Community Engagement

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April 1, 2016
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Volunteer in Germantown at the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 9

The Philly Spring Cleanup is Saturday, 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. citywide (rescheduled from April 9)! In Germantown there will be a huge presence felt all over the neighborhood with over a dozen official projects registered! Join Germantown United CDC and Penn Knox Neighborhood Association’s cleanup of the lower Germantown business district. Volunteers will clean the grounds of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church at 5300 Germantown Avenue and the stretch of Germantown Avenue between Penn Street and Seymour Street. Learn more about our project and many others in Germantown!

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March 31, 2016
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New 2016 Community Grant Program Application Deadlines, Germantown United CDC Announces 2015 “Fund for Germantown” Micro-grants

In an effort to align grant funding for community improvement efforts with the warmer weather months for outdoor projects, Germantown United CDC (GUCDC) is changing the grant application dates for the Fund for Germantown, the organization’s micro-grant program supporting community-driven beautification projects in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. In 2016, the deadlines will be Friday, April 15, and Friday, September 30. Learn more.

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January 18, 2016
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Germantown United CDC is a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge!

Germantown United CDC is 1 of 158 finalists in The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge! Civic innovators from across the country submitted more than 4,500 ideas to this year’s challenge.

Germantown United CDC Receives $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Germantown United Community Development Corporation has received a one-year, $25,000 civic engagement grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council centered on pre-work for a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Understanding the need for a resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Germantown United CDC has joined forces with the theater-based nonprofit Just Act to connect organized groups of residents operating at the micro level – from block associations to neighborhood civics with limited boundaries – and map both the formal and informal networks currently contributing to community improvement efforts in Germantown.

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December 17, 2015
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First Look at New Neighborhood Website for Germantown

Germantown United CDC is excited to share the design drafts for the long-awaited online business directory and neighborhood website for Germantown, launching in early 2016. GUCDC received a grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department to develop the website, which will promote the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors and inform residents and visitors about amenities and attractions in the neighborhood.

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October 22, 2015
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Seven Grassroots Community Improvement Projects Awarded “Fund for Germantown” Micro-grants by Germantown United CDC

Germantown United CDC is proud to announce the next round of grantees for the Fund for Germantown, the organization’s micro-grant program supporting community-driven beautification projects in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. Since the program launched, 17 micro-grants have been awarded, with funds supporting a wide range of projects from greening to murals, neighborhood bulletin boards, cleanups and other community-building activities.

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August 19, 2015
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For the Doers: A Guide to Germantown United CDC

Thanks to everyone who came out to GU’s For The Doers: Build A Better Germantown, our volunteer info session held on July 30, 2015. If you couldn’t be there but would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities and our work in general, you can now view a digital version of our presentation right here on our site. Worth a look for anyone interested in keeping up-to-date with GU and getting involved!

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November 24, 2014
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A Message from Our Board President for 2015

Over the last week, there has been a lot of dialogue, with the community voicing concerns over developments along Germantown’s business corridors. Germantown United CDC …

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October 28, 2014
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We are Germantown: We are Community

Bringing the diverse neighborhoods and communities of Germantown together has always been our mission. Our well-attended annual Community Forums highlight important topics and draw outstanding …

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April 12, 2013
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Kristin Haskins-Simms on Fashion and Manufacturing in Germantown

Welcome to the Northwest Soapbox’s 10th episode. This week Kristin Haskins Simms talks about her plans to launch a clothing manufacturing business in Germantown that …