Mission: POWER uses our belief in God’s goodness and compassion for the suffering to organize and empower the people of Philadelphia to live and work together so that God’s presence is known on every block, that people work together to transform the conditions of their neighborhood, and that life flourishes for all.
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia
Programs: Economic dignity campaign: educated philadelphia congregations, the media, policymakers and the general public about poverty among working families in philadelphia, particularly those at the philadelphia international airport. Educated congregations and the general public about a ballot referendum that could impact effect poverty rates through community forums, press conferences, prayer vigils, rallies, media work and on-line communications. Worked with policy makers to discuss implementation of new wage standards for workers employed by firms with city subcontracts.
leadership development: conducted more than 25 leadership development trainings and strategy sessions for a total of 300 volunteer leaders from a total of 40 participating congregations across philadelphia. These trainings focused on voter outreach, public speaking, conducting research, engaging policy makers, hosting house meetings, engaging the media and facilitating meetings. Conducted four leadership assemblies, attended by more than 150 senior leaders representing powers 40 congregations to discuss, devise and ratify strategies for promoting policies that could help low-wage workers and parents of urban public school students.
education campaign: conducted 12 trainings for a total of 150 volunteer leaders from throughout the power network on how to effectively advocate for needed resources for public schools serving low-income students. Conducted several community meetings and forums to educate the public about how reduction in state support for public schools has impacted low-income families and to increase understanding of a proposed state-level funding formula for public schools in pennsylvania and how such a formula would increase equity and quality for low-income public school children across the state.