Philadelphia Voluntourism

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Experience Philadelphia’s people and culture on a deeper level.

Enrich your group’s memories of Philadelphia by participating in a community service project during your stay. Our city was where the American Dream was founded and volunteering is part of what makes that dream possible. Each year, more “voluntourists” are indulging their senses of exploration and passion for service, venturing off their hotel maps and into fulfilling opportunities to help maintain the natural splendor of the region, preserve historic landmarks for future generations and champion the city’s artistic voices. Rejuvenate your meeting attendees while they connect with the dynamic individuals who call Philadelphia home.

We invite you to consider these exciting activities for your group; arrive as our guests and leave as our friends.

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service is one of the first of its kind in the nation: Former Mayor Michael Nutter opened the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service to oversee the development and implementation of his strategic plan for service. Learn more at or watch the kick off video from Mayor Nutter.


Arden Theater Company: Meet Philadelphians who share your passion for the stage as you take tickets, greet and seat guests, plus offer show programs to patrons. Enjoy a free performance as your reward. Learn more at

Bartram Gardens: Volunteers can help care for the historic river trail and landscaped gardens inspired by the Quaker farmer John Bartram’s encounter with a single daisy in the same field more than 250 years ago. March through October. Learn more at

Cradles to Crayons: Volunteers can help the Giving Factory to make a difference in the lives of local children. Learn more at

Greater Philadelphia Cares Project: Make a difference in the region by partnering with schools, social service agencies, environmental groups and nonprofit organizations that help make a difference. Learn more at

Johnson House: Lend a behind-the-scences hand with Juneteenth Family Celebration or the Jazz in the Garden presentations hosted at this family home which served as an Underground Railroad station. Learn more at

Mural Arts Philadelphia: Add your creative flair to an actual Philadelphia mural or explore the world’s largest art gallery and see first-hand how art ignites change. Learn more at

Neighborhood Bike Works: Don’t worry about your level of bicycling knowledge, just roll with the whimsical fun events designed to nurture self-confidence in young people. Learn more at

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Meet master gardeners, learn tips and get ideas for your own lawn while volunteering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. As the hosts of the Philadelphia Flower Show and 400+ community gardeners, PHS can design age-appropriate, partnership projects for groups which also meet current public landscaping needs. Learn more at

Philadelphia Zoo: Help beautify America’s first zoo while learning how the Philadelphia Zoo. For volunteers ages 14 and over. Learn more at or by contacting the Volunteer Office at

SHARE: Encourage others to volunteer by filling grocery orders at the SHARE (Self Help And Resource Exchange) warehouse, where households can purchase a discounted healthy grocery package in exchange for community service. Learn more at

Spiral Q Puppet Theater: Discover the city’s DIY, grassroots energy as you help make puppets and bring puppets to life at community events. It’s a truly unique experience that combines art and community-building in a collaborative and fun way. Learn more at

The Village of Arts and Humanities: Leave your mark by lending your talents to the multiple gardening and performing arts projects simmering at this mosaic-encrusted, transformative North Philadelphia space originally named Ile Ife, Yoruba for “House of Love.” Learn more at

The Mural Arts Philadelphia has helped place art in public spaces throughout the city.

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