Get involved in your community this week!

Spring Cleanups

The Philly Spring Cleanup has been rescheduled for this upcoming weekend. There are so many ways to get involved across the 179th Legislative District. Both Overington Park and Tacony Creek Park are hosting cleanup events or join me and the North Fifth Street Revitalization Company CDC to spruce up the North 5th Street corridor in Olney. Contact my office for more information about any of these events.


Ziehler Paint Day

I’m proud to be hosting a paint day this Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E Olney Ave. Come join me to help paint, refurbish, and rejuvenate the playground and park. Helping to pick up trash or clean up a local park may seem like a small thing to do, but we can make a huge difference if we all join in to help improve our community.

Civics 101 and Friends of the Library Meeting

Wednesday, April 11 will be a busy day at the Olney Branch of Philadelphia Free Library! The Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services Center (GPASS) is hosting a Civics 101 class at 6 p.m. with information on how our government works, and what services you can expect to receive at a city, state, and federal level. Someone from my office will be on hand to explain what state resources we can offer and to answer any questions you may have.

Friends of the Philadelphia Free Library will also be hosting a meeting of their Olney Friends’ Group on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. You can learn ways to get involved with the Greater Olney Library. This is a great way to become engaged in your community and to have a say in the events and programs the library offers its patrons.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.       

It’s been 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was killed while visiting Memphis, Tennessee to offer support to striking sanitation workers and is often remembered by his eloquent quotes and his support of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience. 

I believe in addition to honoring his thoughts and philosophies, we should also strive to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy through daily action. In the half-century since he was taken from us, Dr. King’s legacy has inspired so many to accomplish so much. As long as injustice exists in this world, we cannot rest. We must continue to move forward, despite the adversity we will surely face. Let’s always strive to do more and to be better.

Apprentice Prep w/the Rep.

I held my final Apprentice Prep w/the Rep. Workshop last week. With the help of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19, all in attendance were given great information about how to become an apprentice and start their own career in a steady, stable, and well-paying field. If you missed out on the workshop, my office has information from each of the unions that participated, so call or stop by my office to learn more. Keep an eye out for future events as well – I’m planning to host a second series of workshops later this year.


Gov. Wolf allocates $3.5 million in grants to enhance apprenticeships

I am pleased to see that more than $3.5 million in funds are being allocated towards apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs across the commonwealth. These programs are incredibly valuable assets to our communities and will help bring countless jobs to our neighborhoods. Apprentice programs are open to all who can show up, complete the requirements, and put in the work and effort. By continuing to fund these programs, we have no excuses to not be putting our community back to work.