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Queen Village Call for Board Nominations

QVNA Call for Board Nominations

Are you interested in being more involved in your neighborhood? The Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA) is holding its Board elections on November 16, 2017. QVNA exists to serve the residents of Queen Village and strengthen the community by:

  • Providing a forum for public discussion of issues of concern and interest,
  • Supporting improvements to our neighborhood, our schools and our city,
  • Facilitating understanding and use of public services and
  • Acting as a channel of communication with city officials and elected representatives.

Areas of focus are zoning, schools and youth, public safety and quality of life improvements.

The Board is made up of five officers and eight “at large” members, each of whom serve two-year terms 

Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates must be a resident (renter or owner) of Queen Village, have attended and signed in at any two QVNA-sponsored meetings in the last 12 months, and can commit to the first Thursday of every month for Board Meetings.

Candidates should submit a headshot and a 200-word statement about yourself and why you want to run to info@qvna.org by October 19, 2017. Statements will be published on QVNA’s website, and candidates are invited to make a brief statement at QVNA’s General Meeting on October 19. Elections will take place at the General Meeting on November 16, 2017.

If you need to attend additional meetings to be eligible, the upcoming meetings qualify:

  • Friends of Nebinger September 27 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA General Meeting September 28 7:30 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA Board Meeting October 5 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • Schools & Youth Committee October 12 7 PM at Weccacoe
  • QVNA General Meeting October 19 7:30 at Old Swedes

For more information on QVNA and its Board, please see our by-laws.

Fall 2017 QVNA Community Grant Cycle Open

The QVNA Board is pleased to announce the Fall cycle of our Community Grant Program that enables residents of Queen Village to execute projects that will improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.
Who is eligible:  All established groups in Queen Village (QVNA committees, “Friends of” groups, garden groups, parks, schools, etc.) as well as newly forming groups, or committees.
What can get funded? QVNA will accept grant requests for projects starting at $500. The range of projects can include greening, sustainability, historic preservation, beautification, safety, schools/education, health—any project that affects quality of life issues for residents of Queen Village will be considered.
Timeframe:  Please submit your requests to info@qvna.org by October 15th (this is a firm deadline). Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee through the end of November. Additional information will be solicited as needed during the evaluation process. The Committee will make funding recommendations to the Board at the December 7 meeting. Those selected for grants will be notified by email following the meeting and acknowledged publicly at the December 21 end-of-year social event.
Please note that funding will be allocated as a reimbursement or direct payment for items. QVNA will not give money for DonorsChoose projects if they have funding by the time grant recipients are announced.
In the past, QVNA grants have helped to fund projects like the Fulton Street Mural, a joint quality of life signage project with Paradigm Gallery and local street artist Kid Hazo, scholastic endeavors at Meredith and Nebinger Elementary, as well as improvements Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, Mario Lanza Park, Bodine Street Community Garden, Friends of Shot Tower and others.

After School Program at Old Pine Community Center

Old Pine Community Center offers a full day care on most school holidays and on half days at no extra charge. The program is for grades K-8, a nutritional snack is provided each day. Financial aid is available and CCIS is accepted.

Activities include sports, arts & crafts, literacy, homework help, STEAM, and activities.

Pickup is from McCall, Nebinger and Meredith.

For more information contact Old Pine Community Center 401 Lombard St, Philadelphia PA 19147 center@oldpine.org 215-627-2493

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

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.

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

Bakerhoops at Shot Tower Recreation Center

BAKERHOOPS and Friends of Shot Tower are offering a coed basketball clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays September 5th to October 5th 6-7pm for elementary school students only. The cost is $150 per child.

Register online at http://www.bakerhoops.com or bring cash, check or credit card to the first class. Questions about the program or registration call 215-939-8291 or getbetter@bakerhoops.com.

BAKERHOOPS is a unique basketball performance company. We train, teach and propel athletes of all ages to the appropriate paths for success. Not only do we guide them to accomplishing set goals, we also assist with maintaining the mindset of greatness. The concept of Bakerhoops is “Results Driven” by igniting innate abilities. We strive to strengthen our athletes’ performance by putting them in position to achieve ultimate results. Our client focus is on “basketball first” athletes who have a goal of playing high school, collegiate basketball and beyond. We train winners.