Labor of Love

Submitted by Kevin M

Revitalizing Philadelphia neighborhoods has Kevin Moran '09 VSB dancing in the street. Making them brighter and safer is critical. When pedestrian-level lighting was installed along a stretch of West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia's Brewerytown section, Moran called it "one of the greatest things I've seen happen this year."

Brightening commercial corridors and improving neighborhoods is his passion. And he's doing it for free. He is a volunteer communication and public relations specialist with the Fairmount Community Development Corporation, which fosters improvement of the residential, commercial and social fabric of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character and diversity.

Brightening Brewerytown and Fairmount is helping bring life back to historic but struggling communities. One goal is to improve the commercial and retail aspects of the neighborhoods-with vacant storefronts replaced by new businesses.

It's Moran's job to publicize such successes. He honed his skills as a Villanova student, serving as the media and public relations chairperson for Special Olympics Pennsylvania's Fall Festival. Held annually at Villanova, it's the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world. He is currently pursuing his MA in Communication from Villanova University.

As an undergraduate, his dream was to apply his marketing knowledge in a socially responsible way. Now he is doing just that, while working toward an M.A. in Communication at Villanova.
"I'm at an age where I can sacrifice salary to do something I enjoy and think is right," he says.