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Below are a list of organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area who provide support and/or resources for you and your family.

If you would like to add your organization to this list, please email our Director of Marketing and Outreach, DeAnn Cox, with your company information.

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    Food and Shelter Resources

    Covenant House

    Covenant House is committed to helping every young person who needs us 24/7, 365 days a year. Funding from caring people like you is the lifeline that makes these programs possible across the country. Learn how we utilize resources efficiently and meaningfully for our kids.

    Healthy Minds Philly

    HealthyMindsPhilly.org is an online tool and resource designed to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians, regardless of zip code, insurance or income status. Intended to look and feel different than traditional government sites, HMP is a welcoming and inviting space with a full suite of wellness tools and options.

    MANNA

    MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, we empower people to improve their health and quality of life.

    Mazzoni Center

    Mazzoni Center’s mission is to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve.

    Mitzvah Food Program

    The Mitzvah Food Program Choice Food Program is our signature food security program with various locations throughout Greater Philadelphia and beyond. This program provides 3.5 days’ worth of nutritious meals every month. Clients are able to choose their food using a touchscreen, allowing volunteers to pack their bags according to the client’s preferences and dietary requirements. The unique touchscreen system uses virtual points, allocated to each household monthly, to excite healthy eating by pricing healthy options lower (e.g., brown rice is 1 point and white rice is 2).

    National Food Assistance Program

    The NFAP is a governmental agency. Find out how to get food in case of an emergency, apply for food stamps and what free or low-cost food programs are available for infants, children and seniors. Learn about rule changes during the coronavirus emergency.

    National Safe Space 

    National Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign. Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.

    Philabundance

    Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need, and advocating for policies that increase food access. The mission of Philabundance is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

    Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

    Services for Older Philadelphians and their caregivers, including home delivered meals, senior community centers, and meal sites.

    Philadelphia Homeless Shelters and Services For The Needy

    A list of all of the homeless shelters and services for the needy that provide help to those in need for Philadelphia, PA and surrounding cities.

    Philly Food Finder

    Philly Food Finder is a guide to getting affordable, healthy food. Provides information and a map on your neighborhood’s food program’s including: SNAP/food stamps, low cost groceries, food for kids & seniors, home-delivered food, soup kitchens, food pantries, farmer’s markets

    Senior Box Program

    Share Food Program will continue to support food sites that distribute boxes of food to qualifying seniors. Seniors who qualify are entitled to receive one box of food per month, which can be delivered directly to their home or picked up from a distribution site.

    Share Food Program

    Share Food Program distributes food to 700,000 neighbors in need each month, 36% of whom are children, and 12% of whom are seniors.

    Summer Meals Hotline

    Food assistance provided by the City of Philadelphia. To apply or see if you qualify, please call 1-(855) 252-MEAL or text “FOOD” or “MEALPA” to 877-877.


    Educational Resources

    Bureau of Special Education’s Consultline, A Parent Helpline

    The ConsultLine is designed to assist parents and advocates of children with disabilities or children thought to be disabled. If you have any questions concerning your child’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program), the special education specialists at ConsultLine may be able to assist you.

    City of Philadelphia Kid’s Programs

    There are over 1,000 sites in Philadelphia that serve free summer meals and snacks to youth ages 18 and under, as well as students 19 and older enrolled in a qualifying school program. These sites may be found at recreation centers, parks, churches, or even on your neighborhood block. No ID or registration is required!

    College Prep With Dr. Jennifer Thompkins

    TriZen, LLC. is a Philadelphia based DBE Certified Business Consulting and Leadership Development Company, comprised of a team of top-tier professionals who offer a unique combination of management consulting and human capital development experience.

    Elements of Mathematics Foundations

    Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) is a complete secondary school online curriculum for mathematically talented students that uses a foundation of discrete mathematics to launch students into modern proof-based mathematics. They also offer a free aptitude test. 

    Esperanza College of Eastern University

    Are you a dreamer, a conqueror, a fighter? When you enroll at Esperanza College for your associate’s degree, you will learn how to convert your dreams into opportunities. Become a part of a family that recognizes your gifts and supports your ambitions. Grow your faith, set your goals, and build toward a life with limitless potential. We will guide you through job preparation for the career you have always wanted through CareerLink or prepare you for your bachelor’s degree. Join EC, let today become the beginning of your new chapter.

    Hispanics United For Exceptional Children (HUNE, Inc.)

