QBG’s Intergenerational Garden & Food Pantry Project brings gardeners of all ages and backgrounds together to grow their own vegetables, contribute to the community, and learn how to be good environmental stewards.
Spearheaded by dedicated volunteers, project members tend their own garden plots and share responsibilities of managing a large section dedicated to growing crops that are donated to local food pantries.
The Intergenerational Garden connects the communities of Queens to showcase our borough’s diversity, with gardeners planting vegetables important in their cultures. Here you can find not only lettuce and carrots, but also bok choy, okra, and a vast variety of peppers! And by creating urban gardeners both young and old, plus partnering with local middle and high schools, the Intergenerational Garden lives up to its name.
Interested in starting your own Community Garden? Check out GenPhilly’s Community Garden Tool Kit!
Source: Queens Botantical Garden
The City of Philadelphia has launched a new Pedestrian Plaza Program to work with community organizations to convert and maintain underutilized street segments as public space. The application process will be discussed in detail at a series of pre-bid meetings, taking place on:
- August 10th (10 AM)
- August 24th (6 PM)
- August 31st (10 AM)
Interested parties MUST attend ONE of the three meetings. Proposals are due October 3rd.
Interested parties should:
- Submit all documentation through eContract Philly, the City’s online interface for RFP (non-bid contract) opportunities (instructions below).
- Review and Complete all program documents (listed and described below)
All application materials must be submitted through eContract Philly for the application to be considered complete. The RFP was posted last night and may take some time to fully upload, if you do not find the RFP, please check back later. Below are some useful tips for navigating the system. Detailed instructions are available online at www.phila.gov/contracts.
- The site requires that you use Internet Explorer as your web browser when navigating the site.
- Registration is required to use the site. To register, you must provide your organization’s Employer Identification number (EIN), or a social security number if your organization does not have an EIN.
- A valid email address is also required for registration, as your password for eContracts will be provided via email during the registration process.
- Application documents must be submitted in one of the following formats: Word (.doc), Excel (.xml), PDF, or ZIP.
- The application period ends at 5pm on the stated day of closing. This deadline is non-negotiable and the system will automatically prevent you from submitting materials later than 5pm on that date.
- • If you do not sign and submit your application through the online system, it will not be considered by the City of Philadelphia.
If you are experiencing difficulties using the system, email Ariel Ben-Amos (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Successful submissions require the review and completion of the following documents. All documents are available through eContract Philly (and are attached to this email, including the RFP).
- Ped Plaza Guidelines: This document explains the steps of the process and details the roles and responsibilities of participating City agencies as well as applicants. Read it thoroughly to understand what additional information you may need to submit, above and beyond the Application Form.
- Ped Plaza Application Form: this form asks you for information about your organization, as well as general information about the proposed location, programming, and maintenance of the plaza.
- Ped Plaza Agreement Form: this form is a licensing and operating agreement between the applicant organization and the City of Philadelphia Streets Department which covers ownership, maintenance, user restrictions, and other legal issues pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Plaza. All program applicants will be asked to sign this form if they are selected.
For assistance during the process, please contact Ariel Ben-Amos at email@example.com or 215-686-9001.
During the weekend, GenPhilly was recognized by the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an ‘Aging Innovations and Achievement Award’ for our efforts to make Philadelphia a lifelong community for all ages.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) was also honored for its Age-friendly Philadelphia initiative for improving the quality of community living. Age-friendly activities include increasing city-wide walkability, improving accessibility of housing and fostering community engagement for all residents in Philadelphia.
The awards were presented at n4a’s annual conference.
For more information about this award, visit www.n4a.org.
Over the weekend more than 250 news outlets published (mostly on-line) an AP article about Age-friendly efforts that mentions GenPhilly and our chair, Kate Clark.
The link to the New York Times version of the article can be found below. The material about Philadelphia is toward the end.
GenPhilly in the New York Times!
Laying the Foundation for an Age-friendly Philadelphia: A Progress Report
Perhaps the most important thing to note is not the separate chapter on GenPhilly – it is the number of GenPhilly members who appear in EACH chapter who are taking the lead to make our city a better place for people of all ages. -Kate Clark, GenPhilly Chair
This document builds on the planning and research efforts that were reported on at the 2010 M. Powell Lawton Conference on Urban Aging and serves as testimony to the agenda’s current success. It is intended to outline the reasons behind the initiative, highlight current collaborations, and provide opportunities for new involvement.
Click here* to read the report online. Click here for a print-friendly version.*
Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Philadelphia’s Silver Wheels provides transportation for shopping, medical appointments, banking, visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals, and so much more throughout the five county region. JFCS is currently looking for volunteer drivers to be a part of this program designed to help older adults maintain an active and independent lifestyle.
Learn more at an Open Orientation for Silver Wheels on
Monday, June 20
10am – 12pm
7607 Old York Road (Lower Level)
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Contact Lisa Tischler with any questions about the orientation or the program at 267-256-2082 or at LTischler@jfcsphilly.org
Silver Wheels is much more than just a ride—it’s independence, community connection, mobility, and dignity.
Forget the Sunday night phone call. Grandparents and grandkids are connecting— and connected—as never before.
Certainly, it’s nothing new that kids are plugging in and staying connected. But what is new is that it may be a grandparent on the other end of that virtual tin can—and that technology is bridging the vast age and distance gap that has long divided the generations. “A group of us was having dinner, and one woman had to tell her husband to put his iPod Touch away. He was emailing his grandchildren,” says Mary Henderer, a Wilmington, Del., grandmother of four.
It’s a perfect storm of demographics and technology.
As a group, grandparents and grandchildren have plenty in common. They have free time, disposable income for gadgets and gizmos, and a keen interest in staying in touch with people. continue reading>>
Source: The Wall Street Therapy