SERVE Philadelphia Professional Newsletter – May 2014

Friends in Philadelphia, Welcome to the May edition of the SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter! The weather has finally made being outside an experience that doesn’t make you hate your life, and with that there are plenty of opportunities in this newsletter to spend time outside while growing professionally and serving in the city. While we only have one event that is specifically for networking, we believe that all events are opportunities to meet new people and develop your network. But perhaps you’re not interested in physical interaction with other human beings and prefer laying in bed with your laptop all weekend? That’s great, because we’ve got four different webinars below that will provide opportunities for personal and professional development that don’t even require you to leave your room and confront other humans. Aren’t we good to you? As always, please feel free to drop us a line or an opportunity and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

VISTA Opportunity Spotlight:  SERVE Philadelphia is recruiting 2 individuals to be founding US 2020 VISTAs in Philadelphia. This is a unique opportunity to work on STEM mentorship initiatives across the city, build partnerships with different stakeholder organizations, and develop and pilot a STEM Mentoring Platform & Resource Center. Additionally, you’ll be part of the SERVE Philadelphia cohort of VISTAs serving in Philadelphia through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS). Apply HERE. Now, onward to this month’s opportunities: Conferences, Sessions, and Workshops:


  • Reframing Public Defense Webinar – The third in a series of webinars which seek to help the court and public defense community enhance their competitiveness for local, state and federal funding, Reframing Public Defense will provide practical examples of how public defender offices have changed how they frame their work and built partnerships that enhance their effectiveness and improve justice system outcomes.
    When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Fundraising from America: Managing FundraisingDesigned for everyone involved with 501(c)(3) governance, management and fundraising, including board members, officers and development staff. This is also suitable for organisations wishing to learn the requirements and the benefits of a 501(c)(3) prior to obtaining a 501(c)(3) status.
    When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
  • The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy’s Online Mentor Training The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy will offer an online training for those interested in becoming a mentor for Philadelphia adult learners!  Mentors work with adults who are continuing their education and help with the challenges that learners run into along the way.
    When: Saturday, June 7th through June 21st
  • Show Me the Money: How to Fund Your Nonprofit Social Enterprise – This webinar is designed to help nonprofits identify funding options and resources to finance their social venture efforts. A panel of fundraising experts and practitioners will discuss the ins and outs of social venture fundraising, including:Types of funding available to nonprofit social enterprises; Major social enterprise funders and what they look for in making investments; Innovative approaches to social enterprise fundraising such as crowdfunding.
    When: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Networking Opportunities:

  • CreativeConnects® happy hour – “a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for interactive, creative and marketing professionals. Come network with colleagues, meet new people, keep up with industry news and get leads on jobs and business opportunities.”
    When: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
    Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia PA ,19107

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Become a Tech Tutor! – “If you are you a tech-savvy individual looking to make a direct impact on our city’s adult learners, then volunteer 2-3 hours (per week) of your time to become a Tech Tutor!”
    When: Monday – Friday, 2-3 hours per week for six months
    Where: 1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor, Room 26, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Freedom 5K Run – Volunteers Needed! – “As volunteers you will help to direct participants along the course, hand out refreshments, register participants and so much more.”
    When: June 29th, 2014
    Where: 1 N Independence Mall W Philadelphia, PA, 19106
  • AmeriCorps Community Garden Launch Day Event – Join other AmeriCorps VISTAs in Philadelphia on an exciting new community garden project. We will be cleaning up a vacant lot and getting garden beds ready for planting on this day. Contact Dan Kelchner at  215-683-4174 to RSVP or request more information. When: Saturday May 31st
    Where: 3200 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA
  • Waste Watchers Leader/Volunteer – Volunteer with Waste Watchers at the Philly Cycling Classic on June 1st and join Philadelphia on its quest towards sustainability! Volunteers will help divert compostable and recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Submit your email address here to receive more information, or contact Hannah Chatterjee at 215-686-3495 or