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Our Vote=Our Voice

Our Vote=Our Voice

We have partnered with HeadCount to ensure that if you are eligible to vote, you are registered and prepared!

If you are unsure if you are eligible to vote because of a prior felony conviction, we want you to know that there is a path to restoring your rights in all 50 states. Check here for more details on your state. If you are eligible and register to vote now — just CLICK HERE

It takes less than two minutes! Once registered, you can vote in any local or national election. If you are already registered, or unable to register, you can still participate in the movement by pledging to get others to vote HERE

 

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Check out HeadCount’s Vote From Home page for your state’s information on voting absentee. 

Register to vote today to make sure that your voices are heard!

COVID-19


A Message from the President regarding COVID-19 (Updated)

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. I wanted to let you know the OIC Network is doing everything possible to keep our employees, clients, and community members, safe while delivering essential services.

What We’re Doing

We’re monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including taking the steps necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and clients. Our affiliates, in many cases, remain open to serve you. Each affiliate has an emergency management plan, in accordance with their state, on how to proceed in our current climate. Some locations have had their hours adjusted as a result of local conditions. For the latest updates on affiliate hours, you can visit the websites of your local affiliate.

COVID-19 Legislative Updates: Roundup of Federal, State, and Local Actions (The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia)

Federal

  • The Senate is observing a two-week Independence Day recess while the House is using the next two weeks for a Committee work period. The legislative session is set to resume on July 20.

  • With COVID-19 hitting record numbers, there is now clear bipartisan, bicameral support in Congress and support in the White House for another phase of economic relief and assistance legislation.

  • Republicans are committed to capping the cost of the fourth phase of COVID-19 relief at $1 trillion.

  • The House Appropriations Committee continues to release and markup FY2021 appropriations bills in an effort to pass the spending bills before their August recess. The Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to schedule a release for its FY2021 spending bill drafts.

  • Spending measures in the House proposals address areas of interest to Chamber members including: health care research and innovation, economic development, higher education, public media, transportation and infrastructure, and defense funding.

State

  • Gov. Tom Wolf announced $53 million in additional financial support for child care providers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure adequate capacity is available in the future.

  • The Wolf Administration announced that 309 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations will receive grants totaling $2.3 million to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign two police reform bills passed by the state House and Senate that would require law enforcement agencies to conduct background checks on new applicants and provide mental-health screenings for law enforcement officials.

  • The state House passed legislation seeking to ensure Gov. Tom Wolf gets the approval of the Legislature before entering into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) interstate compact.

  • The Chamber will host Gov. Wolf’s Chief of Staff, Mike Brunelle for a virtual gathering on July 21.

Local

  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia have exceeded 27,000 with over 1,600 deaths.

  • The City announced details of its partnership with North Broad Renaissance (NBR) to help local businesses reopen safely through NBR’s Reopen with Care campaign.

  • The deadline for businesses to apply to the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to August 8, 2020.

  • The Emergency Paid Sick leave bill received a first reading in Council on June 25. The bill has been amended to exempt businesses with under 500 employees and to sunset at the end of the calendar year thanks in part to advocacy efforts of the Chamber.

  • The Chamber will host Managing Director Brian Abernathy (July 22) and Commerce Director Sylvie Gallier Howard for Council Connectors virtual events in the coming weeks.

 
For detailed Federal, State, and Local Legislative Updates follow the link below. 
 
https://chamberphl.com/2020/07/legislative-updates-a-weekly-roundup-of-federal-state-and-local-actions-9/
 

CDC Recommends (Updated)

  • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

Click the link below to find the CDC’s video on how to make your own face covering.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

OICA will update this site regularly with important information from the CDC. However, please visit this link for more information: CDC advice: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Despite the threat posed by COVID-19, the OIC Network remains committed to serving you and your families. You are part of our family, and together we will get through this situation.

Sincerely,

James Haynes

OIC Resource & Reentry Job Fair

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OIC of America awarded an additional $4.5M to continue National Re-entry Program

In 2016 and 2017, OIC of America was awarded $4.5M by the U.S. Department of Labor to administer a re-enty grant through its affiliates.

Today, a select group of OIC affiliates are executing a national initiative named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility) to reduce recidivism as a response to mass incarceration in the U.S.

SOAR was developed to assist communities in implementing a comprehensive “reentry” program to address the full range of challenges in helping formerly incarcerated young adults make a successful transition back into their communities. This program takes a surgical approach to addressing challenges using the evidence based model IRES (Integrated Re-enty and Employment Strategies) to place participants on a sustainable career path, while working to prevent future involvements with the justice system. 

 

Over the next three years, OIC of America will implement SOAR at its local affiliates located in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA, Clark County, OH, and Wilson, NC. Currently, OIC of America is executing the SOAR program at two of its affiliates in Minneapolis, MN and one in Miami, FL..

 

 

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