Promise Neighborhood Weekly Newsletter: Covid-19 Guide
Who Are We?
The West Philadelphia Promise 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.
Voting and Census Information
Important Dates for the 2020 Election
Voting by mail is new to Pennsylvania this year and offers a safe alternative for those who cannot make it to the polls or simply wish to vote from home.
Mail-in ballots come with two envelopes—a “secrecy envelope” and a “Voter Declaration envelope.” Nobody needs to know those terms, but you do have to remember to include both envelopes, and sign the outside one.

If you don’t include both envelopes, your vote won’t be counted!
Philadelphia is set to open Satellite Voting Offices where you’ll be able to register, request a ballot, fill it out and securely return it all in one visit. Think of these as “one-stop shops.” Starting on September 29, 2020, the first locations were opened. Keep checking back for more locations as they roll-out. The closest location in West Philadelphia is currently Overbrook Elementary on N. 62nd Street.
Voting in person on November 3rd is also always an option. Polling locations will be reduced due to COVID-19 and the information will continue to update until closer to the election.
Upcoming Voter Engagement Events:

Tuesday, October 13th 3:30pm:
Voting Outside the Polling Place (Vote by Mail, Absentee Voting, and other "vote-at-home" options)
Join the Drexel Libraries for a conversation with William Rosenberg, Professor of Political Science at Drexel, about the ins and outs of voting at home options, like voting by mail, absentee voting and early voting. Attendees will learn about the benefits and challenges of each, as well as the political implications for the 2020 Presidential election.

Thursday, October 22nd 11 AM:
The Electoral College and the 2020 Election
This webinar will explain how the Electoral College works, what the advantages and disadvantages of the system are, and where, three weeks before election day, the election stands in regard to electoral votes.

Tuesday, October 27th:
Breaking Polarization, The Promise and Perils of Election Reform
Americans seeking an end to polarization are pinning their hopes on election reform. These reforms would change how people run for office, vote and win. But election reform is hard to achieve, and it can have unintended effects. Join the Libraries for a session with Drexel Assistant Teaching Professor Jack Santucci for a talk that highlights some possible trade-offs.  
Census Update
2020 Census
Deadline Extended!

The #2020Census is your once-in-a-decade chance to shape the future of your family and community.
Back to School Info for Parents and Guardians
The School District of Philadelphia is looking for your feedback about how virtual learning is going for your student. Take the 5-minute survey HERE
Access Centers: Providing Families without Childcare a Safe Space for Digital Learning
Access Centers provide Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students with a safe place for digital learning when caregivers work outside the home and have no childcare supports. Registration is required

The staff at these centers:
  • Supervise students during digital learning time.
  • Provide meals.
  • Run activities.
Access Centers are:
  • Available by registration only. Access Centers are not drop-in sites.
  • Free of charge.
  • Open to Philadelphia students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • Located throughout the city
Fab Youth Philly's Play Captains are Back!
When: TUESDAYs, 9/22-10/27 and this SATURDAY 10/17 
Where: playground at 37th & Mt. Vernon
What: They will be facilitating playful learning activities, arts and crafts for children and adults. Partners will also be in attendance with resources and materials.
What times: Tues: 3:30-6pm and Sat. 11:30-2pm

Masks required for all adults. Adults are encouraged to stay and play; this is not a babysitting service.
Fall Community Day at the Philadelphia Zoo:
10/9 at 4:30pm
Give Kids Sight Day: October 10th (call to make an appt)
Find Your Fit: 2020-21 School Selection
Every student is assigned a neighborhood school, from K-12, based on where they live. But if you are interested in any other school in the District, all you have to do is apply!

