Meet Our Partners

Learn how you can get involved with our nonprofit partners who are doing outstanding work to reduce the impact of poverty on our neighbors.  

Each of our partners presented a short (~3 minute) overview of their organization including info about about their mission, communities served as well as ways you and your team can get involved. We encourage you to follow up with us following the presentation to schedule a lunch & learn or plan a future volunteer event!

Our Partners

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Break the generational cycle of poverty

Since its founding in 1981, ACHIEVEability works each day to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, and community and economic development.

​ACHIEVEability partners with individuals and families to address the inter‐related social challenges of poverty, high unemployment, and low educational attainment. They achieve this through their core programs: Family Self-Sufficiency Program, ACHIEVEability Connects, and WorkSmart West Philly. 

Volunteers can participate in mentoring, tutoring, neighborhood clean ups, skills based projects, or hosting donation drives of food, holiday gifts, school supplies and home essentials. 

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Launch talented students & inspire college students to pursue education careers

Breakthrough increases educational opportunity by focusing on the development of both students and teachers. Through academic enrichment and college access, Breakthrough prepares students who have limited educational opportunities to attend and succeed at competitive high schools and, ultimately, to envision themselves at four-year colleges. Simultaneously, Breakthrough develops future educators by providing professional teaching experiences to college students through its selective residency programs. 

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is a tuition-free academic enrichment program committed to supporting academically motivated but under-resourced middle school students to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Students begin the program the summer before seventh grade and continue during the school year until ninth grade, engaging in rigorous college-preparatory courses and transformative co-curricular experiences. Programming is offered for six weeks in the summers and on Saturdays during the school year. Breakthrough also employs experienced educators to coach its talented young teaching fellows, many of whom become career educators.

Volunteers provide tutoring, share career experiences and participate in scientific education programming. 

Practice Radical Hospitality

A “first responder” for vulnerable populations, Broad Street Ministry is a trauma-informed engagement center that provides meal services alongside essential needs such as clothing, toiletries, mail, and comprehensive on-site social services provided by our trusted collaborating partners. Our integrated Concierge Service helps guests navigate these and other services around the city and develop a coordinated, holistic care plan towards stability. Our core values of radical hospitality means our doors and services are open to all. Watch this video to learn more about volunteering at Broad Street Ministry.

 

Volunteers serve meals to guests of BSM and provide the service one would receive at a fine restaurant, and with the hospitality you would feel at your family’s holiday meal. Volunteers can also help sort and distribute mail to the numerous guests using BSM as their permanent mailing address. 
 

It's More Than A Cause, It's A Kid

Cradles to Crayons works with families, individuals, community groups, and companies to serve over 70,000 children every year in the Philadelphia region. New and nearly new children’s items are collected through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers in The Giving Factory. Packages from The Giving Factory are distributed to local disadvantaged children through Cradles to Crayons collaborative network of diverse service partners. Watch this video to learn more about how volunteering at Cradles to Crayons supports youth in our community.

 

Volunteers sort through donations, assemble outfits, and package items to go out to children in need.

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Citizen Science

The first and only citizen science program for biomedicine, eCLOSE provides training programs where all participants contribute data and ideas, uncovering dietary interventions for disease, removing selectivity, celebrating culture, and providing exceptional research experiences. Level 1 Classroom: Science teachers train as principal investigators, bringing ~100 students/year into cancer/diabetes research. >1000 students (80% Title 1) contributed in 2019. Level 2 Camp: 6th-10th graders advance classroom projects, pinpointing genetic targets of dietary compounds.  Level 3 Undergraduate Bridge: Undergraduates train in developmental/cell biology, biochemistry, and behavior/population research, equivalent to graduate school rotations. Level 4 Workforce: Adults gain technical training to acquire paid internships.

Volunteers present their career trajectories, experience, and advice on the skills needed and requirements for given positions, and answer questions from participants that delve deeper into the steps needed to advance in particular career paths. Speaker opportunities are available in Summer Camps and BULB/Workforce development. 

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Making Hope Happen

For almost 80 years, JEVS Human Services has worked to help individuals throughout the Philadelphia region enhance their employability, independence, and quality of life through a broad range of programs and to create innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.

JEVS promotes an asset-based approach to working with clients to help them achieve their highest quality of life.  To maximize the potential of clients who face multiple challenges, JEVS guides them in navigating the best options to meet their needs and connects them to quality services to enable them to participate fully in society.  Through 35 programs, JEVS provides Education & Career Services, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Community Supports & Adult Residential and Long-Term Supports & In-Home Care. 

Volunteers conduct mock interviews, engage in short term mentoring tutor, share career paths and hosting collection drives for essential items to help families stay healthy and safe.

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Delivering Nourishment

Improving Health 

MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, MANNA empowers people to improve their health and quality of life. MANNA has been serving our neighbors for over 30 years. Founded by a small group of individuals to comfort their neighbors suffering from HIV/AIDS, MANNA is now a leading provider of medical nutrition services in Greater Philadelphia, and an advocate for the Food is Medicine movement nationwide. Deeply embedded in the local health community, MANNA provides medical nutrition to people facing life-threatening illnesses.

