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Kensington news: Art exhibit, clay workshops, free photo lessons, job fair, plus weekend activities

Here's our Monday morning update with information about free activities, resources, programs, and more.

A peek inside The Sunday Love Project on Jan. 22, 2024. (Photo by John Zerbe)

We hope you all are staying healthy, safe, and warm out there. Here's our Monday Morning newsletter.

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Kensington Community Meals Meeting

The Office Of Homeless Services cancelled its February 13 Kensington Community Meals Meeting. Stay tuned for more information.

Our programs 

Every Monday through Friday, we host youth programming at our Allegheny & Amber Street newsroom from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The programs are designed for students in grades six through 12, but those in that age range are welcome to bring their younger siblings, too. 

Mural Art Mondayz (Youth Voices) 

Mondays from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. 

Students in grades six through 12 are invited to this free workshop series, where they will develop a mural design at Kensington Voice with community artist John C. Zerbe ( 

Click here for more info, including registration. 

Creative Writing Corner (Youth Voices) 

Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. 

Students in grades six through 12 are invited to join our Creative Writing Corner with Khysir Carter, a writing workshop dedicated to building creative writing skills with peers and writing professionals. 

Students can drop in at any time. Youth participants who work with us to publish their writing in our newspaper, website, or other media will receive a gift card ranging from $75 to $150 for their work. 

Click here for more info, including registration. 

Youth Voices After-School Program

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. 

Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to stay safe and warm with us after they leave school. We've got arts and crafts, computer games, multimedia equipment, and more. 

Activities & Events 

January 22 

McPherson Square Library and The Clay Studio are hosting a Clay, Read, and Play event at the library at 4 p.m. Come in and make free Valentine's Day gifts for your friends and loved ones. For more info, call 215-685-9995.

January 23

NKCDC is hosting one of their First-Time Homebuyer Workshops from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join the virtual workshop to learn how you can get support and more information about owning a home. Click here to register.

January 25

The Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a job fair at 1617 JFK Blvd. starting at 10 a.m. Career opportunities include the positions of Guest Engagement, Public Safety Officer, and Stores Person. There will also be on-the-spot interviews, so dress business casual and bring copies of your resume. For more information, call 1-833-750-JOBS (5627) or visit

KCAPA will be having an art show at The Story Factory, located at 1600 N 5th Street, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show will feature an exhibition of fine art, photographs, film, and more. Families and students will also be treated to a special KCAPA musical theater performance. The art show is open to the public.

January 26

Do you or someone you know still need up-to-date vaccinations this winter? Esperanza will be having a free vaccination & health screening clinic from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3921 N 5th Street. They will have Flu and COVID-19 shots available, as well as blood pressure and diabetes screenings. No insurance or identification is required. For more information, contact Jamile Lieberman at 215-324-0746 or by email at

H&H Books, in partnership with Taller Puertorriqueno, is hosting their bimonthly exhibition, Riverwards Arts & Letters Salon, at the H&H bookstore from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy author readings, prints for sale, and an exhibition wall of art from local artists. The event will be catered by OG Pizza and Vientiane Bistro. Click here to register.

January 27

Do you know anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 years old interested in learning photography? Immortal Vision Studio is hosting a free youth photography class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their location, 426 E. Allegheny Avenue. Participants can expect to learn basic camera operation, have time to practice in the studio, and learn photo editing basics. Breakfast is included. Click here to register.

Afrobeats Dance Philly is having a community dance class from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Creative Reaction Studios, located at 3437 D St. Come and learn new moves, or show off old ones to the sounds of afro beats with friends and community members. Entry for adults is $10 and $5 for children. Payment will be accepted via cash, Zelle, or Cash App at the door. Click here to sign up. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is partnering with Esperanza Health Center and artist Arshayla Robinson to host a Community Day at the health center, located at 3222 H st, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join for an afternoon of fun and art making, and get the chance to help contribute in a new mural that will be designed under Mural Art's Color Me Back program. Click here to register.

January 28

Take a tour of Hive 76's makerspace during their Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can check out their woodshop, 3D printer, and other tools and learn how to become a member of the space. Click here to register.


The Norris Square Senior Center offers free daily activities for adults 60 and older on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include art, exercise, games, and socializing. Meals are also provided – $1.25 for breakfast and $1 for lunch.  


Galaei has several programs coming up for Philly's Black and Brown LGBTQ+ community, including a book club, transgender support group, sexual health discussions, and more. Keep up on Galaei's Instagram

To browse upcoming programs at Kensington, McPherson Square, and Lillian Marrero libraries, visit

Free Trainings

Bloomberg Art Internship

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, is running a summer arts internship program for all high school seniors in the city. The program will begin June 19, and participants will be paid $17.53 an hour while working up to 35 hours per week. Applications for the program are due on February 28. To apply, or to learn more about the internship program, click here.

