Warriors in the World - Outreach and Monthly Volunteer Events

September 16th

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    Room: Off Site Location
    September's volunteering event will take place with several organizational partners in Wissahickon Valley Park. We will be cleaning up Wissahickon Creek and Devil's Pool in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Please check out the details below and email Andrea C. Anastasi at [email protected] if you would like to join. *Note that registration is required for this event.
     
    DEETS!

    Date:  Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Organizations:  United by Blue, REI Conshohocken, Friends of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia Water, Parks and Recreation, Honeygrow, and Zipcar
     
    Location:  Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA 19128
     
    Family friendly:  Kids and teens welcome with the supervision of an adult
     
    Requirements:  Must be able to do light physical labor
     
    PROJECT DETAILS

    Before emptying into the Schuylkill River, Wissahickon Creek runs for 23 miles through Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Part of the creek forms the Wissahickon Valley, a National Natural Landmark and part of the Fairmount Park system. The Wissahickon Creek is a treasure to many Philadelphians and visitors to the area, who are searching for an escape to nature, providing recreation for hiking, biking, and fishing. Devil's Pool, a popular destination within the park, attracts swimmers and picnickers. Due to the park's heavy recreational activity, and proximity to Philadelphia, trash collects in the creek and moves with with water.  Please help us to clean up the Wissahickon Creek and Devil's Pool to preserve the natural beauty of the Wissahickon Valley. 
     
    REGISTRATION

    Each volunteer should register here: 
     
     
    Simply select the number of volunteers from the drop down menu, then click "REGISTER." You will then be taken to another page that asks for you name and email, along with a few other questions. Once you have registered, you should receive an email from "Ticketleap Orders" with the Subject "Your Registration-REI and United by Blue's Wissahickon Cleanup."
     
    WORK DAY TIPS

    • Please wear sturdy shoes (boots/sneakers) and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet
    • Please bring your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste
    • Honeygrow will be providing snacks for all volunteers, but you are welcome to bring additional reinforcements
    • Sun protection is always smart when working outside, e.g., sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
    • United by Blue will be providing all of the cleanup supplies, so you don't have to worry about that

    DRIVING/PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    Please beware of GPS if this is your first time driving there. You want to make sure that your GPS routes you along Valley Green Road, which is specifically included in the location in the details. Also, there are directions from many locations on the Valley Green Inn website, which appear to be on point.
     
    There is parking near the Valley Green Inn and along Valley Green Road from the entrance of Wissahickon Valley Park to the Inn. Please be aware that if it's a nice Saturday morning, parking may be more limited. Carpooling is encouraged.
     
    As for public transportation, the best option from Center City is the 27 bus (Broad & Carpenter to Plymouth meeting). You would get off at Henry Avenue & Wises Mill Road, but you'd still have about a mile to walk to get to Valley Green Inn. 
     
    Also for those of you new to SEPTA, there is a train station called Wissahickon, as well as, a bus depot called Wissahickon Transportation Center. Both of those are about 5 miles away from Valley Green Inn. Just a heads up. (Wissahickon Valley Park is over 2,000 acres.)
     
    WEATHER

    Friends of the Wissahickon's policy is that they will work in light rain. However, outdoor projects are cancelled in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds, etc. There will be an email from United by Blue 24-48 prior to the event that should say something about inclement weather if that is in the forecast. At any rate, we will have a better sense of the weather closer to the event, and if looks like it may be an issue, it will be addressed accordingly.

    IDENTIFYING FELLOW WARRIORS

    In an effort to recognize peers from the Shambhala community, please wear something green, preferably a shirt, but a hat or other accessory would also work. It’s often the case that we have not had the pleasure of meeting one another in person yet. Wearing a common color is a simple and unassuming way for us to more easily connect with each other at these events.

    Why green? In Buddhist art, green denotes activity (among other things), and, it is also associated with the Buddhist Lord of karma (action), reiterating that green in Buddhist thought is the color of action. Accordingly, green seems to be a fitting color for us given that Warriors in the World is a group of action.

    EXPRESSING INTEREST/QUESTIONS

    If you are interested in joining this event and/or the Warriors in the World group generally, please email Andrea C. Anastasi at [email protected]. Also, feel free to reach out with questions.

     

    ***Remember, in addition to contacting Andrea, you need to register for this event through United by Blue.

     

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    WHO ARE WARRIORS IN THE WORLD?

    Warriors in the World is a group of people connected with the Shambhala Center (both members and non-members) who are interested in volunteering in Philadelphia and/or the surrounding area. We are always looking for new volunteers. 

    There are many charitable events and ongoing programs in and around Philadelphia that could use our help. Members of this group are informed by email about potential opportunities for us to volunteer as a group. These events happen every one to two months. As a member, you would receive the information for planned outings and you could choose to join us for any that might interest you.

    The goal is to have some of the events be family friendly so that these can be family bonding as well as community bonding activities that have a positive impact. We screen opportunities to make sure they’re in line with Shambhala view. 

    Interested? Please contact Andrea C. Anastasi at [email protected] to be added to the email list.

    Here are some examples of volunteer opportunities we've engaged with in the past...

    November 2016: Our first group volunteering event was at Grace Café,  a Center City soup kitchen run by Arch Street United Methodist Church. We helped serve dinner to 200 people in need that evening. 

    December 2016: A group of us helped out at a holiday toy and coat distribution event run by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association For Nonviolence, Inc.

    February 2017: At MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), we helped to prepare and deliver medically-appropriate meals to those who are battling life-threatening illnesses.

    March 2017: At Grow Philly / Novick Family Urban Farmwe had a blast getting our hands dirty and being outside while supporting the promotion of healthy choices, nutrition, sustainability, and community engagement.

    April 2017: We teamed up with the Philadelphia Streets Department and Project HOME for the 10th Annual Philly Spring Street Clean-upwhere we helped to beautify a North Philadelphia neighborhood with the added benefit of enjoying the crisp spring weather and meeting neighbors from all over the city.

    May 2017: We returned to Grace Café and once more helped serve dinner to over 200 people in need that evening.

    June 2017: We helped Friends of the Wissahickon with their Sustainable Trails Initiative by working to reroute the Yellow Trail in a way that would limit erosion, protect the fragile forest habitat, and enhance recreational experiences for those that visit and enjoy Wissahickon Valley Park.

    August 2017: We packaged 400 boxes of food for seniors at the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center. This gave us the opportunity to address the issue of food insecurity in a different way than we have at past volunteer events, demonstrating the multitude of ways one can be of service.


    All Programs: https://philadelphia.shambhala.org/programs/