How Important Is Nutrition for the Seriously Ill?

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The Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) brings healthy meals to Philadelphians suffering from terminal or serious maladies.

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Five Places You Can Volunteer This Summer


As summer reaches its peak, OMAAT celebrates the season by sharing some of our favorite spots to engage in some invigorating and fulfilling volunteer work.

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Married On Sunday. Fired On Friday. What’s Next?


Now that marriage equality has been achieved, gay rights activists must look toward the future. Workplace equality is their next big hurdle.

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Smile If You See This Bus in Philly… Here’s Why

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The Portside Arts Center brings arts, music, and drama education to the children who most need it. And you can help.

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The Portside Community Arts Festival Lights Up the City

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On April 25th, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the Portside Arts Center will turn the streets into a living, many-faceted art project, in which everyone is invited to collaborate.

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You Are What You Eat: Philly Students Learn About Nutrition

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The Vetri Foundation for Children and My Daughter’s Kitchen work together to teach Philadelphia students how to make their own meals and make the city healthier.

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Philly Works to House Its Citizens


With this burgeoning increase in the construction of affordable housing complexes, the work of community organizations like Better Tomorrows has become even more relevant.

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City Runners Go Interstellar

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The “Meet Me On Mars” challenge pushes participants across the country and world to run for a cause — as far as they can.

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Pushing Communities M.I.L.E.s Ahead

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Music Is Love Exchange combines artistic expression with hands-on community development both at home and abroad — and it’s just getting started.

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Local Nonprofit Shapes Up Philadelphia Kids


Local education and athletics group SquashSmarts has made a mission of keeping Philadelphia kids in school.

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Philadelphia Celebrates the Life of Dr. King

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On this day, Jan. 19, 2015, 47 years after the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Philadelphians have planned a variety of events throughout the city to honor his life and remember his message.

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Child Sponsorship: What It Is, Why to Do It


Many organizations, such as SOS Children’s Villages, are carrying the torch of aid for children in need everywhere. OMAAT examines their important work and how it affects the world at large.

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Before Thanksgiving: Philly’s Week Of Service


This month, national activists and charitable organizations are coming together to fight hunger and homelessness in America. The National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness have organized National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which will run from the 15th to the 23rd of November.

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8th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut

Join Us at the Mutt Strut! On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Philadelphia will once again go to the dogs! At the 8th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, dogs and the people who love them will walk the scenic route in The Navy Yard to raise funds and awareness for PAWS’ efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals.   When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 Check-in opens at 9am, start strutting at 11!

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Iffy Tax Measure: Philly Smokers Now Funding Public Schools


On Wednesday, Pennsylvania senators passed a bill that will allocate revenue from cigarette taxes to the funding of public schools. The measure will raise the state cigarette tax from $1.60 a pack to $2 a pack, in an effort to close the $81 million gap in the annual budget for the Philadelphia school district.

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Simple Generosity: A Suffering Girl Gets a New Eye



A little girl who suffered a dreadful accident is being given a new hope. Three-year-old Victoria Wilcher was attacked in April by three of her grandfather’s pitbulls at his home in Simpson County, Mississippi. She permanently lost her right eye, and multiple bones in her face were shattered. And after a long battle, Victoria’s bravery was rewarded.

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The Internet Age Transforms Charitable Giving: Ice Buckets Challenge Our Strategies


Of course, everyone likes to see their favorite celebrity doused in ice cold water.

Little wonder then that the phenomenon of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has rapidly made itself known in virtually every household, even reaching global proportions. One is hard-pressed at this point to find a realm of pop culture that it has not touched.

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The One Question Every Homeless Child Wants to Hear

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When a child first walks through the doors at the Pennsylvania Covenant House’s Crisis Center in Philadelphia, he likely hasn’t eaten, bathed or slept in days. He’s met with the promise of a warm bed and a simple question: “Would you like something to eat?” The child breathes a sigh of relief. He has found sanctuary.

There are a record 1.6 million homeless children in the United States, a number that has increased sharply every year since the economic crash in 2007, and a quarter of all homeless Americans. (40% if you include the 18-21 year olds that Covenant House also serves).

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