Warriors In The World December Event

December 16th (2017)

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    Room: Off Site Location

    For December’s event, Warriors in the World will help the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc., in partnership with the Philadelphia Marines, sort and distribute toys for tots for the holidays. Please check out the details below and email Andrea C. Anastasi at [email protected] if you would like to join.  

    *Note: separate registration is required for this event—information on how to register is below.
    Date: Saturday, December 17
    Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (the project is scheduled from 10 AM-4PM; feel free to stay longer if you’re up for it)
    Family-friendly event: Teenagers are welcome to join with the supervision of an adult
    Organization: The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence Inc.
    Address: 3001 Walnut Street, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    The mission of the King Association is to preserve and advance the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through educating, interpreting, advocating and promoting nonviolent theory and philosophy. The Association works with schools, colleges and universities, with corporations and business organizations, with religious and community groups as well as the general public. 
    Volunteers will be sorting and distributing toy donations. In the morning, when WITW is scheduled, sorting and set up for distribution will take place. Distribution is scheduled for the afternoon when families arrive to pick up toys. Warriors are welcome to stay longer to participate in this part of the project.  
    Please note that this event entails some tasks that vary from light-medium physical labor, e.g., carrying boxes, bending over, and other movements associated with sorting through a large quantity of items.
    To register for this event, please go to the organization’s Volunteer Opportunities page. Directly under the “Volunteer Opportunities” heading, you will see “Philadelphia Marines Toys for Tots Toy Distribution” with a brief description below and a deep purple tab that says “Apply Here.” Click on the “Apply Here” tab. The page will automatically scroll down to the “2017 Toy Distribution Volunteer Form.”  
    The form will ask for your name and contact info. For times you’re available to volunteer, please note that WITW is scheduled from 10 AM-1:00 PM, but the event goes until 4PM, so feel free to type in whatever times work best for you. You need to register, but there is no confirmation email.
    Accessing the building. 

    The building is located on north side of Walnut Street just west of 30th Street (near/just east of World Café Live). The entrance is the first building entrance on Walnut Street just west of 30th Street, and there is a placard above the entrance that says “James E. Hogwood Memorial Building.”  

    When you walk in, tell Security you’re there to volunteer for the toy distribution, then take the elevator to the 7th floor.  

    If you’re using your GPS, the address might come up as the JFK Medical Center and/or AFSCME District Council 33, which also have offices in that building.

    Public transportation. 

    -Subway: the closest stop is 30th Street on the Market Frankford Line/MFL (Blue Line). Walk south on 30th and take a right on Walnut. The building will be right there. It’s about a 10 minute walk.

    -Regional Rail: the closest stop is 30th Street Station. Walk south on 30th and take a right on Walnut. The building will be right there. It’s about a 10 minute walk

Bus: Coming from the east, the 21 and the 42 heading west on Walnut Street both have stops directly in front of the entrance. Coming from the west, the 21 and 42 stop on Chestnut, one block north of Walnut—get off at 30th and Chestnut, walk south on 30th Street to Walnut and then take a right on Walnut.

    -Trolley: The 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36 trollies all stop at 30th Street. Walk south on 30th and take a right on Walnut. The building will be right there. It’s about a 10 minute walk.

    ***If you would like assistance figuring out a SEPTA route, please feel free to reach out to the coordinator, Andrea, who would be happy to help.

    -Street Parking.

    There is street parking available in the vicinity, including on 30th Street and on the north side of Walnut Street.

    -Off Street Parking.

    The Cira Centre South Garage is located on the east side of 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut. Fun fact: there’s an awesome public park at the top of the garage with amazing views of the city. It’s called Cira Green and is open 7 days a week from 7AM-8PM this time of year, if you want to check it out.

    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.
    *Please don’t forget: separate registration is required for this event.
    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.
    EAT (Everyone At The Table) Café
    Supported a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant focused on providing access to healthy, hearty food with dignity.