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Become a block captain

Block captains work to make their block safe and beautiful. For example, they may:

  • Sweep walks and gutters.
  • Plant flowers.
  • Plant new street trees.
  • Help neighbors paint and renovate.
  • Organize block parties.
  • Remind neighbors of trash and recycling collection days and guidelines.

Block captains also organize block cleanups with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC). Participating blocks have three organized cleanups in the summer months. PMBC can provide tools and supplies, street cleaning, and help with other sanitation services.

If you have questions or want to find out if you already have a block captain, call PMBC at (215) 685-3971.


Any resident can be a block captain.


Request a clean block petition.

Contact PMBC at (215) 685-3971 or use the online form to express interest and receive a petition in the mail.

Collect signatures.

Circulate the petition among your neighbors to elect a block captain. You need 51% of the residents on your block to sign the petition. You can only collect one adult signature per household.

Mail your completed petition back to PMBC.

A clean block officer will contact you to help you get started.