Mental Health First Aid Training

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) offers free training for those interested in earning a Mental Health First Aid certification. The virtual training is facilitated weekly. Register here.

Northstar Digital Literacy Program

Northstar is hosting a digital literacy certification program at Kensington Neighborhood Library, on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come learn basic computer skills and how to operate different digital programs to fill up that resume. For more information, call 215-685-9996 and ask for the library's Digital Resource Specialist. 

Funding Opportunities

Block beautification

As part of the Keep It Clean Philly campaign, the city is offering funding to block captains the PMBC Block Captain Beautification Grant to beautify their block. The grant amount can be as much as $500, and is only available to block captains registered through the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC). Click here to apply.

Business security

Does your business need extra security? Click here to apply for the city's Business Security Camera Program. If your company wants additional upgrades, check out the Storefront Improvement Program.

Nonprofits can also apply for security enhancements through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.  

Community Award Grant Program

The Life Unites Us Community Award grant program is giving $10,000 to $25,000 to community-based organizations working in the field of harm reduction and substance use disorder and recovery services. The grant is aimed at supporting organizations that do this work and that advocate against stigmas that affect those with substance use disorders and those seeking recovery. To Apply and learn more, click here.


Division of Substance Use and Harm Reduction

The Division of Substance Use and Harm Reduction has several job openings available, including communications specialist and graphic designer. View listings and apply here


Resolve Philly is still looking to train and hire community members to attend public meetings and take notes to share with the wider community. Pay is $17 per hour per assignment. Learn more here.   

Esperanza Health Center

Esperanza Health Center has several job openings available. View listings and apply here.

Gloria Casarez Elementary School

Gloria Casarez Elementary School is hiring new teachers for their Kindergarten, Art, ESOL, and 1st & 5th grade classes. If you are interested, call 215-400-7160, or stop by the school, located at 800 E Ontario St, and let them know you're looking to fill one of the positions.

New Kensington Community Development Community 

NKCDC is hiring for several full-time positions. View listings here

Pathways to Housing PA

Pathways to Housing PA is hiring for several positions, including for a truck driver/warehouse assistant at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank at 3650 I St. Find listings and apply here


PennDot is hiring new engineers, equipment operators, inspectors, and mechanics. View listings and apply here

Safe-Hub Philadelphia

Safe-Hub is hiring soccer coaches. Head coaches are paid $22 per hour while assistant and flex coaches are volunteer positions. Apply here



Ceiba still has openings for its Educational and First Time Home Buyers Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program. The organization also has Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) applications available for immigrants. For more information, contact Ceiba here.

Department of Health and Human Services

Every U.S. household can now order four COVID-19 rapid tests for free through the U.S. government. Click here to order tests.

Fresh Choice Food Pantry

The Community Center at Visitation's Fresh Choice Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Additional offerings include coffee, light snacks, free vital checks, HIV testing, and Hepatitis-C testing. 

Homebound Services

If you're homebound or a caregiver of a homebound individual, you may be eligible for the Free Library's Homebound Services. Books and other materials can be delivered to your home and returned for free. To apply for a Homebound Services Library Card, click here.


Applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program are now open. Income-eligible families could receive up to $1,000 to pay for heating bills. Apply online or by mail. 


From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday, NKCDC's Kensington Empowerment Hub is open for their Record Clearing Clinic. Clients can meet with lawyers from the Lawyers for Social Equity organization to have their cases reviewed to see if they can be cleared of any records.

Real Estate Tax Credit Program

The City of Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Credit Program offers eligible homeowners a one-time credit that will be added to a current or future tax bill. To be eligible, you must live in the city, be the owner and resident in your home, and your household income must be at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). The application deadline has been extended to January 31 at 5 p.m. To apply and learn more about the program, click here.

Youth Employment Project (YEP)

Temple University's Youth Employment Project (YEP) is looking to enroll out-of-school young adults ages 16 to 24 years old into their program to support them with earning their GEDs and transitioning to employment or higher education. Requirements include being a Philadelphia resident, highly determined and self-motivated, and having a basic understanding of computer skills. Click here to fill out their interest form.

Seeking Donations 

Joan of Arc Food Pantry

The Saint Joan of Arc Food Pantry is in need of donations. The food bank operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The site is located at the church on 2025 E. Atlantic St. Call 215-535-4641 to schedule a drop-off. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Philly Community Wireless

Philly Community Wireless needs tech and outreach volunteers. Learn more here

Savage Sisters

Savage Sisters, an organization that serves people recovering from substance use disorders, has an outreach program where they directly serve folks with resources and food. On Tuesdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., they hand out warm food and harm reduction kits, and they also do a clean up around the area afterward. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Liddy at or 215-954-6199. 

Small Things

Small Things, a local food bank, opened a "free grocery store" style food pantry at 3510 A St. in Fairhill. Operating hours are Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is looking for volunteers

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