Parkside Association of Philadelphia, PAP, is a community based organization that supports the West Parkside community. PAP identifies and accesses social services to promote a better quality of life for all of its residents. PAP provides job placement, summer youth employment, resume’ writing, and limited computer training for job searching. PAP assists its residents with housing referral service and is also a neighborhood food bank for residents in need. Further PAP is often the liaison between the neighborhood and city and business services to help them negotiate zoning issues, locating and or expanding an area. PAP encourages businesses within West Park to hire residents from the community.

PAP plays an intricate role in economic development in this community. For years, PAP was at the table to ensure that the Parkwest Town Center would come to fruition. The Parkwest Town Center is a jewel in the crown of this community. PAP strives to support the economic growth and development continues to produces jobs for well trained and prepared applicants.

Each year PAP stages a National Night Out in partnership with the police of the 19th district, local and state politicians, and our constituents within the faith based community. The National Night Out is charged with providing one night of fellowship without crime. During the summer, we partner with the Millennium Baptist Church to provide a camp to keep our children off the streets and to provide them with a safe, learning based and structured environment. Also, PAP partners with Millennium Baptist Church to provide each child with a book bag for school.