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Maintain Historic Cemetery/Mowing, Trimming, Clearing

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FRIENDS OF MOUNT MORIAH CEMETERY INC

We hope to establish a core group of volunteers to regularly maintain a section, part of a section or a plot by mowing grass, trimming weeds and possibly clearing debris, vines, and trash to maintain the grounds during the growing season. Initially, our volunteer coordinator will meet with interested parties to provide a tour of the grounds and explain what is needed as well as safety protocols. By having a dedicated team of people to assume responsibility of a particular section, it will relieve the incredible burden the Friends of Mount Moriah have in trying to keep the cemetery maintained during the growing season.

There is a limited amount of equipment (mowers and trimmers) for volunteers to use but ideally, it would be great if new volunteers could bring their own. While we work outdoors, we still require masks be worn during the pandemic and social distancing.

This is a beautiful green space, perfect to get some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise! Families, retirees, church groups, individuals, and Scouting organizations are welcome and encouraged!

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About FRIENDS OF MOUNT MORIAH CEMETERY INC

Location:

PO BOX 5321, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19142, US

Mission Statement

The Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Mount Moriah Cemetery by honoring the memory of those interred here through community engagement, education, historic research, and restoration. We are dedicated to clearing and maintaining this beautiful historic space to make it safer for families to visit their loved ones, and for people to enjoy a healthy green space in an urban environment.

Description

One of Philadelphia's oldest cemetery, it was established in 1855. It originally began with 54 acres and eventually expanded to 200 acres. Mount Moriah differed from other rural cemeteries in that it was easily accessible by street car and allowed for burials of people of all faiths and ethnicities. People from all walks of life are interred in Mount Moriah. From political and sports figures, musicians and entertainers, businesspeople, religious leaders and veterans, and families of every kind, they all contribute to our rich history.

For many years before its closure, the cemetery had not been well cared for. Since 2011, the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery have worked to restore the cemetery. Volunteers began by clearing debris (including abandoned cars, tires, trash, etc.) and brush in overgrown sections, working inward from the entrances on either side. As of 2020, nearly 55% of the cemetery has been opened up to allow visitors to safely enter these sections.

We are completely volunteer driven! With such a large expanse, it is vital that we have a robust team of volunteers to help with mowing, weed trimming, and clearing. One of our goals is to establish regular groups or individuals to "Adopt" a section, part of a section, or plots to maintain throughout the growing season.

Community
Environment
Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

6201 Kingsessing AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19142

(39.9301,-75.23402)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Every week, or every other week, during the growing season, time spent depends on the amount of space that is adopted.
  • Be healthy, kind, enjoy being outdoors, and dependable.

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