What we do
The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (Serve Philadelphia/OCEVS) works to increase community and civic engagement through its three units:
Community Engagement: Provides community education and organizing tips to residents to help them strengthen their neighborhoods, build coalitions, and become community leaders.
Volunteer Engagement: Connects groups of volunteers to service opportunities, including the Foster Grandparent Program, where low-income seniors mentor children in pre-K classes, schools, and hospitals.
Civic Engagement: Develops civic education programs and supports other City-led engagement efforts, including Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps’ anti-poverty initiatives; convenes the Philadelphia National Service Task Force to increase collaboration between service programs.
Stephanie Monahon began her advocacy career as a field organizer for Obama for America in 2008 and as a regional field director in Pennsylvania in 2012. In her time with Obama for America, Monahon focused on the social dynamics of team building and the components necessary to form a strong, cohesive network of grassroots leaders. From 2013 to 2015, Monahon worked as a national regional director for Organizing for Action, where she oversaw 20 states and hundreds of volunteer-led teams, managed issue advocacy campaigns and presented seminars on effective volunteer management techniques.