The first Frankford PhillyRising monthly meeting was held at the Frankford Library on Monday, January 13th with about 20 community members participating. Sanya Brown, PhillyRising coordinator for Franford, conducted the meeting. The purpose was to gather community input as to what direction they would like to see PhillyRising move.
- More businesses and a few less day care centers on the Avenue is something that everyone agrees is desirable. Recognizing the need for child care, residents would prefer to see more commercial stores.
- Jobs for youth
- After school programs for the younger children
- A health and fitness center
- A grant writing class for the community to fund its own programs
- A space for community events
There will be followup at subsequent meetings to see how those objectives can be accomplished.
Also on the agenda was a presentation by Daniel Ramos of 311. There will be a Neighborhood Liaison training session at the library on Saturday for those registering ahead of time. Contact Sanya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betsy Baxter, the library branch manager, spoke about the availability of the library meeting room for community events. You can stop in to see her any time for more information. She is also in need of volunteers who are computer literate to help out. Many people come into the library to use the computers who need some help getting started. Peak days are Monday and Wednesday but help is appreciated at any time. If you would like to volunteer call Betsy at 215-685-1474.
The PhillyRising will now be scheduled for the second Monday each month at 5:30 PM at the Frankford Branch of the Free Library. The next meeting is on February 10th.