Olney: Citywide Career Fair, Scholarship Ceremony, Fish Fry And More This Week

Olney: Citywide Career Fair, Scholarship Ceremony, Fish Fry And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Olney this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. Bop & Cha-cha: Monday, July 31, 6-7:30 p.m., Greater Olney Library – Community Meeting Room, (5501 N. Fifth St.) Stay and Play (Pre-school aged children and caregivers): Tuesday, Aug. 1, 10-11:30 a.m., Greater Olney […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

Chestnut Hill: Lynne Abraham Stresses Education as Campaign’s Top Issue

“I want to encourage people who live in and around Philadelphia to do something that I think we don’t do enough of, and that’s being proud of your city and being a cheerleader and a booster,” mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said. Abraham joined the race for mayor of Philadelphia in November after a long career […]

 

Center City: Camouflage Inside The Union League

Center City: Camouflage Inside The Union League

The Union League of Philadelphia has always had ties to the military, beginning with its inception in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union. The elite, members-only club is continuing this tradition through its Veterans Initiative, which launched in March. Earlier this year, Union League member and Army veteran Mary Hagy got together with […]

 

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative provides custom job training to produce valuable workers for institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other major employers from day one on the job. WPSI is a part of University City District, an organization that promotes vibrancy in the area through community engagement. Sheila Ireland has been a director […]

 

Veterans Affairs’: VMC Says Fairwell To E.D. Tim Meserve and Welcome’s Tim Williams

Veterans Affairs’: VMC Says Fairwell To E.D. Tim Meserve and Welcome’s Tim Williams

The Veterans Multi-Service Center is changing leadership. The new executive director of the VMC is Tim Williams (pictured above), taking over from Tim Meserve, who served as the executive director for two years. Meserve, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, started as a volunteer before becoming the executive director in 2013 and is now leaving […]

 

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

With so many organizations, figuring out whom to trust for help can be difficult for Philadelphia veterans. Some services will even come to veterans directly, like the mobile resource center based out of the Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office on Wissahickon Avenue (pictured above). Here are five essential resources that aim to help veterans with everything […]

 

Casinos: Cash To Communities But At What Cost?

With a second casino license up for grabs, communities near the proposed locations may wonder what they have to look forward to with a casino in their neighborhood. SugarHouse Casino  donated $500,000 last year to the Penn Treaty Special Services District, which then allocated the money to various community organizations. “It’s pretty much a payoff,” […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley

University City: Invisible Sentinel Celebrates its Expansion Within the Science Center

University City: Invisible Sentinel Celebrates its Expansion Within the Science Center

Invisible Sentinel, a startup company based out of the Science Center in University City, announced its company expansion this fall. Invisible Sentinel develops diagnostic technologies for a safer food supply. Its focus is on developing rapid diagnostics that quickly provide accurate information about the presence of harmful pathogens. The company currently has 18 employees in […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

[vimeo 72590992] The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team […]

 By Imani Nieves

Haddington: ACHIEVEabilty Keeps the Community Active

Haddington: ACHIEVEabilty Keeps the Community Active

[vimeo 49601091] On 60th Street in West Philadelphia, the white building on the corner appears to be just another corner store, but a look inside reveals this isn’t any ordinary building — it’s a gemstone of the Haddington community. The building is the home of ACHIEVEability. ACHIEVEability is a non-profit organization working to serve single parents, low-income […]