Some block captains receiving their award recognition. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

Philadelphia, PA – In the heart of North Philadelphia, amidst the streets and diverse neighborhoods, there’s a group of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make our community a better place. These heroes are none other than the North Philly block captains, individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for their fellow residents. To honor their commitment, URtheKey, a North Philadelphia Block Captains & Community Association in partnership with the Hunting Park Community Revitalization Corporation, recently hosted an appreciation luncheon, shining a spotlight on these remarkable individuals.

The Unsung Heroes of North Philly

North Philly block captains are the backbone of our community. These dedicated volunteers take on the responsibility of overseeing and caring for their respective blocks, ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe, clean, and connected. They organize clean-up initiatives, provide resources for those in need, and foster a sense of unity among their neighbors.

These unsung heroes often go unnoticed in their daily efforts to maintain the vitality of our community. It’s only fitting that we take a moment to appreciate their dedication and hard work.

A day of appreciation

The North Philly Block Captains Appreciation Luncheon was a day filled with gratitude, camaraderie, and recognition. The event drew in block captains from various neighborhoods, including South and West Philly Block Captains, all eager to share their experiences, connect, and celebrate their collective accomplishments.

The atmosphere buzzed with positive energy as community members, local leaders, and volunteers gathered to express their thanks. The luncheon was a testament to the power of community spirit and the impact that these block captains have had on our neighborhoods.

North Philly block captains’ appreciation 2nd annual luncheon by URthekey. (Photo:  Lili Daliessio)

Inspiring stories and testimonials

During the luncheon, some block captains had the opportunity to share their stories and experiences. Many of them shared the challenges they’ve faced and the countless hours they’ve dedicated to their communities. Yet, their smiles and passion revealed that these challenges were a labor of love and dedication.

Residents also had the chance to express their gratitude. Testimonials poured in from those who had directly benefited from the efforts of block captains. Some also shared the positive impact block captains had on their lives as role models when they were children.

URThekey Founder and team members. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

Looking ahead

As the North Philly block captains were celebrated, the luncheon also served as a call to action for the wider community. Residents were encouraged to get involved, support local initiatives, and consider becoming block captains themselves. Empowering the youth to be involved is crucial because they are the future leaders of their community.

The message was clear: the power to create positive change in North Philly lies within the hands of its residents. They are the key and by working together and receiving support from the police district, city councils, state representatives, and non-profit organizations, they can build a brighter future for their community.

For more info:  & Become a block captain | Services | City of Philadelphia

*Lili Daliessio is a Community Information Manager at Esperanza Housing and Economic Development.


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