What we do
The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (Serve Philadelphia/OCEVS) works to increase community and civic engagement through its three units:
Community Engagement: Provides community education and organizing tips to residents to help them strengthen their neighborhoods, build coalitions, and become community leaders.
Volunteer Engagement: Connects groups of volunteers to service opportunities, including the Foster Grandparent Program, where low-income seniors mentor children in pre-K classes, schools, and hospitals.
Civic Engagement: Develops civic education programs and supports other City-led engagement efforts, including Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps’ anti-poverty initiatives; convenes the Philadelphia National Service Task Force to increase collaboration between service programs.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-2055
A Bonner Scholar and National Service alum of both City Year and AmeriCorps VISTA, Amanda Finch 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.