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Review for TIOGA UNITED INC, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Tioga United has been a blessing to more that 10,000 residents in the Tioga community and thier families. Since 1996 when a committee was formed to plan and host an annual festival, which 15 annual succesful festival have been held. Then by incorporating in 2001 and working collectvely with all our community residents, local representives, other community organization and elected officials, we have been able to make some great and positive changes in our community.
* We rebuild our playground in one day with KaBoom! and the Home Depot and 100 community volunteers.
* We sponsored 15 awesome festivals where up to 1,000 nieghbors, families and friends attended.
* we started baseballl for the first time in 30 years where over 100 young people are now enjoying.
* We rezoned and remapped our community for the first time in over 50 years so we will have a say in the development of our community.
* We hold monthly community meetings where many residents attend to be informed of what's going on in the neighborhood and in the city of Philadelphia.
* We clean over 200 vacant lots monthly.
* We host community projects to beautify our streets and landscapes.
* We have hosted 4 senior citizen's proms and are planning our 5th one now.
* We currently serve as a registered community organization to work with developers and interested applicants to get the required zoning and allow a fair process for the community to support or oppose and variance.
* We hosted a developers tour where over 100 developers and realtors participated to show the new development and to interest others in more.
* We work with all our resident, schools and universities on education issues.
* We are currently are rehabbing 6 houses for homeownership which 2 are completed and sold and we are working on the other 4.
*We have done this and much more with an all volunteer board and these are faithful and dedicated residents who love their community and believe all things are possible.
When i first moved to Tioga, I thought I died and went to heaven and I do believe we can rebuild Tioga back up so I can feel this way again. There was a 1973 article in The Philadelphia Magazine that called our community "a jungle" and it stated "if blighted North Philadelphia is to be rebuilt, they would have to do it themselves" and at first I was angry about it and then I decided we should use this article to inspire us to rebuild ourselves. All we need is a few more good partners and of course funding to continue our great work throughout the community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member

Review for TIOGA UNITED INC, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Tioga United is a local nonprofit who for many years have volunteered to rebuild the Tioga Community with the love and dedication of themselves and the entire community. However, there were and still is stumbling blocks but with the help of devoted and committed board members and their faith we have been able to do some outstanding things, like host an annual festival for 13 years to promote unity in the community, rebuild our playground in one day with KaBoom and The Home Depot, rezone our neighborhood for the first time in 40 years, host monthly meetings to be proactive verses reactive, created a strategic plan to guide the future of our community growth and recently rehabbing six houses for homeownership. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the prayers, the sincerity and the devotion of our board. I salute each and every past and current member of Tioga United and say to you Job Well Done, but we still have much more to do and can use funding and opportunities. If you can or would like to help, please calll 215-227-2858 and visit our web site at tiogaunited.org.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Iam one of the co-founders and now serve as the Interim President,

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To continue to empower our residents with information and knowledge.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To continue rebuilding our community and building longlasting relationships.

Role:  Board Member & I co-founded this organization and I am actively engaged in our growth and impact.