Philly DoGooder Announces Video Finalists

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It’s rather fitting that right after the glut of the Academy Awards, Philly DoGooder II offers an award show where what you’ve done trumps what you were. DoGooder celebrates all that is good — the people, the communities, the organizations — in Philadelphia via hands-on storytelling and community outreach. Each entrant was paired with a filmmaker to document its work over the year. Check out the video finalists here. Awards will be doled out at a ceremony on March 12th.

Associación Puertorriqueñas en Marche

APM was founded in 1970 by Puerto Rican Vietnam vets to help provide community services like healthcare, child welfare and substance abuse treatment. Its submisssion tells the story of the Rainbow de Colores Park in North Philly, where two locals are working against crime and poverty.

Diversified Community Services

Since 1969, Diversified Community Services (DCS) has worked for community-centric changes in Point Breeze. DCS’s video shows its Film in Focus program, which offers inner-city youths the opportunity and resources to learn and explore filmmaking.

Episcopal Community Services

For 140 years, Episcopal Community Services has provided a broad range of social resources, including shelters and health services. Its submission offers solutions and steps to improve current problems in inner-city education.

Schools for Sustainability

Schools for Sustainability is committed to combining indigenous knowledge with modern technology to make schools in need run more efficiently, and with lower impact. Its submission documents its mission to provide hands-on greening programs on school campuses.

Canine Partners for Life

For over 20 years Canine Partners for Life has paired disabled persons with service dogs for companionship and life-improvement. This video focuses on Allison and her dog Wynn, as they overcome everyday struggles.


This new organization promotes and provides non-conventional learning with an emphasis on global impact. This film documents Ycenter’s founder and leader’s quest from Philly post-grad to global thinker and educator.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Since 1974, The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House has offered care and services to families of hospitalized youths. Its video tells the story of three families who relied on the help of the Ronald McDonald House when their children became ill.

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children

The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children’s mission is to provide pre-K education for all Pennsylvanians. The video highlights its crusade to get 3 and 4 year olds into the school system.

Jewish Relief Agency

Since 2000, Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) has volunteered to help local Jews in need. The video highlights its BuildOn Program, which has Lower Merion students and community members teaming up to deliver food for JRA.

North Light Community Center

Founded in 1936, North Light Community Center provides services for over 3,000 Philadelphians. Its submission introduces the neighborhood, and its mission to help it.

The DoGooder II award ceremony takes place March 12th at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Hall of University of the Arts. Get tickets here