition and a way to strengthen bonds with co-workers, family, and friends.

“Philly Cares Day has become a catalyst for long-term change,” said Martin Molloy, Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia Cares. “We are seeing our volunteers stay involved in their communities beyond this one day, making a real commitment to take ownership for positive social change.”

In addition to the school district sites, projects will also be implemented at 25 community sites throughout the region. Project sites in Delaware and Montgomery Counties include: New Beginnings Academy (Chester, PA) and Paul V. Fly Elementary School (Norristown, PA). Project sites in Philadelphia include: A.S. Jenks Academics Plus School; Blaine Academics Plus School; Blakenburg School; Edwin M. Stanton School; Henry C. Lea School; Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School; Universal Vare Charter Middle School; and William D. Kelley School.

Greater Philadelphia Cares is the region's volunteer action center. We recruit, engage and manage volunteers through large scale days of service, a calendar of on-going service opportunities, customized corporate and civic engagement as well as support two core programs; Reading Stars & Neighbors in Action. In partnership with community based organizations, GPC mobilizes volunteers to positively impact social needs in the eight county Philadelphia region. For more information, visit http://www.philacares.com.

ADDITIONAL PHILLY CARES DAY SITES

Delaware County:

New Beginnings Academy
710 Sproul Street
Chester, PA 19013-4209
Montgomery County

Paul V. Fly Elementary School
2920 Potshop Road
Norristown, PA 19403

Philadelphia County:

A.S. Jenks Academics Plus School
2501 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Blaine Academics Plus School
3001 W. Berks St.
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Blakenburg School
4600 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Edwin M. Stanton School
1700 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Henry C. Lea School
4700 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
1699 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Universal Vare Charter School
2100 S. 24th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

William D. Kelley School
1601 N. 28th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

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