Volunteer

Residents and visitors to the Schuylkill River at East Falls and Manayunk appreciate this urban oasis. These communities provide a unique opportunity to experience nature while taking advantage of all the resources a city neighborhood has to offer. There are many opportunities to get involved in beautifying the neighborhood; volunteer groups surrounding the river and its tributaries, trails, and green space abound, focusing on the greening of our villages along the river.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead (1902-1978); Cultural Anthropologist

This quotation perfectly describes the volunteer groups in Manayunk, East Falls, Roxborough, Shawmont, and Lower Merion. For many years, local volunteer groups have been completing projects large and small to make our neighborhoods, parks, and waterways beautiful. These groups do indeed change the world, one flower, one tree, and one clean-up at a time.

Local Volunteer Project Photos


Interesteding in lending a helping hand? Email ksykora@manayunk.org with your interest and contact information.

Select a group below to learn more about it:

Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Friends of Cynwyd Station Park

Friends of Inn Yard Park

Friends of Pretzel Park

Ivy Ridge Green

Manayunk Neighborhood Council

Residents of Shawmont Valley

Roxborough Tree Tenders

Umbria Street Neighbors


Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

The missions of Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail are to promote the construction, maintenance and use of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, to undertake volunteer projects that enhance its recreational, natural and educational value, and to provide for permanent amenities along the trail.

Friends of Cynwyd Station Park

The Friends of Cynwyd Station Park is a group of neighbors and friends who work to restore the park to its former glory.

Friends of Inn Yard Park

The mission of Friends of Inn Yard Park is to maintain Inn Yard Park for the community to enjoy, and to improve the park as part of long-term improvements within the general East Falls area.

Image credit: EastFallsLocal.com

Friends of Pretzel Park

The Friends of Pretzel Park is the volunteer organization committed to maintaining and improving Pretzel Park and the Manayunk Dog Park. They provide social and community service opportunities for visitors of the park that help to serve the needs of the park and its users as well as the greater neighborhood of Manayunk.

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Image credit: Friends of Pretzel Park

Ivy Ridge Green

Collective of volunteers working to green Roxborough and Manayunk through volunteer projects which include landscaping, tree-planting, cleaning, and greening.

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Manayunk Neighborhood Council

A registered community association (RCO) for residents of Manayunk and Roxborough.

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Residents of Shawmont Valley

A civic group centered around the Shawmont Valley and along the banks of the Schuylkill River in Upper Roxborough, Residents of Shawmont Valley is dedicated to preserving the fragile ecosystems and historic nature of the community.

Roxborough Tree Tenders

A local organization of volunteers trained by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society whose mission is to restore the tree canopy of Roxborough and Manayunk.

Image credit: Roxborough Review

Umbria Street Neighbors

The Umbria Street Neighbor Association’s goal is for the Fountain Street Steps to be a beautiful open green space, providing safe access to the Manayunk Canal and towpath. This endeavor is achieved by holding two flea markets with proceeds going towards the project, and with dedicated neighborhood volunteers conducting large clean-ups and planting sessions along with additional maintenance year-round. With an emphasis on low maintenance, the group has recently added native plants to restore the ecology of the site and improve the look of the steps. The Philadelphia Water Department's Office of Watersheds is also working with the group on improving the steps.

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