What we do
The Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (OCEVS) helps residents make positive change in their communities. Toward this goal, we work to reduce barriers and expand capacity for participation.
As part of the larger Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement, OCEVS:
- Brings together government leaders, community members, and volunteers.
- Helps partners offer impactful service opportunities and celebrate the service community.
- Guides partners in making data-driven decisions and centering equity in their work.
Our programs support local, community-driven problem solving. They include:
Civic Engagement Academy Inspiring positive change in Philadelphia's communities through training and skill development.
Foster Grandparents Supporting pre-K and elementary school students through volunteer service in classrooms across Philadelphia.
Mayor’s Volunteer Corps Recognizing and celebrating volunteers who work to address Philadelphia's greatest needs through ongoing service.
Jun16EventCEA Learning Series: Timelines & Benchmarking6:00 pm to 7:00 pmInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
CEA Learning Series: Timelines & BenchmarkingJune 16, 20206:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hourInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102mapHow to develop small goals that let you plan and track your work along the way.
Jul21EventCEA Learning Series: Targeting & Recruitment6:00 pm to 7:00 pmInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
CEA Learning Series: Targeting & RecruitmentJuly 21, 20206:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hourInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102mapHow to use timing, community connections, and outreach strategies to get the most out of your recruitment efforts.
Aug18EventCEA Learning Series: Data & Evaluation6:00 pm to 7:00 pmInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
CEA Learning Series: Data & EvaluationAugust 18, 20206:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hourInnovation Lab, Municipal Services Building, 16 fl,1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102mapHow to develop outcomes-based metrics adn show the impact of your work.
A Bonner Scholar and National Service alum of both City Year and AmeriCorps VISTA, Amanda Gamble has devoted her life to serving and creating positive change for Philadelphia’s communities. Her expertise is grounded in mobilizing communities, recruiting volunteers, and developing partnerships. She started her career working in various communities throughout Philadelphia, connecting residents to resources.
Amanda previously served as the Deputy Service Officer in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service. In this role, she led efforts to strengthen and expand the National Service community in Philadelphia. She also developed strategies to improve and track community engagement efforts across City departments.
Amanda worked to make best practices in civic engagement and volunteering more accessible through community education efforts like the Civic Engagement Academy. She also oversaw the launch of the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps, which connects volunteers to high-quality, impactful, and rewarding service opportunities that align with the Mayor’s initiatives. As Chief Service Officer, she looks forward to continuing the work to make volunteering and civic involvement a part of every Philadelphian’s daily life.
A proud Philadelphia native, Kenny Luu has served in the nonprofit and public sectors, focusing on community mobilization, youth and education, and program development. He started his career in direct services at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kenny was brought into City government for the development and implementation of Philly Reading Coaches, the City’s signature early childhood literacy intervention. He developed volunteer policies and procedures for the citywide Out-of-School Time Initiative and continues to serve as a co-chair for the Read by 4th Community Mobilization working group.
As Deputy Service Officer, Kenny provides support across the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service’s initiatives and directly oversees the office’s Volunteer Engagement Program.
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Cynthia Barnes||Office Manageremail@example.com||(215) 686-8412|
|Jaclyn Boone||Data Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 686-8417|
|Kiyona Dobson||Foster Grandparents Program Manageremail@example.com||(215) 686-0190|
|Claire Healy||VISTA Program Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 686-0276|
|Daiyon Kpou||Volunteer Engagement Coordinatoremail@example.com||(215) 686-8414|
|Jillian Lopez||Volunteer Engagement Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 988-8006|
|Gerolly Lorenzo||Service Year Expansion Manageremail@example.com||(215) 686-9480|
|Fatoumata Makadji||Foster Grandparents Volunteer Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 685-3798|
|Ana Polanco||VISTA Program Coordinatoremail@example.com||(215) 686-4940|
|Anthony Procik||Citywide Engagement Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 686-8410|
|Deise Rodrigues||Volunteer Partnerships Coordinatoremail@example.com||(215) 683-3570|
|Karen Small||Community Education Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 686-8415|
|Thomas Stubbs||Foster Grandparents Site Coordinatoremail@example.com||(215) 685-3799|