Promise Neighborhood June Newsletter: Covid-19 Guide
Who Are We?
The West Philadelphia P romise Neighborhood is a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to support "cradle-to-career" opportunities for children living or going to school in Belmont, East Parkside, Mantua, Mill Creek, Powelton Village, and West Powelton / Saunders Park. The program seeks to improve education, health, and economic success for children, their families and the community.
We hope this monthly newsletter highlights various services, programs, and opportunities that are meaningful to you and
 your families at this time.
Resources for Processing Trauma, Educating our Families and Igniting Change Locally
In Need of Food or Medicine?
Please click on the link for the most up to date list of open pharmacies and groceries in West Philly. Updated 6/4
Visit the City's website for up to date info:
Covid Related Resources
Covid-19 Resource Guide
For Families
COVID-19 Text Alerts: Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
Click on the link for a listing of resources from the City and partners including free meal sites for children. Continue to look for updates and stay safe and healthy.
3 New Covid-19 Testing Sites
Getting Connected to Internet Access
Covid-19 Meal Sites for
Children, Families and Seniors:
Benefits Access Information
You may be eligible for cash, food or medical assistance.
Apply now for benefits at:
Jeffrey's Porch
Throughout the pandemic, the porch of PN's Outreach Coordinator, Jeffrey Jordan, has been the hub of community outreach. Members from civic organizations and community leaders stopped by to pick up hundreds of bags of supplies and materials for neighborhood residents. One set of bags contained bleach, crayons, soap and construction paper. Wave two consisted of activities to keep children entertained with puzzles, flash cards, mini globes, jump ropes, clay and toilet paper.
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
LISC Philadelphia and WPPN Award $30,000 in funding for projects in the Promise Neighborhood.
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnership:
Dornsife School of Public Health: 6/5 at 11am
Covid-19 in Context: Racism, Segregation, and Racial Inequities in Philadelphia
The Drexel School of Public Health is doing a webinar series on what we know so far about COVID-19 and various implications of this pandemic and situation. Join us 6/5 from 11-12pm for a session: Covid-19 in Context: Racism, Segregation, and Racial Inequities in Philadelphia
Action for Early Learning:
Lindy Center Awards
Each year the Lindy Center holds an end of the year celebration awarding individuals with civic engagement awards. Congratulations to two Promise Neighborhood nominess and winners.
Staff Award for Campus and Community Engagment: Alyssa Kalter
This honor is given to staff members each year that exhibit the tenets of good campus or community partnership in their efforts regardless of their university role.
Outstanding Community Student Collaboration Award: Mighty Writers El Futuro
This award is given to a community organization and its student volunteers that has been an outstanding model for co-education and partnership.
Helms Academy
Click to read the article from guest columnist, Amy Ballard, Helms Academy coordinator, for her article on adult education re: Covid-19.
ExCITe Center: ExCITe Center awarded $30,000 Digital Navigator Grant
Updates and Links for Parents and Guardians
Virtual Free Paint Class!
Power of Paint Academy and the Philadelphia 16th District Police are hosting a virtual art class sponsored by WPPN all through June. Email to sign up!
All materials will be delivered to your home for free!
Summer Virtual Camps: Literacy Camp and Math Corps
Working Papers for Students
Due to COVID-19, The School District of Philadelphia will be issuing Working Papers at the 440 Education Center through APPOINTMENT ONLY on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm through a safe and secure process that follows COVID-19 restrictions.
Work Ready is Accepting Applications for Summer 2020
Apply for Playstreet by June 5th
Take the Census!
It's quick and easy.
It's not too late.
It's safe and secure!
Employment Opportunities
These Employers are looking for IMMEDIATE Help during the Coronavirus outbreak
School Immunizations
The School District of Philadelphia is awaiting the guidance from the PA Division of Immunizations on the required school health requirements for immunizations, exams, screenings, etc. 

As it currently stands, all immunizations are still required for school. The School District recognizes the difficulties with parents/caregivers accessing medical offices due to COVID-19. 

What can families do? 
Contact your family practitioner to learn about the arrangements they've put in place to provide required back to school vaccines. Many practices are scheduling appointments for immunizations. 
For those families that do not have a doctor or are uninsured, we recommend that they contact the closest Philadelphia Health Center to schedule an appoint for immunizations. 
For a list of open healthcare facilities in West Philadelphia:
Learning and Home Resources
Thank you to all essential employees in the Promise Neighborhood and all over the city. The rest of us will continue to do our part by protecting ourselves by washing our hands and staying home!
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