    HUNE is a not for profit organization that provides free bilingual English and Spanish training, technical assistance and individual assistance to families of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. This assistance helps families to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. HUNE works to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with all disabilities (emotional, learning, mental, and physical) from 0-26 years of age.

    Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS)

    Over the last 28+ years, IMACS has been offering various academic enrichment classes for gifted kids and teens that help them achieve success in their academic and professional careers. They mix an extraordinary curriculum, engaging instructors, and a healthy dose of fun to help IMACS students build lifelong critical thinking abilities.

    Manor College

    Manor College is a private, Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree granting institution recognized for its academic excellence and personalized approach to ensuring each of our students leave ready to excel in their chosen fields. Located just outside Philadelphia on a 20-acre campus in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Manor College offers highly competitive, career advancement programs. We are a Catholic institution with roots in the Ukrainian-American community and a proud heritage of welcoming students of all faiths and backgrounds.

    Parent Education Network (PEN)

    The Parent Education Network’s (PEN) purpose is to offer learning strategies to parents and technical assistance to schools and families to increase meaningful family engagement linked to learning, to ultimately increase student success. PEN is a project of Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, Inc. a statewide non-profit parent organization.

    Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL)

    PEAL works with families, youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs to help them understand their rights and advocate for themselves.

    Quest Bridge

    QuestBridge is a powerful platform that connects the nation’s brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. They are an aggregator of excellence. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.

    Team Tutors

    Team Tutors provides guidance and support for families seeking homeschooling and alternative educational plans. We design both long and short-term programs for students of all ages. Our experienced teachers can implement a comprehensive full-time program and our specialists provide varying levels of academic support depending on the student’s program.

    The Mentor Parent Program, Inc.

    The Parent Mentor Program (PMP) was created to provide families with individualized peer support and information to foster learning and independence. There are two components to this program:
    Parent Matching and Parent Mentor Volunteers.

    The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

    Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools.


    Health and Wellness Resources

    Affordable Health Insurance Options for At-Risk, Homeless, and Vulnerable Youth

    Insurance options can be a difficult thing to navigate for adults, let alone young people experiencing significant hardship. Options are available for young people to receive essential health coverage, often for free or low cost ― even if you can’t get health insurance from your family. This guide can help you or a loved one find the health care you need as easily as possible. Learn what types of health insurance are available to vulnerable youth, who qualifies, and what coverage includes, along with resources where you can get help.

    Blue Campaign

    Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Blue Campaign works closely with DHS Components to create general awareness training and materials for law enforcement and others to increase detection of human trafficking, and to identify victims.

    HPA Counseling and Wellness Centers

    HPA Counseling and Wellness Centers provide counseling, psychiatry and wellness services including health coaching, career coaching, nutrition counseling and professional organizing.

    JEVS Human Services

    JEVS offers a wide-range of services which are separated into the categories listed below:

    • Behavioral Health and Recovery
    • Community Supports and Adult Residential
    • Education and Career Services
    • Employment for People with Disabilities
    • Long-Term Supports and In-Home Care
    • Youth and Young Adult Services

    Mental Health First Aid

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. First Aid is given until appropriate supports are received. This program is run by Healthy Minds Philly.

    National Domestic Violence Hotline 

    24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

    Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

    National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Hotline

    Find social and legal services for victims and survivors of human trafficking, and connect with training and volunteer opportunities across the U.S. and its territories.

    National Runaway Safeline

    Feeling alone and unheard can potentially place you in a dangerous situation. You may feel isolated from supports, and this isolation can lead to depression, anger, frustration and suicidal ideation. Your situation is difficult and you may be feeling a wide range of emotions. The National Runaway Safeline is here to help you sort them out and make a plan. They are available 24/7. There is always someone available to listen and offer confidential, non-directive and non-judgmental support. They are trained to help. Each team member is prepared to listen to your story, help you handle a crisis and guide you to solutions that will improve your situation. Call 1-(800)-Runaway or visit their website to chat with a live representative

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

    Nemours Children’s Health

    Nemours is a nonprofit children’s health system. Neil Izenberg, MD, a physician at Nemours, founded KidsHealth.org in 1995. Their goal is to help parents, kids, and teens take charge of their health. 

    Philadelphia HIV/AIDS Bulletin Board

    PHABB, the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS Bulletin Board is a site dedicated to helping the community learn more about research studies in and around the Philadelphia area that focus on the prevention, treatment, and cure of HIV. They strive to provide opportunities for those interested in contributing to science via an electronic bulletin board where information can be easily obtained about area studies that are looking for both HIV positive and HIV negative men and women to participate.

