All posts by Stephanie Montalvan


PennPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. For decades, they’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.

Campaign Jobs with PennPIRG to Protect Public Health! 

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. PennPIRG runs campaigns for USPIRG, Environment America, the Human Rights Campaign, and Fair Share Alliance.

In the summer of 2017, they worked on a campaign to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Overuse of antibiotics can breed resistant bacteria that would make illnesses such as pneumonia and post-surgery infections un-treatable. Public health officials such as the CDC, have warned that our antibiotics will stop working if we overuse them. However, 70% of our antibiotics are being used not by people who are sick, but by factory farmers. To protect our public health and to ensure our antibiotics are effective in the future, factory farms need to stop overusing our life-saving medicine.  In 2016, PennPIRG helped convince McDonalds and Subway to agree to stop using chicken and other meats raised on routine antibiotics. Now PennPIRG is calling on KFC, the largest fried chicken restaurant in the world, to follow suit. If PennPIRG keeps up the pressure, this will create an industry-wide shift, and slow the rise of antibiotic-resistant disease. Every year PennPIRG works on more issues in regards to public health. Find out how you can get involved below:

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Contact: (215) 732-3747

Location: 1429 Walnut St., Ste. 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Updated 11/1/2019

GALAEI works to cultivate leadership in queer Latin@ communities by empowering and teaching the skills and tools to communities most affected to fight, organize and advocate for themselves. They build collective power and recognize the importance of focused collaboration with other community-based and advocacy organization to build power in communities as well as solidarity between other marginalized/oppressed peoples. Collectively, they work towards social justice as defined as a healthy community free from homo/transphobia, HIV and HIV-related stigma, racism, sexism, poverty, deportation, and incarceration.


The youth program works to support the empowerment of queer latin@ youth through individual coaching, group support, community engagement, and leadership development. Galaei provides a safe and affirming drop-in where youth are coached through various issues relating to sexual health, education, employment, conflict resolution, and trauma. Group activities allow queer latin@ youth to strengthen their social support system and facilitate dialogue about how they can make an impact in their community through organizing.


Galaei provides client-centered, non-judgmental HIV prevention services such as free condoms and lube; free, confidential HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing, sexual health counseling, same-day linkage to medical care for people diagnosed with HIV; and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – the pill that helps prevent HIV. counselors aim to validate individuals’ feelings, calm their fears, and provide a holistic service to ensure people can lead healthy and happy lives, regardless of their HIV status.


TIP provides peer-based support for trans* individuals (trans* encompasses any individual who does not identify as cisgender). the program offers sexual health and HIV prevention counseling, mentorship with transitioning, help with name change, legal advocacy, referrals for housing and food, and opportunities to build community to work towards trans* justice.



Contact: 267-457-3912,

Location: 149 W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Center for Returning Citizens

Updated 11/1/2019

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) assists returning citizens in the transition from incarceration to society by providing job training, housing assistance, counseling services, legal aid, and referrals. TCRC helps individuals, families and communities with the adverse impacts of incarceration. TCRC was founded by a returning citizen,  is staffed by returning citizens and people who are sensitive to the needs and requirements of this specific population.

TCRC has served over 900 Returning citizens and their families in various ways in the Philly area and surrounding counties since 2012 and has a current caseload of 233 program participants. In Pennsylvania, approximately 3500 people re-enter society each year. We assist in developing life plans and creating pathways to success.  We begin by exploring employment and education opportunities, addressing housing and relationship issues, time and money management. If you are dedicated to these concepts, be part of TCRC as a program participant, family member, community sponsor, or volunteer!



Contact: 215-223-1680

Location: 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA. 19140


Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. They are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms.

Through advocacy, education and litigation, their attorneys, advocates and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. They stand in defense of the rights of women and minorities, workers, students, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and others who have seen bias and bigotry threaten the rights afforded to all of us in this country by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Because the ACLU of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization with limited resources, they rely on volunteers and interns to accomplish their work. Most of their volunteer and internship opportunities are in one of their offices in Philadelphia. Some volunteers make a regular weekly commitment to volunteer; others help out on an as-needed basis.

The Philadelphia local chapter is made up of volunteers who help further the mission of the ACLU by alerting staff about civil liberties violations in their area, holding local events, and raising awareness in their communities about civil liberties and the ACLU-PA.

Have skills you’d like to volunteer, such as photography or graphic design, but don’t want to commit to regular schedule in the office? Email them at to set up a time to discuss how you can get involved!



Contact: 215-592-1513, or

Location: 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Juvenile Law Center

The Juvenile Law Center is the oldest non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. The Juvenile Law Center uses an array of legal strategies and legislative advocacy to promote fairness, prevent harm, ensure access to appropriate services, and create opportunities for success for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as thought leaders in the field, the Juvenile Law Center’s impact on the development of law and policy on behalf of children is substantial.

The Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Most of the youth on whose behalf we work are between 10 and 21 years of age and are among society’s most vulnerable—most likely to be mislabeled, ignored, harmed, or scarred for life by systems that are supposed to help them.

They work to protect and advance children’s rights in courts, legislatures, and executive agencies. Their strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications. They strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, as well as reflective of international human rights values.



Contact: (215) 625-0551

Location: Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St # 4, Philadelphia, PA 19107