Calling all Volunteers!

Courtyard Apartments and QVNA are partnering to provide after school homework help and computer instruction. Courtyard After School Program is looking for volunteers to spend an hour and a half one afternoon a week helping Queen Village children with homework, reading skills, arts and crafts and computer monitoring.
The mission of the Afterschool Program is to provide a safe environment for the kids who live in The Courtyard Apartments at Riverview and the surrounding community. The program currently serves 25-30 children, K through 5th grade.
The program meets Monday through Thursday from 3:15 to 5:00pm while school is in session (September through June). Volunteers are invited to choose the day of the week that works best for them.  

WHERE: The Courtyard Apartments at Riverview
1021 S. 4th St.
Ground Floor Community Room
Philadelphia, PA 19147

CONTACT:

Volunteers have a number of options;  assist in homework help, monitoring the computer lab, reading with kids in the reading room, playing games or doing arts and crafts.
Starting September 26, Coded by Kids will be coming to Courtyard for instruction in software engineering, web development and design. If you’re good with computers, this is the volunteer day for you!
If you have an afternoon a week to spend some time with great neighborhood kids,
  • Courtyard can help to secure your required clearances.

Help Tree Tenders plant 400 trees in Philly neighborhoods this fall!

If you like trees and if you believe that the addition of 250 trees to the streets of Queen Village over the last seven years—planted by our very own Tree Tenders group–has made our neighborhood a better place to live, please consider donating to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s campaign (called “More Trees Please”)  to raise $11,000 between now and October 2nd  to allow PHS to provide trees to Queen Village Tree Tenders and similar groups throughout the city this fall.  Due to reductions in the grants that PHS has relied on in the past to completely cover the cost of the trees that have gone to groups like Queen Village Tree Tenders, PHS is seeking to raise funds from the public to help pay for the cost of the trees and the cost of cutting the pits where the trees are planted.

You can donate by going to www.phsonline.org/phillytreetenders or you can send a check payable to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with “More Trees Please: Friend of Queen Village” on the subject line.  Checks should be mailed to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Development Department, 100 North 20th Street, 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Apply now for the Fall 2017 Citizens Planning Institute

Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the education and outreach arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

CPI’s main programming is a seven-week course that empowers citizens to take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and of Philadelphia through a greater understanding of city planning and the steps involved in development projects. The course includes six evening classes: three introductory classes on planning issues and principles, land use and zoning, and the development process; and three electives, the topics for which change every session.

The course runs every Spring and Fall.

Each participant is also required to complete a final project in order to earn their Certificate of Completion as a Philadelphia Citizen Planner, which they receive at a public ceremony.

CPI is for any Philadelphian who loves where they live! If you want to make a difference in your community, CPI is for you!

Apply online on the CPI website. We receive over 100 applications for only 30 available spots. If you need a print application, call the number below.

For more information visit the CPI website or contact: cpi@phila.gov | 215-683-4648

DIY Recycling Bins

QVNA  first 50 bins will arrive the last week of October 2017. We will begin the tracking and form process at that time. Bins are tracked by the city, and all bin partners are required to complete a bin registration request form, submit, and retain a hard copy of the bin request.
Resident users also have the option to go online-http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/binrequest. If a resident takes this route to request a bin, after they have completed online application,  they will be given an electronic confirmation page that they must bring to QVNA office or the bin providers listed at the bottom of the online application.
Residents can receive (1) bin per household, and (2) bins per year. Residents must provide proof of residency  to receive a bin from any Bin Partner.

You can use any sturdy plastic or metal container that holds 32 gallons or less and just mark it with the word “RECYCLING” on its side. It does not have to be blue.

Do not use cardboard boxes or bags as containers; they’ll end up wet, split open and make a mess on your sidewalk. Instead, flatten them and place them in your bin to be recycled with your bottles, cans and paper.

If one bin is not enough to hold all recyclables, simply add another one.

Bin availability in QVNA office is first come first served (during business hours), until all bins are gone. Bin pick up will be announced on website.

Conversation on Homelessness Update

On August 22, South Street Headhouse District sponsored a well attended community conversation about homelessness and panhandling. Representatives from Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, Society Hill Civic Association, Queen Village Neighbors Association and Bella Vista Neighbors Association were present.
Some highlights from the meeting include:
– Philadelphia has the lowest rate of homeless of any of the largest cities in the US
– Philadelphia has 11,503 emergency, temporary, and permanent beds for the homeless
– the City recently added 500 additional beds in response to the opioid crisis
– giving money directly to panhandlers is not recommended by the police or the Office of Homeless Services (OHS)
– OHS recommends calling 215-686-7175 or 215-232-1984  to report homeless
– OHS/police recommend calling 911 if you see someone urinating or defecating, aggressively panhandling, blocking a doorway, or committing any other crime

QVK9 Seeking Volunteers & Board Members

Do you have a few hours a month, a passion for dogs, and a love of the Queen Village community? If so, we’re looking for you!!

QVK9’s board is made up of volunteers who help organize events like yappy hours, the carnival, educational events, fundraisers like the howl-o-ween party, and clean ups to make the park look spiffy!

We’re a fun group that gets together once a month for a 90 minute meeting with snacks and we’re always looking for volunteers to help with events or join the board. It looks wonderful on a resume and is great for community pride.

If you’re interested, ask for more details at one of our events or email Bark@qvk9.org.