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:
- Trainings for individuals and groups through the Civic Engagement Academy and the Volunteer Support Program.
- National service opportunities, including the Community Resource Corps and Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps.
- Local service opportunities through the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps and more.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-2055
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The Mayor’s Office of Civil Engagement and Volunteer Service Publishes 2022 Annual Report
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 VolunteersRecognizing and celebrating volunteers who work to address Philadelphia's greatest needs through ongoing service.
Civic Engagement AcademyInspiring positive change in Philadelphia's communities through training and skill development.
Mar28EventServe Philadelphia VISTA Corps Open House12:00 pm to 1:00 pmVirtual - ZoomEvent
Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps Open HouseMarch 28, 202312:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hourVirtual - Zoommap
- looking for your next career step?
- curious about a career in city government?
- passionate about serving others?
- committed to fighting the injustices of poverty?
A year of service as a Serve Philadelphia VISTA might be the perfect next step for you. Join us at this virtual Open House to learn more about the program and application and meet with current members to learn about their experience.
RSVP today at https://bit.ly/OpenHouseVISTA
Apr19EventCEA Learning Series: Government 1026:00 pm to 7:30 pmZoomEvent
CEA Learning Series: Government 102April 19, 20236:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hoursZoommapJoin us for this month's CEA Learning Series where the Committee of Seventy will give an overview of local primary elections. Come and learn why it's important to have your voice heard in these important elections for city and judicial offices. RSVP at bit.ly/CEATrainings
Apr20EventVolunteer Support Program: Networking Hour2:00 pm to 3:00 pmEvent
Volunteer Support Program: Networking HourApril 20, 20232:00 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 hour, we will not be training on a specific topic, rather we will offer a chance for participants to interact with others in the volunteer-supporting field. We will open space to discuss challenges, seek insight, offer feedback, and get to know others doing similar work.Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting by email closer to date.
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.
Robin Walker is an experienced youth development and nonprofit leader with over 20 years of service in Philadelphia. Robin has had the honor of serving in roles with the School District of Philadelphia and YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School focusing on organizational programming, program design and delivery, and partnership management. Most recently, Robin has served as the executive director at the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition, working closely with board leadership to create and implement strategy, build partnerships, and manage programming.
Robin received her B.A. in communications from Temple University. Robin comes from a family of educators who conveyed the importance of community and service to others at an early age. As deputy service officer, she is excited to support the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services efforts to make volunteering and civic engagement opportunities accessible to every Philadelphian.