Community Organizations

Below is a list of organizations operating in our community.
(Please contact us if you would like to add your organization to this page.)

Center City Residents' Association
1616 Walnut Street, Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.546.6719
Fax: 215.546.5110

The Center City Residents' Association is a volunteer membership organization that works to preserve and improve the quality of life for all Center City Philadelphia residents. Activities include monitoring and advocating on zoning issues; weekly sidewalk cleanings; town watch groups; a community garden and tree planting program; discounted car and home insurance; house tours; and block parties.

Jubilee Village Association
The Brandywine Workshop Center for the Visual Arts
730 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 215.546.3675
Fax: 215.546.2825

A nonprofit corporation dedicated to the creation of a community that promotes the values of arts, culture, religion, education, housing and entrepreneurship in community development, the association works with existing community development organizations and initiatives to coordinate, plan, and promote projects that advance the revitalization of the South Street West area as a business and entertainment center, and preserves and fosters its rich cultural history. Jubilee is a member organization of SSWBA.

Marian Anderson Recreation Center
17th & Fitzwater Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Named for the celebrated classical contralto singer and civil rights groundbreaker, born in South Philadelphia in 1897, the Center offers a variety of cultural and sports programs for residents of all ages.

Odunde, Inc.
PO Box 217488
2308 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Odunde, Inc. is an educational and cultural organization that produces year-round programs focusing on African Diaspora culture. A highlight is the annual Odunde festival, one of the oldest African-American summer street fairs in the nation. Odunde is an organizational member of SSWBA.

South Philadelphia Renaissance Project
767 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

To commemorate generations past and inspire those of the present and future, the Project aims to produce 50 hours' worth of video oral histories of South Philadelphia's ethnic cultures in order to promote the area as a destination for tourists, historians, the media, schoolchildren, and small businesspeople.

South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA)
1901 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 215.732.8446
Fax: 215.732.2016

SOSNA serves the residents of southwest Center City—South Street to Washington Avenue and Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.  Membership is open to all residents and business owners within these boundaries. SONSA is actively engaged in a variety of neighborhood support, renewal, and sustainability projects including Economic Development, Zoning, Safety (pedestrian and safe streets), and Clean & Green (neighborhood clean-ups, recycling, trees, and parks).  The association is active in many community outreach efforts, including sponsorship of Bloktoberfest, Jazz at Julian Abele Park, and the annual turkey drive for citizens in need.

Universal Business Support Center
Universal Companies
1502 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Telephone: 215.985.9420
Fax: 215.985.9715

Universal Companies is a nonprofit organization chaired by Kenny Gamble, a well-known former music producer who is seeking to reinvest in our South Philadelphia neighborhood. Universal Companies operates the Universal Business Support Center (UBSC) to support entrepreneurs with new and existing businesses. The Center assists entrepreneurs individually with a number of small business concerns and also conducts workshops on small business development, financial investment tax preparation, credit restoration, budgeting and money management, business plans, accounting and bookkeeping, insurance, and managing employee benefits.