Passyunk Square Civic Association‘s (PSCA) is celebrating 10 years of delivering their mission of “neighbors helping neighbors.” The nonprofit’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood in order to preserve the neighborhood’s unique historic character and to promote a cohesive community of residents, businesses and institutions.
“It started 10 years ago by a group of neighbors, some of whom are still involved, and it started off in response to zoning concerns in the neighborhood,” said Christine Knapp, past president of the PSCA. “From there, they decided it would be good to have a formal organization that could work on zoning together and other issues in a more permanent structure.”
The neighborhood, whose boundaries are from Broad St. to 6th St., Washington Ave. to Tasker St., also won Curbed Philly’s 2012 Neighborhood of the Year. In addition, the neighborhood grew by 7.7% between 2000 and 2010.
In the past ten years, the PSCA helped plant approximately 1,000 trees in the neighborhood, conducted 119 clean up days, helped to recycle 19,000 tons of e-waste, distributed 150 recycling bins and have mulched several thousand Christmas trees.
They also worked with both Jackson and Kirkbride schools on school supply drives and resource gathering, volunteer events and other activities. PSCA volunteers have also organized several events including an annual art show, plant sale, christmas tree sale, happy hours and a variety of other fun and educational events to help bring the community together.
The PSCA used their 10 year anniversary celebration on December 3rd to host a winter clothing drive for children in the neighborhood by asking attendees to bring new or like-new children’s sized coat, hat, scarf, or gloves to the event.
For more information about the PSCA, visit passyunksquare.org. Monthly meetings are held by the PSCA on the first Tuesday of the month, except in July and August at 6:30 pm at 6:30 PM at Annunciation BVM Church Hall.
(Image via passyunksquare.org)
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