The Arts + Business Council is dedicated to ensuring the success of Philadelphia’s creative economy through leadership development programs, events and volunteer opportunities that help make the sector more productive, impactful and inclusive.
Bethesda Project began in 1979 when Reverend Domenic Rossi and members of his prayer group from Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pennsylvania, reached out to a group of women experiencing homelessness in Center City, Philadelphia. Committed to caring for the women as they would members of their own families, the group rented an apartment at 12th and Sansom Streets.
Women’s Community Revitalization Project has established itself as a leader in advocating for equitable, healthy community development as well as support for local women and their families. In addition to developing affordable housing, the organization leads community organizing campaigns aimed at shaping public policy outcomes, manages its properties and provides supportive services to tenants and communities throughout Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia Inquirer Article: Celebrating 30 Years of Women Building Houses in North Philly
Philadelphia Tribune Article: Women’s Community Revitalization Project Breaks Ground on Rental Units in Point Breeze
The mission of the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families. WORC provides training, individual business assistance, incentive savings program, job placement, and access to buisness and financial resources.
When Lalita Paris first went to the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center more than 14 years ago to pursue her dream of opening her own child care center, the center gave her entrepreneurial training necessary to manager her own business. She opened Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Center in 2004 and, with the help of nine loans from WORC throughout the years, she has expanded to open a second site and now employs 15 staff members serving more than 100 children.
“Without the guidance and access to capital I received at WORC, Beautiful Beginnings wouldn’t be an essential part of its neighborhood,” Paris said.
Excerpt from Philadelphia Tribune Article: WORC Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Women Build Businesses
WHYY DOES SOOOO MUCH FOR PHILADELPHIA, IT’S COMMUNITIES AND IT’S COUNTRY.
LIVECAREPHILLY EMPHATICALLY ADORES, PRAISES AND RESPECTS THIS INDELIBLE INSTITUTION WHICH HAS IMPACTED SO MANY LIVES IN SO MANY WAYS.
THANK YOU WHYY, SINCERELY.
This tiny blub does not even begin to represent what they do, have done and are growing to do. Please take time to understand what they offer you by going to their website and seeing for yourself.
WHYY is the leading public media organization in the Philadelphia Region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond. You can access us on television, radio, in the community and right here online.
We are deeply committed to the needs of young people. In fact, many people’s first experience with WHYY is watching our award-winning PBS Kids television programs as a child. We also offer multimedia instruction in our studios and at 28+ local schools. However, our children’s service is just the tip of the iceberg.
We produce more than a dozen local programs, such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Friday Arts and Radio Times. We offer a robust regional news service supported by a newsroom more than 50 people strong. We are also your local PBS and NPR station, bringing you long-time favorite programs, such as Antiques Roadshow, Morning Edition and more.
We bring together people in the community for more than 50 events each year. From critical conversations about civic issues with experts to “meet and greets” with big personalities, keep an eye on our events calendar for things to do all year round.
One of the things that makes us who we are is that we are Member-supported and a not-for-profit organization. Support from people in our community makes up about 50% of our operating budget, with additional support from leadership gifts, corporate underwriting and grants from foundations. This special funding formula allows us the creative freedom to create high-quality programs and services not possible anywhere else.
About Our Education Department
WHYY is renowned for the educational kids programs it broadcasts on TV, but when it comes to supporting kids as they grow up, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. WHYY’s education initiatives support children and the parents, teachers, and other adults who care for them. We offer free lesson plans, hands-on media arts training at WHYY’s Philadelphia Studios and more. Our signature program, WHYY Media Labs, is a partnership with more than 28 schools across Philadelphia that brings equipment and instruction to thousands of students each year.
Since acquiring the 1,200-acre site from the federal government in 2000, PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, has led the planning, development, and operation of the Navy Yard on behalf of the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID). PIDC’s mission—to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia—strongly informs our strategy for the Navy Yard, which focuses on creating an environment that drives employment, innovation, and production.
POLITICO has called the Navy Yard “the coolest shipyard in America” and many industry observers, including the Urban Land Institute, have recognized the community as a leading model for repurposing military and industrial assets for a diversified modern economy. Home to reimagined shipbuilding facilities as well as new high-performance and energy-efficient construction, the Navy Yard has a variety of flexible buildings with different heights, vintages, and floorplates, powered by a nationally-recognized microgrid and oriented around iconic parks, Complete Streets, and a riverfront greenway.
Being part of the Navy Yard includes access to a diverse business community that offers opportunities not just for growth, but also initiatives to foster civic and corporate engagement in the community.. Representatives from Navy Yard businesses meet quarterly as the Navy Yard Engagement Committee to discuss and plan community events and programs.
We are focused on four key areas of engagement: education, energy, sustainability, and community.
In rural and urban communities nationwide, millions of Americans live in communities without convenient access to healthy, affordable food. According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, 29.7 million lower-income Americans live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket. They struggle to feed their families healthy foods. In the absence of convenient healthy food access, they travel great distances to the nearest supermarket, pay higher prices for lower-quality food at corner stores and suffer from higher rates of obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases.
THE FOOD TRUST SOLUTION
With more than 27 years of on-the-ground experience, The Food Trust has developed a comprehensive approach to improving food access which combines nutrition education and increased availability of healthy, affordable foods.
The Food Trust works:
Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Food Trust also works in communities throughout the country.
About The Common Market
The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.
Currently operating in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, and Texas, The Common Market is expanding to other U.S. regions to build a nation of vibrant regional food systems. Choose a location to become a customer, producer or to learn more about our local initiatives.
As a young married couple, Haile Johnston and Tatiana Garcia-Granados moved to Philadelphia’s historic Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in 2003. At the time Haile and Tatiana settled in, families of means had moved out. While the culture remained, the lives of everyday people were impacted by blight, vacancy and poverty.
Working as part of a neighborhood community development organization, they engaged young people in projects to beautify the neighborhood’s vacant lots – cleaning up, planting flowers and growing vegetables.
A field trip with their team led to an a-ha moment that changed their futures.
“By chance we stumbled upon a big agricultural auction about an hour away in a rural area,” Tatiana remembers. “And while we were there, we realized it’s not just communities like ours that are disconnected from healthy food. There are all these small family farmers who don’t have access to markets – they’re at the mercy of this auction system.”