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.
Civic Engagement AcademyInspiring positive change in Philadelphia's communities through training and skill development.
Dec15EventVolunteer Support Program: Networking Hour2:00 pm to 3:00 pmVirtual - ZoomEvent
Volunteer Support Program: Networking HourDecember 15, 20222:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hourVirtual - Zoommap
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
Dec21EventCEA Learning Series: Volunteer Management and Retention6:00 pm to 7:30 pmZoom - Virtual
Jan18EventCEA Learning Series: Community Meeting Management6:00 pm to 7:30 pmZoom - Virtual
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.