WHAT’S UP, PGDG? Let’s Get the Word Out!

Today's post is your one-stop-shop for all current events in the work of Philly Girls Do Good! We took a quick survey of the latest ventures of PGDG women, and came up with some tidbits, links, news-worthies, and updates. If something catches your eye, please click the URL provided to connect and get more information!In no particular order:

Donna Carney of Citizens Planning Institute has posted an RFQ to hire a program assistant. The CPI program increases the capacity of citizens and civic organizations to participate in planning their communities and the city of Philadelphia. CPI has become a national model for civic involvement in an engaged planning process. Apply TODAY(!) Applications will be accepted through May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!) http://citizensplanninginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/RFQ_CPI-Associate-Position1.pdf

Lois Brink, Chief Strategist of The Big Sandbox, won the coveted Knight Cities Challenge Grant on behalf of the Philly newbie (2014) non-profit. The Big Sandbox “strives to mobilize urban communities around green infrastructure and produce meaningful community spaces: schoolyards, urban parks and other places.” This will give them some cash to implement the green dream! http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201550701/

Pamela Zimmerman, civic volunteer extraordinaire, would like to shout out an official “Save the Date!” for Park(ing) Day 2015 as the the summer light wanes. Start your 10X20-foot public realm planning to build it (and take it down, and have a party) on Friday, September 18, 2015. http://www.parkingdayphila.org/.

Did I say “extraordinaire”??? Of course there is way more news that Pam wants to SHARE: Have you been to“Leverage”, the Community Design Collaborative (CDC) event? http://www.cdesignc.org/leverage2015. It is a great way to see how the CDC (E.D. Beth Miller, PGDG 2013-14) supports worthy design efforts throughout Philadelphia and learn how YOU might get involved. There will be another CDC event about transformational schoolyard design on May 4: http://www.cdesignc.org/transformingschoolyards. Pam also wants you to know about an amazing group called Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. They have been providing social services in the Tioga neighborhood for over 25 years and now celebrating the opening of a Head Start classroom, which will expand their offerings in the community: http://www.mercyneighbors.org/news-media/. We may have a PGDG nominee coming out of MNM for class of 2015-16.

 Nancy Goldenberg became a PGDGer as Chief of Staff at the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (GREAT Flower Show this year!!), but she’s JUMPED! She is now making a big difference every day in Center City Philadelphia as the Vice President of Planning, Development & Research AND ALSO the Executive Director of the Center City District Foundation. It is great to see her profile at the top of the CCD org chart! http://www.centercityphila.org/

This year’s class member of PGDG, Joyce Smith of Viola Street Residents Association was celebrated last night (!) at the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) 23rd Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony at the WHYY Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons. She was the STAR of the evening, winning PACDC's 2015 Community Leader award. http://pacdc.org/

The Fairmount Park Conservancy, with PDGDer Kathryn Ott Lovell at the helm, just celebrated their HUGE NEWS: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation are investing $11 million in an initiative led by Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park Conservancy to test the idea that green and civic open space can be reimagined to make cities more successful. “The initiative will explore whether reinventing and connecting these public places as a network of civic assets will help cities attract and keep talented workers, advance economic opportunity, encourage residents to become more engaged in shaping their communities, and begin to level the playing field between more affluent communities and those in need.” The institutions and projects selected to benefit from this initiate are The Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park, the Reading Viaduct Rail Park (Board President, Leah Murphy, PGDG 2013-14), Bartram’s Mile trail project along the lower Schuylkill River, Lovett Memorial Library and Park in Mt. Airy, and Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Centennial Commons in West Fairmount Park for the Parkside community. Kathryn Ott Lovell rocks the public realm! http://myphillypark.org/news/in-the-news/

But that’s not all! We park geeks think it’s pretty great that the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust are now ONE—as the Conservancy since January 1 this year. They will “jointly steward and enhance the park’s rich and related natural and cultural resources”. Please read more about it on PlanPhilly: http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/04/20/fairmount-park-advocates-unite

Now if we could only get these (and other!) amazing PGDG women together for a conversation, we could look at their paths to inspire our own.

Oh, wait! That’s what we do through this BLOG!

Stay tuned for next month’s conversation curated by blogger Kate Rutlege about Making Change—on the ground and in the neighborhood.

And please learn more about each of the wondrous women of PGDG and how they SERVE Philadelphia with the great work they DO through the organizations they LEAD! CLICK HERE: PHILLY GIRLS DO GOOD!