Warriors In The World January Event

January 14th (2018)

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    Room: Off Site Location
    For January’s event, Warriors in the World will participate in the 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Specifically, we will work with Repair the World and Philadelphia FIGHT to paint the walls of Philly FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice (ICJ).

    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: Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    Family-friendly event: Kids and teens are welcome with the supervision of an adult

    OrganizationRepair the World and Philadelphia FIGHT (specifically, FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice (ICJ))

    Address: 1207 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107


    ICJ was founded as part of Philly FIGHT’s commitment to working to reduce not only the number of people in prison living with HIV, but also the lasting effects of mass imprisonment on communities most affected. ICJ creates a stigma-free space with innovative, prevention-focused programs that empower, educate, and support people affected by the parallel crises, to protect community health, and raise consciousness around issues of social justice.


    Volunteers will be painting the walls of the ICJ to help beautify the space and make it feel more welcoming. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on and closed toed shoes.


    There are multiple steps to complete registration, detailed below. However, if you need help navigating this process, please feel free to reach out to the WITW Coordinator, Andrea, and she’d be happy to help.

    To register for this event…

    1.    Please go to the Philadelphia MLK Day of Service webpage

    2.    Under “Join us,” click on the dark blue “Volunteer for King Day” tab on the right side of the page.

    3.    The next page will display a map of volunteer opportunities. Beneath this map are several filters, including “Keyword” on the far left. Type “Philadelphia FIGHT” into the “Keyword” box, then click the light blue “Search” tab located directly beneath this box.

    4.    Several opportunities will appear as this project is scheduled for more than one date/time. Choose the opportunity that has the Date & Time of 1/14/2018 @ 10:00 am – 02:00 pm (it should be one of the first two listed at the top, the one on the right) by clicking on the blue text “Volunteer for this project” underneath the word “Register.”

    5.    You will then be prompted to either sign up or login.

    6.    If you already have a login, then use that information to register.

    7.    If you do not have a login (i.e., this is your first time), click on “Sign up.”

    8.    After this, you’ll be taken to a page where you can create an account. It asks for standard material like name and contact information. When it gets to the part about volunteer information, you will select the role of “volunteer” and you can say you are volunteering with a group—a box will appear where you can type in “Warriors in the World. 

    9.    After this, you read and agree to terms and conditions and then click “Submit.”

    10.You should receive an email confirming registration and project information/details within 15 minutes.


    As I mentioned in the “REGISTRATION” section above, this project is scheduled for more than one date/time. WITW is set for Sunday, 1/14/2018 from 10am-2pm.

    However, if you are not available at this time but still want to help with this project, you are encouraged to sign up for one of the other two dates, which are Friday, 1/12/2018 from 2-6pm and Monday, 1/15/18 from 9am-5pm (you don’t have to be there all day—you can volunteer for 2-4 hours).

    Please note that if you go this route, you must be sure to select the opportunity that corresponds to the date/time you intend on volunteering when completing the registration process (please see Step #4 in “REGISTRATION” section above).


    The entrance to the building is located on the north side of Chestnut Street between 12th and 13th streets. It is right next door to the store “Easy Pickins,” and the entrance is marked with the address, 1207, and the name of the organization, ICJ. ICJ is on the second floor, where the project will take place.

    Public transportation. 

    ·      Subway: 11th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line/MFL (blue line) is the closest subway stop—about three blocks away. 

    ·      Regional Rail: Jefferson Station, located on Market St. btw 10th & 12th Streets is the closest regional rail stop—about 3 blocks away…and I believe it serves most if not all of the regional rail lines. 

    ·      Bus: Buses 9, 21, 38, and 42 all stop at the SW corner of 12th and Chestnut. Buses 23 and the 45 both stop on the NW corner of 12th (right by the 7-11).

    ·      Trolley: If you’re coming from West Philly and want to trolley there, best bet would be to hop on a trolley closest to you that’s NOT the 15 and make your way to City Hall stop and/or intersect with the MFL. ICJ is about five blocks from City Hall stop.

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

    Street Parking. 

    There is metered/kiosk parking on Chestnut, as well as on 12th & 13th streets, and the surrounding area. But please be aware that this is a pretty busy part of town, so street parking can be a challenge.

    Off Street Parking. 

    There are many parking garages in the area. One is at the Holiday Inn: 1305 Walnut Street Garage operated by Patriot Parking Inc. There’s also a garage near Reading Terminal about three blocks away, Parkway 12th & Filbert Garage. And, finally there’s Juniper & Locust garage at 1327 Locust Street, about five blocks away. Again, there are other garages—these are just some of the ones with which I’m familiar.


    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.