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Volunteer opportunity description

Established in 1855, Mount Moriah Cemetery was the chosen resting place for Philadelphia mayors, Civil War soldiers, and other notable historic figures.  Accessible by trolley and intersected by Cobbs Creek Park, Mount Moriah was once a grand and peaceful retreat.  In recent years, however, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.

Over the next few weeks the City will be working hard to cut down weeds and tall grasses in the cemetary.  Once that work is done, the project will be ready for some hard working, community minded volunteers!  Will you join us?

On Saturday, July 16th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the City will host a volunteer day in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Cares, Global Citizen and Friends of Mt. Moriah Cemetery to assist with clearing the cemetary of cut grass and debris. 

Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome and encouraged to participate!

After this initial clean-up, the Friends of Mt. Moriah will coordinate future volunteer efforts.  We hope that volunteers who come out on the 16th will consider returning to the Cemetary over the summer and fall to support them!



First and foremost we ask volunteers to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm for playing a role in the revitalization of this historic cemetary

Beyond that we have a few concrete requests:

Currently, the Mt. Moriah Cemetery is home to a good deal of poison ivy and an occasional tick.  For this reason we ask that volunteers dress in long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sneakers or work boots.  Because of heat, clothing should be light and loose fitting.  Water will be provided. 

Also, volunteers will be required to sign a document releasing the City from liability.  Release forms will be available on-site.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers on these days:
July 16, 2011

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About the organization

Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service

Julia Hillengas
Graduation Coach Campaign Project Coordinator-PhillyGoes2College
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