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Philly Do-Gooders

Every day, we celebrate compassionate heroes from around our communities who have gone out of their way to help others, seek change, and spread awareness. Check back daily for a reminder of how awesome we all can be.

Have a story you want to share? Send it our way: info@letslive.us

 


Tuesday, September 8th

Did you know Philadelphia is statistically the poorest big city in the United States with more than 300,000 children living in poverty across the region? Scary statistic, however, Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia is on a mission to change that. They provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play [free of charge]. The Philadelphia Chapter just recently teamed up with a local car dealership to pack over 400 backpacks for the community. To learn more about them or to volunteer, please visit their website.


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Sunday, August 30th

We Love Philly is a program that empowers students with positive community experiences and essential professional skills through mindfulness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and content creation. Their site is packed with free resources, community service opportunities and chances to volunteer throughout the city. If you’re interested in their programs, every element is aimed to empower students. The students journal, learn mindfulness, and explore crucial life skills such as financial literacy and home ownership through their classes. They volunteer for causes they deem crucial and meet with local business owners and entrepreneurs to learn from prominent members of our communities. The We Love Philly program is something our students need in Philadelphia. Visit their website to learn more or to get involved.


Saturday, August 29th

The Black Dragon Breakfast Club is here to change the perception of cannabis in our lives. This lifestyle brand was established in 2019 by Tsehaitu Abye, an Ethiopian-American entrepreneur and patient, who found a need to connect other patients to professionals and creatives to advocacy brands in the cannabis industry. The goal? To support medicinal cannabis, social justice, wellness, diversity of thought and creativity. Their events are designed to serve families and victims impacted by the war on drugs through education and exercise for the mind, body and soul. To learn more, visit their website and visit their Instagram.


Friday, August 28th

Rasheed Zaire Ajamu is the brains and muscle behind the online informational hub, Phreedom Jawn. The site exists on Instagram and Twitter and has been around for at least two years. You can go to any one of the platforms to find posts on news, culture resources, and information about BLM-related protests and marches. The article covering Rasheed in Philadelphia Gay News describes Phreedom Jawn as “a Black Philly blog dedicated to highlighting and sharing stories for us and by us.” He is a Black, queer Philadelphian who works as a program coordinator for a local community development center. When asked about his passion for the pages Rasheed said, “given the climate and the settings that we were in around the end of May, early June, I felt like it was important to get different messaging out.” Follow Phreedom Jawn and support this ‘Do-Gooder’!


Thursday, August 27th

 

Nonprofit, Coded By Kids, was founded in 2014 by Sylvester Mobley to help give kids access to careers in tech. His belief is that community members and organizations alike need to have a hard discussion about the results of unaddressed racial inequity and oppression. Coded by Kids, a 501c3 tech education nonprofit, address some of those disparities. Their focus is on providing young people from underrepresented groups with software development, digital design, computer science, and tech startup-focused entrepreneurship programs. These programs are designed to provide young people of all backgrounds with beginner to advanced level tech skills in areas where the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion are the greatest. Learn more about them on their website and share with a young person you feel would be impacted by such a great program.


Wednesday, August 26th

West Philadelphia business incubator The Enterprise Center provides local small businesses with resources and operates the Minority Business Development Agency’s Business Center of Pennsylvania. They have a rich and diverse practice supporting minority entrepreneurs and under-resourced communities spanning more than three decades. They were integral in helping to support these businesses after they were looted and organized cleanups to help the surrounding community.


Tuesday, August 25th

On Friday, July 3, 2020, 40 women and girls of all ages, backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses gathered together at the historic steps of the Art Museum of Philadelphia to say in one collective voice – Enough is ENOUGH! We are done dying. Their goal is to raise awareness and say the names of the many Black women and girls whom have been victims of police violence. If you want to get involved, they’ve created a petition on Change.org and are asking each of you to sign it, as well as send and share it with your friends, family and network to raise awareness of our demands and garner additional support. Salute to these women and the countless others standing up and saying ENOUGH!


Monday, August 24th

REC Philly on Twitter: "The Big Clean Up: North Philly ...
PHOTO by RECPhilly.com

REC Philly has been pushing for positive growth and exposure of Philly artists for the past few years. During the summer they took action with those same artists and community members by creating a series of neighborhood cleanups – focusing on areas usually missed by other organizations. Why? Well, in their words “just cause.”


Sunday, August 23rd

Maria Lozada, left, a treatment adherence specialist at Bebashi, is shown here with one of the clients she visits, Darnell Starr, right, in Philadelphia, July 30, 2020.
Photo by: JESSICA GRIFFIN via Inquirer

In the wake of COVID-19 and the civil unrest across the nation we sometimes need small reminders that good people still exist. That reminder is Maria Lozado, a treatment adherence specialist at Bebashi: Transition to Hope – a full-service HIV/AIDS organization that serves low-income people of color. Since lockdown, she has been delivering medications to clients who would normally pick them up at the office. She arranges the medications needed by homebound clients living with HIV or AIDS, and then checks who might also need a bag of toiletries or maybe some food before loading up the van. From the piece covering her in the Inquirer, she clearly is a beautiful soul with a huge heart.


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