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Recent Happenings at PSC!

April 9, 2016

It’s been a few months since our last update, and PSC has been up to a lot. Here are some highlights of recent and upcoming happenings:

Martin Luther King Day of Service

We went out as a group on MLK Day, and painted and prepped some housing space for low-income families. We also got a few great action shots for our benevolent propaganda:

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Tutoring with the Lee Cultural Center

We are coordinating with a local school to find new, long-term, and regular service opportunities. To start, we have begun helping kids at a nearby after-school program with free tutoring and homework help on Mondays.

We are looking for more people to help out on Mondays, so if you are free at 3:00 pm, contact patrick@phillyservice.coop and ask how you can help.

Upcoming: Taste of Success!

We are going to be volunteering at Entrepreneurworks’ Event, Taste of Success, and can offer discounted tickets to friends of PSC! It’s a great event that showcases the talent of cooks who have had help recently starting up their business, and we participated last year, as well. If you’re interested in discount tickets, contact bryan@phillyservice.coop (proceeds will go to assist Entrepreneurworks in helping low-resource entrepreneurs to start up businesses with loans and free training, and invigorate areas of the city that will benefit the most from new businesses).

Social Events

PSC has a full house once again, and has been gearing up for Spring by cleaning up our backyard and preparing for outdoor barbecues and other adventures. In fact we were planning to make use of our newly hammock-ified backyard this evening, but for some reason it’s snowing in April.

Some of us are also excited about the upcoming Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, and are helping to organize it, so if you have questions about that, give us a shout.

Check out the Events page for other upcoming events, including a dance party on April 20th!

News

Opening for New Housemate at PSC!

December 22, 2015

Welcome to our home

Ever dreamt of being part of a co-op? Ever wanted to be part of PSC? Now’s your chance! We have an opening for a new housemate for PSC’s Service House in West Philly.

The Gist

The house is a gorgeous 8-bedroom colonial on a tree-lined street a few blocks north of Clark Park. It features two kitchens, tons of common space, a brick-lain backyard, and smooth hardwood floors throughout. It’s close to the MFL and 34 Trolley Lines, and within walking distance of Mariposa, cafes and restaurants, and a movie theater. Even better, the house comes with a community!

Cooperative living means that we make decisions as a community, share responsibilities, and try to stay actively connected to each other and the world around us. We host and help to organize events, both service and social, and try to create a welcoming space that both residents and guests are excited to be part of.

We’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic about cooperative living, and who can commit to at least two service activities per month. Prior experience with cooperative living, intentional community, and activism a plus. A sense of humor and a problem-solving attitude are both beneficial. We encourage diverse candidates to apply and are queer-friendly.

Some Details

We’re looking for someone to move in by the beginning of February. If you’re available before then, we can probably work it out, too.

Rent will be $500, plus utilities and shared groceries. When the house has excess money in a month, rent goes down! We keep our total costs pretty reasonable – ask for details.

The available room is on the 4th Floor – the “quiet” floor, which just means that if you want to stay up late partying you should hang out in the numerous lower-floor spaces, and when you want to sleep you’ll be in luck. The room itself is pretty small, but it does have windows and you’ll have access to all the common space in the house.

No cats or dogs at this time, sorry. Pet rocks are ok, though.

If this sounds like the place for you, then email bryan@phillyservice.coop to set up an interview time or get more information.

Events, News

Youth Co-op Mixer

October 29, 2015

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The USA Cooperative Youth Council hosted a mixer for Philadelphia area co-ops at PSC last weekend. There were snacks, drinks, and co-op bingo!

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News

Full House – Prepare for Housewarming

August 15, 2015

Welcome to our home

 

The applications and interviews are finished, and PSC has settled on new housemates to join us in September! If you were hoping to join us, then take heart, for we still want you to be part of our community – as a friend of the house.

We will be organizing at least one fabulous housewarming party in September, where everyone can get a chance to see the new house and meet the new housemates. We will also be organizing service and social events that anyone is welcome to join, which will be posted to our calendar as we get settled.

If you have any questions on the house or upcoming events, contact us.

News

PSC is Upgrading – Join us in September!

July 24, 2015

Welcome to our home

*Update 8/15* The house is currently full. If you’re still interested in joining us, get in touch and come to our events this Fall, and we’ll let you know if space opens.

Our co-op is getting an upgrade, and moving to a bigger, better Service House. The new house is a gorgeous 8-bedroom colonial on a tree-lined street just a few blocks from Clark Park. It features two kitchens, tons of common space, a brick-lain backyard, and smooth hardwood floors throughout. Even better, it comes with a community!

We still have a couple spaces available for full-time residents, and if you’re interested in joining as a resident, here’s what we’re looking for:

 1. People who are excited about service, community, and preferably dancing

2. People who can commit to community service at least twice a month for a few hours

3. People who want to bring their own talents and perspectives to enrich the community.

The current residents are mostly young professionals, but we will also interview mature students and people of any age who can bring positive energy to the community.

Rent will be around $500, plus utilities. House members will also pool resources to buy bulk groceries and other house goods affordably.

If you’re interested, contact Bryan or Patrick and we’ll schedule and interview to see how well you’d fit our community. We’ll arrange showings of the house itself in August once we’ve had initial interviews. In the meantime, click here for more pictures!

If you’re not interested in joining as a resident, then get excited anyway, because all Friends of PSC will be welcome in our new space.

Contradelphia

Contradelphia Presents: Fusion Contra!

June 1, 2015

 

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Contradelphia’s Next Dance is June 8th, and the rumors are true – it’s a Fusion Contra.

Caller: Rick Mohr
Music: Fusion Tracks by Kristen Watts, Bryan Suchenski, and YOU?!
Time: Beginner’s Lesson at 7:30, Dance at 8:00
Admission: $10, $5 for students & volunteers (more extensive volunteers free)

Click here for more details.

News

Help Our Friends at The Attic

March 27, 2015

Over the winter months, PSC residents prepared several meals for The Attic Youth Center, an LGBTQ youth drop-in center in Center City. The Attic provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth to be themselves, and the support and services to help them grow into strong, independent adults. Sadly, in early March, a pipe burst in The Attic’s second floor, destroying their kitchen. With the kitchen shut down, The Attic is unable to provide hot meals to the 45+ youth who stop by to receive services, or just take a load off. For many of these youth, the meal at The Attic may be their only meal or hot food for the day.

The Attic has been very successful so far in their fundraising efforts to restore their kitchen, but they need one last push to help them over their goal. Please consider donating to The Attic to help them repair their kitchen and fully restore their meal services.

News

Our Facebook Page is Back! LIKE IT!

February 26, 2015

Our Facebook page is up and running again, please like the page to stay up to date with the in the moment happenings of the Philadelphia Service Cooperative. Invite your friends and family to like the page too!

Contradelphia

Cold Weather Doesn’t Stop Contradelphia

February 25, 2015

Friday’s frigid temps and blustery wind didn’t stop 72 dancers from joining us at Contradelphia Returns! – the 2nd dance of our new monthly series. Raise the Roof provided music, with calling from Kristen Watts and Bryan Suchenski. For more information about our March Contradelphia, like our Facebook page.

If you have any pictures from Friday’s dance you’d like to share, please contact Patrick Colleton. And if you’re interested in playing or calling at Contradelphia, contact Bryan Suchenski to discuss scheduling.