In Philadelphia, conventions don’t just disappear when they end, voluntourism is allowing them to leave their footprints long after the convention is over. Many conventions are choosing this combination of team building and giving back as a unique way to enhance their meeting experience in the City of Brotherly Love.
Recently, the YMCA donated books to thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia during its General Assembly in support of the organization’s commitment to nurturing the potential of youth and improving their reading skills. Staff and volunteers sorted and packed donated books at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for distribution to local youth agencies, including local Y childcare centers, Tree House Books, Philadelphia Reads, Delaware County Literacy Council and Cradle to Crayons. The organization also hosted a 5K Run and Fun Walk with proceeds supporting youth swim lessons at inner-city Ys and a blood drive.
In April, Ellucian Live produced Community Connections, a friendly community service competition for its attendees to benefit and inspire underprivileged youth in Philadelphia. Attendees donated books and institution-branded bags, backpacks, and more and competed to build the biggest stash for a prize.
Some groups, like Beyond Sport, the global sports and social change organization which met in Philadelphia in September, invest in long-lasting projects to benefit the host city. This year, Beyond Sport launched a state-of-the-art basketball court funded and built by the organization and its partners for a local community.
There are numerous opportunities in the city to give back. To learn more about charitable give back efforts for your convention, visit www.discoverPHL.com/voluntourism.