As a vulnerable population, our children need us to advocate for them in many areas of their lives. There are many threats to children’s health today, such as exposure to violence, lack of safe places to play, poverty, child abuse, and food insecurity. Fortunately there are many organizations in Philadelphia that aim to address these issues and they would benefit from your support, whether as a volunteer, donor, or partner.
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
PCCY seeks to improve the lives and life chances of Philadelphia area children through advocacy in child health, early learning, education and family stability. They may be best known for their Pre-K for PA initiative. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter to keep up-to-date with their many projects or donate online.
Education Law Center (ELC)
The ELC’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania and they advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable populations, including those living in poverty, in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, and more. They fight for fair school funding, ensuring equal access, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. The ELC has law student internships available. You can also subscribe to their newsletter or donate online.
Philadelphia Children’s Alliance
There are 3,000 reports of child sexual abuse in Philadelphia each year. At the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, experts in law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medicine, and mental health collaborate to guide sexually abused children down a path of healing. To help, you can attend their annual Bear Affair in May, donate a stuffed animal, or make a donation online.
Small Fry volunteers teach children and their parents how to cook healthy, inexpensive meals using obtainable ingredients. Families not only practice cooking, but go home with ingredients and learn the importance of family meals. You can volunteer, donate groceries, or donate money online. For more information, contact: Admin@small-fry.org
The Children’s Advocacy Project of Philadelphia (Cap4Kids)
This site has handouts for parents and providers on a variety of topics and is translated into 30 languages! It includes links to local resources, laws, and definitions. Cap4Kids is a thorough round-up of everything you need to know about educational testing, mental health resources, healthy weight resources, childhood dental care, youth violence reduction, smoking cessation, and safety. You can join an online mailing list for timely, seasonal updates and reminders.
Other ways to advocate:
- Call our legislators directly
- Mayor Jim Kenney: (215) 686-2181
- Representative Bob Brady: (202) 225-4731
- Senator Pat Toomey: (202) 224-4254
- Senator Bob Casey: (202) 224-6324
- Governor Tom Wolf: (717) 787-2500
- Give a public testimony at the School Board Meeting (call 215-400-4180)
- Write an Op-Ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer and submit it here: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the above organizations. I was not compensated for this post. A version of this post will be simultaneously published in the QVNA Magazine.]