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
Oct15EventCEA Learning Series: Community Meeting Management6:00 pm to 7:00 pmMunicipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
CEA Learning Series: Community Meeting ManagementOctober 15, 20196:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hourMunicipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102mapThe Civic Engagement Learning Series provides tools and strategies that Philadelphians can apply to their work within their own communities. Each session will help prepare residents who are engaged in their communities to take the step toward becoming community leaders, organizers, and activists. This training will cover Community Meeting Management: Tips for community meeting planning, recruitment, and outreach. Sign up here: https://secure.everyaction.com/9dvupUUIQUCkr-72ZEX0ew2
Oct19EventCEA In A Day8:30 am to 3:30 pmMunicipal Services Building, 1401 JFK BlvdEvent
CEA In A DayOctober 19, 20198:30 am to 3:30 pm, 7 hoursMunicipal Services Building, 1401 JFK BlvdmapThe Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) In A Day is an advanced training to help community members build their civic engagement and leadership skills. During this day-long training, you will:
- Discuss civic engagement tools and tactics with experts in the field.
- Learn about opportunities to engage directly with City departments.
- Get to know other Philly area leaders, activists, and organizers.
- Complete 4 workshops to develop specific skill sets.
Sign up here: https://secure.everyaction.com/J_4Zkhq450aJcWHY4Bq_5w2
Nov19EventCEA Learning Series: Building Coalitions6:00 pm to 7:00 pmMunicipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102Event
CEA Learning Series: Building CoalitionsNovember 19, 20196:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hourMunicipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102mapThe Civic Engagement Learning Series provide tools and strategies that Philadelphians can apply to their work within their own communities. Each session will help prepare residents who are engaged in their communities to take the step toward becoming community leaders, organizers, and activists. This training will cover Building Coalitions: How to bring together community assets and resources to organize around a shared goal. Sign up here: https://secure.everyaction.com/m3SBc-Z-UkylRMDNbL7tWQ2
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.