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:
Community Resource CorpsBuilding community through outreach and resource connection across Philadelphia.
Serve Philadelphia VISTA CorpsFighting to alleviate poverty in Philadelphia through volunteer service in City departments.
Mayor’s Volunteer CorpsRecognizing and celebrating volunteers who work to address Philadelphia's greatest needs through ongoing service.
Jul7EventServe Philadelphia VISTA Lightning Talks - Day 412:00 pm to 1:00 pmEvent
Serve Philadelphia VISTA Lightning Talks - Day 4July 7, 202212:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hour
Join us for the 2022 VISTA Lightning Talk series!
Serve Philadelphia VISTA Members serve in City departments or community schools and work on initiatives relating to economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, and homelessness and affordable housing in the Philadelphia community. The Lightning Talks are celebratory presentations from VISTAs to highlight accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned from the past year.
RSVP at https://bit.ly/VISTALightningTalks.
Jul20EventCEA Learning Series: Asset Mapping6:00 pm to 7:30 pmZoom - Virtual
Jul21EventVolunteer Support Program: Volunteer Data Collection2:00 pm to 3:00 pmEvent
Volunteer Support Program: Volunteer Data CollectionJuly 21, 20222:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
The Volunteer Support Program is a series of trainings meant to support those who engage volunteers to support their mission, program, and projects.
In this training we'll discuss how we use quantitative and qualitative data to tell a story about the work we do.
RSVP at https://bit.ly/VSPtrainings
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.