Families and students can access the online application to submit requests for the the school or schools you’d most like to attend. The application process will close November 6, 2020.
Philly High School Virtual Fair: Live Until 1/21
Virtual College Fair Info:
The PA admissions counselors association is hosting a series of online college fairs with various universities and topics for the next several weeks. More details can be found here: 

Drexel will also be hosting a virtual Open house this Sunday, October 11th. More details and to sign up here:
Network of Neighbors November 2020 Training INFO SESSION: 10/13 from 2-4pm
The Network of Neighbors -an initiative of the Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)--is Philadelphia's FREE citywide Trauma Response Network. This webinar will provide an overview of the Network of Neighbors initiative, our upcoming (virtual) training in November (2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th, 12 to 4 pm EACH DAY), and it will give you a sense of what volunteering with the Network is like!
Flu Shot Information
The Penn Museum is Now Open and offering free admission for teens and college students
Reserve your tickets online. Planned bookings are highly recommended.
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.
General resources to help support you and your family in the Promise Neighborhood.
Covid-19 Meal Sites for
Children, Families and Seniors beginning 9/18:
Free Baby Food and Diapers
Residents can visit one of the sites below to pick up free food and baby supplies. Many sites require appointments, so make sure to check the list and call ahead. 
  • Mighty Writers 3520 Fairmount Ave: Mondays 12-1pm
  • St. Cyprian Food Pantry 525 S. Cobbs Creek Pkwy: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:15am
PHLConnectED Information
The City of Philadelphia announced PHLConnectED, to help ensure all Philadelphia students have internet access for this coming school year and beyond.

Families should call 211 to sign up and learn more or call a Digital Navigator today at 267-217-3508.
Rental Assistance Program
One time grant for families at risk of homelessness for past due rent OR security deposit, first and last month's rent for new housing.

·Must have children under 18
·Must be at risk of losing your current housing OR living in housing that is otherwise unstable or unsafe
·Must not have resources available to secure new housing
·Must not be receiving any other public rental assistance
·Must be able to maintain your housing after receiving this grant
·For past-due rent:
Must have a year-long lease with a licensed landlord (unless lease converted to monthly after it came to term)
For security/first/last for a new apartment:
Lease must be for one year with a licensed landlord
Substance Abuse Help
Are you or anyone you may know looking for help with substance abuse?
Please call 484-278-1679
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnership:
Check out all the programs happening at Dornsife this fall: Cooking session, Dance schedules, criminal record clearing clinic, and Black Girls STEAMING through Dance program.
Urban Health Collaborative:
Our new Philadelphia COVID-19 Vulnerability Dashboard is an interactive online data tool designed to help identify areas across Philadelphia that are the highest risk for COVID-19 and its longer-term impacts.
Community Wellness HUB Interactive Health and Wellness Chat:
The Community Wellness HUB continues to present the "Health and Wellness Chat,” a virtual program where healthcare professionals lead conversations on how to stay well and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Using the Zoom ID below:
Join Zoom Room Chat
Dial by telephone - + 1.267.831.0333 US
Meeting ID: 980 129 155

Upcoming Health and Wellness Chats:
  • October 22: Holistic Approach to Managing Chronic Pain
Drexel School of Education:
Check out the free webinar on 10/8 hosted by Drexel's Learning Technology program called “Learning in the Age of COVID-19." This is for a broad audience of educators, administrators, community members, and parents. 
Action for Early Learning Supports Career Pathway for ECE Educators:
AFEL, Drexel’s School of Education, and PHMC’s ECE Professional Development Organization (PDO) are partnering to support career pathways for ECE professionals in AFEL Alliance programs. AFEL’s Alliance Coordinator, will serve as ECE PDO Liaison to facilitate connections between AFEL ECE educators/staff and PHMC Institute of Higher Education (IHE) Coordinators to provide resources around degrees and credentials, financial resources and more.
If you have any questions, please reach out to: Jackie Hinnant 
Phone: 215-895-6904
Beachell Family Learning Center:
Career Services with Drexel HR: Looking for a job? Need a resume review? Schedule your career services appointment with Drexel professional staff here and we can help you through a virtual appointment on Microsoft Teams or over the phone. For questions, contact the Beachell Family Learning Center by email at

Career Workshops: Stay tuned for an employer information session later this month. If you would like to be added to the email listserv, please contact
People's Emergency Center is Hiring:
The Maintenance II Technician is responsible for maintaining the physical condition and appearance of PEC sites. Assist in the organization, coordination and management of the overall maintenance programs including all aspects of property appearance and maintenance. Must provide timely work order service, along with the cost-effective inventory control of all supplies.
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