Friends Center, May 2018: Spring recycling, plus partner and tenant news


There is a lot going on at Friends Center this spring, as you can see below.

We are working on a spring cleaning day for shredding & e-waste later in May, probably May 22. Please let Erick know how many boxes of shredding you might have or how much e-waste you want to recycle, so we can let the vendors know.

As always, thank you for all you to do to contribute to our unique community of organizations striving for a better world!

— Chris Mohr, Executive Director



The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.

Also, Friends Center’s main phone number, (215) 241-7000, will soon be changed to (215) 241-7100. We will let everyone know once we have a firm date set for the change.

REMINDER: Tunnel Repair Project

There is a tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street that will be repaired. Work will start in the second half of June. We will keep you posted with more details when we know them.

Thank you for picking up packages. Please continue!

You’ve all been doing GREAT in securing your packages from the lobby soon after they arrive. Thank you! Keep up the good work.


2 POP-UP Friends in Fellowship Breakfasts

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Government:
    May 16, 8:15 AM at Friends Center
    With Don Bell, Director of Black Talent Initiative, at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington DC

Don Bell, former president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, serves as Director of the Black Talent Initiative in Washington DC.

  • KENYA’s response to Climate change:
    May 17, at 8:15 AM at Friends Center, Room 21
  • With Edward Mungai, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center, Nairobi

Edward Mungai is the principal NGO leader behind Kenya’s initiative to develop, market, and disseminate clean technologies that address climate change. As CEO of The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), he runs an innovation hub that provides incubation, capacity building, and financing services to entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions in energy, water, and agribusiness. Edward is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow.


Blind students get a chance to share the stage with PA Ballet dancers, Billy Penn:
Art-Reach brought together pros with the Overbook School for the Blind for an uplifting tap recital


GIRLS INC.: Breakfast Success
Thank you to the 400 people that attended Girls Inc.’s sold-out Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast and congratulations to our inspiring honorees! We exceeded our goal and raised over $120,000. Read more.

Friends Child Care Center 40th Anniversary
Did you know Friends Child Care Center started as a parent co-op here at Friends Center? Celebrate with them as they are still going strong 4 decades later! Their 40th Anniversary Auction is Friday, May 18 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Historic Landmark Building (118 North Broad Street).  Hors d’oeuvres, entrées and open bar will be available during a festive social night of celebrating teachers and raising funds to support ongoing cultural arts programming at FCCC and its mission. Find full info here.

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While not happening here at Friends Center, these events may be of interest to our community:

Love Your Park Week
Join us for Love Your Park Week, May 12-20, 2018!
Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks. Sign up to volunteer!

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir presents:
Sing Truth to Power
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018
Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts
William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Ln, Phila
For tickets visit

The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology:
Trauma : The Brain, the Body, and Compassionate Witness
May 25th-28th, 2018
Pendle Hill Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Learn more at: