Community Involvement at Germantown Friends School is committed to developing reciprocal relationships between our students and local organizations. Through food drives, reading and math buddies, MLK Day activities, and more, GFS strives to cultivate students’ awareness of privilege, race, and class in relation to Germantown and how we can support the surrounding community in a positive way, by learning from each other.
Local partners include:
- John B. Kelly School
- Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
- The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
- Historic Germantown
- Germantown Special Services District
- Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church
- Mastery Charter School: John Wister campus
- The Wister Townhouses
- The Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association
- Baynton Hill Neighbors’ Association
- The Nicholson Church Lane Community Garden
We aim to create sustainable relationships that will stand the test of time. At GFS, we want to go beyond transactional acts of service and focus on thinking deeply about the relationships we are cultivating.
It’s important to acknowledge that we all have different facets of our identities. Just as important is cultivating our common humanity, which is the universal backdrop across our differences. Community Involvement at GFS teaches that it’s crucial to reach out to one another and share our stories in order to build a more empathetic world.