Thursday, June 14, 2012

Soul Join Rebuilding Together in Major Three-Day Rebuild in West Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Soul (10-3) announce a volunteer effort, assisting the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together, JBJ Soul Foundation, Lowe's, Carter's Kids and other partners in Building a Healthy Neighborhood, to lend a helping hand to low-income families and homeowners to upgrade the health and safety of their neighborhoods.
Thursday, June 14 thru Saturday June 16, the Soul will be at 62nd Street and Lancaster Avenue in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia volunteering their time to upgrade the neighborhood in a myriad of ways.
In a real 'team' effort, the Soul will be in attendance helping with repairs on 30 homes, the installation of a playground for local children, landscaping the neighborhood and creating community garden. Soulman, the mascot of the Philadelphia Soul, will be appearing on Saturday as part of the Community Celebration, which includes music, face painters and bbq. Players scheduled to help on Thursday include: Dan Raudabaugh, Tiger Jones, Dusty Bear, Derrick Ross, Zipp Duncan and Christian Johnson, with a warm-up provided by the Soulmates both Thursday and Friday morning.
"I am grateful to the JBJ Soul Foundation for inviting us to be a part of this amazing project and introducing us to Rebuilding Together," said Soul Director of Community Relations, Melissa Demyan. "I am proud to have the support of the Soul organization behind me; staff, Soulmates and players, in an effort to give back to this deserving neighborhood. I encourage all Soul fans to come out and help us."
The effort kicks off Thursday, June 14 with building prep and the playground build. The rebuild work continues Friday, June 15 along with the completion and dedication of the playground. All volunteers on Thursday and Friday will receive a voucher to attend the Philadelphia Soul game on Sunday, June 24th as a token of thanks for their time, courtesy of the Philadelphia Soul.
The endeavor culminates Saturday, June 16 when the rebuild of the neighborhood is completed, with a community resource fair and the community celebration.

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