Our Impact on 2023 at a Glance

News // December 20, 2023

You didn’t have to, but you did…

The commitment of our volunteers for the past century, who have dedicated countless hours to bettering their community, is what has made Friends of the Wissahickon the oldest Friends Park Stewardship group in Philadelphia.

If you’d like to make a donation to support our stewardship opportunities, among our other free programming, please donate here today.

Founded in 1924 by a handful of local citizens who recognized the importance of conserving this unique green space, FOW has now grown into a network of more than 3,000 members, neighbors, volunteers, and corporate and civic partners committed to this same goal.

This year, our volunteers made an unprecedented positive impact on our park, protecting native habitats, removing invasive species, improving trails, welcoming visitors, assisting with our programming, and much more!

Check out the big things our volunteers have been up to, at a glance:

-Removed 27,905+ pounds of litter

-Facilitated 193+ service days

-Planted 1,045+ native trees and shrubs

-Volunteered 15,670+ hours

Thanks for making our work possible, consider donating here today. We’re so proud of the community we’ve built and all that we’ve been able to accomplish together. We’ll be counting our volunteer hours, pounds of litter removed, and service days until 12/31 so stay tuned for our final numbers!


Photo courtesy of Stacey Gray