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SGCA Block Captains and Co-Captains are volunteers who foster a sense of community on the block(s) in the vicinity of their residence/business through consistent communication, exchange of information & neighbor engagement. Recently, the SGCA has enlisted the help of local residents, Elinor Haider & Michael Suh, to help manage and facilitate communication with Block Captains throughout neighborhood.

Block Captain responsibilities include...

  • Develop a block/resident communication process to distribute vital information to neighbors (emails, texts, WhatsApp, flyers, newsletter, etc.). Periodically monitor your contact list
  • Reach out to new residents to introduce them to neighbors & get them involved.
  • Dissemination of key information to residents concerning crime, safety, events.
  • Provide a welcome to new neighbors and provide key neighborhood information as well as encouraging them to join the SGCA 
  • Attendance at monthly Police Service Area - PSA3 meetings (4th Monday of every month via Zoom), or reporting of issues by email in advance to be communicated at the meetings
  • Help with trash by picking up, encouraging others to join you, and identifying sources of trash to minimize them
  • Encourage adherence to trash collection guidelines (setting trash out at appropriate time in appropriate containers/bags and reminders on delayed trash pick up on holidays)
  • Report dead/damaged trees
  • Report issues such as graffiti, dumping, potholes, or other city issues to 311
  • Reporting crime thru 911 and encouraging neighbors to do the same
  • Offering a helping hand with package management to avoid porch pirates

For more information on becoming an SGCA Block Captain, please email

Spring Garden Civic Association

601 N. 17th Street
1st Floor Storefront
Philadelphia, PA  19130

(215) 236-7334