Welcome to OIC of America

OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is a non-profit organization that operates through a national network of local affiliated organizations. OICA has 44 affiliates in 22 states and the District of Columbia. OICA has forty-seven years of experience in serving the poor, unemployed, underemployed, youth, and families. OIC of America has trained over 2 million people nationwide since its origin…Read More

Show Us Your Purse-N-ality!!

Harrisburg_Slide_1The goal of the event is to enhance community awareness about the OIC Movement and to secure OIC’s sustainability within the community!!!

All donations and sponsors will help to ensure that the OIC Mission of “Helping People Help Themselves” will continue to provide and expand services to those that are disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed. Far too often, women face the aforementioned challenges.

Philly_Slide1According to census data, nearly six in ten poor adults are women, and more than half of all poor children live in families headed by women. In addition, poverty rates are especially high for single mothers, women of color, and elderly women living alone. It is important to note that over 60% of the students trained by OIC affiliates are women. OIC has a long tradition of empowering and uplifting the economic fortunes of women.


Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan, Founder

Rev. Sullivan believed that jobs were the key to the economic development and true empowerment of African Americans rather than a dependence upon public assistance, and founded the very first OIC training center in 1964 in an abandoned jailhouse in North Philadelphia. In addition to holding honorary doctorate degrees from over 50 colleges and universities, Rev. Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush, honoring him for his “voice of reason for over forty years” and a lifetime of work in helping the economically and socially disadvantaged people in the world…