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.
Sending a Virtual Welcome Back to Students
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 Testing Sites
Covid-19 Meal Sites for
Children, Families and Seniors beginning 9/3:
Covid-19 Unsung Heroes:
When faced with adversity, many unselfishly rise to the challenge with small acts of kindness and good deeds which can impact hundreds of people. With passion, strength and courage, these everyday heroes are game-changers behind the scenes in West Philly amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Vernon Manor CDC

Mt. Vernon Manor CDC’s mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities, to encourage West Philadelphia residents to nurture caring families, and to champion a robust and sustainable environment and quality of life in West Philadelphia. Their efforts shifted in the wake of the pandemic when they immediately began to focus on their weekly food pantry giving away produce boxes with the help of generous volunteers. Free community zoom yoga classes were also provided over the summer and myriads of resources were handed out and shared specifically on: housing, rent, foreclosures, the census, voting, tax prep and LIHEAP, crisis and free covid testing. The Promise Neighborhood team worked with NAC Community Coordinator, Lorraine Gomez, to connect residents to these public resources and services after listening to the needs of the community. We are thankful for MVM's commitment to the community.
Rather than feel defeated by the inability to serve students with in person educational experiences, Mighty Writers looked for opportunities to support students and their families with essential resources. They did this through food distribution, online education, and sharing printed resources and books. More than 700 lunches and snacks were distributed throughout the city including a location at 3520 Fairmount Avenue in the Promise Neighborhood. Creating virtual lessons, workshops, yoga classes, and activities, Mighty Writers was able to give students the tools to learn, read and write online during the crisis. They continue to adapt to the circumstances and support and serve the children and families in Philadelphia as the school year begins.
Summer Playstreets
Thank You for another great summer on the Play Streets in West Philadelphia!
Back to School Updates
Are You Ready to #LogOnPhL?
School starts on Wednesday, September 2nd, with all PreK-12 students engaging in digital learning five days per week and receiving instruction from teachers in their enrolled school.
Visit the district's resource hub for all of your Back-to-School needs: chromebook, meals, internet, district hotlines, etc.
PHLConnectED Information
The City of Philadelphia announced PHLConnectED, to help ensure all Philadelphia students have internet access for this coming school year and beyond.

Check out the flyer with "frequently asked questions," contact information for internet access, chromebook questions and info on Drexel University's Digital Navigator Program.

Families should call 211 to sign up and learn more. 
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
Access Centers in the
Promise Neighborhood:
  • James L. Wright Rec Center: 3320 Haverford Ave
  • Lucien Blackwell Center: 755 N. Markoe St.
  • West Mill Creek Playground:5072 Ogden
  • Belmont Charter Middle School: 4030 Brown St.
  • West Philly YMCA: 5120 Chestnut St.
  • Community Council: 4900 Wyalusing Ave.
Register for Kindergarten
Kindergarten registration is still available online!
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnership:

Join the Dornsife Center's virtual office on Zoom where you can talk with a Dornsife Center representative live:

Call in with your phone or connect on the internet with your computer to ask questions, find out more about our online programs, or get information about resources available in the community.

Join the Dornsife Center Zoom Room
By phone + 1 646.518.9805
Meeting ID: 475921923 # 
The Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic continues to host weekly virtual office hours every Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can log-in to Zoom or dial-in over the telephone phone to speak with the Staff Attorney Rodlena Sales. Please see below for the Zoom information. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 952 4214 6368
One tap mobile
+12678310333,,95242146368# US (Philadelphia)
+13017158592,,95242146368# US (Germantown)
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.
Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program:
Are you struggling with rent and at risk to get evicted in the wake of Covid-19? You may be eligible to receive assitance. Strugling renters should consider applying for the City of Philadelphia's rental assistance program closing on September 30th:

CARES Assistance for Renters and Homeowners:
Additional assistance for struggling homeowners to apply for HEMAP and PMAP
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:
  • September 3rd - Reducing Your Risk For Cancer 
  • September 17th - Boosting Your Immune System
Action for Early Learning:

Enroll today for this program with home visits and books and educational toys giving families the knowledge, skills and materials to build language, literacy and learning-rich home environments that support school readiness. 
Beachell Family Learning Center:
The Beachell Family Learning Center wants to be an online resource for community members during this challenging time.

Career Workshops Zoom : employer information sessions about hiring opportunities, non-profit trainers with workforce development opportunities as well as guest speakers. 
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 12pm

Join the Career Workshops via Zoom
By phone + 1 470.381.2552
Meeting ID: 433 785 316 #
Additional Employment and Training Programs
Career Wardrobe is still offering career services during the pandemic:

Their free services can include the following: 

  • Job Search
  • Social Media for a Job Search
  • Interview Prep
  • Wardrobe Consultation
  • Benefits & Workforce Development Resources: Resources available for unemployment and other benefits as a result of COVID19 or job loss
  • Career Advice
  • Wardrobe Box: They will send you clothes you might need to complete an interview ready look
Interested in joining our team? The School District of Philadelphia is now
hiring for Cleaners, Bus Drivers, and Teachers. Learn more and apply HERE!
Updates and Links for Parents and Guardians
2020 Census
Please Complete by September 30th!

The #2020Census is your once-in-a-decade chance to shape the future of your family and community.
Important Dates for the 2020 Election
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