Become a Block Captain
Block captains work to make their block safe and beautiful. For example, they may:
- Sweep walks and gutters.
- Plant flowers.
- Plant new street trees.
- Help neighbors paint and renovate.
- Organize block parties.
- Remind neighbors of trash and recycling collection days and guidelines.
Block captains also organize block cleanups with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC). Participating blocks have three organized cleanups in the summer months. PMBC can provide tools and supplies, street cleaning, and help with other sanitation services.
If you have questions or want to find out if you already have a block captain, call PMBC at (215) 685-3971.
Note: The above descriptive information and more can be found at the URL above.
In The News
- How to become a block captain--and rock at it, Philadelphia Citizen, August 5, 2021.
- The No-B***s*** Guide to a Litter-Free Block, Philly Magazine, July 9, 2015.
- Philadelphia Officials Host Event To Show Appreciation For Area Block Captains, CBS-3, March 26, 2011.
- Philadelphia Reflections: Block Captains (at Philadelphia Reflections)
- Ideas from Other Locations:
- Block Captain Duties (Indianapolis, Indiana)
- Block Captain Resources (San Mateo, California)
- Block Captain Responsibilities (Rolling Hills, California)
- Block Captain Training Manual (PDF, Orem, Utah)
- Block Captains (Portland, Oregon)
- Neighborhood Organization (central Oklahoma)
- Roles and Responsibilities of a Neighborhood Block Captain (PDF, Port Ludlow, Washington)