Warriors in the World - Outreach and Monthly Volunteer Events

October 20th (2017)

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    Room: Off Site Location

    For October’s event, we will have a meal together as a form of service at EAT Café, which is described in more detail below. We are doing this, instead of volunteering on a project, because it will provide us with an opportunity to talk and get to know each other better in addition to supporting a nonprofit restaurant that works to nourish the community through good food and fellowship. Typically, we do not get to talk a lot when volunteering and/or perhaps not everyone has gotten to meet each other. This event will give us a chance to talk, discuss our efforts as a group, and build community.


     Date:  Friday, October 20, 2017

     Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Please note the restaurant closes at 8:00 PM)

     Organization:  EAT Café

     Location:  3820 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

     Family friendly:  Children and teens are welcome

     Requirements:  Bring your appetite! The food is so yummy!



     The EAT (Everyone At the Table) Café is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can café that nourishes, educates, and unites community in a welcoming environment. The EAT Café is a collaboration among Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, the Vetri Community Partnership, Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management, and the West Philadelphia community.

     At EAT Café, we believe that everyone has a right to access healthy, hearty food with dignity. In Philadelphia, nearly 1 in 4 people are food insecure. We address food insecurity by providing nutritious, high quality meals to all who walk through our door. We serve three-course meals made from fresh ingredients, and our menu options change daily.

    Our menu changes weekly, based on seasonality and availability of ingredients from our partnered vendors and donors. We offer three course meals for a suggested price of $15, and as our guest you pay what you canWe accommodate for diet and/or allergy restrictions. Each meal includes a first course, main course, dessert, and beverage. Check out our past menu offerings here. 



     EAT Café is located in West Philadelphia on Lancaster Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets, just a few blocks away from Penn’s campus.


     If you are driving, there is street parking on Lancaster Avenue. There is also a 24 hour parking garage at 3901 Market Street, a few blocks away from the restaurant, which allows you to pre-purchase parking and/or calculate the rate ahead of time on its website. If you park in the garage, I suggest walking down/east on Market to 38th Street, taking a left on 38th, walking a few blocks to Lancaster Avenue, and then taking another left. The restaurant is mid-block on the south side of the street (so you don’t have to cross Lancaster Ave). It’s about a 10 minute walk.

     Public Transportation:

     One option is to take the Market Frankford Line (Blue Line) to 40th and Market, walk down/east on Market to 38th, then hang a left/go north until you hit Lancaster Avenue. Take a left, and EAT Café is in the middle of the block on the south side of the street (so you don’t have to cross Lancaster Ave). It’s about a 10 minute walk.

     Another option is catching the 10 trolley, which has a stop at 38th and Lancaster.

     A final option that I know of if you’re coming from South Philly area, is catching the 40 bus on Lombard Street and taking it to 38th and Market, then walking up/north on 38th to Lancaster, hanging a left, and finding EAT Café in the middle of the block (so you don’t have to cross Lancaster Ave). It’s about a 10 minute walk.

     There are probably more options…if none of the foregoing works for you and you’d like assistance figuring out a SEPTA route, feel to reach out to me, and I can try to help.




    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.




    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.





    Warriors in the World puts into practice our understanding that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness, our awareness of the interdependence of all beings, and our commitment to ease the suffering of others. It endeavors to accomplish this by supporting the wellbeing of our local community through compassionate acts of service and social engagement.


    Accordingly, the Warriors in the World Outreach and Volunteer Committee is for people who are interested in volunteering in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. 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 to volunteer together. These events happen every month. As a member, you would receive information regarding planned outings and can choose to join the group for any that interest you. Many events are family friendly.


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


    Here are some examples of past volunteer events:


    Grace Café

    Served dinner at a Center City soup kitchen run by Arch Street United Methodist Church.


    The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association For Nonviolence, Inc.: 

    Helped with a holiday toy and coat distribution event.


    MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance): 

    Prepared and delivered meals to individuals battling life-threatening illnesses.


    Grow Philly Novick Family Urban Farm

    Worked at an urban farm focused on supporting healthy choices, sustainability, and community.


    The Philadelphia Streets Department & Project HOME

    Participated in the Annual Philadelphia Spring Street Clean-up with Project HOME.


    Friends of the Wissahickon

    Helped to reroute a trail in support of Friends of the Wissahickon’s Sustainable Trails Initiative.



    Packaged boxes of food for those living with food insecurity at the Hunger Relief Center.


    United By Blue:

    Participated in a Wissahickon Creek Cleanup, helping to remove 920 pounds of trash.

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