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The annual charity event Burger Brawl hits the Navy Yard, running in your undies for cancer and more things to do this week for an awesome cause.

This week’s list of things to do in Philadelphia for a good cause gives you a chance to support a host of different organizations—and have loads of fun while doing it. How’s that for a win-win situation?

The annual charity event Burger Brawl returns on Saturday, with ticket proceeds benefitting Philadelphia schools. You can also join a couple pub crawls around the city—both of which support local nonprofits working to place stray animals in good homes.

If you’re feeling particularly frisky, you could strip down to your skivvies for an undies run in support of those dealing with cancer, or take some time for yourself at a Forest Therapy walk—because, in the famous words of RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, then how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

Can we get an amen?

Check out all the aforementioned events and more below in our guide to things to do in Philly this week for an awesome cause.

1. Score—or help sell—thrifty threads

The Temple Office of Sustainability's Temple Thrift
Photo courtesy Temple Office of Sustainability

Back-to-school season can be expensive. Once you buy all the books and supplies, you might as well forget about all the fun things about entering a new semester—like showing off cute new clothes and sneaks. The Temple University Office of Sustainability knows the struggle is real, which is why it’s hosting pop-up thrift store Temple Thrift this week. Folks can swing by to purchase an array of gently used clothing that was donated during last year’s residence hall move out. Everything is under $10, and most of the jeans, sweaters and shirts are $3. Even better, proceeds from the day’s haul will benefit Cherry Pantry, a group working to fight hunger in the Temple community by providing emergency meals when they’re needed most. If you’re all good on the clothing front, the Office of Sustainability is in need of volunteers to play the role of sales clerk and help keep things running smoothly throughout the day. Details on that hereWednesday, September 11, 10am–3pm, free, Temple University Office of Sustainability, lower level of the Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th Street. 


2. Run in your undies for cancer

The UndyRunWalk in Philadelphia
Photo courtesy Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Not to be confused with Cupid’s Undie Run, which usually happens in chilly February, UndyRunWalkgives you the chance to run (or walk!) in the streets in your skivvies to raise money for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. The organization, among other things, exists to provide support to patients, families and caregivers coping with colorectal cancer—not too different, at least in mindset, to Cancer Who? in Philadelphia. There are lots of options for folks who want to participate, including 5Ks for adults and youth, a one-mile fun run for the running averse and you can even donate to be a “virtual participant.” Volunteers are also needed to help out during race day. You can find out more about that here. Happy streaking! Saturday, September 14, 7am, $30–$40, starts at Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 


3. Drink beer! Save furry things!

Philadelphia brewery Evil Genius Beer Company hosts its eighth annual birthday block party on Saturday outside its taproom in Fishtown. Besides plenty of suds sampling, the day features a live DJ and corn hole and axe-throwing competitions. While this event doesn’t specify any donation-based aspect, Evil Genius—an outspoken dog-friendly brewery—has a stellar track record of donating to local no-kill animal shelters, which brings us to two other similar pet-benefitting events happening over the weekend: Drink Beer! Save Cats! at Philadelphia Brewing Company and a “Pup” Pub Crawl through Old City hosted by Philadoptables. Saturday, September 14, noon–7pm, various locations, including Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front Street.


4. Help feed the homeless

DOPE Doing Our Part Eclectically helps feed the homeless in Philadelphia
Photo courtesy DOPE (DOPE Doing Our Part Eclectically)

Our guide on how to help the homeless and hungry in Philadelphia is one of the most-read articles across our whole site, meaning that Philadelphians like you are eager to do their part to help their fellow citizens who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Here’s a brand new way to help: DOPE (Doing Our Part Eclectically) will be at Thomas Paine Park on Saturday evening to feed the homeless and they’re asking volunteers to come help and for food donations, like iced tea, lemonade, hamburgers, pasta, pizza, salads and snacks. Find out more about how you can help hereSaturday, September 14, 8–10pm, free, Thomas Paine Park, 1401 JFK Boulevard. 


5. Let the forest be your therapist

Join Wild Philadelphia on a Forest Therapy Walk along Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park on Sunday. Wild Philadelphia describes these journeys as non-strenuous, meditative walks that allow you to chill out, slow down and reconnect with nature—something that, even though it’s easy to forget, we have an abundance of around Philadelphia. This Fairmount Park walk is less than a mile and includes “a relaxing sequence of invitations to help you engage with the land through all of your senses.” If this event is sold out, which it’s likely to do, Wild Philadelphia hosts a number of Forest Therapy Walks throughout the year—including one at Awburry Arboretum on September 22. Sunday, September 15, 9:30am–noon, $10–$15, Meet at Mount Pleasant Mansion, 3800 Mount Pleasant Drive.


6. Eat burgers for Philly schools

The Philadelphia Burger Brawl
Photo courtesy In Between Rivers

It’s back-to-school season, you love burgers, boy do we have an event for you. The ninth annual food competition Burger Brawl, which brings out 60-plus chefs to duke it out for the title of Best Burger, hits The Navy Yard with more food and drink than you could ever eat in a single day. Your ticket grants you samples of all the burgers you can eat, a free cocktail, live entertainment and, perhaps most importantly, the chance to help local schools. Proceeds from the day benefit The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, specifically a program that teaches literacy through technology to underserved elementary and middle schools. Your attendance will make sure students at these schools have all the gadgets they need to learn how to read and write. Can’t make it? Check out our guide for even more ways to help Philly schoolsSunday, September 15, 2–5pm, $45–$100, The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street.


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