Over the last year, more than 7,000 volunteers provided over 54,000 hours in the MANNA kitchen preparing meals under the supervision of their ServSafe certified chefs, and delivered meals to clients throughout the greater Philadelphia area. MANNA also encourages volunteers to assist in the annual Pie in Sky fundraiser at Thanksgiving by preparing / packaging pies as well as selling pies. 

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Welcoming the World To Philadelphia

Since 1921

Nationalities Services Center welcomes and empowers immigrants to thrive in our  communities and pursue a just future.  NSC believes that immigrants and refugees are a critical part of the fabric of life  in the United States, and it is their vision that all immigrants and refugees achieve a life of dignity, safety, stability,  sustainable opportunities and meaningful connections to their communities. To this end, NSC provides  comprehensive services to immigrants and refugees, including free or low-cost legal protections, community  integration, access to health and wellness services, and ESL classes. The dedicated staff are committed to ensuring  that each of their clients receive high-quality holistic care and work together to refer clients to internal and external services based on the individual’s needs. 

Volunteers who can write in languages other than English  are invited to submit encouraging letters to include in hand-delivered food boxes. Volunteer tutors can help immigrant children online with their homework, volunteer teachers run  (currently online) ESL classes, volunteer workers go to the grocery shop and set up homes for newly-arrived  refugees, and volunteer drivers deliver boxes of culturally-respectful food.  

"Beet Hunger!"

Philabundance’s mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and to end hunger for good. As the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, we serve 90,000 children, families, and older adults every week through our member agency network and other programs. In addition to food distribution, we strive to reduce food waste, increase accessibility to nutritious meals, and tackle the root causes of hunger through programs such as our Ending Hunger For Good initiative. Watch this video to learn more about how volunteering at Philabundance makes a difference in our community.

 

Volunteers at the Hunger Relief Center sort and pack food to be distributed through our programs and agency network.

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Helping Students Reach Their

College Potential

The Philadelphia Education Fund’s mission is to create  equitable access to opportunities for students by providing resources and expertise that build paths to college  and career success. PEF serves its mission by providing programming and consulting services, in college  preparation and STEM education, to students, teachers, and schools. ​

PEF  supports the college and career advising needs of low-income students attending Philadelphia’s lowest graduation rate high schools by: (1) Delivering on-site, one-on-one advising services directly to nearly 4,000  ninth through twelfth graders across 16 Philadelphia high schools; (2) Awarding $500,000 annually in gap-filling, last-dollar college scholarships through the Scholars endowment; (3) Consulting with schools to support the implementation of college-going cultures; (4) Equipping high school students with online resources, through our PhillyGoes2College online portal; and (5) Expanding access to STEM education through the 450-member  Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, and the 10-year partnership with GSK on the STEM Equity Collective.

Teaching and Coaching volunteer roles include  opportunities, such as mentoring a Philadelphia Scholars; delivering a workshop or keynote  address on topics such as essay writing, interviewing skills, workplace competencies, etc.; and “in classroom” presentations on STEM careers and related college pathways (in person or virtual). Professional Consulting and  Administrative Support volunteer opportunities include delivering professional and talent development workshops  for PEF staff; advising on strategic planning and execution; assisting with in-person and/or virtual event  direction, logistics and design; coordinating a supply drive for students in need of technology, college  dorm supplies, interview clothes and motivating incentives; advising on digital products currently under  development; and consulting on program branding, positioning and marketing.

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Help Young Students Achieve

Their Dreams

Philadelphia Futures supports low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.​

They provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students tools for college success. Philadelphia Futures offers students a comprehensive, tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success, including: (1) partnerships with twelve Pennsylvania college and universities providing students with more than $45 million in financial aid; (2) network of support for students on their college campuses that was developed over 31 years; (3) resources for students, including $3,000 - $6,000 in sponsorship funds; (4)  long-term one-to-one mentor for Sponsor-A-Scholar students; (5) individualized support for participating collegians; (6)  highly-successful summer internship program.

Volunteer opportunities include a range of activities including being Career Day Hosts, Job Shadowing Hosts, Summer Internship Hosts (through Project Onramp), Information Session Hosts, Informational Interviewers, Career Panelists, Career Research & Exploration Course Guest Speakers, Job/Internship Mock Interviewers or Workshop Facilitators.

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"None of us are home until

all of us are Home"

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society.​

 

Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. Project HOME addresses the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.

Volunteers can participate in the Grocery Lifeline program, conduct book drives, sending Notes of Hope, collect items for holiday drives or join in street clean ups. 

Help Young Adults Reach Their Potential

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing motivated young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The Opportunity Divide is the vast gap that exists between young adults from underserved neighborhoods, who have the motivation to succeed but lack access to the resources that will enable them to do so, and companies who have sizable human capital needs and lack access to a viable pool of motivated and diverse talent. Watch this video to learn more about the youth participating in Year Up.

 

Volunteers serve as mentors, participate in mock interviews, resume reviews or share their experiences as a guest speaker.

Opening Doors To The Minds Of Tomorrow

FirstHand powered by University City Science Center engages Philadelphia youth providing an immersive, hands-on, laboratory-based learning experience that exposes the middle and high school students to careers in STEM. Over the past five years, FirstHand has served more than 2,500 youth over 22,000+ engagement hours from 14 Philadelphia schools. Watch this video to learn more about the student experience at FirstHand.