Five Easy Steps for Hosting a Successful Block Cleanup

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It’s that time of year again, when the whole city rises up to clean our schools, playgrounds, alleys, and blocks. This is the ninth year of the program, and the city tends to trash around a million pounds of garbage in one day. Although cleaning up your block is way easier if done constantly, this is a great day to host a special cleanup for your block because the city will provide all of the tools you’ll need for FREE. And the best part is that once you get the materials, they’re yours to keep. Here are the five easy steps to hosting your own cleanup:

  1. Reach out to your neighbors! A block cleanup will only be successful if everyone on your block knows about the event and is excited to clean. If you’re the block captain, great, this is your job! Otherwise, go out and find your block captain by knocking on doors and chatting with neighbors, and make sure they are on board.
  2. Create a volunteer event online. The only way to get supplies for free is by filling out a form online and requesting them. You need to create a username for the Philadelphia Streets Department website and then “Submit a New Event” to get started. Fill in all of your information and make sure that you ask for extra volunteers so your event shows up on the official cleanup map:
  3. Request your supplies. The site will ask you how many trash bags, gloves, brooms, rakes, shovels, recycling bins, and gallons of paint you’ll need. Don’t ask for more than you need, but don’t forget that you’ll be able to give out extra supplies to your neighbors so that you can continue cleaning all summer. Submit your event, and if you need help, contact the NNA Clean & Green Committee for help. (Contact Us)
  4. Pick up your supplies. Everyone who has created a volunteer event will receive a voucher on the week of March 28th, 2016 with information about how to pick up your supplies. The bad news is that you have to hop into a car and travel to 3303 S. 63rd Street on Mon (4/4/16) – Fri (4/8/16): 7a – 6p or Sat (4/9/16): 7-10a with your driver’s license to prove your residence. The good news is that if you can’t make it, the NNA Clean & Green Committee can help you out by picking it up and scheduling a drop-off time with you.
  5. Get the word out! One or two weeks before the cleanup, make sure you let your neighbors know what’s going down. You can do this by either knocking on doors or dropping off flyers. If you would like to print out flyers, contact us and we'll provide a template for you.

And then clean up your block! There are a few steps to the process, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be your blocks official city-cleanup representative and it will feel great to help keep your neighborhood clean. Good luck!

A few extra notes:


PGW Work Scheduled in our Neighborhood

A message from Philadelphia Gas Works for work between April 27th, 2016 and August 3rd, 2016:

As part of Philadelphia Gas Works’ ongoing work to improve the quality, safety and capacity of its natural gas delivery system, we’d like to share some important information with you. 

As a reminder natural gas pipeline is scheduled for replacement in your area at the following locations: 

• 1700 Reed Street 
• 1300 S. 17th Street 
• 1300 S. Colorado Street 
• 1300 S. Bouvier Street 

We invite you to view PGW’s Worksite Map at for project locations, more information about the pipeline improvement process and its benefits and how it impacts you. 

Daily work hours, based on the City’s posted hours of operation, are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for specific sections. Your cooperation with parking restrictions and barricaded areas is appreciated and will help our crews to work safely and efficiently. 

We appreciate your cooperation as we work every day to improve the safety and reliability of natural gas service delivery in Philadelphia. 

Thank you. 

Philadelphia Gas Works


Proposed By-law Amendments

Every couple of years we revisit our Constitution and By-laws to determine if any changes need to be made in order to keep up with the way our organization works. The only major proposed change is to eliminate the Education Committee since the NNA board already has an official seat on the Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE) board. Most of the other changes are minor, but we're always looking for feedback. We'll be presenting these proposed changes at our March meeting (March 22nd, 2016) and having an official vote at our April meeting (April 26th, 2016). Please come out and voice yuor thoughts about your local civic!

Our current by-laws: /media/10074/nnabylaws-december2013.pdf

Our proposed by-law changes in Microsoft Word format: /media/15714/nnabylaws-jan2016_amended.docx

Proposed By-law Changes

  • Members who live outside service area cannot be committee chairs or vote in general meetings
  • Changing "12 committee chairpersons" to "2 co­chairs per committee"
  • “coordinate w/ organizations that have similar educational focus” moved from Education committee to Outreach committee
  • Absolve Education Committee
  • Webmaster changed to “Technology Committee”
  • Change “fiscal year” to “calendar year”
  • All other roles of Education Committee are eliminated

Tonight's Zoning Meeting Cancelled

Our regularly scheduled Public Zoning Meeting for tonight, Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 has been CANCELLED. We'll be hosting our next public meeting on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 6:30pm at Reed Street Apartments.


Invest in Childs Elementary!

Facebook event:

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If you're interested in getting more involved in our local elementary school at 16th and Wharton, please join Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE) for their March meeting at the American Sardine Bar on Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 7:30pm.


Nominations for Annual Election Announced

It's that time of year again for the annual NNA elections! We currently have four nominations for the board. Come out and vote at our general meeting on February 23rd, 2016.

  • President - Miguel Garces
  • Public Safety Co-chair - Charlie Elison
  • Zoning Co-chair - Job Itzkowitz
  • Outreach Co-chair - Jessica Itzkowitz

If you would like to nominate someone, please e-mail We will also be presenting a set of proposed amendments to the by-laws, which we will be voting on at our March General Meeting (3/22/16).