    PHABB is a collaborative lead by the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center, but includes other research centers in Philadelphia. To learn more about PHABB and how you can either join a study or add one to the site please contact, Kate Goldston.

    PRO-ACT

    Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) works to reduce the stigma of addiction, ensure the availability of adequate treatment and recovery support services, and to influence public opinion and policy regarding the value. PRO-ACT supports all pathways to recovery and embraces the Recovery-Oriented System of Care. Recovery-oriented systems support person-centered and self-directed approaches to care that build on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to take responsibility for their sustained health, wellness and recovery from alcohol and drug problems.

    Ronald McDonald House

    Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.

    The Arc Pennsylvania Chapter

    The Arc is the largest nationwide advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Pennsylvania has 33 local chapters and represents over 8,000 members. Their state office coordinates strategic, grassroots advocacy efforts; provides policy analysis and trainings, and implements the statewide Include Me and the Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) programs that serve children and adults.

    The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

    CEPA is located in Philadelphia and Doylestown, PA. The organization has been in operation formally since September 15, 1975.  This community based Council identified its purpose as one of primary prevention through the mobilization of concerned citizens to effect changes in attitudes toward the disease of alcoholism. The Council evolved from the community to meet a desperate need within the community.


    General Resources

    Catchafire

    Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.

    Coalition For Peace Action

    The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is a grassroots citizens organization which brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, professions, and political persuasions in support of three goals: global abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking at home and abroad.

    Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying

    FSP AGAINST BULLYING is a community initiative that supports safe spaces and increase awareness about bullying in schools, home and in the workplace. We share, encourage & support anti-bullying campaigns through supportive and informative resources & volunteerism.

    The Philadelphia Foundation

    The Philadelphia Foundation helps local nonprofits accelerate impact through grantmaking and operational support, from training staff to building endowments.

    UNI’s Anti-Bullying Prevention and Support

    UNI! Jersey Gay Pride’s Bully Free Buddy! UNI was created in hopes to emanate bully prevention, support, and interjection sustained dialogue. Uni works hard to shed light on various community LGBTQA members who have been bullied and willing to share their stories, encouraging and educating their peers how to overcome and help stop bullying.

     


    Law/Legal

    Disabilities Rights Network

    Disability Rights Pennsylvania protects and advocates for rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation. 

    Office for Dispute Resolution

    The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) provides the resources for families and educational agencies to resolve educational disputes for children served by the early intervention system, students who are gifted (or thought to be gifted), and students with disabilities (or thought to have disabilities).

    Pennsylvania Bar Association

    The Pennsylvania Bar Association is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students in Pennsylvania, United States. The association offers membership benefits, including publications, practice support, networking, and continuing education.

    Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

    The Public Interest Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. They use litigation, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure access to fundamental resources and services.

    State Task Force On The Right To Education

    The Pennsylvania State Task Force is charged with ensuring that the mandate and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement are carried out throughout the commonwealth.


    LGBTQ+

    Colours Organization, Inc.

    The Colours Organization’s mission is to impact, improve, and empower the lives of LGBTQ+ communities of color, especially those of the African diaspora, within the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.

    Garden State Equality

    Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s statewide advocacy and education organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

    GLSEN is an American education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools.

    Jersey Gay Pride

    Jersey Gay Pride’s mission is to promote equality, respect, and awareness of causes important, such as bullying and hunger, to the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-gender and questioning community of Southern New Jersey and surrounding areas. 

    Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 

    PFLAG is the United States’ first and largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. PFLAG National is the national organization, which provides support to the PFLAG network of local chapters. PFLAG Philadelphia can be contacted at (215) 572-1833 or email pflagphilly@gmail.com. Or use their chapter locator to find members near you.

    Philly Gay News

    Philadelphia Gay News is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender newspaper in the Philadelphia area. The publication was founded in 1976 by Mark Segal, who was inspired by activist Frank Kameny when they met in 1970.

    The Attic

    The Attic offers a wide range of programs and services designed to provide youth with the support and skills needed to transition into independent, thriving adults. The Attic strives to have a positive impact on all aspects of youth’s lives; to facilitate growth, empowerment, and resiliency; and to help youth find their voice, which is often silenced.

    The Trevor Project 

    The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors.

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