COMMUNITY IMPACT COMMITTEE

The Community Impact Committee’s main objective is to connect and support all members of our community, especially our neighbors who are in need.

Get Involved

The Community Impact Committee meets every 1st Sunday of the month at 4:00 PM via ZOOM *unless otherwise noted.

 

Who Should Get Involved

 

If you’re interested in helping build stronger relationships within the neighborhood, the Community Impact Committee is your chance to shine. Join us at a monthly meeting or one of our events to engage with our community.

Resources

A list of local nonprofit organizations that are always seeking volunteers!

Initiatives

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Micro-Grants

SOSNA micro-grants make opportunities available by financially supporting resident-driven initiatives. The funding priorities align with SOSNA’s goals of acting as the neighborhood impact hub and facilitating connections for nonprofits, businesses, community groups, and neighbors. The grant amounts have ranged from $250 to $6,000 and have funded concerts, block parties, placemaking projects, and more.

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Scholarships & Awards

SOSNA gives out a Higher Education Scholarship and Michelle Cutner Award that contributes $1,000 and towards tuition for a college-bound high-school senior from the neighborhood and $100 for each an exemplary student at both Chester A. Arthur and E.M. Stanton Elementary Schools. The Scholarships reward both excellence in and out of the classroom and dedication to the community.

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Donation Drives

The SOSNA Community Outreach and Partnerships Committee holds an annual winter clothing drive for The Bethesda Project and yields dozens of warm outfits for homeless individuals in need. The Committee also holds annual school supply drives for local schools, a holiday turkey give-away for local senior centers, churches, and more.

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Soup Group

About 5 households (individuals/families/whatever) will rotate with one household making a big pot of homemade soup on a weekly basis. The other group members come to pick up their share at set time. Everyone gets to take home a homemade soup for their household each week, but only one household has to cook once every 5 weeks. Group members often chat and trade recipes during the weekly pickup.

Soup Group is sponsored by Philly Food Works.