The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (“EPX”) is outraged and saddened by the killings of Black and other people of color taking place across the country.  The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, among many others, further evidence the systemic, institutionalized, and targeted racism that is deeply rooted in our country.  We have been here before; these losses are recent reminders of the long history of racism, injustice, and discrimination in the United States.

EPX stands united with the Black community.  Our mission is to provide an easily accessible forum for all residents of the East Passyunk neighborhood to openly discuss, develop, and implement plans of action to provide innovative growth in the neighborhood while maintaining its history and character.  We cannot meet our mission in our community without affirming that Black Lives Matter.  

As we look forward to resuming in-person meetings, we are committed to strengthening efforts to diversify the attendance at EPX meetings and our community events, and within our leadership team. We will focus on holding meetings that encourage open dialogue, expanding the resources we share to further engage with our community, and diversifying our community partnerships with institutions, businesses, and organizations throughout East Passyunk Crossing. If you are interested in working with our volunteer organization on further developing and attaining these goals, please email

EPX funds supported front line workers and local businesses

In these strange times, many of us feel adrift and aren’t quite sure what to do to help others. In the first few weeks of the coronavirus, EPX donated breakfast and lunch to frontline healthcare workers at Methodist hospital and it was tremendously satisfying to know we were making a difference in a long and stressful day. We’d like to do it again and we need your help!

Please consider donating towards our cause – any amount will help! We will be using a local business to send our healthcare workers meals, so we are both providing support to our restaurants and to our broader community. EPX is a non-profit, and we are dedicated to serving our community. EPX will match up to $250 of the funds raised.

Due to current health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus covid-19 the #2020RedGravyCookoff is postponed until large gatherings are permitted again. We hope to be able to announce a fall date. Keep practicing your red gravy recipes, home cooks, and we will let you know when we are able to host this event.

Seasonal Giving

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to raise over $1,000 and purchase gifts for teens to be distributed by United Communities Southeast Philadelphia. Thank you as well to the fifteen volunteers who showed up to wrap the gifts! You all made a real impact in our community. EPX is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization, and you can donate at any time to our general fund


If you are interested in helping EPX, we are looking for volunteers to work our upcoming Saturday January 4th Treecycling event at Capitolo. Note the new location as Columbus is under construction. Sign up for a half hour shift here, or contact us directly. All are welcome – this is a very fun neighborhood event (See the Instagram post from previous year.)

If you are bringing a tree to be shredded, there is a suggested donation of $5. More information about the event can be found on the Facebook event.


Zoning meetings are moving to a new date – from now on meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, still at 7pm in the great room at the East Passyunk Community Center. The next meeting will be Monday January 13th. There will be a presentation to provide an overall update on the BOK building and to discuss future projects, including: Auditorium Renovation, Events Space – Cafeteria 6th Floor, Girls Gym, and 6/7 Floors. We highly encourage you to attend to both learn more about the current plans, and to ask any questions / voice any concerns you may have.

General Membership Meeting

See you at our General Membership meeting Monday January 6th. The agenda will include Gaby Raczka, Engagement Manager at Philly Counts. 

Have a safe and happy New Year!

Volunteers at 2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive bagging event

This holiday season EPX is partnering with United Communities to raise funds and collect donations for a toy drive for local South Philadelphia children. This #givingTuesday please support EPX’s charitable drive to raise money and accept donations of new toys for kids 0-18. Although toys of all age ranges will be gratefully appreciated, older children are often overlooked in holiday toy drives, and teens are much more aware of what they have or do not compared to their peers than an infant or toddler. Consider donating a teen-specific gift to our drive, or a monetary donation to allow us to buy age-appropriate and appreciated gifts for kids in our neighborhood.

We are collecting new gifts and toys at the East Passyunk Crossing Civic center, located at 1025 Mifflin. Some suggested items include:

  • Sports equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and gloves, footballs, tennis rackets, tennis balls
  • Art supplies: Colored pencils, paint, brushes, sketch pads
  • Games: board games, card games, collectable cards
  • Journals: a blank journal or one with daily prompts
  • Movie passes and gift cards
  • Backpacks
  • Jewelry and purses
  • Beauty items: make-up, lotion, nail polish, perfume
  • Hats and scarves

There are more ways to contribute! Join us on Saturday December 14th from 10:30am-1pm for a wrapping party at the East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St. We will be wrapping and labeling contents of the donated and purchased gifts for easy distribution of United Communities to our neighbors in need.

Thank you for your generous contribution to our neighbors in need this holiday season.

PHILADELPHIA – The Streets Department’s 2019 Philly Leaf Recycling Program begins on Tuesday, November 12 and runs through Saturday, December 21. The program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City’s on-going commitment to recycling by helping to reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream.

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered city-wide on Saturdays (except for November 16th and 30th) at 13 designated locations from 9 AM to 3 PM for the duration of the program.

Mechanical leaf collection will be provided as a supplement in areas known to have a heavy accumulation of leaves. The mechanical leaf collection operation will include leaf blowers, mechanical sweepers, and leaf loaders. Mechanical leaf collection crews will concentrate their efforts in designated boundaries each week, following a strategic schedule to maximize efficiency and productivity.

Follow these tips for bagged leaf collection:

  • Bagged leaves will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags. These bags can be processed for recycling along with the leaves. This reduces contamination in the recycling process.
  • Do not mix trash or other recyclable materials with bagged leaves. This contaminates leaves and makes them unfit for recycling purposes.
  • Use as many bags as needed, maximum 40 lbs. each.
  • Bags may be purchased at most hardware stores. Bags are not provided by the Streets Department.
  • Bagged leaves may also be taken to any of the Sanitation Convenience Centers:

West Philadelphia 3033 S. 63rd Street (63rd & Passyunk Ave.)
Northwest Philadelphia Domino Lane and Umbria Street
Northeast Philadelphia State Road and Ashburner Street
North Philadelphia 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue
Port Richmond Delaware Avenue & Wheatsheaf Lane
West Philadelphia 5100 Grays Ave.

Leaves set out curbside, either in bags or containers, will be collected as trash, not recycling.

Follow these tips for mechanical leaf collection:

  • To find out when your block is scheduled for mechanical collection
  • View schedule.
  • Visit to input an address.
  • Check your neighborhood newspaper
  • All leaves should be raked and ready for collection by 7:00 AM the day of mechanical collection. Rake leaves into the street by the curb’s edge (piling is not necessary).
  • If possible, move your vehicle to an off-street parking location on your scheduled collection day, so crews can remove leaves along the curb line.
  • Residents in mechanical areas can also drop off bagged leaves.
  • Mechanical collection crews will visit routes only once. Residents are urged to sweep and bag any remaining leaves and set out for collection on trash day or take to any bagged drop-off locations or Sanitation Convenience Center.

There will be no collection of leaves on City holidays. During this six-week program, leaves will be collected for composting purposes, like, fertilizing gardens and nourishing trees. For more information, residents can visit or call 311.


This Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St), the 2019 Red Gravy Cook-off is finally here! Adult tickets are only $20 and children 12 and under are free. Admission will get you samples of each 10 competing sauces, as well as a full serving of the gravy of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern. You will also get complimentary bread from New York Bakery, salad, beverages, cold-brew coffee from Rival Brothers, and a homemade dessert buffet.

2018 Red Gravy Cookoff

Those who are 21+ get a sample from Chaddsford Winery with additional glasses and bottles available for purchase. Vote for crowd favorite and our local judges Larry Farnese, Elizabeth Fiedler, Mark Squilla, and Mama Maria will pick their favorite. Buy your tickets now.