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Is Volunteering in Your DNA? 4 Philly Charities That Want You

Part of what makes this city great is the non-profit organizations working to make it even better, and they couldn’t possibly accomplish their goals without the support of dedicated volunteers. If you’re itching to do some good in your neighborhood, here are a few organizations that would welcome a few more helping hands.

Mighty Writers works to connect some 2,000 Philadelphia kids ages 7 to 17 with volunteer mentors who teach and inspire them, help them with homework, and build literacy skills.

Broad Street Ministry

A far cry from the average soup kitchen, Broad Street Ministry envisions a city where everyone has enough to eat, and where they’re treated as well as restaurant guests while they enjoy it. Six days each week they serve a healthy meal, to anyone who cares to partake. They also provide a space where visitors in need can access services of all kinds. Volunteer to greet guests, bus tables, and serve food at one of the meals they serve to hundreds each week.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Philly’s largest no-kill animal shelter, PAWS makes good on their mission of serving the city’s abandoned and homeless animals, providing low-cost veterinary care and placing animals pulled from the city shelters into new, loving homes. Lend a paw by volunteering to socialize or bathe animals at the shelter, help out an adoption event, or help coordinate adoption and transportation support.

PAWS is 100% donor funded, so every animal they save truly depends on the generosity of supporters.

PAWS is 100% donor funded, so every animal they save truly depends on the generosity of supporters.

Mighty Writers

The person who taught you to write was likely not a Pulitzer-winner, and you don’t have to be one either to teach the potential winners of tomorrow’s Pulitzer prizes. Mighty Writers works to connect some 2,000 Philadelphia kids ages 7 to 17 with volunteer mentors who teach and inspire them, help them with homework, build literacy skills, and guide them to better express themselves with the written word.

Project HOME

Homelessness isn’t just one problem, but a lack of access in general to fundamental resources of all kinds: health care, education, housing, and employment. Project home works to break the cycle of poverty that contributes to homeless and these other kinds of isolation, and they always need compassionate volunteers to help. Project HOME’s aim of getting at the root causes of poverty means that they offer a wealth of volunteer opportunities including helping at their safe haven residences, tutoring in their learning center, or participating in advocacy activities.

Emily Teel

Emily Teel

Emily is a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and restaurant industry insider who lives and works in Philadelphia. A 2015 Eddy Award winner, she's a principal at Farm Market Media and a regular contributor to several publications including Serious Eats, Philadelphia Magazine, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. See more of her work at emilyteel.com. VIEW ALL POSTS