Site Visits

Site visits are a great way to dive into what’s happening on the ground in our host city. Participants visit area nonprofits to see structures and meet people working toward change in their communities.

The 2018 National Conference offers two site visit opportunities in Philadelphia, each exploring two different nonprofit organizations.

Preregistration required. To sign up for site visits, email Please indicate which site visit you would like to participate in and include your cell phone number in case we need to reach you that day. Please note that the Sustainable Urban Development for All site visit is now FULL.

Immigrant Communities Thriving
Friday, September 28, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Accessibility Information:

Please note that half of this site visit takes place in a building that predates modern accessibility standards and therefore requires the use of stairs by participants. Please contact if you have any questions about accessibility.

Take a trip to South Philadelphia to see the work of two organizations that serve local immigrant communities through health care, education, leadership development, and human rights advocacy.

Puentes de Salud works to improve community and individual health and wellness by providing immediate health services and educational programming that ranges from ESL to yoga. Puentes de Salud is notable in its wide range of partnerships with community members, local public schools, universities, governmental institutions, and other nonprofit organizations.

In this visit, Puentes will showcase Southwark Elementary, the site of the bulk of its educational programs that serve both students and parents. Participants will talk with leaders from the school and Puentes about their partnership in supporting the expanding vulnerable local population.

Juntos is a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization fighting for human rights of workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. Juntos combines leadership development, community organizing, and focused collaborations with other community based and advocacy organizations to build the power of its community members so they may be active agents of change and work against their own oppression.

Participants will meet with Juntos leadership at their home office to discuss their work to empower immigrant communities.

Speakers: Erika Almirón, Executive Director, Juntos; Alexandra Wolkoff, Director of Education, Puentes de Salud.

Sustainable Urban Development for All [FULL]
Saturday, September 29, 9:45 – 12:00 pm

Accessibility Information:

Please note that half of this site visit takes place on a farm with uneven terrain. Please contact if you have any questions about accessibility.

Venture just north of Center City to see two organizations that work in very different ways to serve one community.

The George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate is a landmark in the religious, social, and architectural history of the United States and a pillar in the North Philadelphia community. Dating back to 1887, the church has been a welcoming community that provides services to those in need and functions as a gathering place for spiritual enrichment, educational programs, and community organizing. The church has a long history of social justice advocacy.

Participants will speak to church and program leaders about their programs and the nuances of supporting long-term local residents in a context of urban development that often leaves them behind. The group will also have time to tour murals exploring the Bible and the Black experience housed in the sanctuary of this stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture.

Philly Urban Creators is a grassroots organization that transforms neglected landscapes into dynamic safe-spaces that foster connectivity, self-sufficiency, and innovation. From its home on Life Do Grow Farm, it uses urban agriculture, artistic expression, and celebration as tools for liberation, neighborhood stabilization, and youth development.

This site visit will include a tour of the public garden and a discussion with its young founders and directors about the challenges of running a small “hyper-grassroots” organization with a multitude of missions.

Speakers: Alex Epstein, Co-Executive Director, Urban Creators; Jeaninne Kayembe, Co-Executive Director, Urban Creators; Rev. Dr. Renee McKenzie-Hayward, Vicar, George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate