Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service
The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (OCEVS) was created in 2010 when Cities of Service, a nonprofit founded by former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and the Rockefeller Foundation awarded Philadelphia a Cities of Service Leadership Grant.
Under the previous administration, OCEVS was known as the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS).
Now, under Mayor Kenney’s administration, OCEVS falls under the Office of the Managing Director, Michael DeBerardinis.
The office, located at 1401 JFK Blvd., is led by the Mayor's Chief Service Officer, Stephanie Monahon.
The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is committed to investing in people to increase community engagement. We do this by building relationships, soliciting input, providing information, connecting community residents to resources and supporting the process to strengthen communities across Philadelphia.
Stephanie Monahon serves as the Chief Service Officer overseeing the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service for the City of Philadelphia. In this role, Monahon is responsible for the City's volunteer programs, including, but not limited to, Serve Philadelphia, AmeriCorps VISTA and the Foster Grandparent Program. Monahon serves as a Co-Chair of the Philadelphia National Service Task Force and sits on the steering committee for the Corporate Volunteer Council. She began her advocacy career as a field organizer for Obama for America in 2008 and as a Regional Field Director in Pennsylvania in 2012. In her time with Obama for America, Monahon focused on the social dynamics of team building and the components necessary to form a strong, cohesive network of grassroots leaders.
During this time, Monahon was charged with building a grassroots volunteer network. She oversaw and directed the identification of volunteer leaders and training and support of over 50 volunteer led structures in a two county area of Pennsylvania. Each volunteer structure included 5 identified leaders and dozens of team members.
From 2013 through 2015, Monahon worked as a National Regional Director for Organizing for Action, where she oversaw 20 states and hundreds of volunteer led teams, managed numerous simultaneous issue advocacy campaigns and frequently presented seminars on effective volunteer management techniques. She was responsible for implementing standard sets of training courses that were designed to escalate volunteers to higher levels of responsibility. Ultimately, at the very highest level of responsibility, Monahon’s volunteers managed operations for entire state structures.
Monahon was a contributor to the book Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Volunteering. She offered insight on the nuances of volunteer organizing, particularly in underserved and immigrant communities.
If you would like to contact a specific organization, please visit its service opportunity page and click on "Apply" to directly connect.
Our VISTAs: www.servephillyvistas.org
Outreach Manager, SERVE Philadelphia